International Students

In keeping with the goal of New Student Orientation, we have designed this program to meet the needs of incoming new International Students through the following:

  • Providing the opportunity for students to gain knowledge and information about campus resources and services.
  • Informing students on how to achieve academic success.
  • Encouraging interaction among current and new students to ensure a smooth transition.
  • Connection and networking with college administration, faculty and staff.
  • Informing students of involvement opportunities in a range of areas.


Register for New Student Orientation
(this is Step 5 of  the Immigration Requirements / on the "Moodle" interface)  

The 5th step of the "Six-step immigration requirements for F-1 Students" includes your attendance to the New Student Orientation program.

Please register for New Student Orientation here: https://nso.studentaffairs.csun.edu/
You will need your CSUN User Name and Password to register. Before you register, please be sure to review the additional information on this website including the  Orientation Dates, Orientation Essentials, Resources, and Topics Discussed at Orientation, which are in drop-down pages below.

Orientation Dates

Spring International Student Orientation

Friday, January 20, 2017

Fall International Student Orientation

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Orientation Schedule

Below is an example of a typical schedule for New Student Orientation for International Students.

8:00 am 
(60 min)
Hosted by CSUN New Student Orientation (NSO) Leaders
USU – Plaza Del Sol
*Light refreshments provided
9:00 am
(15 min)
University Welcome
President Harrison (TENTATIVE)/Office of Student Involvement and Development
 USU – Northridge Center
9:15 am
(30 min)
Steps to Academic Success
Student Service Center/EOP Satellite Representative
Presented by a University Academic Advisor, this session will inform students on making purposeful decisions regarding their academic career; review resources towards the process of graduating; and answer possible questions regarding academic advisement, rules, and policies.
USU –  Northridge Center
9:45 am
(15 min)
Immigration Briefing
IESC Representative
Through an interactive discussion format, this component will remind students of resources available to them that reference new and current immigration regulations, policies, and procedures as they pertain to legal F1 student status.
USU –  Northridge Center

(60 min)

Commercials and Conversations
NSO Student Leaders
Incoming Students will be shown collections of videos and commercials gathered from various departments and offices on campus. These videos will be presented alongside similarly themed videos within 4 areas of focus: Access & Support, Student Life, Health & Safety, and Campus Events. After each segment, Matador Mentors will facilitate conversations with students in small groups, answering questions on the presented videos and dispensing additional information on relevant resources without their own videos.
USU - Northridge Center
(60 min)
Campus Tour
NSO Student Leaders
Various Locations
(30 min)
12Classrooms and Communities
Office of Student Involvement and Development/IESC
USU - Northridge Center
1:15 pm
(60 min) 
Lunch & Resource Fair                                                                                                                                      
NSO Student Leaders/TUC
Campus Resources will have a tabling effort in the Colleague’s Room in the second floor of the Sierra Center. Here they will be able to connect directly with students, giving them direct face-to-face interaction with what CSUN’s resources and services have to offer. Resources typically bring giveaways and swag items.
Sierra Center
*Lunch provided

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 attend the full program. 
    • Student will check in at 8:00 AM
  • Cost to attend
    • A mandatory fee of $75.00 dollars will be automatically billed to your student account (Freshman Students)
    • A fee of $75.00 dollars will be billed to your student account upon your attendance of this event (Transfer and Graduate Students)
  • Orientation Schedule A full schedule of the day's events can be found by clicking here, or by visiting http://www.csun.edu/nso/international/schedule.htm 
  • Parking & Check-In: If you will be driving to campus, we have made arrangements for you to park in Student Lot G3 which is located off Zelzah Ave. & Prairie St. Parking permits will be distributed at the parking kiosk once you turn onto campus from the Prairie St. entrance. Orientation leaders will be available at the Parking Lot that morning, for assistance should it be needed.
  • Meals will be provided.  
    • Light continental breakfast and full lunch served
    • Special dietary needs can be requested ahead of time by emailing our office
  • 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.


The Office of Student Involvement and Development is in the process of updating this year's NSO handbook & other downloadable materials. For your convenience, last year's versions are available to you. Updated versions shall be made available after International Orientation.

2016-2017 Handbook

Advising Checklist

Student Service Centers and Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP) Advisement

Download the most recent International Student Orientation workshops:

Topics discussed at New Student Orientation Orientation

USU Tour and Networking

Hosted by CSUN New Student Orientation (NSO) Leaders, you will receive a tour of the University Student Union (USU) highlighting areas of interest to new students at CSUN.

University Welcome

Dr. William Watkins, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students, will briefly preview topics discussed during orientation day.

Steps to Academic Success

Presented by the International Advisor from Undergraduate Studies students will become familiar with the CSUN College structure (contacts, resources and who to know). Additionally, information will be provided regarding the University Catalog, Schedule of Classes, www.csun.edu/portal, "DPR", Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam and other general information.  Various topics are addressed including: Differences between US Universities/Community Colleges, myths and truths of an American College, campus/local/state and federal laws as they relate to student safety and well-being – including sections on Title IX, sexual assault, Violence Against Women Act, student records, and FERPA rights.

Forms and deadlines on taking control of one's own education will also be highlighted. If you haven’t registered for classes at the time of this program, further information will be available for you on how to navigate through the next steps.

Classrooms & Communities

Additionally this component will highlight student success stories concerning a traditional CSUN university classroom experiences. Various topics are addressed including: Differences between high school, community college, and US universities; appropriate classroom conduct; faculty expectations; ethical issues, cheating, and plagiarism (including using the Web and internet resources for cheating); campus community standards; Title IX and Sexual Assault information, and myths/truths of living and interacting with American students.

Campus Engagement Opportunities

Campus tours will be provided for students where they will be given information from the following resources: Oviatt Library, Learning Resource Center, Information Technology, Career Center, University Counseling Services, Disability Resources and Educational Services, Student Heath Center, and the Matador Bookstore.

Immigration Briefing
This discussion will assist students in reminding new students about current immigration regulations, policies, and procedures as they pertain to legal F1 student status.


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.