International Students



General Information

The CSUN international Student's Office provides help and guidance in obtaining the necessary visa to qualified students. 


International Student's Office

Office of Student Development and International Programs

18111 Nordhoff Street

Northridge, CA 91330-8261

Phone: (818) 677-2393 or (818) 677-3053

FAX: (818) 677-4596

The following is for general background information only and may not be up-to-date with current regulations. You should check with the International Student's Office for current rules and procedures.


Department of Homeland Security

The USCIS website has general information for international students studying and working in the United States.

Specific provisions related to international student employment is governed by Federal Regulation Sec. 214.2(f) paragraph (9).  You can read the text of this regulation at the following USCIS webpage It is a long page!  Once loaded, scroll down to paragraph (9) or search for "Employment ".


Getting I20 Visa

The honors Co-Op program is classified as Curriculum Practical Training (CPT) by the Department of Homeland Security.   Eligible international  students must obtain an I20 visa to work as a Co-Op intern.  The I20 visa is issued  through the CSUN International students office.

Before requesting an I20 you need to know the following:

  • A job placement obtained through the Honors Co-Op program.

  • Enrollment in CECS494HCX (See syllabus on how to get a permission number for enrolling).

  • Have an offer of employment letter from the Co-Op Employer/Sponsor.

  • A certificate from the Co-Op office stating that you are a CECS Co-Op intern (Visit the Co-Op office with offer of employment letter and proof of enrollment in ENGR494HCx or COMP494HCx to obtain this certificate).


Summer Employment or other part-time job

The Co-Op program is not set up to provide just summer employment or act as a clearing house for other part-time job/internship.  If you are an international student with a student visa (e.g. F1) then you cannot enter the Co-Op program just to get an I-20 visa for a summer job.  The Co-Op program is not set up for that.  It is not an internship program nor an employment agency.  The program does not accept any arbitrary job from any arbitrary employer as suitable for the Co-Op program.   The job must be technical in nature and related to the student's field of study.  Additionally, the sponsoring company must sign an agreement with the college.



Work Hours

International students generally work a maximum of 20 hours per week during spring and fall semesters and work full time during summer



Optional Practical Training (OPT)

The Honors Co-Op program does not deal with Optional Practical Training (OPT).  You need to see the CSUN International Student's Office and your Department Chair to obtain approval for OPT.