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:

Orientation Essentials, Resources, and Topics Discussed at Orientation

Orientation Dates

International Orientation Dates:

Thursday, January 21, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 pm

Orientation Essentials

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

  • Parking  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 include a light continental breakfast, and a boxed lunch (Subway Sandwiches).  Special dietary needs can be requested ahead of time.
    • Water Bottles – Help us reduce waste of single-use plastic bottles by bringing your own water bottle. There are refill stations located throughout campus. If you do not have a reusable water bottle, water will be provided. For more information about CSUN’s sustainability efforts, visit www.csun.edu/sustainability and visit their table at the Resource Fair.
  • Bring you class schedule to the orientation so that orientation leaders may help you map out your first few days on campus.
  • Bring a CSUN student ID or another form of picture ID to check in to the program. A CSUN student ID is $5.00 dollars and available at Bayramian Hall - 1st Floor.  The Cash Services windows will receive your payments and then instruct you on where to go to take your picture and pick up your new ID card.


Topics discussed at New Student Orientation Orientation

Campus Tour and NetworkingHosted by CSUN New Student Orientation (NSO) Leaders, you will receive a tour of major of campus facilities highlighting areas of interest to new students transferring into CSUN.  New Students will be matched to specific orientation leaders/touring groups based off of similar college/major related areas of study.
CSUN Resources & Services
University department representatives will speak directly on resources and services available.
Involvement Opportunities  DiscussionPresented by staff from the International and Exchange Student Center, students will be come more aware of opportunities for involvement and engagement on campus. 
Technology at CSUNRepresentatives from Information Technology will present on tools and services students have access to focusing on: CSUN User Accounts, Email, MyNorthridge Portal/SOLAR, Hardware Software, Media, MOODLE, Network & Wireless, Phones, Electronic Storage, and basic internet navigation.
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.
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.


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.