The Hub

New F-1 Student International Advisement

Hub-International Advisement Services Update (March 18, 2020)

Out of an abundance of caution related to COVID-19, and in compliance with the CDC’s recommendation of social distancing, the Matador Advising Hub & Hub-International Advising main office has moved to a virtual presence, effective March 18th. Students with scheduled appointments: For scheduled advisement appointments with any of the Hub advisors, we will contact you via email or ZOOM (video-conferencing) on your scheduled meeting time.  To reach the office, please email hub.intladvisor@csun.edu.

The Hub-International Advisement Staff

Mission Statement

The Hub-International Academic Advisement Center provides comprehensive support and advisement services to all new F-1 international undergraduate students. Individualized services include early outreach, academic advisement, first-semester enrollment into degree applicable courses, university orientation and second-semester referrals. The foundational services we offer provide students with the tools and resources needed to be academically successful and have a positive transition into CSUN.

New F-1 Undergraduate International Student Academic Advisement Process

All new international students must complete Pre-Enrollment Steps 1-3 below to be enrolled into classes for the first semester. Students are also encouraged to explore the new international student checklist, important dates, and FAQ for more information about important first semester items.

1st Semester Academic Advisement Instructions

Complete Pre-Enrollment Steps #1-3 to be enrolled into classes for the first semester.

Pre-Enrollment Step #1 -Not Anymore- Title IX Training

To maintain a safe environment all CSUN staff and students are required to complete "Not Anymore"(.pdf), an online, violence prevention program.

To complete this training and have the Title IX hold removed please log into your MyNorthridge Student Portal and locate the link for "Not Anymore". If you need extra assistance view the step by step how-to guide. New international students cannot be enrolled into classes until they complete this training.

Pre-Enrollment Step #2 -Online Pre-Enrollment Workshop

In place of an in-person advisement appointment all new international students are required to complete the Online Pre-Enrollment Workshop

The workshop will help new international students understand the pre-enrollment process, first semester policies and procedures, placement exams, and other important first semester academic information.

Pre-Enrollment Step #3 -Response Questionnaire

To inform CSUN that you accept the offer of admission, and be placed into classes, please complete the New International Student Response Form.

The Response Questionnaire informs us of your intent to attend and notifies us of any schedule preference/restrictions you may have. New international students cannot be enrolled into classes until they complete this form.

Health Insurance Requirement

All international students are required to purchase or submit proof of health insurance.

Health insurance is not included in your tuition. For information about how to purchase and submit proof of health insurance or the health insurance specific coverage requirements visit the International and Exchange Student Center (IESC). Students who do not purchase health insurance by the IESC established deadline will be at risk of being dropped from classes.

International New Student Orientation

All new international students are required to sign up for the New Student Orientation.

Orientation provides useful information about what to expect at CSUN, allows you to tour the campus, and helps you meet fellow international students. Go to NSO International to register. International freshman and transfer students are only required to go to the international orientation scheduled for the Thursday, before school begins. You are not required to go to any other orientation date.

First-Time International Student Advising Checklist

Fall 2020 Advising Checklist

New F-1 Undergraduate International Students

Download and print the Fall 2020 F-1 International Advising Checklist (.pdf)PDF icon

Welcome to California State University, Northridge (CSUN)! This advising checklist will guide you through the necessary steps toward a successful first semester at CSUN. Advising and registration for Fall 2020 can begin as early as April 6, 2020. Be sure to read this checklist for important details about how to successfully transition to CSUN.

ACTIVATE YOUR CSUN ACCOUNTS 

Set up your CSUN portal account and gmail as explained in the “Activate Your CSUN Account” email from Admissions and Records, this was sent to the email address you provided on your admission application. For help accessing your username and/or password visit the Information Technology Help Center. Remember to check your CSUN email account regularly!

