New Students

Congratulations on your admission to California State University, Northridge (CSUN)!

To remove your registration hold, please purchase the required proof of health insurance from Relation Insurance Services. We will receive an electronic notification and will remove your registration hold.

The International and Exchange Student Center (IESC) staff wishes to welcome you and is looking forward to meeting you at the New International Student Orientation.

The section below includes all initial information for newly admitted international students. Please follow the steps below to get started!

Immigration Requirements for Fall 2019 Admit

International Student Mandatory Immigration Session— Fall 2019

Congratulations on your admission to California State University, Northridge (CSUN)! The IESC staff is looking forward to meeting you upon your arrival to our campus. All of our F-1 students are required to complete the six-step immigration requirements which includes registering for new student orientation once they are admitted to our university. To begin, please read below. 

Steps to complete immigration requirements

Please complete Steps 1-5 prior to your arrival to the U.S.

Step 1

Activate your CSUN account

  1. Locate the email sent to you by the Office of Admissions and Records with instructions to activate your student account. The email contains the link to authenticate your identity for the activation.
  2. You may also visit the CSUN instruction page, and follow the subsequent instructions to activate your user ID and password.

Problems activating your account? Please contact the CSUN IT Help Center.

Step 2


Please access this course through Canvas by clicking here.

Student must complete this section through the Canvas course.  Make sure to accomplish all the following tasks before printing your grade:

  • Read the PowerPoint
  • Take the Quiz
  • Take the Survey
  • Print the Certificate of Completion

To complete this STEP, please click on the STEP 2b link on the left.

Please note:
Students must receive at least a 90% on the quiz in order to move on to STEP 2c.

(c) TAKE THE NEW STUDENT SURVEYWe are always looking for new ways to improve our services for our students. Please share your thoughts with us by filling out the survey. To begin the survey, please click on the STEP 2c link on the left.

This Grade Report is your confirmation that you have completed STEPS 2b (with a score of 90% or better) and 2c. You are acknowledging that you have read and understood the information provided to you in STEP 2a. Please print the Grade Report ;and bring it with you to the Mandatory New Student Reporting (STEP 6).

Please note: You will not be able to print your grade until you have successfully passed the quiz with a score of 90% or better (STEP 2b).

Step 3

Release of SEVIS record to CSUN

Applies only to students who are already in the U.S. with an I-20 from a previous school.

Please skip to STEP 4 if CSUN is the first school that you are attending as an F1 student in the United States.

Transfer-in deadline: August 9, 2019

(CSUN must have your SEVIS record by this date.)

Step 4

Email your Proof of Health Insurance to

It is mandatory for you to submit the required proof of health insurance document to the email address provided before the beginning of the semester. 

Please Click here to purchase the pre-approved policy offered by Relation Insurance Services. This policy meets the Health Insurance Requirements as mandated by the California State University Chancellor's office.

Students cannot register for classes until the foreign hold has been removed. For health insurance requirements and the removal of the foreign hold, visit the foreign registration hold page.  Please note that undergraduate students who fill out the Response Questionnaire through the Undergraduate Studies website, click here for the website, will be registered by the International Academic Advisor during the first semester only.  Graduate students will register in classes themselves, and will need to contact their academic advisor in their Major department for assistance when needed.

Step 5

Register for the International Students orientation by clicking here.

Attend the International Orientation (In Person)

***Please note your 6-STEP immigration Requirements process is not complete until you attend the International Student Orientation***

Orientation dates:

August 22, 2019

A special orientation program has been designed for our international students. Additional information can be found at the New Student Orientation website as it becomes available; however, those registered will be sent a confirmation with further details.


Please complete Step 6 upon your arrival to the U.S.

All Fall 2019 admits are required to enter the U.S. by no later than August 16, 2019

Step 6

New  Spring 2019 students coming to CSUN from abroad must enter the U.S. no later than August 16, 2019, and do the Mandatory new student Reporting

Submit clear, legible, and complete  copies of the following important documents to a Foreign Student Advisor at the In Person Reporting Session:

***Please click here to sign up to attend a mandatory In Person Reporting Session.***


 Upon your arrival to the U.S., please report to the IESC in person with copies of your immigration documents (as outlined in the list to the left) for your session. You will meet with a Foreign Student Advisor. Once you report, we can notify immigration of your attendance at CSUN through SEVIS. IESC advising walk-in hours are Monday-Friday 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm.


Failure to complete Steps 1-6 may affect your eligibility to remain in correct F-1 status.

Please visit our website on a regular basis for the most up-to-date information.

Immigration Requirements for Spring 2020 Admit

International Student Mandatory Immigration Session— Spring 2020

Congratulations on your admission to California State University, Northridge (CSUN)! The IESC staff is looking forward to meeting you upon your arrival to our campus. Please make sure to visit this page again for updated information regarding the six-step immigration requirements.