International and Exchange Student Center


University Student Union, Building C
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, CA 91330

Phone: (818) 677-3053 Fax: (818) 677-4191

IESC Office Hours:
Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Advisement Appointments:
You can schedule an advisement appointment online.

Admitted International First-Time Freshman

Congratulations on Your Admission!

We're excited to know you'll be joining the CSUN Matador family.

As a newly-admitted international student, you'll need to complete the following steps to secure your place here.

Steps to Finalize Your Admission

If you have a J-1 visa, please visit New J-1 Visa Holding Exchange Students for your next steps and advisement.

If you have an F-1 visa, review the steps below.

Based on your location inside or outside the U.S. at the time of your admission, you'll need to complete the following instructions:

  • Inside the U.S.: As soon as you receive our email offering admission, you must transfer your SEVIS record to CSUN.
    • If you are a first-time freshman, ask your high school advisor.
    • If you are a transfer student, ask your college or university advisor.
    • If you are a graduate student, ask your college or university advisor.
  • About two or three business days after your current school releases you in the SEVIS database, our International Admissions Office will email your CSUN Form I-20 to you.
  • Outside the U.S.: Our International Admissions Office will email your CSUN Form I-20 to the email address you provided in your Cal State Apply admission application.

All F-1 visa students: To receive your I-20 other than by email, please contact us about one of the following options at as soon as possible:

  • Pick up your CSUN Form I-20 from our International Admissions Office.
  • Ask us to hold your I-20 for a friend or family member to pick up.
  • Ask us to mail your I-20 to you or a friend or family member.

All new F-1 students must complete the online Six-Step Immigration Requirements for New International Students, including the mandatory Reporting Session with CSUN's International and Exchange Student Center (IESC). These steps allow you to maintain your visa status and register for classes. You can start now at Immigration Requirements for Newly Admitted International Students.

Important Information: If you are outside the U.S. at the time of your admission, you will need to arrange an appointment at a local U.S. Embassy to secure your F-1 student visa. Make an appointment as soon as possible, as it may take some time.

If you are unable to enter the U.S. for the fall or spring semester of your admission, please contact your IESC advisor at

  • How to file your Intent to Register:
    • Log in to the myNorthridge portal with your CSUN ID and Password.
    • Once you’re logged in, select the “Applicant” tab. Then, in the “My Status” box, select “Intent to Register” to accept your offer of admission.
Semester of Admission Intent to File Deadline
Fall 2022 June 1, 2022
Spring 2023 December 1, 2022

The Mathematics Selection Assessment (MSA) is a placement test that places you into a math class that fits your skill level. The MSA does not affect your admission.

If the placement test is required or recommended, your Hub-International academic advisor will email you MSA information and provide details in the "New F-1 International Student Academic Advisement Process" (see Step 5 below).

Important Information: Only register for a placement test if advised to do so by your international academic advisor.

An academic advisor for new international students will assist you with enrolling in your first-semester classes. Complete the Response Questionnaire to tell your advisor that you plan to attend and to share your class preferences.

How to pre-enroll:

  1. Monitor your CSUN email for an invitation from an academic advisor to complete the "New F-1 Undergraduate International Student Academic Advisement Process” Pre-Enrollment Steps 1-3, including the Response Questionnaire.
  2. If you do not receive the email within 14 days of your admission, request a new international student advisement workshop by contacting an advisor in the The Hub-International Academic Advisement Office.
    • Timeline of International Student Advisement Workshops:
      • Students admitted for fall will have workshops scheduled in the summer.
      • Students admitted for spring will have workshops scheduled between November and January.
  3. Start Pre-Enrollment Steps 1-3. Classes fill quickly, and you must be enrolled in at least 12 units to maintain student visa status. Before your advisor can enroll you in classes, you must complete the following online processes to clear your advisement and registration holds:

To learn more, review the First-Time International Student Advising Checklist.

Be on the lookout for a new student registration email which will contain instructions for your first semester of enrollment.

Each semester, your enrollment appointment will display in myNorthridge Portal under My Checklist. You may begin to register for classes on your appointment date and time and thereafter. Registration holds will also display in My Checklist.

For registration help, view the following tutorials:

Attending school abroad is a large investment of time and money for you and your family. This page will help you understand what your monetary costs will be when preparing for this next step in your education.

Please note that our international students pay basic tuition as well as nonresident tuition. All students pay additional mandatory campus fees.

The resources below will help you to estimate the cost of attending CSUN:

  1. CSUN Cost of Attendance
  2. CSUN Net Price Calculator
  3. Complete the Affidavit of Financial Support (PDF).

Although the university does not offer financial aid to international students, other resources can assist you with the cost of attendance. Please visit Scholarship Opportunities for International Students.

For the most up-to-date information regarding tuition and other fees, refer to the Student Financial Services website.

How to pay for your classes

  • To view tuition and fees, log in to myNorthridge Portal, select the Financial Matters tab, and locate the My Financial Obligations box.
    • The tuition payment deadline for international students is the Friday of the first week of classes, every semester.
    • If you would like to request an extension or have questions about payment, please email us at
  • Note: A late payment (after the first week of classes) is not allowed for international students in their final semester at CSUN.
  • Helpful guides:​​​​​​​

New international students are required to attend New Student Orientation (NSO), a program designed to set incoming Matadors up for success.

NSO registration begins mid-January. New students will receive emails and postcards signaling they can begin the registration process.

During NSO, you will participate in NSO Online which consists of comprehensive modules covering university programs and student services and resources. The program is self-paced and available throughout July.

Additionally, you will participate in NSO Live, an engaging part of orientation in which NSO Leaders will facilitate small group discussions through Zoom on topics such as Student Involvement and Belonging, Academic Success and Information Technology. NSO Live offers a more individualized opportunity to connect with fellow students.

For the most current orientation information, including dates and registration, visit New Student Orientation – International Students.

International and Exchange Student Center


University Student Union, Building C
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, CA 91330

Phone: (818) 677-3053 Fax: (818) 677-4191

IESC Office Hours:
Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Advisement Appointments:
You can schedule an advisement appointment online.

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