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.

*Please note: We cannot accept applications for second or additional bachelor’s degrees due to CSUN's impaction status. If you have already earned a bachelor’s degree or higher, we encourage you to apply to a CSUN graduate program.

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 in the college of your major to review your specific 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. Complete the online Cal State Apply application, including the previously disqualified student questions in the "Program Materials" section. 
    • After you've answered the initial questions in Cal State Apply, the My Application home page will display four sections in a grid.
    • Select the "Program Materials" section, choose the Questions tab, and answer CSUN's previously disqualified student questions as accurately as possible.
  1. If the previously disqualified student questions in the online "Program Materials" section of Cal State Apply are not completed, you will be asked to prepare and submit the Previously Disqualified Student Questionnaire (PDF) form and include any attachments.
    • You may email the completed Previously Disqualified Student Questionnaire (PDF) packet to, mail the packet, or deliver it in person during our business hours.
    • Your PDF questionnaire packet must be received by April 1, 2022.
  1. 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 — returning in good academic standing:

The application filing period opens October 1.

May 31June 15

For fall admission — returning after previous disqualification:

The application filing period opens October 1.

April 1June 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
  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.
  • If you were previously disqualified and have only taken courses in CSUN’s Tseng College since your disqualification, no transcripts are required.
  • 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

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

Returning International Student

You’ve been readmitted to CSUN. Well done! Here are your next steps:

  • If you have a J-1 visa, please visit J-1 Visa Holding Exchange Students for your next steps and advisement.
  • If you have an F-1 visa, review this page, noting your student group and situation below.

Step 1 — Obtain your Form I-20.

Please follow these instructions based on your location inside or outside of the U.S. at the time of your readmission:

  • Inside the U.S.: After you receive our email about your admission to CSUN, ask your college or university advisor to transfer your SEVIS record to CSUN. About two or three business days after your school releases you in the SEVIS database, our International Admissions Office will email your CSUN Form I-20 to you.
  • Outside the U.S.: Our International Admissions Office will email your CSUN Form I-20 to the email address you provided in your Cal State Apply admission application.

All F-1 visa students, if you prefer one of the following options other than receiving your I-20 by email, please contact us at as soon as possible:

  • Pick up your CSUN Form I-20 from our International Admissions Office at CSUN, or
  • Ask us to hold your I-20 for a friend or family member to pick up, or
  • Ask us to mail your I-20 to you or a friend or family member.

Step 2 — Complete visa and immigration advisement.

Upon admission, all new and returning F-1 students must complete the online Six-Step Immigration Requirements for New International Students, including the mandatory Reporting Session with CSUN's International and Exchange Student Center (IESC). These steps allow you to maintain visa status and register for CSUN classes.

IESC will email you instructions to complete the steps, but you can start now at Immigration Requirements for Newly Admitted International Students.


If you are outside of the U.S. at the time of your admission, 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.

If you are unable to enter the U.S. for the spring or fall semester of your admission, please contact your IESC advisor at

Step 3 — Meet with an academic advisor.

Before you enroll in classes, make an appointment with an academic advisor for guidance on your course selections. Find an advisor based on your degree goal and major or program:

Prepare for your advisement meeting with the Degree Planning Tools.

Once registration begins, you should receive an email from your academic department advisor directing you to set up an online or in-person advising appointment.

Step 4 — Prepare for registration.

You must complete the following requirements before you can enroll in classes:

  1. Complete IESC’s Six-Step Immigration Requirements for Newly Admitted International Students (Step 2 above).
  2. Meet with an academic advisor (Step 3 above).
  3. Clear any registration holds, which will block enrollment in classes:
  1. Check your CSUN email inbox for a new student registration message with instructions for your first semester of enrollment. Your enrollment appointment and any registration holds will display in myNorthridge Portal under My Checklist.

These tutorials are helpful for registration:

Step 5 — Pay for your classes.

Please see the Tuition and Payment Deadline section immediately below.

Best wishes for your first semester back at CSUN!

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. Please note that our international students pay basic tuition as well as nonresident tuition. All students pay additional mandatory campus fees.

The resources below will help you to estimate the cost of attending CSUN:

  1. CSUN Cost of Attendance
  2. CSUN Net Price Calculator
  3. Complete the Affidavit of Financial Support (PDF) (see “Items to Submit” above).

 Although the university does not offer financial aid to international students, other resources can assist you with the cost of attendance. Please visit Scholarship Opportunities for International Students.

 For the most up-to-date information regarding tuition and other fees, refer to the Student Finance website.

How to pay for your classes

To view tuition and fees, log in to myNorthridge Portal, select the Financial Matters tab, and locate the My Financial Obligations box.

  • 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 or have questions about payment, please email us at

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

Helpful guides: