UGS

UGS-International Academic Advisement

Mission Statement 

The UGS-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 support a positive transition into and academic success at CSUN.

New F-1 International Student Academic Advisement Process

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

To maintain a safe environment 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 here. New international students cannot be enrolled into classes until they complete this training.

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

The Online Pre-Enrollment Workshop explains entrance exams, the pre-enrollment process, and new undergraduate international student’s responsibilities. The workshop also explains the Response Questionnaire which must be completed for students to be enrolled into courses.

This presentation is not meant for the "Semester at CSUN" international program offered through Tseng College or international graduate students.

Pre-Enrollment Step #3 -Response Questionnaire

To inform CSUN that you accept the offer of admission, 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. If you do not accept the offer of admission or plan to defer enrollment, please complete this form.

 Additionally, all international students are required to purchase or submit proof of health insurance. Health insurance is not included in your tuition. If you have not purchased health insurance you may do so through  JCB Insurance Solutions. For information about how to submit proof of private insurance and the health insurance specific coverage requirements visit the International and Exchange Student Center

This Response Questionnaire is not meant for the "Semester at CSUN" international program offered through Tseng College or international graduate students. International graduate students should contact the graduate coordinator of their masters program for academic advisement.

First-Time International (F-1) Freshmen Checklists-Fall 2019

Welcome to California State University, Northridge

Download and print the Fall 2019 First-Time International (F-1) Freshman Student Checklists (.pdf)PDF icon

These three freshmen student checklists will guide you through the necessary steps toward a successful first semester at CSUN. Hint: Click on the images and be taken to the correct pages to complete each item.

Enrollment in Classes & Academic Advising Checklist

Completion of Step 2, 3 & 4 are mandatory in order to be enrolled in classes.

 


 

1) ACTIVATE YOUR CSUN ACCOUNT.

  • Set up your CSUN account and email as explained in the “Activate Your CSUN Account” email from Admissions and Records sent to the email address you provided on your admission application. You will be directed to a webpage to authenticate your identification. Then, you will be able to set your password. 
  • Once you've set up your account, use your User ID and Password to log into your CSUN-issued Gmail account. Use your CSUN email account for all official communication between you and CSUN faculty and staff. Check your CSUN email account regularly!

2) NOT ANYMORE - Interpersonal Violence Prevention Program

  • All students MUST complete the “Not Anymore” training before they can be pre-enrolled in classes. Log into your MyNorthridge Student Portal (see step 1), click on “Home” tab, then under “My Checklist,” look for the link to complete the “Not Anymore” training. This step is Mandatory!

 

 

3) Online Pre-Enrollment Workshop/Academic Advisement

  • All Student MUST complete the Online Pre-Enrollment Workshop in order to be enrolled in classes. This step is Mandatory.
Meeting with an International Academic Advisors in-person is NOT mandatory. If students wish to meet with an International Academic Advisor or have academic questions, call 818-677-6968 or email ugs.intladvisor@csun.edu to schedule an appointment.


Response Questionnaire

 

4) File the RESPONSE QUESTIONNAIRE within 14 days of admission.

All first semester undergraduate international students will be pre-enrolled in classes. Since many generally do not arrive at CSUN until one or two weeks prior to start of the semester and classes become full quick, this practice ensures that students are enrolled classes they need and have at least 12 units to meet their visa requirements. Students do not register for classes on their own. The only way to be registered for classes is by filling out this Response Questionnaire! This Step is Mandatory.

 

 5) FIRST DAY OF CLASS

  • Fall 2019 weekday (Monday through Friday) classes begin Monday, August 26, 2019.
  • Saturday-only classes and Saturday and Sunday classes begin Saturday, August 24, 2019.
  • For complete 2019-2020 Academic Calendar, including holidays, click on calendar image to the left.

Preparing for Fall 2019 Semester Checklist

 

Health Insurance Requirement

1) HEALTH INSURANCE: International Students are required to have adequate health insurance throughout the duration of their F-1 student status as mandated by the California State University Chancellor's office.  Please review details and instructions for CSUN Health Insurance Requirement.

 

Reminder: Students will need to purchase or submit proof of health insurance to IESC by August 2, 2019 or preferably within two weeks of enrollment.  Students may risk being dropped from classes if insurance requirement is not met.

 

 

 

Math Selection Assessment 



 

2) PLACEMENT TESTS: All students need to take the Math Selection Assessment (MSA) to determine the math level  they are prepared to take in the first semester.

MSA: Students will be enrolled in an online preliminary assessment called ALEKS. You can practice for the MSA while you are in your home country through ALEKS online. Then, you take the CSUN-proctored Math Selection Assessment in August that will indicate which math course you are eligible to take.

MSA Exemption: Some students are exempt from the MSA based on their transfer college GE math, SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test), ACT (American College Test), or AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate), or GCE A-Level (General Certificate of Education Advanced Level) scores. To learn about exemptions, test dates, register online, visit the CSUN Testing Center.

Students who do not take the  MSA (or do not have an exemption from the exams) will be placed into the lowest level math and have added semesters to their education plan.

English: Placement into an English Composition course will depend on high school coursework, transferable college GE English, SAT, ACT, IB, GCE A-Level, AP, or other external standardized exams. The Directed Self Placement (DPS) English exam is by recommendation of UGS International Advisors only. 

 

 

University Catalog

3) Become familiar with the University Catalog and Degree Road Map prior to the start of the semester.

 

  • The Catalog describes every major, all courses CSUN offers, and provides vital information about academic policies and university regulations.
  • The Degree Road Map helps you plan and preview your courses from your first semester to degree completion.

 

University Catalog

 

4) Become familiar with your Student Portal. Start by browsing the Schedule of Classes through Class Search.  Learn about Class Search, myNorthridge and the SOLAR Student Center with the How To Guides.

 

 

Degree Progress Report 

5) TRANSFER COURSES: If you are a freshman who has taken college courses, use the Degree Progress Report (DPR) and Planner, to check the placement of your transfer courses into CSUN major and degree requirement sections. For a preview, see the How to Guides on DPR and Planner. (This only applies to college level courses)

If your transcripts have not yet been evaluated, your transfer courses will not yet display in DPR/Planner. You may visit www.assist.org to find California community college and CSUN course equivalents.

Other Important Tasks to be Completed Checklist

 

 

1) Understanding your holds.

  • All international students will have an “Advisement Mandatory” hold on their account. First semester students go through the pre-enrollment process after completing the Response Questionnaire. The advisement hold prevents schedule change and remains active for the first semester and is not removed.
  • The “Foreign” hold is by the International & Exchange Student Center (IESC) who requires proof of health insurance . IESC requires students complete their immigration requirements and to check-in upon arrive.  Please see “Immigration Requirements for Fall 2019 Admit” for all immigration requirements including Health Insurance, Documents, Online Workshops, etc. 

    Students will need to purchase or submit proof of health insurance to IESC by August 2, 2019 or preferably within two weeks of enrollment.  Students may risk being dropped from classes if insurance requirement is not met.

     

     

 2) NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS:

New Student Orientation is Mandatory! This half day event will introduce you to the University, provide important information, and enable you to meet new friends. New International Student Orientation is August 22nd, you are not required to attend any other orientation day.

To register, call 818-677-4100 or go to www.csun.edu/nso. (Registration may not be available until late July).

 

 

 

3) TUITION AND FEES: Pay your tuition and other fees on time. For your first semester, tuition payment may be paid after you are enrolled in classes, but no later than the deadlines published in the Fee Payment Schedule. First semester international tuition is due by August 30, 2019. If you do not pay on time, you may be dropped from courses. Get details on tuition and fees, payment due dates, installment plans and more at Student Finance.

 

 

Immunization Requirements

4) CSU IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS for measles, rubella and hepatitis B.

  • If you attended a California public middle or high school, you have probably met the requirement.
  • If not, complete the measles and rubella immunization requirement during your first semester of classes. Complete the hepatitis B requirement during your second semester. For more information, including the consequences of non-compliance and other immunization considerations, see the Klotz Student Health Center website Immunization Requirements.

 

 

Executive Orders

5) Attention Freshmen! EXECUTIVE ORDERS!

All students are required to complete their English Composition and Math in their first semester. Students who are taking developmental Math (Math 92/93) or  Freshman Composition (AAS/AFRS/CAS/CHS/ENGL/LING/QS 113A or 114A) must enroll continuously in the proper Math and English Composition sequence until GE Math and English Composition is completed.

Students need to complete GE Critical Thinking and Oral Communication within 60 units. All GE Basic  Skills courses (Math, English, Critical Thinking, & oral Communication) must be completed with a grade "C-" or better.


WITHDRAWAL NOTICE: It is the sole responsibility of the student to notify International Admissions and the International Advisor of your intent to withdraw from classes as soon as possible or within the first THREE WEEKS of the semester. Failure to follow formal withdrawal procedures may result in an obligation to pay fees, the assignment of failing grades, and the need to reapply for admission to CSUN.

First-Time International (F-1) Transfer Checklists -Fall 2019

Welcome to California State University, Northridge

Download and print the Fall 2019 First-Time International (F-1) Transfer Student Checklists (.pdf)PDF icon

These three transfer student checklists will guide you through the necessary steps toward a successful first semester at CSUN. Hint: Click on the images and be taken to the correct pages to complete each item.

Enrollment in Classes & Academic Advising Checklist

Completion of Step 2, 3, & 4 are mandatory in order to be pre-enrolled in classes.

 


 

1) ACTIVATE YOUR CSUN ACCOUNT.

  • Set up your CSUN account and email as explained in the “Activate Your CSUN Account” email from Admissions and Records sent to the email address you provided on your admission application. You will be directed to a webpage to authenticate your identification. Then, you will be able to set your password. 
  • Once you’ve set up your account, use your User ID and Password to log into your CSUN-issued Gmail account. Use your CSUN email account for all official communication between you and CSUN faculty and staff. Check your CSUN email account regularly!
Not Anymore

2) NOT ANYMORE - Interpersonal Violence Prevention Program

  • All students MUST complete the “Not Anymore” training before they can be pre-enrolled in classes. Log into your MyNorthridge Student Portal (see step 1), click on “Home” tab, then under “My Checklist,” look for the link to complete the “Not Anymore” training. This step is Mandatory!

 

 

3) Online Pre-Enrollment Workshop/Advisement

  • All Student MUST complete the Online Pre-Enrollment Workshop in order to be enrolled in classes. This step is Mandatory.
Meeting with an International Academic Advisors in-person is NOT mandatory. If students wish to meet with an International Academic Advisor or have academic questions, call 818-677-6968 or email ugs.intladvisor@csun.edu to schedule an appointment.

 

Response Questionnaire

4) File the RESPONSE QUESTIONNAIRE within 14 days of admission.

All first semester undergraduate international students will be pre-enrolled in classes. Since many generally do not arrive at CSUN until one or two weeks prior to start of the semester and classes become full quick, this practice ensures that students are enrolled classes they need and have at least 12 units to meet their visa requirements. Students do not register for classes on their own. The only way to be registered for classes is by filling out this Response Questionnaire! This Step is Mandatory.

 


 

5) FIRST DAY OF CLASS

  • Fall 2019 weekday (Monday through Friday) classes begin Monday, August 26, 2019.
  • Saturday-only classes and Saturday and Sunday classes begin Saturday, August 24, 2019.
  • For complete 2019-2020 Academic Calendar, including holidays, click on the calendar image to the left.

Preparing for Fall 2019 Checklist

  

Health Insurance Requirement

1) HEALTH INSURANCE: International Students are required to have adequate health insurance throughout the duration of their F-1 student status as mandated by the California State University Chancellor's office.  Please review details and instructions for CSUN Health Insurance Requirement.

 

Students will need to purchase or submit proof of health insurance to IESC by August 2, 2019or preferably within two weeks of enrollment.  Students may risk being dropped from classes if insurance requirement is not met.

 

Math Selection Assessment

 

 

 

 

 

2) PLACEMENT TESTS:

Some transfer students need to take the Math Selection Assessment (MSA)to determine the math level they are prepared to take in the first semester.  Students in Engineering, Computer Science, Math, Health Sciences, or other Science majors may need to take the Chemistry Placement Test (CPT).  Students must pass the CPT before enrolling in Chemistry 101/101L.

MSA: Students who need the MSA will be enrolled in an online preliminary assessment called ALEKS. You can practice for the MSA while you are in your home country through ALEKS online. Then, you take the CSUN-proctored Math Selection Assessment in August that will indicate which math course you are eligible to take.

MSA Exemption: Some students are exempt from the MSA based on their transfer college GE Math, SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test), ACT (American College Test), or AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate), or GCE A-Levels (General Certificate of Education Advanced Level) scores. To learn about exemptions, test dates, register online, visit the CSUN Testing Center.

Students who do not take the MSA (or do not have exemptions from the exams) will be placed into the lowest level math and will have added semesters to their education plan.

English: Placement into English Composition course will depend on U.S. high school English coursework, transferable college GE English, SAT, ACT, IB, GCE A-Level, AP, or other external standardized exams.  The Directed Self Placement (DPS) English exam is by recommendation of UGS International Advisors only. 

Turn in Transcripts

3) TRANSCRIPTS: Official international transcripts must be postmarked or hand delivered to the International Admissions Office Bayramian Hall, Room 160 by June 15, 2019

Official domestic transcripts may be postmarked or hand delivered to Admissions & Records, also located in Bayramian Hall, lobby area.

 

 

 

Degree Progress Report

4) TRANSFER COURSES: Use the Degree Progress Report (DPR) and Planner, to check the placement of your transfer courses into CSUN major and degree requirement sections. For a preview, see the How to Guides on DPR and Planner.

If your transcripts have not yet been evaluated, your transfer courses will not yet display in DPR/Planner. You may visit www.assist.org to find California community college and CSUN course equivalents.

 

University Catalog

 

5) Review and become familiar with the University Catalog and Road Map prior to the start of the semester.

 

  • The Catalog describes every major, all courses CSUN offers, and provides vital information about academic policies and university regulations.
  • The Degree Road Map helps you plan and preview your courses from your first semester to degree completion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Important Tasks to be Completed Checklist

 

  

1) Understanding your holds.

  • All international transfer students will have a "V" hold on their account. First semester students go through the pre-enrollment process after completing the Response Questionnaire. The V hold prevents schedule change and remains active for the first semester and is not removed. 
  • The "Foreign" hold is by the International & Exchange Student Center (IESC) who requires proof of health insurance. IESC requires students complete their immigration requirements and to check-in upon arrive. Please see “Immigration Requirements for Fall 2019 Admit,” for all immigration requirements including Health Insurance, Documents, Online Workshops, etc.
Reminder: Students will need to purchase or submit proof of health insurance to IESC by August 2, 2019 or preferably within two weeks of enrollment.  Students may risk being dropped from classes if insurance requirement is not met.
 

2) NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS:

New Student Orientation is Mandatory! This half day event will introduce you to the university, provide important information, and enable you to meet new friends.  New International Student Orientation is August 22nd, you are not required to attend any other orientation day.

Call 818-677-4100 or go to www.csun.edu/nso to register (Registration may not be available until late July).

 

 

 

 

3) TUITION AND FEES: Pay your tuition and other fees on time. For your first semester, tuition payment may be paid when you are enrolled in classes, but no later than the deadlines published in the Fee Payment Schedule. First semester international tuition is due by August 30, 2019. If you do not pay on time, you may be dropped from courses. Get details on tuition and fees, payment due dates, installment plans and more at Student Finance.

 

 

Immunization Requirements

4) CSU IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS for measles, rubella and hepatitis B.

  • If you attended a California public middle or high school, you have probably met the requirement.
  • If not, complete the measles and rubella immunization requirement during your first semester of classes. Complete the hepatitis B requirement during your second semester. For more information, including the consequences of non-compliance and other immunization considerations, see the Klotz Student Health Center website Immunization Requirements.

