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Location | Northridge
Population | 70,653
Enrollment | 36,368
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home Payment

Term Dates
Fall | 08/24-12/17
Spring | 01/21-05/16

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.
2024-2025 Chance of Placement
Host Payment |Open
Home Payment |Closed
Campus Availability & Deadlines
2025-2026 Chance of Placement
Host Payment |Open
Home Payment |Good
Understand Chances of Placement


RegistrationClosed 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


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... ++ show all


GPA and Other Academic Requirements Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
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
Canadian Students - learn more
  • Will accept Home Payment Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 05/16/24

Finances Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment Students
  • Pay resident-rate tuition to your host campus. No tuition/fees are paid to your home campus
  • Estimated cost: $3729.
  • Figures are based on full-time enrollment.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • Pay regular tuition to your home campus. No tuition/fees are paid to your host campus.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: 17
  • Home Payment: 17

Financial Aid for NSE Students
Regardless of Payment Plan, financial aid is awarded by and disbursed from your 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 $219.61 Semester Host & Home Optional
Course Fees / MaterialsVariesSemesterHost & HomeMandatory

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 05/16/24

On-Campus Housing Per Semester 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. Students are required to purchase a meal plan if they have selected a no-kitchen unit in on-campus 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 https://w2.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 as soon as you receive your CSUN ID number. ON-CAMPUS HOUSING IS NOT GUARANTEED AND ALLOCATED ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS. 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/20242025-meal-plan-options


Figures per Semester are current as of 05/16/24

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 $912 per semester.


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