COMPLETE THE TITLE IX- NOT ANYMORE TRAINING 

To promote a culture of respect, raise awareness, and prevent sexual misconduct, all students must complete an online, video-based educational training program. This training must be complete before enrollment into classes by an advisor. The Not Anymore Training link can be found in your CSUN portal, under "MyChecklist". For assistance accessing the link view the Title IX- Not Anymore Training Tutorial.

 COMPLETE THE ONLINE PRE-ENROLLMENT WORKSHOP

The Online Pre-Enrollment Workshop will serve as academic advisement for new F-1 international students. Meeting with an academic advisor in-person is NOT mandatory for the first semester. However, if students wish to meet with an International Academic Advisor after completing the workshop, they can call 818-677-6968 or email ugs.intladvisor@csun.edu to schedule an appointment.

COMPLETE THE RESPONSE QUESTIONNAIRE 

The Response Questionnaire informs the international academic advisor of your intention to attend CSUN and lets them know your schedule preferences/restrictions, which they use as a guide when enrolling you into courses. This practice ensures that students have their most preferred schedule, while still being enrolled into degree applicable classes and having at least 12 units to meet their visa requirements. Completion of the Response Questionnaire is required for course enrollment.*

*WITHDRAWAL NOTICE: It is the sole responsibility of the student to notify International Admissions and the International Academic Advisor of their intent to withdraw from classes. Students should declare their intent to withdraw as early as possible, preferably before the semester begins, but no later than the Friday of week 3 each semester.  Failure to follow formal withdrawal procedures may result in an obligation to pay fees, the assignment of failing grades on your academic record, and the need to reapply for admission to CSUN.

TAKE YOUR PLACEMENT EXAMS (If Required) 

  • Math: All freshman students are recommended to take the Math Selection Assessment (MSA) to determine their placement in math for the first semester. Some transfer students may also be recommended to take the MSA based on if they need a more advanced math course than what they have transferred in with. If you are recommended to take the MSA, information will be sent to your CSUN email after you have been enrolled in classes.
  • English/Writing: Placement into a freshman composition (writing) course will depend on transferable college courses or other external placement exams. If you have external writing placement exams please submit them to the office of International Admissions. There are currently no writing placement exams offered by CSUN. The TOFEL/IELTS exam does not exempt international students from needing to take freshman composition.
  • Chemistry: Students in Engineering, Computer Science, Math, Health Sciences, or other science majors may need to take the Chemistry Placement Test (CPT) to enroll in CHEM 101/L. If you are interested in taking this exam you must register by yourself online and it should be taken before the semester begins.
  • Test Exemptions: Some students may be exempt from the placement exams based on their transfer coursework or other external placement exams. Students who do not take the placement exams (or do not have exemptions) may be placed into lower level prerequisite courses, which can add semesters to their graduation plan. Consult with an advisor if you are unsure if you are exempt from one or more of the placement exams.

SUBMIT FINAL TRANSCRIPTS 

Send your final official transcripts to CSUNs office of International Admissions as soon as your semester is complete. Transcripts can be mailed, sent electronically, or hand-delivered to CSUN. Freshmen and lower division transfer students must submit final high school transcripts and all students must submit final transcripts from any colleges attended. The document deadline for Fall 2020 is June 15, 2020.

REVIEW YOUR DEGREE PLANNING TOOLS 

Review and become familiar with the tools that outline your degree requirements at CSUN.

  • The University Catalog list all major/degree requirements with course descriptions and explains vital information about university policies and procedures.
  • The Degree Progress Report (DPR)/Planner is a live audit, which shows all of your completed course work and all of your remaining degree requirements at CSUN. The DPR is very useful in understanding how your specific course work has been applied towards your degree at CSUN, so that you can plan how long it will take you to graduate.
  • The Degree Road Map outlines the recommended course sequence to complete each degree in two years for transfer students and four years for freshmen students. The Degree Road Map is a guideline and may not fit each student the same. If you would like to create a personalized graduation plan, you will be able to do so with an academic advisor in your major, beginning the 5th week of the semester.

REGISTER AND ATTEND INTERNATIONAL NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION 

The New Student Orientation is mandatory. During this half-day event, we will welcome you to the university, provide additional information to help you transition into CSUN, and provide an opportunity for you to meet fellow international students. International New Student Orientation is on August 20, 2020; you are not required to attend any other orientation days.

PAY YOUR TUITION AND FEES

Tuition for first semester international students is due after enrollment in classes, but no later than August 28, 2020. You can pay tuition online through your portal, by wire transfer, or in person at Cash Services. For more information, visit Student Finance.

UNDERSTAND YOUR HOLDS

All international students will have an "International Advisement Required" hold on their account. The advisement hold requires you to consult with an academic advisor before making changes to your schedule. You are NOT required to get this hold removed.

All international students will have a "Foreign" hold on their account. The International & Exchange Student Center (IESC) places the “foreign” hold as part of your immigration requirements. The “foreign” hold requires you to purchase and submit proof of health insurance to insurance@csun.edu by August 17, 2020, to maintain enrollment in courses. For more information, visit CSUN Health Insurance Requirement.

COMPLETE THE CSU IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS

All students must submit proof of immunization for the following:

  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)
  • Hepatitis B (if under 18 years of age)
  • Varicella (Chickenpox)
  • Tetanus-Diphtheria-Perusisis (Tdap)
  • Menigococcal Disease
  • Tuberculosis (TB)

Proof of immunization can be submitted through the myHealth patient portal. For a step by step guide on how to submit proof of immunization, assistance with submitting proof of immunization, or to obtain any screenings visit the Klotz Student Health Center. Proof of immunization is required by August 19, 2020. If proof is not received by the deadline a hold may be placed on your record, preventing enrollment in spring 2021 classes.

UPPER DIVISION WRITING PROFICIENCY EXAM (UDWPE)

All students are required to complete the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE) to graduate. You can attempt the UDWPE as early as the semester in which you have 54 units, but no later than the semester in which 75 units will be complete. If you are transferring to CSUN with 60 or more units, then you are should take the UDWPE within your first semester. Students who have not attempted the UDWPE by the completion of 75 units will have a hold placed on their class registration for the following semester. Neither the TOFEL nor the IELTS exam exempt students from the UDWPE.

ENJOY YOUR FIRST DAY OF CLASS!

  • Weekday classes begin Monday, August 24, 2020.
  • Saturday-only and Friday-Saturday classes begin Saturday, August 22, 2020.
  • Sunday only classes begin Sunday, August 23, 2020.

For a complete list of 2020-2021, important dates, including holidays, visit the Academic Calendar.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Class Enrollment

How do I enroll in classes for the first semester?

An advisor will enroll new F-1 international students into courses for their first semester, once Pre-Enrollment Steps #1-3 are complete. Once enrolled students will have the opportunity to review the schedule and request changes. To begin this process please click the drop down box labeled “1st Semester Academic Advisement Instructions”.

What happens if I complete the Pre-Enrollment Steps late?

Students who complete the Pre-Enrollment Steps late may be enrolled into courses that do not meet during their ideal schedule preference and/or may risk important major classes closing. Late is considered July/August for fall and December January for spring. Students who wait until after the semester begins to let us know they plan to attend may have to run for permission numbers to be enrolled into classes.

Can I choose my own classes?

Students are encouraged to review their Degree Progress Report (DPR) and the CSUN catalog to help them understand their degree requirements. Students who would like to select specific classes are welcome to email their course preferences to the academic advisor, who will review them for degree applicability, student eligibility, and course availability. Students may not be eligible for some major courses if they have prerequisite transfer work in progress, require course substitutions, or need to take any placement exams. Additionally, all students should plan to incorporate general education courses into their schedule, including transfer students who must take 9 units of upper division general education at CSUN. 

Am I required to make an academic advisement appointment for the first semester?

It is recommended, but NOT required that students come in for advisement before the start of the semester. We understand that many students are still abroad until at least a week before school starts and may not be able to come in. Completing the mandatory online workshop will serve as advisement. Additionally students may receive advisement via email, phone call, or zoom. To make an appointment please call 818-677-6968 or email

When will my tuition be due once I am enrolled?

Tuition is due no later than the Friday of the first week of classes. You may see an earlier fee due date on your portal, however international students are given extra time to pay during their first semester. For tuition information, please visit Student Finance. If you need a print out of your personal tuition fees please call student finances at 818-677-8000 (choose option #2) or email Student_Financial_Services@csun.edu.

If I drop a class will I receive a refund?

Students are entitled to a refund only if there is a decrease in the number of units in which they are enrolled. Refunds are prorated after the start of the semester up until week 3. More information on refunds can be found on the Student Refund web page.

I have decided to withdraw or defer my admission to a future semester. What do I do?

Students who decide to completely withdraw or defer their admission after enrollment should notify International Admissions and our International Academic Advisement Center as soon as possible, so that we can drop you from classes and so that enrollment fees can be removed from your account.

Holds

I have an International Advisement Required hold on my portal. What do I do?

The advisement hold for new international students will stay on for the first semester only. You DO NOT need to get this hold removed. This process is followed so that new international students consult with an academic advisor before adjusting their schedule; this guarantees that students maintain proper enrollment status. The International Advisement hold will be removed when it is time for students to register for the 2nd semester.

I have a Title 9 hold on my portal. What do I do?

To maintain a safe environment, CSUN staff and students are required to complete "Not Anymore" an online, video- based, violence prevention program. Students can complete this course, by clicking the "Not Anymore" link under incomplete task in their checklist. Once you complete the training, your hold should be lifted within 24 hours.

I have a Foreign hold on my portal. What do I do?

The International & Exchange Student Center (IESC) places the Foreign or “F” hold. To clear the Foreign hold, you must submit proof of health insurance to IESC at insurance@csun.edu. Insurance is not included in your tuition. For more information, please visit the IESC website.

I have an Immunization hold on my portal. What do I do?

The Klotz Student Health Center places the Immunization hold. To clear the immunization hold students must submit proof of immunization for the following:

  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)
  • Hepatitis B (if under 18 years of age)
  • Varicella (Chickenpox)
  • Tetanus-Diphtheria-Perusisis (Tdap)
  • Menigococcal Disease
  • Tuberculosis (TB)

Proof of immunization can be submitted through the myHealth patient portal. For a step by step guide on how to submit proof of immunization, assistance with submitting proof of immunization, or to obtain any screenings visit the Klotz Student Health Center. If proof is not received by the Health Center deadline a hold may be placed on your record, preventing enrollment in the following semesters classes.

Exams

Am I required to take a math placement exam?

All freshman are required to complete the Math Selection Assessment (MSA). The MSA determines placement into pre-college math up to Calculus I. Students who do not take the MSA or are not exempt via transfer work or an external exams (AP, IB, GCE A-levels, etc.) may be placed into the lowest level math course. Some transfer students may be recommended (but not required) to take the MSA if they need a more advanced math course for their major, than what they transferred in with. Students will be notified by an academic advisor if they are required or recommended to take the MSA, which will be offered during the two weeks before school begins.

Am I required to take a writing/English placement exam?

CSUN currently does not offer a writing/English placement test. Freshman students are encouraged to take the SAT or ACT  to determine placement into freshman writing. Transfer students should transfer in with a freshman writing course. Students who do not transfer in with a writing course or are not exempt via an external exam (AP, IB, GCE, A-levels, etc.) will be placed into the two semester writing sequence. Please note the TOFEL and/or IELTS exam is not a writing placement test.

What is the upper division writing exam and when am I required to take it?

The UDWPE is an exam that all students must attempt by the semester in which they will complete 75 units. For transfer students with 60 or more units, this typically means the first semester. Students who do not attempt the exam in time will have a “WPE” hold placed on their account. Neither the TOFEL, IELTS, nor any other placement exam score can exempt you from the UDWPE. To register and view test dates please visit the Writing Proficiency Exam webpage.

Immigration

How do I obtain my I-20?

The office of International Admissions distributes the initial I-20, once you transfer your sevis records. For questions regarding your initial I-20 please contact International Admissions.

Who do I contact regarding immigration issues (visa concerns, work request, concurrent enrollment, etc.)

The International and Exchange Student Center (IESC) is responsible for enforcing immigration requirements. Upon arrival to the United States, please make sure to complete the mandatory immigration requirements at IESC 6 steps for Immigration.

My sponsor/embassy/cultural mission requires that I submit a study plan before paying my tuition. How can I obtain a study plan?

You should obtain a Study Plan form (if required) from your sponsor and fill it out to the best of your ability, you can use the Degree Road Maps as a guide to help you plan your courses for graduation. You can then request a letter from Admissions & Records to confirm the accuracy of your plan and add any additional information you may need. To request this letter please fill out the Letter Request Form and submit it (with your study plan if applicable) to International Admissions in Bayramian Hall (BH 160) or email it to intladm@csun.edu. Once submitted, the Letter Request process takes approximately 10 business days to complete.

Technology

I cannot access myNorthridge Portal/CSUN Gmail Account/Canvas. What do I do?

If you have any technology issues you can chat with CSUN’s Helpdesk, or you can call 818-677-1400. Students can also visit the CSUN Information Technology website for further assistance.

Special Populations

I am a international student athlete. Who do I contact for advisement?

Student athletes should contact their athletic advisor in the Matador Achievement Center.

I am a J-1 international student. Who do I contact for advisement?

J-1 International students should contact the Associate Dean of their major department.

I am a graduate international student. Who do I contact for advisement?

International graduate students should contact the program advisor for their major. To contact your major advisor please find your program on the CSUN Catalog

I am Semester at CSUN (SAC) student. Who do I contact for advisement?

The SAC program is offered through Tseng College’s International Programs and Partnerships (IPP). For questions about the program or assistance with the enrollment process, please call 818-677-5948, email sac@csun.edu, or visit the SAC Program webpage.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Fall 2020 Important Dates

  • June 15, 2020 F1 Document Deadline
  • June 15, 2020 Earliest day to enter the U.S. on an F1 visa
  • August 14, 2020 Last day to enter the U.S. on an F1 visa

  • August 17, 2020 Deadline to submit proof of Health Insurance to IESC
  • August 19, 2020 Deadline to submit proof of immunization to the Health Center 
  • August 20, 2020 – Fall New International Student Orientation
  • August 21, 2020 – 3:00 p.m. Deadline to take the Math Selection Assessment (MSA).  Eligible students already in the U.S. can begin taking the MSA starting August 7th by appointment with the department of Mathematics (818) 677-2231.

  • August 22, 2020 – Saturday only and Friday/Saturday classes begin, students should view specific meeting dates in class search.

  • August 24, 2020 – Fall Semester Weekday classes begin

  • August 28, 2020 – Tuition payment deadline for new international students

  • August 28, 2020 – Schedule Change Request Deadline by 4:00 p.m.

  • August 31-September 11, 2020 (Weeks 2 & 3) – Permission numbers are required to add all classes

  • September 7, 2020 – Labor Day, Campus Closed 
  • September 11, 2020 – University deadline to add/drop classes (Friday of Week 3) 

  • November 11, 2020 – Veterans’ Day, Campus Closed 

  • November 15, 2020 – Document Deadline for Spring 2021 applications

  • November 26- November 27, 2020 – Thanksgiving Recess, Campus Closed (No instructions on November 26-November 29)

  • December 25, 2020 - January 1, 2021 – Winter Recess, Campus Closed

Spring 2021 Important Dates

  • January 15, 2021 – Deadline to enter the U.S. on F-1 Visa
  • January 18, 2021 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Campus Closed
  • January 21, 2021 – New International Student Orientation

  • January 22, 2021 – 3:00 p.m. Deadline to take the Math Selection Assessment (MSA). Eligible students already in the U.S. can begin taking the MSA starting January 8th by appointment with the department of Mathematics (818) 677-2231.

