Prospective Students

International Student: Returning to CSUN

We’re so glad you are considering a return to CSUN! Whether you’ve been gone for a few semesters or several years, your decision to return reflects the kind of persistence and resilience we admire. Welcome back, Matador!

A returning CSUN international student is one who has completed non-extension course work in a previous spring or fall semester. Returning students include those in good academic standing and those wishing to return after previous disqualification in their last semester at CSUN.

Admission Requirements

I am returning in good academic standing.

No additional admission criteria are required to re-apply to CSUN. However, you will need to meet the international admissions criteria listed below under “Items to Submit.”

  • If you have completed any college or university courses since you last attended CSUN, you will need to send us your official transcripts.
  • If you have course work now in progress, send us your official preliminary transcripts.
  • If you have not taken courses elsewhere since your last attendance at CSUN, no transcripts are required.

I was previously disqualified.

Eligibility Requirements for Freshmen and Transfer Students

PLEASE NOTE: Previously disqualified undergraduate students may only apply to return to the university in the fall semester. The Cal State Apply application opens October 1.

  1. You must demonstrate acquired skills or achievements that support a successful return to the university, including:
    • Successfully completing courses in your degree program at another institution or through the Tseng College (extended learning) at CSUN
    • Earning grades that demonstrate the ability to return to good academic standing in a reasonable timeframe if readmitted to CSUN
    You are strongly urged to meet with your CSUN academic advisor to discuss readmission requirements.
  2. Complete each of the 4 basic subject courses required for CSU general education with a grade of C- or better: Writing, Mathematics, Critical Thinking, and Speech Communication. (Students re-applying as Engineering or Computer Science majors do not have to complete Critical Thinking prior to admission.)
  3. Before you apply, contact the CSUN College of your major to determine their specific readmission criteria.
  4. Complete the Previously Disqualified Student Questionnaire and submit it to the Office of Admissions and Records. To be considered for fall readmission, file your completed questionnaire on or before April 1.
  5. Meet the deadlines and provide the required items described on this page.

Eligibility Requirements for Graduate Students

Readmission of previously disqualified graduate/master’s students will be determined by their individual graduate program. Read more at:

Graduate students must also meet the deadlines and provide the required items described on this page.

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 are required to submit the following:

  1. Complete online application at Cal State Apply. Please read the instructions carefully and complete all appropriate sections.
  2. A $70.00 (U.S. currency) non-refundable application fee. The fee must be paid online in order to submit the application.
  3. Affidavit of Financial Support (PDF) and bank statement. Both pages of the financial affidavit and the bank statement may be emailed to intladm@csun.edu.
  4. After you apply on Cal State Apply, send us the following transcripts:
  • Your OFFICIAL transcripts for any college or university courses you have completed since you last attended CSUN.
  • Preliminary transcripts for course work now in progress.
  • No transcripts are required for returning students in good academic standing who have not taken courses elsewhere since their last attendance at CSUN.
  • Applicants who have studied in the U.S. since their last attendance at CSUN must have the U.S. institution(s) send official transcript(s) directly to CSUN.
  • If you are attending a California community college, please see the instructions for electronic transcripts at eTranscript California. Note: Please do not send us identical, duplicate paper and electronic transcripts!

Send OFFICIAL paper transcripts directly to:

California State University, Northridge
Attention: International Admissions
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8207
U.S.A.

After You Apply

  1. Check your application status. Log into myNorthridge Portal (login required) and review your complete and incomplete tasks in “My Checklist.” Helpful: My Checklist Guide
    • Seeking Bachelor’s Degree: You will be notified by the Office of International Admissions of your admissibility to the university.
    • Seeking Master’s Degree: As soon as the graduate department has notified us in the Office of International Admissions of your admissibility, we will notify you.
  2. Check often for CSUN correspondence sent to your CSUN email address, by regular mail, and in myNorthridge Portal (login required) under "My Announcements.”

If you are readmitted, you'll need to take some additional steps. Please read the rest of the information on this page.

If you are denied readmission to the university, you may appeal this decision:

After You are Admitted

Congratulations on your admission to CSUN! Now there are still some important steps to take depending on whether you'll be coming to CSUN from inside or outside the United States.

Review the section for your student group and situation below to understand these additional steps and requirements.

Returning student 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 current college or university advisor to transfer your SEVIS record to CSUN. About two or three business days after your prior school releases you in the SEVIS database, your 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 an email from our International and Exchange Student Center (IESC) with instructions to complete the mandatory online session called the Immigration Requirements for Admitted International Students.

Academic Advisement

Look for an email from your academic department advisor directing you to set up an online appointment. A “new student registration” email with instructions for your first semester of enrollment will be sent to your CSUN Gmail account.

Your enrollment appointment will display in myNorthridge Portal under "My Checklist" each semester. However, you cannot register for classes until you have participated in online academic advisement with your department and your advisement and/or other registration holds have been lifted.*

*For help with myNorthridge Portal and advisement/registration holds, see the How-To Guides, including:

Returning student from outside the U.S.

All Returning 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.

Returning Bachelor's Students

You will receive a letter of admission, instructions to complete the mandatory online Immigration Requirements for Admitted International Students from CSUN's International and Exchange Student Center (IESC), and the Form I-20.

A “new student registration” email with instructions for your first semester of enrollment will be sent to your CSUN Gmail account. Your enrollment appointment will display in myNorthridge Portal under "My Checklist" each semester. However, you cannot register for courses* until:

–OR–

You will receive an email from your departmental advisor directing you to set up an online appointment once registration begins. Upon arrival in the United States, please make an appointment with a representative from the International and Exchange Student Center (IESC).

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

Returning Master's Students

You will receive a letter of admission, instructions to complete the mandatory online Immigration Requirements for Admitted International Students from CSUN's International and Exchange Student Center, a copy of the departmental admission form (1295) for your master's program, and the I-20. You may also receive specific communications from your graduate department.

A “new student registration” email with instructions for your first semester of enrollment will be sent to your CSUN Gmail account. Your enrollment appointment will display in myNorthridge Portal under "My Checklist" each semester. However, you cannot register for courses* until you have arrived in the United States or you have made special arrangements with CSUN's International and Exchange Student Center and your graduate program department. Upon arrival, you will need to arrange a meeting with an advisor in the International and Exchange Student Center (IESC).

*For help with myNorthridge Portal and advisement/registration holds, see the How-To Guides, including:

Tuition and Payment Deadlines

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: