California State University, Northridge

California State University, Northridge is a vibrant, diverse university community of more than 38,000 students, 2,500 international students and 4,000 faculty and staff, located on a 356-acre campus in the heart of Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley. As you explore the university’s website, you will find ample evidence of CSUN’s commitment to the educational and professional goals of students and the community.

Student demographics

CSUN is home to students from more than 100 countries. Approximately seven percent of the total student enrollment is made up of an international population, with the largest groups hailing from China, Saudi Arabia, India, Kuwait, Japan and Korea.

ESL program and/or support services

The Tseng College at CSUN is one of the largest providers of English-language and college-preparation instruction for international students in the United States. The Intensive English Program (IEP) helps international students who may lack the language skills to pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The program is not only focused on improving English skills but also on easing the transition to college by offering the following benefits:

  • Conditional admission to CSUN programs prior to meeting the university’s English-language proficiency admission requirements
  • Preparation for the TOEFL and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examinations
  • TOEFL waivers for students who meet certain requirements
  • Free after-class tutoring and activity classes
  • For eligible students, the possibility of working on a degree at CSUN while still enrolled in the IEP

Other opportunities include the Semester at CSUN program, for students who want a short-term study abroad experience, and a pre-MBA certificate program that leads to the MBA degree program.

Student Housing options

International students may live on or off campus. The Tseng College coordinates housing for students enrolled in Intensive English and University Pathway (IEUP) programs. For information about on-campus housing for IEUP students, visit the housing for IEUP students webpage. General on campus housing information can be found at CSUN’s campus housing website.

Admission requirements

For specific requirements, visit the international admissions page or graduate studies page. Freshman international students must have a 3.0 GPA and a passing score on the TOEFL, or other acceptable test.

International Student visas issued

Both F1 and J1 visas are issued.

Cost of attendance and financial assistance

Tuition and fees vary depending on the degree program. For specific information, view the cost of attendance. Financial aid is not available for international students.

All F-1 visa students are required to provide documentation of financial support before an I-20 document can be issued. For specific requirements, download the Affidavit of Financial Support.