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International Student: International Freshman

Am I an International Freshman Applicant?

An international freshman applicant is a student who wishes to study at our university on an F-1 (student) visa or J-1 (exchange) visa, who is applying to one of our bachelor's degree programs, and who has not completed any post-secondary course work at a college or university.

Admission Requirements

You will be considered for admission to CSUN as an international freshman if you meet the following requirements:

  1. You have earned a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale, or an average of "B" grades on an "A - F" letter grading scale. (CSUN will convert your international GPA when you apply for admission.)
  2. You have met our English language requirement:
    ENGLISH LANGUAGE TESTS AND MINIMUM SCORES
    Test Name
    and Website
    Minimum Score Required for Undergraduate StudentsSend Score Directly To CSUN

    Cambridge C1 Advanced English (formerly CAE)

    172

    Email “Confirmation of Entry” page to intladm@csun.edu.
    DET – Duolingo English Test

    95

    Online through your Duolingo Account. See Sending Your Results.
    EIKEN CSE – Common Scale for English

    2304 (Pre-1)

    Contact EIKEN online; they will send the score directly to us.
    GTEC CBT – Global Test of English Communication Computer-Based Test

    1125

    Have GTEC send a copy of your "Official Score Certificate" to CSUN.
    IELTS Academic - International English Language Test System

    6.0

    Have IELTS send a copy of your "Test Report Form" to CSUN.
    iTEP Academic - International Test of English Proficiency3.8

    Have iTEP send your score to CSUN.

    PTE Academic - Pearson Test of English50

    Online through your PTE Academic Account.
    TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language

    — Internet Based score: 61
    — Paper-based score: 500

    We do not accept TOEFL ITP.

    Use CSUN School Code 4707.

    Exception: If a freshman applicant has attended a high school in the U.S. for three or more years, or has attended a high school where English is the principal language of instruction for three or more years, the TOEFL or other English language proficiency exam is not required. Please note:
    • CSUN interprets "where English is the principal language of instruction" to mean that a school is located in a country where English is the daily medium of communication for the majority of residents, and that students receive academic instruction in English at all levels of education.
    • Countries currently meeting the above requirement are: Australia, Belize, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, plus a few nations in the Commonwealth Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and Trinidad and Tobago).

      If you have any questions, please contact an International Admissions Advisor.

CSUN Intensive English Program and Conditional Admission:

An Intensive English Program (IEP) is offered through CSUN’s Tseng College of Extended Learning. The International Admissions Office works closely with the IEP office to offer "conditional admission" to academically eligible students enrolled in the IEP. We guarantee admission to the university once these students have completed the English language requirement (TOEFL or other acceptable test). Read more at Intensive English and University Pathways.

Application and Document Deadlines

Application and document deadlines for international applicants are shown in the table below. 

Table of our application and document deadlines
SemesterApplication DeadlineDocument Deadline
For Fall Admission:
The application filing period opens October 1.
May 31June 15
For Spring Admission:
The application filing period opens August 1.
October 31November 15

Items to Submit

International applicants to CSUN must submit the following:

  • Complete online application at Cal State Apply. Please read the instructions carefully and complete all appropriate sections.
  • A $70.00 (US currency) non-refundable application fee.
  • Affidavit of Financial Support (.pdf) and bank statement. Both pages of the financial affidavit and the bank statement may be emailed to us at intladm@csun.edu.
  • All OFFICIAL secondary-school records, including certificates, examination grades, degrees or diplomas in original language of issue. Your records must include official verification of high school completion. Applicants who have studied in the U.S. are also required to have the U.S. institution(s) send official transcript(s) directly to CSUN.
  • Official English translations of all academic records, including certificates, degrees or diplomas.
  • A copy of your passport photo page.
  • Results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or other acceptable test.

Send all OFFICIAL transcripts and translations directly to:
CSUN - Admissions and Records
Attention: International Admissions
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8207
U.S.A.

After You Apply

Take the following steps to ensure the rest of your admission process goes smoothly:

  1. Set up your myNorthridge Portal and CSUN email. Watch for the “Activate Your CSUN Account” email from CSUN Admissions and Records sent to the address you provided on your application. You should receive the email 1 or 2 days after you apply.
  2. Check your application status. Log into myNorthridge Portal, locate “My Checklist," and review any incomplete tasks.
  3. Check often for CSUN correspondence sent to your CSUN email address, by regular mail, and in myNorthridge Portal under "My Announcements.”

You will be notified by the Office of International Admissions of your admissibility to the university.
If you have been denied admission to the university, you may appeal this decision. For details and instructions to submit an appeal, please see Admission Appeals.

After You are Admitted

 

Admitted First-Time Freshman

Your next steps depend on your situation. Are you an F-1 or J-1 visa student? Will you be coming to CSUN from inside or outside the United States? Follow the steps for your student group below.

First-Time Freshman from Inside the U.S.

Form I-20 and SEVIS Record

After you receive our email notifying you of your admission to CSUN, please ask your high school advisor to transfer your SEVIS record to CSUN. About 2 or 3 business days after your school releases you in the SEVIS database, your CSUN Form I-20 will be available for you to pick up from our Office of International Admissions.

  • If you prefer that we hold your I-20 for a friend or family member to pick up, please let us know as soon as possible.
  • If you prefer that we mail your I-20 to you or a friend or family member, please let us know.

Visa and Immigration Advisement

You will also receive instructions via email from CSUN's International and Exchange Student Center (IESC) to complete the mandatory online session called the Immigration Requirements for Newly Admitted International Students.

Intent to Register

We’d like to know if you are planning to register for classes at CSUN. Please submit your Intent to Register online for the semester of your admission before the date listed below:

  • Fall admission: May 1
  • Spring admission: October 1

How to File Your Intent:

The Intent to Register link is located in the "My Status" box in myNorthridge Portal. Follow these steps:

  1. Set up your CSUN account following the account activation instructions.
  2. Log into myNorthridge Portal with your CSUN user ID and password.
  3. Locate the “My Status” box and scroll if necessary to the Intent to Register link.

No deposit is charged to file Intent to Register at CSUN.

Math Selection Assessment

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. You will receive test information for the MSA by email from our International Admissions Office.

The international academic advisor for new students (see below) will also email you MSA information. Some MSA details are provided in the "New F-1 International Student Academic Advisement Process" Online Pre-Enrollment Workshop.

Academic Advisement

For your first semester only, you will be pre-enrolled in classes by the academic advisor for new international students in The Hub-International Academic Advisement Office. Pre-enrollment can be in-person or online and requires your participation.

How to Pre-Enroll:

  1. Watch for an email from the academic advisor directing you to complete the "New F-1 Undergraduate International Student Academic Advisement Process” Pre-Enrollment Steps 1-3, including the “Online Pre-Enrollment Workshop,” and the “Response Questionnaire” to indicate your class preferences.
  2. If you do not receive the email within 14 days of your admission, request a pre-enrollment workshop by contacting the advisor at:

The Hub-International Academic Advisement Office
Extended University Commons (EU) Room 150

Email: ugs.intladvisor@csun.edu
Phone: (818) 677-6968

Workshops for students admitted for the fall semester are scheduled throughout the summer; students admitted for the spring semester are scheduled November through January.

  1. For your first semester, you must pre-enroll with the international academic advisor. Your advisor can only pre-enroll you as a new student when you have completed both of the following online processes and your advisement holds* are lifted:

Start these steps today! Our classes fill quickly, and you must be enrolled in at least 12 units to maintain your student visa status.

  1. You will also receive a “new student registration” email sent to your CSUN Gmail account with instructions for your first semester of enrollment. For your second semester and thereafter, your enrollment appointment will display in myNorthridge Portal under "My Checklist.”*

*For help with myNorthridge Portal, see the How To Guides, including:

     

    First-Time Freshmen from outside the U.S.

    Form I-20 Admission Packet

    Soon you will receive a welcome packet containing your letter of admission, a welcome brochure, a letter inviting you to take the mandatory mathematics placement test, and the CSUN Form I-20.

    Visa and Immigration Advisement

    • Watch for instructions via email from CSUN's International and Exchange Student Center (IESC) to complete the mandatory online session called the Immigration Requirements for Newly Admitted International Students.
    • Please arrange an appointment at a local U.S. Embassy to secure your F-1 student visa. This can be a long process, so please make the appointment as soon as possible. 

    Intent to Register

    We’d like to know if you’re planning to register for classes at CSUN. Please submit your Intent to Register online for the semester of your admission before the date listed below:

    • Fall admission: May 1
    • Spring admission: October 1

    How to File Your Intent:

    The Intent to Register link is located in the "My Status" box in myNorthridge Portal. Follow these steps:

    1. Set up your CSUN account following the account activation instructions.
    2. Log into myNorthridge Portal with your CSUN user ID and password.
    3. Locate the “My Status” box and scroll if necessary to the Intent to Register link.

    No deposit is charged to file Intent to Register at CSUN.

    Math Selection Assessment

    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. You will receive test information for the MSA by email from our International Admissions Office.

    The international academic advisor for new students (see below) will also email you MSA information. Some MSA details are provided in the "New F-1 International Student Academic Advisement Process" Online Pre-Enrollment Workshop.

    Academic Advisement

    For your first semester only, you will be pre-enrolled in classes by the academic advisor for new international students in The Hub-International Academic Advisement Office. Pre-enrollment can be in-person or online and requires your participation.

    How to Pre-Enroll:

    1. Watch for an email from the academic advisor directing you to complete the "New F-1 Undergraduate International Student Academic Advisement Process” Pre-Enrollment Steps 1-3, including the “Online Pre-Enrollment Workshop,” and the “Response Questionnaire” to indicate your class preferences.
    2. If you do not receive the email within 14 days of your admission, request a pre-enrollment workshop by contacting the advisor at:

    The Hub-International Academic Advisement Office 
    Extended University Commons (EU) Room 150

    Email: ugs.intladvisor@csun.edu
    Phone: (818) 677-6968

    Workshops for students admitted for the fall semester are scheduled throughout the summer; students admitted for the spring semester are scheduled November through January.

    1. For your first semester, you must pre-enroll with the international academic advisor. Your advisor can only pre-enroll you as a new student when you have completed both of the following online processes and your advisement holds* are lifted:

    Start these steps today! Our classes fill quickly, and you must be enrolled in at least 12 units to maintain your student visa status.

    1. You will also receive a “new student registration” email sent to your CSUN Gmail account with instructions for your first semester of enrollment. For your second semester and thereafter, your enrollment appointment will display in myNorthridge Portal under "My Checklist.”*

    *For help with myNorthridge Portal, see the How To Guides, including:

      Tuition and Payment Deadline

      You and your family should take time to understand what your costs will be so you can make informed choices when preparing for this next step in your education. The resources below will help you to estimate the cost of attending CSUN:

      1. Visit the CSUN Cost of Attendance page.
      2. Use the CSUN Net Price Calculator.
      3. Review and complete the Affidavit of Financial Support (PDF) (see “Items to Submit” above).

      Although the university does not offer financial aid to international students, other sources of funding exist. To determine how these resources can assist you with the cost of attendance, visit International Student Aid.

      For the most up-to-date information regarding tuition and other fees, refer to the Student Finance website.
      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, please contact us: intlpayments@csun.edu.

      Note: A late payment (after the first week of classes) is not allowed for international students in their final semester at our university.

      Helpful guides: