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California State University (CSU), Northridge

Intensive English Program [Northridge, CA]


  • Conditional admission to CSUN’s undergraduate and graduate programs for qualified students
  • Earn transferable university credit
  • Excellent international student support provided by experienced advisors
  • Information
    • About the ESL Program
    • Established in 1977, the Intensive English Program (IEP) at California State University, Northridge provides international students with the opportunity to develop their English language skills while participating in diverse educational, cultural and social activities on a university campus. English instruction at the IEP is carefully planned and enables students to steadily progress to higher levels of English proficiency. Students benefit from instruction led by experienced instructors holding master’s and doctorate degrees. Our small-sized classes promote and maximize individual attention. Students are encouraged to use the program’s computer centers to work on classroom assignments and prepare for computer-based exams. Students who meet all of the university’s undergraduate requirements except the TOEFL score can be admitted conditionally to the university as an undergraduate or graduate student. Outside of the classroom, students participate in campus and IEP social activities, and take field trips to places of interest in the Los Angeles area. A welcome reception, free tour of Los Angeles, and a fun end-of-the session party are also some of the program’s highlights.
    • Fast Facts
    • Affiliation : Public University
      Establishment : 1977
      Membership/Accreditation : N/A
      Enrollment : 150
      Average Class Size : 15
      Airport Pickup : No
      Tuition : Medium
      Community Type : Suburban
      Transportation : Bus, Taxi
    • A Message from School
    • Welcome to California State University, Northridge (CSUN) and our Intensive English Program’s (IEP) profile on CSUN is in the northern part of the city of Los Angeles. It is a wonderful and safe place to live and to study. On our campus, you will find palm trees, gardens, modern architecture and places to study, swim, exercise and hang out with your fellow CSUN students. Nearby are Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Southern California’s beautiful beaches.

      CSUN is one of the largest universities in the United States, serving more than 38,000 students each year with more than 30 years of experience welcoming students from around the world. Every year, nearly 3,000 international students come to CSUN to achieve their goals and to experience life in Southern California. They hail from over 100 countries and attend CSUN to have a true American university experience.

      We help you get ready for the next step on your student journey – whether you want to pursue a degree, study English, or stay for one or two semesters and return to your home country to continue your studies. With over 130 undergraduate majors and more than 80 graduate programs, a top-notch Student Success Pathway program, an excellent preparatory Intensive English program, and a life-changing Semester at CSUN program, we are sure to have what you are looking for.

      We hope you decide to join one of our programs. We are looking forward to welcoming you to CSUN!

      Vanessa Andrade
    • Intensive English Program
      The Tseng College
      California State University, Northridge

      18111 Nordhoff Street
      Northridge, CA  91330-8343  U.S.A.
      TEL: +1 818-677-3404
      FAX: +1 818-677-2288
  • More Details
    • Housing
    • While attending the IEP, students have the opportunity to experience living in on-campus dormitories. Living on-campus is convenient as classes are within walking distance and students can participate in readily available on-campus activities. Students are encouraged to make their housing arrangements as soon as possible due to the limited amount of space available. The IEP may assist students in finding private off-campus apartments; however it is the students' responsibility to make their own arrangements. For more information, use the Contact Address to ask the school directly.
    • Surrounding Area
    • California State University, Northridge is located in the "Valley of the Stars," Southern California's San Fernando Valley, a scenic suburb of Los Angeles. It is within a 30-minute drive of Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Pacific Ocean beaches, mountains and popular attractions such as Universal Studios and professional sports arenas. The San Fernando Valley has many popular studio tours, historical sites, theaters and museums, and it offers an incredible array of fine dining, shopping, lodging and recreational opportunities. World-class attractions are ideally positioned at each of the Valley’s scenic entrances. The magnificent new Getty Center, the Hollywood Bowl and the Los Angeles Zoo are located at the southern entrances; to the east is the site of the granddaddy of all college bowl games -- the Rose Bowl; the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library sits at the west entrance; and to the north resides the world’s tallest, fastest roller coasters at Six Flags Magic Mountain.
    • About the College/University
    • Founded in 1958, California State University, Northridge (first known as San Fernando Valley State College) is a vibrant, diverse university where minority students are welcome and can excel. Over 32,000 students study at CSUN’s beautiful 350-acre campus, including 1,200 international students from more than 70 different countries. CSUN is also a university committed to using advanced technology to enhance their students’ education. Students have full access to the University’s 98 well-equipped computer laboratories and nearly 2,000 computers, most of which support foreign-language fonts. Offering bachelor’s degrees in 59 disciplines and master’s degrees in 41, CSUN is comprised of nine colleges: Arts, Media & Communication, Business Administration & Economics, Education, Engineering & Computer Science, Extended Learning, Health & Human Development, Humanities, Science & Mathematics, and Social & Behavioral Sciences. One of the largest higher education institutions in California, CSUN, according to a recent National Science Foundation report, ranks first among 529 universities whose master’s graduates continued to earn their PhDs in the social sciences and psychology. Given its close proximity to Hollywood, the University boasts an outstanding Cinema and Television Arts program and a nationally recognized Music program.
    • Conditional Admission / Credit Courses
    • Conditional Admission to the university is available for qualified students who complete the ESL program. No TOEFL score is required (Undergraduate programs and some graduate programs). Students in the advanced levels of the Program may take university credit courses as part of their curriculum.
  • Study Options
    • Intensive English Program (Online for 2021)

