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California State University, Northridge

Campus Profile

CSU NorthridgeLocated in the San Fernando Valley just north of Los Angeles, California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is an academically competitive institution known for its excellent programs and outstanding instructors. Serving more than 42,000 students each year, CSUN is one of the largest universities in the United States, and it has an academic impact to match its size. Money Magazine recently named CSUN one of the top ten values in all of higher education, and the Social Mobility Index ranked CSUN fifth in the nation for elevating its students' economic and social well-being. CSUN's 171 academic programs and engaged centers enjoy international recognition for excellence. CSUN currently partners with more than 100 institutions of higher education in 22 countries around the globe and attracts one of the largest international student populations of any university in the United States. .

Situated on a 356-acre park-like setting, the campus features modern educational buildings and world-class Gold-certified performing arts and recreational facilities recognized as among the best in the country.  CSUN is a welcoming university that champions accessibility, academic excellence, and student success.

Academic Calendar

CSUN operates on a semester system. One semester is equivalent to .50 of an academic year. Two semesters are equal to one academic year. To view academic calendar dates, refer to the campus website or the CSU Campus Calendar found on the CSU Overview webpage located here.

Information for Exchange Students

  • Location description: Located in Southern California in or near a small/medium city (population 75,000-300,000)
  • Campus enrollment: Over 38,000 students
  • Students who can apply: Degree-seeking students nominated by exchange partners. Students must be undergraduate students or graduate students who are willing to accept an undergraduate placement. Graduate student placements may be possible in some disciplines (excluding business) and are based on reciprocity only.
  • Length of exchange: Students may study for one or two semesters. 
  • Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) to apply: 2.00 (based on 4.0 scale) or equivalent.
  • Campus health insurance charged to student:  No unless students do not have required coverage.
  • Other campus-based fees charged to student:  Fees for some courses depending on the course may be charged (e.g. lab  fees).  Fee amounts and fees charged are subject to change.

Minimum English Proficiency Score Requirements

  • ETS TOEFL (Internet-based scores): 61
  • IELTS: 6.0

Graduate Applicant scores may vary. Consult with your home university exchange coordinator.

To determine if a test score is required, refer to the document, “English Language Proficiency Requirements.”

Impacted/Closed and Restricted Subject Areas

  • Impacted/Closed Subject Areas (which are not available to exchange students): Business Administration (ACCT, BLAW, BUS, FIN, IS, MGT, MKT SCM, SOM); Cinema and Television Arts (CTVA); Education (all areas); Engineering (all areas - AE, AM, CE, CM, ECE, ME, MSE), Kinesiology (KIN); Music (MUS); Nursing (NURS); Psychology (PSY); Radiological Sciences (HSCI).

  • Restricted/Limited Subject Areas (limited places are available and are highly competitive): Currently, there are no restricted subject areas.

Impacted and restricted subject areas are subject to change at any time.

Last modified 01/29/2018