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International Student: International Transfer

Am I an International Transfer Applicant?

An international transfer applicant is a student who wishes to study at our university on an F-1 (student) visa or J-1 (exchange) visa, who has completed post-secondary course work at a college or university located outside the United States or at a regionally accredited community college or university within the United States, and has not yet earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree.

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

Read the requirements that fit your situation:

Transfer from a U.S. School — Lower-Division Student (in first or second year)

If you have been attending a college or university within the United States and wish to transfer to CSUN, the requirements are:

  • Fewer than 60 transferable semester units earned (less than two full years)
  • Meet all admission requirements for international freshman applicants
  • An overall GPA of 2.0 or greater in all college/university work combined
  • Completion of a General Education Written Composition course and a General Education Mathematics course, each with a passing grade of "C" or better. These two courses must be completed post-secondary at a recognized institution.

Transfer from Outside the U.S. — Lower-Division Student (in first or second year)

If you have been attending a college or university outside the United States and wish to transfer to CSUN, the requirements are:

  • Fewer than 60 transferable semester units earned (less than two full years)
  • Meet all admission requirements for international freshman applicants
  • An overall GPA of 2.00 or greater in all college/university work combined. Your CSUN Admissions Advisor will calculate your international GPA for you.
  • Completion of a General Education Mathematics course with a grade equivalent to "C" or better. This course must be college-level and completed post-secondary at a recognized institution.
  • An official test score proving your English language proficiency or eligibility for exemption.

Transfer from a U.S. School — Upper-Division Student (in third or fourth year)

If you have been attending a college or university within the United States and wish to transfer to CSUN, the requirements are:

  • At least 60 transferable semester units earned (two or more years)
  • An overall GPA of 2.00 or greater in all college/university work combined
  • Successful completion of the four Basic Skills courses with a grade of "C" or better:
    • Written Composition (English)
    • Critical Thinking (Logic)*
    • Mathematics (must be college-level, above Intermediate Algebra)
    • Oral Communication (Speech)

*Students applying as Engineering or Computer Science majors do not have to complete Critical Thinking prior to admission.

If you are already attending an accredited two-year college in California, you may be interested in the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) program. View a list of Associate Degrees for Transfer that match CSUN majors.

NOTE: We do not offer any second bachelor's degree programs.

Transfer from Outside the U.S. — Upper-Division Student (in third or fourth year)

If you have been attending a college or university outside the United States and wish to transfer to CSUN, the requirements are:

  • At least 60 transferable semester college units earned (two or more years)
  • An overall GPA of 2.00 or greater in all college/university work combined. Your CSUN admissions advisor will calculate your international GPA for you.
  • Successful completion of a General Education Mathematics course with a grade equivalent to "C" or higher. This course must be college-level and completed post-secondary at a recognized institution.
  • An official test score proving your English language proficiency or eligibility for exemption.

NOTE: We do not offer any second bachelor's degree programs.

 

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:

  • 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 must be paid online in order to submit the application.
  • 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 and post-secondary records, including certificates, degrees or diplomas in original language of issue.
  • Applicants who have studied in the U.S. are required to 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.
  • Official English translations of all academic records, including certificates, degrees or diplomas.
    Send all OFFICIAL transcripts and translations directly to:

    CSUN - Office of Admissions
    Attention: International Admissions
    18111 Nordhoff Street
    Northridge, CA 91330-8207
    U.S.A.
  • A copy of your passport photo page.
  • Results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or other acceptable test, unless exempt:

    The English language tests and minimum scores listed in the table below are accepted by CSUN for undergraduate admissions purposes.

    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 transfer applicant has attended a college or university in the U.S. and has enrolled in any transferable classes or has attended a college or university outside the U.S. where English is the principal language of instruction for three or more years, an English language proficiency exam is not required. Instead, that student must complete the Written Composition requirement with a grade of "C" or higher.

    • 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).

    CSUN Intensive English Program and Conditional Admission:

    CSUN’s Tseng College of Extended Learning offers an Intensive English Program (IEP). The International Admissions Office works closely with the IEP office to offer "conditional admission" to academically eligible students enrolled in the IEP. Admission to the university is guaranteed once the student has completed the English language requirement (TOEFL or other acceptable test). Read more at Intensive English and University Pathways.

After You Apply

Follow these steps to ensure the rest of your admission process goes smoothly:

  1. Set up access to 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 of your admission status by the Office of International Admissions.

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 Transfer Students

Here are your next steps.

You've been admitted to CSUN. Well done! Here are your next steps:

Step 1 - Obtain your Form I-20.

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

  • Inside the U.S.: As soon as you receive our email offering admission, 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 intladm@csun.edu as soon as possible:

  • Pick up your CSUN Form I-20 from our International Admissions Office at CSUN.
  • Ask us to hold your I-20 for a friend or family member to pick up.
  • 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 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 your visa status and register for CSUN classes.

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

IMPORTANT! 
If you are outside 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 ISAdvisement@csun.edu.

Step 3 - File 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: June 1. (For fall 2022 only, the Intent to Register deadline has been extended to June 1, 2022.)
  • Spring admission: as soon as possible after your admission to CSUN

How to file your Intent:

  1. Set up your CSUN account following the account activation instructions.
  2. Log in to 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.

Step 4 - Take placement tests if needed.

A placement test does not affect your admission but places you into the class that fits your skill level. If you are majoring in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) fields, you may need to take one or both of the following placement tests:

  • the Chemistry Placement Test (CPT)
  • a Mathematics assessment

If you are required or recommended to take a placement exam, your Hub-International academic advisor will provide details in the "New F-1 International Student Academic Advisement Process" (see Step 5 below).

Important: Please do not register for a placement test unless the international academic advisor for new students asks you to.

Step 5 - Pre-enroll in classes.

An academic advisor for new international students will assist you with enrolling in your first-semester classes. Complete the Response Questionnaire to tell your advisor that you plan to attend and to share your class preferences.

How to pre-enroll:

  1. Monitor your CSUN email inbox for an invitation from an academic advisor to complete the "New F-1 Undergraduate International Student Academic Advisement Process” Pre-Enrollment Steps 1-3, including the Response Questionnaire.
  2. If you do not receive the email within 14 days of your admission, request a new international student advisement workshop by contacting an advisor at:

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

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

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

  1. Start Pre-Enrollment Steps 1-3 today! Classes fill quickly, and you must be enrolled in at least 12 units to maintain student visa status.

    Before your advisor can enroll you in classes, you must complete the following online processes to clear your advisement and registration holds:

Helpful: First-Time International Student Advising Checklist (now available for fall 2022)

Step 6 - Prepare for registration.

Check your CSUN email inbox for a new student registration message with instructions for your first semester of enrollment. For your second semester and thereafter, your enrollment appointment and any registration holds will display in myNorthridge Portal under My Checklist.

These tutorials are helpful for registration:

Step 7 - Attend International Student Orientation.

During this required orientation, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the CSUN campus and community, meet other students and discover resources for student involvement and belonging, academic success, information technology and more!

  • Online, virtual orientation events are currently scheduled in large and small groups, and in-person campus tours are available.
  • For the most current orientation information, including dates and registration, visit New Student Orientation – International Students.

Step 8 - Pay for your classes.

Please see the Tuition and Payment Deadline section immediately below.

Best wishes for your first semester at CSUN!

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. 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 intlpayments@csun.edu.

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

Helpful guides: