Admission Requirements

Applicant MUST have ALL of the following satisfied before the application will be processed and a Form I-20 will be issued for the Semester at CSUN (SAC) program:

  • Be at least 18 years of age by the start of the program.
  • Have completed high school.
  • Be an undergraduate level student in their home country (graduate students are accepted to the SAC program on a case-by-case basis).
  • Undergraduate level student has a minimum grade point average of 2.0, based on a 4.0 grading system, from an accredited institution. (Graduate level student has a minimum grade point average of 2.5, based on a 4.0 grading system, from an accredited institution).
  • Meet the CSUN English-Language Proficiency Requirements (see section below for list of tests and minimum scores).
  • A current IEP student who passes the IELTS, TOEFL, or obtains a TOEFL waiver and wants to study in SAC the upcoming semester must apply to SAC. Evaluation will be based on SAC program requirements.
  • Program Application Fee must be paid when submitting the online application. This fee is non-refundable.
  • All documents must be submitted at the time of the online application.
  • Program Tuition must be received in FULL and successfully posted on the student’s account before a Form I-20 will be issued.


  • The SAC program does not guarantee admission to California State University, Northridge (CSUN).
  • Course selection is subject to availability and the relevant academic department's approval.
  • SAC is for visiting international students who wish to take credit classes offered by CSUN.
  • The maximum amount of time allowed in the SAC program is two (2) regular semesters.
  • SAC program students must be enrolled full-time. See Full-Time Enrollment Requirement.

English-Language Proficiency

The following are acceptable CSUN English-Language Proficiency Exams and minimum scores:

  Undergraduate Graduate

International English Language Test System

6.0 or higher 6.5 or higher

Test of English as a Foreign Language

  • Internet-Based Test (IBT)
  • Paper-Based Test (PBT)
61 (iBT) 79 (iBT)
500 (PBT) 550 (PBT)

PTE Academic
Pearson Test of English Academic

50 58

International Test of English Proficiency

3.8 4.0

Cambridge CAE

172 180

Duolingo DET

95 105


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