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International Students


The New Student Orientation (NSO) experience is a required for all entering International students and will occur over the summer leading up till the Fall semester. All new students will partake in International Orientation on Thursday, August 25, 2022 at 9:00 AM 

Registration will begin in early July. All new students will receive emails and postcards signaling they can begin the NSO registration process.  

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NSO Online

The NSO Online platform is the first step in the NSO process and it offers a set of comprehensive modules that address university programs, services, and resources available to you in a virtual and eventual on-campus capacity. Complete this online program at your own pace. 

NSO Dates

Date for International studentsTimes
Tuesday, January 18, 2022Morning Session: 9:00am - 1:30pm 




NSO Tentative Agenda

Morning Session

9:00 amCheck-In for Students
9:15 amCampus Tour
10:15 amUniversity Welcome & Immigration Briefing
10:35 amInformation Technology
10:50 amStudent Life Video Presentation
11:30 amSteps to Academic Success
12:30 amLunch
1:00 pmCampus Resources & Services Fair
1:30 pmNSO International Concludes

Orientation Essentials

We look forward to seeing you at your New Student Orientation. Here are some essential tips and reminders:

  • Mandatory Information- Orientation information is mandatory and you are expected to participate in the full program.
  • Cost to attend
    • A mandatory fee of $75.00 dollars will be automatically billed to your student account
  • User ID - There will be time for you to register for the Student Recreation Center (SRC) after the Orientation, which will require you to have your User ID (also referred to you as your "Moodle login").
  • F-1 Freshman & Transfer Students (Undergraduate Level who wish to obtain a Bachelor Degree):  An academic advisor from Undergraduate Studies will be speaking with you and can perhaps answer general questions on class scheduling.  F-
  • F-1 Graduate Students (Graduate Level who wish to obtain a Masters or Doctoral Degree): Graduate Students may attend NSO coordinated out of our office; however, there is also a “New Graduate Student Orientation” program provided through the office of Research and Graduate Studies.  For more information on that event please click here.  
  • F-1 Academic Advisement - Be sure to see an academic advisor if possible BEFORE your New Student Orientation to help you with class selection if possible. 
    • If you are in the United States, you are encouraged to schedule a meeting with one of the International Academic Advisors in the Office of Undergraduate Studies by calling 818-677-2969 or emailing ugs.intladvisor@csun.edu.
    • Bring your unofficial transcripts for all courses taken at a community college or another four-year university to your advisement meeting.
    • Students outside of the U.S. and arriving on July 23 or later, are also encouraged to emailugs.intladvisor@csun.edu for questions.
  • Schedule of Classes - It may be helpful for you to bring your schedule of classes with you as you'll have an opportunity to identify buildings with your Orientation leader.
  • Orientation Payment— The mandatory non-refundable $75.00 fee issued for Orientation should be paid as soon as possible. This fee could be paid through the "My Checklist" portion of your student portal or by visiting Cash Services, which is located in the first floor of Bayramian Hall. This is a separate fee from tuition and cannot be paid with money awarded by Financial Aid. If you have any questions regarding the Orientation fee, please contact University Cash Services (818) 677-8000 or university_cash_services@csun.edu.
  • Contact the orientation staff at orientation@csun.edu or call us at (818) 677-4100 and ask to speak to someone regarding Orientation should you have any questions or concerns.

NSO Components and Student Learning Outcomes

Hello new matador! We are currently in the process of finalizing your Fall 2022 New Student Orientation experience. Please, refer back to this website in April 2022 to get all the details.


General Resources:

International Student Handbook 

International Student Handbook



Please visit our FAQs page to better prepare you for your orientation experience. 


If you have any further questions, please contact the New Student Orientation staff at (818) 677-4100 or via email at newstudentorientation@csun.edu. You may also review the FAQs page for any questions you may have.

If you have any questions about your immigration status please contact your International Student Advisor at the International and Exchange Student Center at: (818) 677-3053.

Disclaimer: The New Student Orientation website contains information authorized and available at the time of publication. Its content, including dates and fee amounts, is subject to change without prior notice or obligation.

In the interest of everyone's well-being and consistent with the goal of reducing opportunities for exposure to COVID-19, all in-person events offered through the Office of Student Involvement & Development are cancelled until further notice. The department will continue to operate virtually and you can learn more about those opportunities by visiting the websites for The Matador Involvement Center (Leadership, Clubs & Organizations, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Volunteer Programs, The Food Pantry, and Cal Fresh), Commencement & Honors ConvocationNew Student Orientation (NSO)Discover Inquire, & Grow in Los Angeles, and the CSUN Mentorship Program.  

You can find more information about COVID-19 campus planning, preparedness and prevention at csun.edu/COVID-19.