 

  

UDWPE

5) UPPER DIVISION WRITING PROFICIENCY EXAM (UDWPE): If you are transferring to CSUN with at least 60 units, then register for the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE) at the beginning of your first semester at CSUN. Undergraduate students are encouraged to take the UDWPE as early as possible, but must take the exam no later than the semester in which 75 units will be completed.

Students who have not attempted the UDWPE by the completion of 75 units will have a hold placed on their subsequent class registration. Some upper division major courses require a passing score on the UDWPE before you can enroll so plan ahead and avoid enrollment delays. Information on the exam including registration details is located at www.csun.edu/udwpe.

 

WITHDRAWAL NOTICE: It is the sole responsibility of the student to notify International Admissions and the International Advisor of your intent to withdraw from classes as soon as possible or within the first THREE WEEKS of the semester. Failure to follow formal withdrawal procedures may result in an obligation to pay fees, the assignment of failing grades, and the need to reapply for admission to CSUN.

New International Student Orientation

Sign up for the New Student Orientation to receive useful information about what to expect at CSUN, tour the campus, and meet fellow international students. Call (818) 677-4100 or go to www.csun.edu/nso/international to register. Please note international students are only required to go to the international orientation scheduled for the Thursday, before school begins. You are not required to go to the major department or transfer orientation. 

Important Dates and Deadlines for the First Semester

  • March 18-24, 2019 – Spring Recess, No instructions

  • April 1, 2019 – Cesar Chavez Holiday, Campus Closed
  • May 27, 2019 – Memorial Day Holiday, Campus Closed
  • May 31, 2019 – International Student Deadline to apply for Fall 2019
  • June 15, 2019 – Document Deadline for Fall 2019 applications
  • July 4, 2019 – Independence Day, Campus Closed
  • July 17, 2019 – Earliest entry date into the U.S. on F-1 Visa
  • August 16, 2019 – Deadline to enter the U.S. on F-1 Visa
  • August 22, 2019 – New International Student Orientation
  • August 23, 2019 – 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 12th by appointment with the department of Mathematics (818) 677-2231.
  • August 24, 2019 – Saturday only and Friday/Saturday classes begin, students should view specific meeting dates in class search.
  • August 26, 2019 – Weekday classes begin
  • August 30, 2019 – Tuition payment deadline for new International Students
  • August 30, 2019 – Schedule Change Request Deadline by 4:00 p.m.
  • September 2, 2019 – Labor Day, Campus Closed (No instructions on August 31-September 2)
  • September 3-13 , 2019 (Weeks 2&3) – Permission numbers are required to add all classes
  • September 13, 2019 – Last day to request add/drop classes (Friday of Week 3) by 4:00 p.m.
  • November 11, 2019 – Veterans’ Day, Campus Closed (No instructions on November 11)
  • November 28-29 – Thanksgiving Recess, Campus Closed (No instructions on November 28-December 1)
  • December 25, 2019 - January 1, 2020 – Winter Recess, Campus Closed
  • January 20, 2020 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Campus Closed
  • January 21, 2020 – Spring Semester 2020 Classes begin

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

 

Frequently Asked Questions

2nd Semester Advisement Process

International students will be able to enroll themselves for the second semester and on, however before enrolling students are required to meet with an academic advisor. Students will attend workshops and/or individual advisement sessions which will prepare them for the enrollment process, explain policies/procedures that are unique to international students, and tips for a successful semester.

Students will receive a notification to their CSUN email about how to schedule an appointment for second semester advisement around the 5th week of the semester.

Students will later transition to their major departments, if you are interested in changing your major please notify your academic advisor. The full the list of departments and majors are below.

Colleges & Advising CentersMajors

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








  • Athletic Training
  • 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

Academic Support and Tutoring Resources

Practice English Language Skills- Conversation Swap (.pdf)PDF icon

Academic Support Group- I-Care (.pdf)PDF icon

Tutoring Resources (.pdf)

GPA Calculator (.xls)

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