    • Overview
    • **For your safety, the CSUN Intensive English Program is continuing with virtual instruction for the Spring, Summer and Fall 2021 sessions. As a result, there will be no form I-20s issued for these sessions. It is important your studies continue, even in these difficult times, but your health is our first priority.**

      The IEP offers instructions year-round, with starting dates in January, April, June, August and October. Students will attend a combination of required and elective courses, activity courses and, for advanced students, regular university courses. Instruction is offered at nine English proficiency levels, ranging from Intermediate, Advanced and University Bridge. Students take an English proficiency test via online to determine their level of placement.

      The length of each session is either 8 weeks. Every week, students receive 20 to 32 hours of instruction. The required courses focus on developing and improving English reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Elective courses provide students with the opportunity to develop skills in specific areas, such as pronunciation, TOEFL & TOEIC preparation, conversational English, slang, and grammar. Activity courses are optional and no extra cost and give students the chance to study subjects of interest while practicing English. A few examples would be American Business, American Film and Culture, Computers, and TOEFL Preparation. Advanced students may substitute university credit courses for one or more of their IEP courses, providing for an easy pathway into CSUN’s degree seeking programs.

      Class sizes range from 12 to 15 students. Every effort is made to keep classes at an ideal size for effective English language instruction.
    • Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 12-15 Students
      CLASS LEVELS: Intermediate, Advanced and University Bridge
      COURSE LENGTH: 8 Weeks
      MINIMUM AGE: 18 Years old
      VISA INFORMATION: 1-20 Issued Upon Request (No I-20 Issued for Online Session)
      HOUSING: Dormitory/On-Campus Apartment
    • Dates
    • 2021
      8 WEEKS:
      8/9 - 10/810/11 - 12/10

      8 WEEKS:
      1/11 - 3/113/22 - 5/205/31 - 7/298/9 - 10/7
      10/11 - 12/9

      8 WEEKS:
      1/10 - 3/103/21 - 5/195/30 - 7/28
    • Costs
      US$ 150 (US$ 70 for Online)
      TUITION FEE (Online Only for 2021 and In Person for 2022)
      8 WEEKS US$ 3,345
      8 WEEKS N/A US$ 3,250 - $ 3,280 N/A
      Airport Pickup Service
    • Remarks / Other Information
    • Dates and Fees are approximate and may change without prior notice.
      Application fee is non-refundable.
      Housing fee include meals.
      On campus housing:
  • Location
    • United States Northridge, California
    • Location
      Intensive English Program
      The Tseng College
      California State University, Northridge

      18111 Nordhoff Street Northridge, CA  91330-8343  U.S.A.
    • Getting To Your School
    • From Los Angeles International Airport:
      It takes approximately 40 minutes. Taxis that cost approximately US$50 and arrive on campus in 40 minutes are also available.
  • Student Reviews
    • Academic Quality: 4.0
      School Environment: 4.2
      Helpfulness of Staff: 3.7
      Activities and Social Life: 3.1
      Accommodation: 3.6


    • There are 11 reviews for this school
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      [ 埼玉, 日本, Age 20, Female ]
      5 of 7 people found the following review helpful.

      [ 東京都, 日本, Age 30, Male ]
      6 of 7 people found the following review helpful.

      [ 千葉県, 日本, Age 27, Female ]
      23 of 23 people found the following review helpful.

      Jaime Urenda
      [ Santiago, Chile, Age 30, Male ]
      4 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
      Experiencia Cal State Northridge IEP
      Mi intención al entrar a IEP fue en primer lugar de mejorar mi dioma. Lo cual se ajusto perfectamente a mis expectativas. Si bien estuve solo dos niveles fueron suficientes para mejorar mi fluidez y lograr un buen manejo en los trabajos que he tenido posterior al curso. Mi segundo objetivo el tener una estadia grata se cumplió conociendo amigos de varios continentes. Les recomiendo comprar una bicicleta para recorrer la universidad e ir abiertos a conocer muchas culturas!!

      Jaime Urenda / CHILE

      [ 台北市, 台灣, Age 23, Female ]

      [ 栃木県, 日本 ]

      [ 台灣, 台灣 ]

      [ Taipei, Taiwan, Age 33, Female ]

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      [ Seoul, South Korea ]

      [ 群馬県, 日本 ]
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