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California State University, Northridge

Northridge, CA


About This Campus

California State University Northridge is situated in the heart of the west San Fernando Valley which has a population of 1.8 million. The Valley is in the northern section of Los Angeles, but is within easy driving distance of the city’s attractions. Moreover, an easy two-hour drive provides opportunities for visit to mountain ski areas, beaches, hiking trails, and camping areas, as well as Disneyland, San Diego and Santa Barbara. CSUN is a 350-acre campus with a population of nearly 40,000 students and over 2,000 Faculty. It is one of the largest schools in the California State University System and consists of eight colleges - Arts, Media and Communications; Business and Economics; Education; Engineering and Computer Science; Health and Human Development; Humanities; Science and Mathematics; and Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Location Information

Northridge is located in the San Fernando Valley. It is about 20 miles from the beach at Santa Monica and 14 miles from Hollywood. There is a wide variety of entertainment to suit everyone. Public transportation is not always the most reliable, so students are advised to bring their own car where feasible.

Helpful Information

Course flexibility is the key to success at CSUN! It is recommended that students pre-approve more courses than they plan on taking while at CSUN. Some CSUN courses may have specific prerequisites, so students should be prepared to submit official transcripts to the CSUN NSE coordinator and may need to submit further documentation, such as course syllabi, to show prerequisites are met. Please note that enrollment in courses is not guaranteed even if the prerequisite is met at the home campus.

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2022/2023 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Northridge
Population | 61,993
Enrollment | 39,285
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home Payment
Term Dates
Fall | 08/28-12/20
Spring | 01/22-05/20

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 1%
Asian | 10%
Black | 5%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 1%
Hispanic/Latino | 54%
Two or more | 3%
White | 22%
Other | 4%
International | 3%
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  • Campus Catalog
  • Priority: With seniors
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Campus instructor or department
Closed Programs
College of Business and Economics (Accounting & Information Systems; Business Law; Economics; Finance; Management; Marketing; Systems & Operations Management), Department of Cinema and Television Arts (Entertainment Media Management; Film Production; Media Theory & Criticism; Multimedia Production; Screenwriting; Television Production), Education, Nursing and Physical Therapy

Music, Kinesiology, Biology, Communication Studies, Health Administration, Public Health, Radiologic Sciences, and Psychology

Notable Academic Programs

  • Ethnic Studies - Ethnic Studies - Our comparative and interdisciplinary program covers multiple areas: American Indian Studies, Asian American Studies, Central American Studies, Chicana/o Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, Jewish Studies, and Queer Studies
  • Deaf Studies - CSUN is proud to be one of only two institutions in the nation that offers a comprehensive undergraduate program in the area of Deaf Studies.

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

  • African American Studies
  • African Studies
  • American Sign Language
  • Anthropology
  • Apparel/Fashion Design
  • Art
  • Asian American Studies
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Life Science
  • Chemistry
  • Child Development
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communication
  • Communication Disorders
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Education of the Deaf
  • Electrical Engineering
  • English
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Family Consumer Science
  • Family Studies
  • Fashion/Retail Merchandising
  • Food Science
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Health Services/Hospital Administration and Management
  • History
  • Interior Design
  • Japanese
  • Journalism
  • Kinesiology
  • Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Music
  • Nutrition
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Queer, Gay and Lesbian Studies
  • Religious Studies/Theology
  • Sociology
  • Studio Art
  • Theater Arts/Drama/Acting
  • Tourism Management
  • Urban Planning
  • Urban Studies
  • Women and Gender Studies


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 500.00 paper, N/A computer or 61.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.00
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Home Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 06/03/21

  • Campus Budget
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment Students
  • Estimated cost: $3519.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: 17
  • Home Payment: 17

Financial Aid - Host Payment
For Host Payment U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Host Payment applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • CWS
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 001153

Financial Aid - Home Payment
For eligible Home Payment students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Financial Aid - Canada
Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Admission Fee $70 Year Host & Home Mandatory
NSE Program Fee $100 Year Host & Home Mandatory
Housing Deposit $50 Year Host & Home Mandatory
ID Card $5.00 Year Host & Home Mandatory
Parking Fee $213.21 Semester Host & Home Optional

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 06/03/21

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 6% living on campus
  • Double: $6790 (includes meals)
  • Full-year contract required for a full-year exchange
  • On campus living is limited
Off-Campus Housing
  • Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $1300-2000
  • Proximity to campus: 1-2 miles
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
Fall and All Year students are required to sign a full year contract. Fall students will be notified by Student Housing office on how to cancel their contract before returning to their home campus. How To Apply For On-Campus Housing (note: you can only apply after you have received your CSUN username and password): Go to CSUN's housing website at www.csun.edu/housing to apply online. Applications are processed on a first-come first-served basis. Space is limited, and fills up fast, so you are encouraged to apply early. Students are required to purchase a meal plan if they have selected a no-kitchen unit in on-campus housing. For questions about housing, please contact the Student Housing Office at 818-677-2160. Off-campus housing price does not include utilities.

Meal Plans

Notes About Meal Plans
Students are required to purchase a meal plan if they have selected a no-kitchen unit in on-campus housing. CSUN Meal Plan Homepage: https://dineoncampus.com/csun Meal Plan descriptions can be found here: https://dineoncampus.com/csun/20212022-oncampus-meal-plans


Figures per Semester are current as of 06/03/21

Important Notes about Health Insurance
Students are responsible for obtaining their own insurance and verifying that the insurance will cover them on exchange.

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $748 per semester.


  • Health records due by:
  • Immunization before residence hall move in
  • Immunization: Meningococcal

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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