CSUN welcomes students from all over the world to enroll in Open University and
experience a vibrant, diverse American university. For international students in
the Los Angeles area, enrollment in Open University classes allows access to university
facilities, student services and campus activities. There are a variety of online
courses available for international students wishing to attend classes via the internet.
Select a topic below to see details.
Access to CSUN Online Courses for International Students and Distance Learning
International and other distance-learning students are invited to enroll in CSUN
online courses through the Open University program. CSUN offers three types of online
- Fully Online (OF):
- All class sessions and exams are presented in an online environment. There are no
class meetings on campus.
- Campus Online (OC):
- The majority of class sessions are presented in an online environment. However,
any face-to-face meetings are typically for activities, such as orientations, special
in-class presentations, exams, and/or other in-class proofs of competency.
- Hybrid (OH):
- Students attend class sessions both on campus and in an online environment. Classes
typically meet approximately half online and half on campus.
International students are eligible to enroll in CSUN courses through Open University.
However, like all students, any necessary
course prerequisites must be met prior to enrolling.
Student Visas & I-20
The Tseng College does not provide student visas for international students who
enroll in Open University. International students are not required to transfer their
SEVIS records to CSUN for Open University.
FALL 2020 SEMESTER
Registration Period (Weeks 2-3)
Monday, August 31 - Friday, September 11, 2020
Monday, August 24, 2020 (Saturday classes begin August 22)
Last day to add without permission & Last day to drop and receive a refund
Friday, September 11, 2020
Monday, September 14 - Friday, September 18, 2020
Labor Day Holiday - campus closed; no instruction
Saturday, September 5 - Monday, September 7, 2020
Veterans Day Holiday - campus closed; no instruction
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Thanksgiving Recess - campus closed; no instruction
Thursday, November 26 - Sunday, November 29, 2020
Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Final Examinations (see final exam schedule)
Wednesday, December 9 - Tuesday, December 15, 2020
To search for classes, click on the Fall navigation
link on top and use the search bar at the top of the page.
How to Enroll
International students who are new to CSUN, must first create a student account
and establish themselves in the system. See “How to Establish Yourself in
the System” below. For more information, see
How to Enroll.
How to Establish Yourself in the System
- Go to the CSUN Homepage.
- Hover the mouse cursor over "ADMISSIONS" section on the home page.
- Click "Extended Learning Programs and Registration".
- Click "Enrollment".
- Click "New Students".
- Fill out the "New Tseng College Student Application", then click "Continue".
- On the "Create User Profile" screen, create a password, then select one
of the following under "Program to Enroll":
- College of Extended Learning, Graduate Credit (select if you already have a bachelor’s
- College of Extended Learning, Undergraduate Credit (select if you do not have a
- College of Extended Learning - Non Credit and CEUs (continuing education units)
- Select the appropriate term/session. Click "Submit".
- The "New Extension Student Application Completed" screen, containing your
CSUN Student ID Number and new User ID, will be displayed. Now, create your Password.
- Print this information for your records and keep it in a secure place. Your User
ID and Password are necessary to enter the Portal for all online services and registration.
You may also write this information below for future use. After completion, click
NOTE: If your intention is to make a payment with an Electronic Check, you must
wait 24 hours to enroll after completing the process, as explained above.
A prerequisite is a course or condition that must be completed/met prior to enrollment
in another specified course. For instance, X may be a prerequisite for Y. Therefore,
you will be required to take and pass X in order to enroll in Y.
International students are required to obtain a Permission Number in order to
register for classes. To obtain a Permission Number students should follow these
- Review the class notes of the course for any department specific process. Follow
the listed process accordingly.
- Contact the course instructor via email to request a permission number or to inform
the instructor you will be following the department process to receive a permission
number. Include the following info in your email:
- Your full name
- Student ID (optional)
- Course number and title (i.e., “MATH 102 - College Algebra”)
- Provide proof of how you have met the prerequisite requirement:
- For example, you may send an unofficial copy of your transcript and/or links to
descriptions of the relevant course(s) taken at your home institution, or a brief
explanation of your readiness.
- This process varies depending on the department.
- Suggested subject line: “MATH 102 Permission Number for Fall 2020”
- Attend the first class meeting of the course to revisit the request for a permission
number and stay on top of any relevant coursework.
A list of colleges and department chairs can be found on the
Contact Us page.
To withdraw from a course after the date listed in the
Registration Timeline, the formal withdrawal process is required, as well
as meeting other CSUN policies, to avoid an academic/grade penalty for the course.
Any student who fails to formally withdraw from a course will still be liable for
any outstanding payments and academic performance requirements until there is a
formal written withdrawal.
- The student, not the instructor, is responsible for dropping classes.
- Nonattendance does not constitute a withdrawal.
