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  • Fall 08/27-12/18
  • Spring 01/21-05/19

Tuition & Payments
You will pay in-state/in province tuition/fees directly to your host campus.
OPEN - Host campus accepts ALL qualified applicants.

You will pay your normal tuition/fees to your home campus.
1:1 EVEN - Host campus accepts students first from campuses that accept its students.

Estimated Per Semester
Costs For Plan A Tuition & Fees:

Estimated Per Semester
Costs For Room And Meals:

Additional Information
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Campus Diversity
0%Native/First Nation
4%Hawaiian/Pacific Island
2%Two or more races

Campus Links
Home Page
Outgoing Students
Incoming Students

NSE Links
Policies & Procedures
Campus Detail Info
Member Campus Links

How to Apply
Applications are submitted through your home campus coordinator.
Find Your NSE Office

California State University Northridge is situated in the heart of the west San Fernando Valley which has a population of 1.6 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 35,000 students and 1,200 Faculty, including 79 Fulbright Scholars 335 full-time Professors. It is one of the largest schools in the California State University System and consists of eight schools - Arts Arts Media and Communications, Business Administration and Economics, Communication Health and Human Development, Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Humanities, Science and Mathematics and Social & Behavioral Sciences. The Oviatt Library is advanced in technology.

Campus Location - 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 poor, so students are advised to bring their own car where feasible.

Helpful Information - Students wanting to attend CSU Northridge MUST BE VERY FLEXIBLE WITH THEIR CLASS CHOICE. If a student NEEDS to enroll in a particular course at CSUN to graduate, then they may want to re-think coming to CSUN. It is a much better school choice for students who want to take General Education classes!

Closed Programs
Business, Cinema and Television Arts (Film), Education, Nursing and Physical Therapy

Music, Kinesiology and Psychology

Special Options
RA Exchange: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Anthropology: Anthropology

Area Studies: Afro-American Studies, Asian American Studies, Chicano/Mexican American Studies, Comparative American Studies, Japanese Studies

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Art History, Computer Graphics, Design, Drawing, Interior Design, Studio Art, Theater Art

Athletics: Exercise Science, Fitness Management, Movement Studies, Sports Management/Administration

Biological Sciences: Biology/Life Science

Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry

Communications: Broadcasting, Communication, Journalism, Speech/Rhetoric/Public Address

Consumer and Family Studies: Child Consumer and Family Studies, Family Science/Services, Home Economics

Criminal Justice: Criminology

Earth Sciences: Earth Science, Geology

Education: Child Development, English, French, Health Education, Home Economics, Physical Education, Spanish

Engineering: Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

English: Classical Studies, English, Literature

Environmental Studies: Environmental Health Sciences, Environmental Sciences

Fashion: Apparel/Fashion Design, Apparel/Fashion Merchandising

Food Science: Food Science, Nutrition

Foreign Language: American Sign Language, Arabic (some courses), Chinese (some courses), Classical Languages, French, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese (some courses), Latin, Spanish

General Studies: Arts and Science, Gender Studies, Humanities, Liberal Studies, Social Sciences, Spanish Literature

Geography and Urban Studies: Geography, Real Estate, Urban Planning

Health and Safety Sciences: Exercise Science, Health Science, Health Services/Hospital Administration and Management, Kinesiology

History: History

Hospitality and Tourism: Tourism and Travel, Tourism Management

Information Studies: Computer Science

Mathematics: Mathematics

Performing Arts: Choral Music, Music, Music Education, Music Therapy, Music/Jazz Studies

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy, Religious Studies

Physics: Physics

Political Science: Political Science

Psychology: Child Psychology, Psychology

Recreation: Outdoor Recreation Management, Recreation Therapy

Sociology/Social Work: Gender Studies, Social Science, Sociology

Speech Pathology and Audiology: Deaf Studies

Technology: Civil Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology

Quick Links Registration Priority
  • With seniors
GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.5 GPA
  • None.
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
  • Prefer students who will live on campus
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6
Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Students
  • No graduate students
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Plan A Students
  • Figures are current as of 6/22/2016.
  • Estimated cost: $3,291.
  • 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 Plan A students.
Tuition and Fees - Plan B 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 Plan B students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Plan A: 16
  • Plan B: 16
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 6/22/2016.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Application Fee: $55 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
NSE Program Fee: $100 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Housing Deposit: $50 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
ID Card: $6 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Parking Fee: $180 Semester Plan A & B Optional

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $925 per semester.

Financial Aid
Plan A
For Plan A 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 Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

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

Plan B
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Plan A or Plan B, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.
  • Figures are current as of 6/22/2016.
  • Expect 5% or more increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on the average room and meal plan selected by NSE students. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your selected room type and meals.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • Double: $5,330 (includes meals)
  • Full-year contract required for a full-year exchange
  • On campus living is limited
Off-Campus Housing
  • Appoximate monthly cost: $1,000
  • Proximity to campus: 1-2 miles
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
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 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. For questions about housing, please contact the Student Housing Office at 818-677-2160. Off campus housing price does not include include utilities.

Meal Plans Per Semester

  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $1822 declining balance plan.

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