The Semester at CSUN program enables international students who meet CSUN's English-language proficiency requirements to enroll in undergraduate credit classes at the university for up to two semesters.
Typically, students choose Semester at CSUN in order to:
- complete coursework (credits earned can be transferred to their home universities or can be applied toward a degree at CSUN or another U.S. university or college should that institution approve the credit transfer),
- study subjects not taught or not available in their home countries,
- gain new perspectives in their fields of study,
- experience campus life at an American university, and/or
- learn about the culture of Southern California
Students may choose from the many courses offered by the university each semester. Enrollment is on a space-available basis and requires students to meet the course prerequisites and obtain the department's/instructor's approval.
The full range of support services offered to Semester at CSUN students, includes academic advisement and assistance in choosing appropriate courses, assistance with registration, and general assistance throughout the semester to ease assimilation with campus life.
Participants in this program also receive a CSUN student identification card, which provides access to campus-wide free Wi-Fi connection, computer labs, and printers. Students can also use the Oviatt Library, Student Health Center, Student Recreation Center (for a small fee), swimming pools, and many other university facilities.
*U.S. citizens are not eligible to apply to the SAC program. U.S. citizens have the option to take academic-credit classes in the Fall and Spring semesters through the Open University program.
On-Campus Housing for International Programs and Partnerships (IPP) Students
IPP CSUN Housing offers convenient, apartment-style accommodations that provide visiting students with the opportunity to live in the same on-campus community with regular university students. Students in on-campus housing become familiar with the campus more quickly, meet other students more easily and take part in the many social and recreational activities organized by both IPP Housing and CSUN housing.