- Stopping payment on a check for tuition and other fees does not constitutes a request
For more information, see CSUN Admissions & Records Academic Policies.
For more information, see
Refunds regarding refund policies and timelines.
Maximum Unit Load:
- Undergraduate Students: 13 units
- Graduate Students: 19 units
Students in good standing may request additional units over the Fall and Spring
maximum unit load, by completing the Extra Unit Authorization form.
However, this form is strictly limited at this time, and will only be processed
when Nonrestrictive Registration begins (see Registration
Open University Fees
Tuition fees: $352 per unit
Campus fees: No campus fee required
Upon enrollment, you will have 2 hours (inclusive of weekends and holidays)
to pay for tuition fees from the time you complete the enrollment transaction.
It is highly recommended to be prepared with payment information before the enrollment
process. Failure to pay tuition fees in full may result in disenrollment from classes.
If paying in-person, but the University Cash Services counter is closed, payment
must be made online to prevent disenrollment.
Prior to enrolling, make sure to change your browser settings to allow pop-ups
for payment transactions.
- Enroll in classes via the myNorthridge Portal, using your CSUN
user ID and password. See
How to Enroll instructions.
- After you have finished enrolling, you will see the “View Results” screen.
Click “Make a Payment” to complete the transaction.
The following payment methods are accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Electronic Check
(must wait 24 hours after account activation to pay by Electronic Check).
Payment plans are not available.
Dropping a Class
Whenever a student drops a class, the refund schedule applies. This is true even
if the student's intention is to swap the dropped class for another class.
The following does not constitute an official drop, nor do such actions diminish
your financial obligation to CSUN for the Open University Program:
- Stopping payment
- Not attending class
- Merely notifying the instructor
Once registration has been processed for Open University, full refunds will not
- 65% of the fees collected will not be refunded until the end of the third
week of the semester.
- No refunds will be given after the third week.
- If a refund is due, resulting in a credit on your CSUN account, you will automatically
receive a refund.
- For credit card transactions, a credit will appear on your credit card account.
Payments made by check, electronic check, money order or cash will be refunded in
the form of a check.
- Refunds are not based on the date a student stops attending class. Refunds are calculated
based on the date that the student drops a class online or drops a class by submitting
the completed Late Change in Academic Schedule form to the appropriate office.
Open University Add/Drop Chart and Refund Schedule
Please allow 4-6 weeks for processing. Refunds for credit card payments will
be credited back to the original card number. Refund checks for payments not made
by credit card are mailed to the student's address listed in the SOLAR Student Center.
Applying Credit to a CSUN Degree
International Students are eligible to enroll in academic-credit courses in the
Fall and Spring semesters at CSUN, and apply those credits to a CSUN degree, without
formal application and admission to the university.
- For a Bachelor’s degree at CSUN, you can apply up to 24 units
of academic credit.
- For a Master’s degree, Credential or Graduate Credit Certificate Program,
you can apply up to 9 units of academic credit.
Please Note: In all cases, the department chair responsible
for the program will determine which, if any, courses taken as a non-matriculated
student can and should apply to a particular degree/credential/certificate program.
Grades received in Open University automatically become part of your academic
record and are included in your overall grade point average at CSUN.
You can view and manage your academic, financial and personal information using
the myNorthridge portal. To view
your grades, log into the myNorthridge portal and click on the “Check Grades”
button in the Quick Links box.
Please note: Students with a grade of Incomplete in any course
cannot register to repeat that course. A student must make appropriate arrangements
with the instructor concerning the correction or removal of the Incomplete grade.
For Open University, final examinations are usually held on the last class meeting.
Confirm final exam time and location with your instructor in advance. Some courses
do not have a final exam.
Any student who finds it impossible to take a final examination on the date scheduled
must make arrangements in advance with the instructor either to take the examination
at another time prior to the deadline for reporting grades, or request that a grade
of Incomplete be assigned and then follow the regulations concerning the removal
of the Incomplete.
For more information, see Final Exams.
Upon completion of a course, you are eligible to order an official transcript
from the CSUN Admissions and Records office via an online system, by mail, or in
More information on obtaining transcripts can be found at the Order Transcripts page.
CSUN does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin,
race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status, as monitored by the Department
of Labor (Office of Federal Contract Compliance) and the Department of Education,
or in violation of section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the regulations
adopted there under.
For more information and services, see
Academic questions, such as the fit of specific courses into degree-program requirements,
should be referred to the relevant academic department for the degree in question
at CSUN or at the student's home campus if other than CSUN.
Students should seek counsel before registering for courses. Realizing that the
wrong course has been selected after the first week of course meetings will not
be considered grounds for withdrawals or refunds.
If you are unsure about your qualifications, seek academic advisement through
the Advisement Resource Center (ARC) or with the major department that offers the
Advisement Resource Center
Student Services Building