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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.

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 - Admissions and Records
    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

Transfer from inside the U.S.

From I-20 and SEVIS Record

After you receive an email notifying you of your admission to CSUN, please ask your college or university advisor to transfer your SEVIS record to CSUN. About 2 or 3 business days after your school releases you in the SEVIS database, our International Admissions Office will email your CSUN Form I-20 to the email account you provided in your Cal State Apply admission application.

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 Office of International Admissions 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.

Visa & 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’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: 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 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.

Placement Tests

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, you will receive test information by email to your CSUN account. The Hub-International academic advisor will also provide details in the "New F-1 International Student Academic Advisement Process" (see below).

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

Academic Advisement

For your first semester only, you will be pre-enrolled in classes by the international academic advisor for new F-1 students in The Hub International Academic Advisement Office. Pre-enrollment 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 “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: hub.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.

  3. 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.

  4. You will also receive a “new student registration” email sent to your CSUN email 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:

Transfer from outside of the U.S.

Form I-20 and Admission Packet

Soon you will receive a packet containing your letter of admission and a welcome brochure. Our International Admissions Office will email your CSUN Form I-20 to the email account you provided in your Cal State Apply admission application.

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.

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:

  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.

Placement Tests

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, you will receive test information by email to your CSUN account. The Hub-International academic advisor will also provide details in the "New F-1 International Student Academic Advisement Process" (see below).

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

Academic Advisement

For your first semester only, you will be pre-enrolled in classes by the international academic advisor for new students in The Hub-International Academic Advisement Office. Please pre-enroll online with the advisor before you arrive in the U.S.

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 “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: hub.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.

  3. 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. 

  4. You will also receive a “new student registration” email sent to your CSUN email 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.

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