PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

International Students

Are you an international student thinking about applying to CSUN? Before you apply, make sure you meet the admissions requirements and deadlines for international applicants. Take a look at the information below for cost of attendance details, available majors and instructions on how to apply.

To reach an international admissions advisor, email the appropriate contact.

Admissions Requirements

First-time freshmen

You are considered a first-time freshman if you are applying to a bachelor's degree program and have not completed any postsecondary course work at a college or university. Below are the admissions requirements for international freshmen.

  • Completion of the equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma
  • Equivalent to a U.S. GPA of 3.0
  • Minimum scores: TOEFL 61/IELTS 5.5
  • Original or certified copies of all official secondary records, including certificates, degrees or diplomas in the original language of issue
  • Official English translations of all academic records, including certificates, degrees or diplomas

Transfer students

You are considered a transfer student if you have completed postsecondary course work at an accredited community college or university in the United States or at a college or university located outside of the United States. Below are the admissions requirements for international transfer students.

  • Completion of the four basic subject requirements: written communications, critical thinking, speech and college-level math
  • Equivalent to a U.S. GPA of 2.0
  • Original or certified copies of all official records, including certificates, degrees or diplomas in the original language of issue
  • Official English translations of all academic records, including certificates, degrees or diplomas

Post-baccalaureate or graduate students

You are considered a post-baccalaureate or graduate student if you have completed a postsecondary degree equal to a U.S. bachelor's degree and are eligible to apply for a master's degree or a second bachelor's degree at CSUN. Below are the admissions requirements for international post-baccalaureate or graduate students.

  • Completion of the equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum scores: TOEFL 79/IELTS 6.0
  • Original or certified copies of all official records, including certificates, degrees or diplomas in the original language of issue
  • Official English translations of all academic records, including certificates, degrees or diplomas
Note: Individual graduate programs may require separate applications and supporting material. Please contact the appropriate department.

English language test scores

The following is a list of acceptable English language exams and minimum scores. Please have all scores sent directly from the testing agency to CSUN code 4707.

English language tests and required scores

Type of StudentTest nameMinimum test score
Freshman and transferTest of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Paper-based test: 500

Computer-based test: 173

Internet-based test: 61

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)45
International English Language Test System (IELTS)5.5
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)Verbal score: 450
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)5.0
GraduateTest of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Paper-based test: 550

Computer-based test: 213

Internet-based test: 79/80

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)58
International English Language Test System (IELTS)6.0

How to Apply

If you are an international freshman student, follow the application process below.

  1. Review application procedures and document requirements on the Admissions and Records international admissions page.
  2. Go to the CSUMentor website, and submit the international online application. A $55 (U.S. currency) nonrefundable processing fee payable to CSUN must accompany your application.
  3. Mail original or certified copies of all official secondary records, including certificates, degrees or diplomas, in the original language of issue, as well as official English translations of all academic records, including certificates, degrees or diplomas, to:         

    California State University, Northridge
    International Admissions and Evaluations
    18111 Nordhoff St.
    Northridge, CA 91330-8207

  4. Submit a copy of your passport information page with your documents.
  5. If your native language is not English, submit the results of your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or other English language proficiency exam (see "Admissions Requirements"). If your SAT verbal score is above 450 or if you have been enrolled full time in a U.S. school for three years, you are exempt from the TOEFL.
  6. Submit an Affidavit of Financial Support with a bank statement.

If you are an international transfer student, follow the same application process as above, but be sure to request official transcripts from each postsecondary institution attended. International transcripts and official translations must be sent to International Admissions and Evaluations, while U.S. transcripts must be sent to Admissions and Records. You may be exempt from the TOEFL or other English language exams if you have attended a college or university in the U.S. and have completed the written composition requirement with a grade of C or better.

If you have attended an institution in the U.S., please contact your international advisor at the institution you attended for information regarding the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVIS). You are required to submit all transfer records whether you wish to receive credit or not. Concealing attendance at an educational institution is considered an offense by the university and can be grounds for academic dismissal.

If you are an international post-baccalaureate or graduate student, you must also follow the same application process, unless you have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the U.S. If that is the case, you are not required to take the TOEFL. You will need to contact the international advisor at the institution you are attending for information regarding the SEVIS. Please note that individual graduate programs may require separate applications and supporting material. 