  • January 23, 2021 – Saturday only and Friday/Saturday classes begin, students should view specific meeting dates in class search. 

  • January 25, 2021 – Spring Semester Weekday Classes begin
  • January 29, 2021 – Tuition payment deadline for new International Students

  • January 29, 2021 - 4:00 pm Schedule Change Request Deadline
  • February 1- February 12, 2021 (Weeks 2 & 3) - Permission numbers are required to add all classes
  • February 12, 2021 - University deadline to add/drop classes (Friday of week 3)
  • March 15-21, 2021- Spring Recess (Campus Open, but no classes in session)
  • March 31, 2021- Cesar Chavez Day, Campus Closed
  • May 26, 2021- Summer Break Begins

For additional Academic Calendar dates, please link to Student Academic Calendar.

2nd Semester Academic Advisement Instructions

International students will be able to enroll themselves for the second semester, however before enrolling students need to meet with an academic advisor.

Freshman Students (0-29 units)

First- time freshmen will schedule their 2nd semester advisement appointment with their International Academic Advisor in the Matador Advising Hub. Students will receive a  notification to their CSUN email (ending in @my.csun.edu) with instructions to complete the following workshops through Canvas:

  • CSUN Policies Every Matador Should Know
  • Understanding your Degree Progress Report

At the end of these workshops you will be asked to complete an International Survey. Make sure to submit the survey. Once your survey is received you will receive an email invitation to schedule your appointment using our online system. These emails will be sent out twice per week. Please be sure to check your junk/spam/clutter/folder for this email if you do not see it in your inbox.

To access the International Academic Advisement workshop from here follow these steps:

  1. Visit the International Academic Advisement Workshop in canvas.
  2. Log in using your CSUN user name and password.
  3. Click "enroll in Course" then "Go to your Dashboard" to select the International Academic Advisement Canvas page.

Transfer Students (30-90+ units)

First-time transfers will be asked to attend a Pre-Second Semester Success (PresSSS) workshop during weeks 5-7, which will help prepare them to meet with their major department advisor. Additionally transfer students will receive a notification titled "Spring 2020 2nd Semester Advising and Registration Instructions" which will contain tips for second semester registration and the contact information for each major department advising office. Transfer students are encouraged to meet with their major department advisor as soon as possible starting week 5 and after.

To access the full list of major departments please see below:

Colleges & Advising Centers

Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication

Nordhoff Hall (NH) 135
818-677-2024
Refer to grid on website.

  • Art
  • CTVA
  • Communication Studies
  • Journalism
  • Music
  • Theatre

David Nazarian College of Business and Economics

Bookstein Hall (BB) 2113
818-677-3537

  • Accountancy
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Information Systems
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Business Administration (with options in 
    • Business Law, 
    • Global Supply Chain Management, 
    • Real Estate, or 
    • Systems and Operations Management)

Michael D. Eisner College of Education

Education (ED) 1107
818-677-5116

  • Deaf Studies

College of Engineering and Computer Science

Jacaranda (JD) 1501
818-677-2191

  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Construction Management
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Management
  • Manufacturing Systems Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

College of Health and Human Development

Sequoia Hall (SQ) 111
818-677-2883

  • Child Development
  • Communicative Disorders
  • Family & Consumer Sciences
  • Health Administration
  • Health Sciences
  • Kinesiology
  • Public Health
  • Recreation & Tourism Management
  • Recreation Therapy

College of Humanities

Jerome Richfield (JR) 240
818-677-4784

  • Asian-American Studies
  • Central American Studies
  • Chicano/a Studies
  • English
  • Gender & Women Studies
  • Languages
  • Liberal Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Modern Jewish Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Religious Studies

College of Science and Mathematics

Eucalyptus Hall (EH) 2126
818-677-4558

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Geology
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Sierra Hall (SH) 204
818-677-2658

  • Africana Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Geography
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies & Planning