Majors and Concentrations

For a current list of majors and concentations offered at CSUN, visit the California State University website. For your convenience, we’ve included a list below, though you should always check the California State University website for the most up-to-date offerings at CSUN. Majors are listed in alphabetical order and, if applicable, concentrations are listed directly underneath the accompanying major.

Even when the admissions cycle is closed for a semester, some majors may still accept students. Check the admissions calendar for exceptions.

Accounting (B.S., M.S.)
Professional Accountancy

African-American Studies (B.A.)
African-American Arts and Literature, African-American Cultural Studies, African-American Social Sciences, African-American Urban Education

Anthropology (B.A., M.A.)
Public Archaeology

Art (B.A., M.A., M.F.A)
Art Education, Art History, Visual Arts

Asian-American Studies (B.A.)

Athletic Training (B.S.)

Biochemistry (B.S., M.S.)

Biology (B.S., M.S.)
Biotechnology/Medical Technology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Environmental Biology, Marine Biology, Microbiology

Business Administration (B.S., M.B.A.)
Business Law, Global Supply Chain Management, Insurance/Financial Services, Real Estate, Systems and Operation Management

Central American Studies (B.A., M.A.)

Chemistry (B.S., M.S.)

Chicano and Chicana Studies (B.A., M.A.)

Child and Adolescent Development (B.A., M.A.)
Early Childhood Development

Cinema and Television Arts (B.A.)
Electronic Media Management, Film Production, Media Theory and Criticism, Multimedia Production, Radio Production, Screenwriting, Television Production

Civil Engineering (B.S.)

Communication Disorders (B.A.)

Communication Studies (B.A., M.A.)

Communicative Disorders (M.S.)

Computer Engineering (B.S, M.S.)

Computer Information Technology (B.S.)

Computer Science (B.S., M.S.)

Construction Management Technology (B.S.)

Counseling (M.S.)
Career Counseling, College Counseling and Student Services, Marriage and Family Therapy, School Counseling, School Psychology

Deaf Studies (B.A.)

Economics (B.A.)

Educational Administration (M.A.)

Educational Leadership (Ed.D.)
Community College Leadership, P-12 Leadership

Electrical Engineering (B.S., M.S.)

Engineering (M.S.)

Engineering Management (B.S., M.S.)

English (B.A., M.A.)
Creative Writing, Four-Year Integrated English Subject Matter Program for the Single-Subject Credential, Honors English, Junior-Year Integrated English Subject Matter Program for the Single-Subject Credential, Literature, Rhetoric and Composition Theory, Subject Matter Program for the Single-Subject Credential

Environmental and Occupational Health (B.S., M.S.)
Industrial Hygiene

Family and Consumer Sciences (B.S., M.S.)
Apparel Design and Merchandising, Consumer Affairs, Family and Consumer Sciences, Family Studies, Interior Design, Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science

Finance (B.S.)

French (B.A.)

Gender and Women's Studies (B.A.)

Geography (B.A., M.A.)
Geographic Information Science

Geology (B.S., M.S.)
Environmental Geology, Geophysics, Geology — Secondary Teaching

Health Administration (B.S., M.S.)

History (B.A., M.A.)

Humanities (B.A.)

Information Systems (B.S.)

Interdisciplinary Studies (M.S.)

Journalism (B.A.)

Kinesiology (B.S., M.S.)
Applied Fitness and Active Lifestyle Development, Dance, Exercise Science, Physical Education

Languages and Cultures (B.A.)
Armenian, French, Italian, Japanese

Liberal Studies (B.A.) 
Integrated Teacher Education Program — Freshmen Concentration, Integrated Teacher Education Program — Junior Concentration, Precredential Program

Linguistics (B.A., M.A.)

Management (B.S.)

Manufacturing Systems Engineering (B.S., M.S.)

Marketing (B.S.)

Mass Communication (M.A.)

Materials Engineering (M.S.)

Mathematics (B.A., B.S., M.S.)
Applied Mathematical Sciences, Mathematics — Secondary Teaching, Statistics

Mechanical Engineering (B.S., M.S.)

Modern Jewish Studies (B.A.)

Music (B.A, B.M., M.M.)
Breadth Studies, Collaborative Piano Performance, Composition, Composition/Commercial and Media Writing, Conducting, Jazz Studies, Keyboard, Music Education, Music Industry, Music Therapy, Percussion, Performance, Strings, Vocal Arts, Winds

Nursing (R.N. to B.S.N.) 

Philosophy (B.A.)

Physical Therapy (M.P.T., D.P.T.)

Physics (B.A., B.S., M.S.)
Astrophysics

Political Science (B.A., M.A.)
Law and Society, Politics and Government, Public Policy and Management

Psychology (B.A., M.A.)
Clinical Psychology, General Experimental Psychology, Human Factors and Applied Psychology

Public Health (M.P.H.)

Public Health Promotion (B.S.)

Radiologic Sciences (B.S.)

Religious Studies (B.A.)

Screenwriting (M.A.)

Social Work (M.S., M.S.W.)

Sociology (B.A., M.A.)
Criminology and Criminal Justice, Social Welfare, Work and Society

Software Engineering (M.S.)

Spanish (B.A., M.A.)
Language and Culture, Literature

Special Education (M.A.)
Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Early Childhood, Educational Therapy, Mild/Moderate Disabilities, Moderate/Severe Disabilities

Special Major (B.A.)

Structural Engineering (M.S.)

Teaching English as a Second Language (M.A.)

Theatre (B.A., M.A.)

Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation Management (B.A., M.S.)

Urban Studies and Planning (B.A.)

Cost of Attendance

The chart below lists the approximate costs per semester for traditional CSUN students. To calculate the costs for international students, add $372 per unit. For more information regarding school costs and financial aid, visit the Financial Aid & Scholarship Department website.

 Undergraduate students living with a parent or relative 
 Seven or more units per semesterFull year
Tuition and other fees$3,260$6,520   
Books and supplies$894$1,788
Room and board$2,259$4,518
Transportation$747$1,494
Personal/miscellaneous$669$1,338
Loan fees$47$94
Total$7,876$15,752
Undergraduate students living on campus    
 Seven or more units per semesterFull year
Tuition and other fees$3,260$6,520
Books and supplies$894 $1,788 
Room and board$5,314 $10,628 
Transportation$695 $1,390 
Personal/miscellaneous$669 $1,338 
Loan fees $47 $94 
Total $10,879 $21,758 
 Undergraduate students living off campus
 Seven or more units per semesterFull year
Tuition and other fees$3,620$6,520
Books and supplies$894$1,788
Room and board$6,378$12,756
Transportation$728$1,456
Personal/miscellaneous$669$1,338
Loan fees$47$94
Total$11,976$23,952

 

Graduate students living with a parent or relative
 Seven or more units per semesterFull year
Tuition and other fees$3,893$7,786
Books and supplies$894 $1,788 
Room and board$2,259 $4,518 
Transportation$747 $1,494 
Personal/miscellaneous$669 $1,338 
Loan fees $83 $166 
Total $8,545 $17,090 
Graduate students living on campus
 Seven or more units per semesterFull year
Tuition and other fees$3,893$7,786
Books and supplies$894 $1,788 
Room and board$5,314 $10,628 
Transportation$695 $1,390 
Personal/miscellaneous$669 $1,338 
Loan fees $83 $166 
Total $11,548$22,096
Graduate students living off campus
 Seven or more units per semesterFull year
Tuition and other fees$3,893$7,786
Books and supplies$894 $1,788 
Room and board$6,378 $12,756
Transportation$728 $1,456 
Personal/miscellaneous$669 $1,338 
Loan fees $83 $166 
Total $12,645$25,290

 

Graduate business professional students living with a parent or relative
 Seven or more units per semesterFull year
Tuition and other fees$6,179$12,358
Books and supplies$894 $1,788 
Room and board$2,259 $4,518 
Transportation$747 $1,494 
Personal/miscellaneous$669 $1,338 
Loan fees $83 $166 
Total $10,381 $21,662
Graduate business professional students living on campus
 Seven or more units per semesterFull year
Tuition and other fees$6,179$12,358
Books and supplies$894 $1,788 
Room and board$5,314 $10,628 
Transportation$695 $1,390 
Personal/miscellaneous$669 $1,338 
Loan fees $83 $166 
Total $13,834$27,668
Graduate business students living off campus
 Seven or more units per semesterFull year
Tuition and other fees$6,189$12,358
Books and supplies$894 $1,788 
Room and board$6,378 $12,756
Transportation$728 $1,456 
Personal/miscellaneous$669 $1,338 
Loan fees $83 $166 
Total 14,931$29,862


California State University makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, California State University must reserve the right, even after initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees without notice until the date of instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All California State University listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees.

 

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