Admissions Programs and Requirements Information

PROGRAMS

TYPE INFORMATION
DEGREE This is a full time program for students who meet the CSN English proficiency requirement for the academic (Degree) program. Students are required to take classes that are part of their degree program. ESL classes may be taken in addition to the student's full course load.
ESL This is a full time English as a Second Language (ESL) program. Academic classes cannot be taken while enrolled in the ESL program. The ESL program is not offered during the summer.
PATHWAY This is a full time program for students who need some additional English language training that do not meet the CSN English proficiency requirement for the academic (Degree) program. Students in this program will take a combination of ESL classes and academic classes.

 

HEALTH INSURANCE: All international students are required to maintain a valid health insurance policy every semester, throughout the entire semester. Insurance is mandatory and offered through USI Student Insurance Services. You may access the insurance provider’s website at https://studentinsurance.usi.com for cost, benefits, claims and additional information. Vision and dental care are not included in this plan.

 

Initial


You are applying from your home country or overseas. You need a CSN I-20 to obtain an F1 visa. You will enter the U.S. using this I-20 to study directly at CSN.

Requirements

  1. Online International Student Application
  2. Mail Options Form
  3. Copy of Passport
  4. Bank Statement
  5. Sponsor Letter
  6. Proof of English Proficiency (see list below)
  7. High School Diploma/Transcripts
  8. $45 Application Fee ($25 due with application / $20 due with enrollment)

Admission & Enrollment Process

  1. Complete the International Student Application, upload all requirements and pay your application fee online by clicking on the Application button below.
  2. After you apply, you will receive an email with your NSHE ID and a second email with instructions to validate your account.
  3. Once you are admitted, we will issue and mail your I-20 and Letter of Acceptance.
  4. Once you receive the I-20, make an appointment with the U.S. embassy in your home country to apply for the F1 student visa. Pay the I-901 SEVIS fee online. Make sure you are prepared with all the requirements for your visa interview.
  5. Attend the mandatory orientation for new students two weeks before the semester begins. Take any necessary placement tests during orientation. CSN does not have a late registration period. If you will not be able to arrive in time for orientation, contact our office immediately to defer your admission to the next available semester.
  6. Pay the mandatory health insurance online (you can take care of this during orientation).
  7. Meet with an international student advisor to register for classes.
  8. Pay tuition, buy your books and get ready to begin the semester!

Transfer


You are physically in the U.S. with an F1 visa and I-20 from another school. You will be transferring to CSN from another school within the U.S.

Requirements

  1. Online International Student Application
  2. Mail Options Form
  3. Copy of Passport
  4. Bank Statement
  5. Sponsor Letter
  6. Proof of English Proficiency (see list below)
  7. High School Diploma/Transcripts
  8. $45 Application Fee ($25 due with application / $20 due with enrollment)
  9. Copy of Visa
  10. Copy of I-94
  11. Copy of I-20
  12. Transfer In Form

If transferring after OPT, also include:
13. Copy of OPT card

Admission & Enrollment Process

  1. Complete the International Student Application, upload all requirements and pay your application fee online by clicking on the Application button below.
  2. After you apply, you will receive an email with your NSHE ID and a second email with instructions to validate your account.
  3. Once you are admitted, we will issue and email your Letter of Acceptance.
  4. Once you receive the Letter of Acceptance, give a copy to your current school and inform them that you are transferring to CSN. Your current school will need to transfer your SEVIS record electronically so we can create your CSN I-20.
  5. Attend the mandatory orientation for new students two weeks before the semester begins. Take any necessary placement tests during orientation. CSN does not have a late registration period. If you will not be able to arrive in time for orientation, contact our office immediately to defer your admission to the next available semester.
  6. Pay the mandatory health insurance online (you can take care of this during orientation).
  7. Meet with an international student advisor to register for classes.
  8. Pay tuition, buy your books and get ready to begin the semester!
  9. Your CSN I-20 will be issued to you after the semester begins. If you need your I-20 for travel purposes, let us know before you travel.

Change of Status


You are physically in the U.S. on a visa other than F1. You would like to apply for a change of status through immigration to request official permission to study in the U.S. Contact our office to determine if you are eligible to apply for a change of status. Due to time sensitive eligibility requirements and the lengthy process with immigration, we encourage students to apply for the F1 visa in their home country.

Requirements

  1. Online International Student Application
  2. Mail Options Form
  3. Copy of Passport
  4. Bank Statement
  5. Sponsor Letter
  6. Proof of English Proficiency (see list below)
  7. High School Diploma/Transcripts
  8. $45 Application Fee ($25 due with application / $20 due with enrollment)
  9. Copy of Visa
  10. Copy of I-94

If changing from J1 or J2 visa, also include:
11. Copy of DS-2019 Form

Admission & Enrollment Process

  1. Complete the International Student Application, upload all requirements and pay your application fee online by clicking on the Application button below.
  2. After you apply, you will receive an email with your NSHE ID and a second email with instructions to validate your account.
  3. Once you are admitted, we will issue your I-20 and Letter of Acceptance.
  4. We will call you to pick up the I-20 in our office. You will meet with the Senior Specialist, who will go over the change of status process and requirements with you.
  5. Follow the instructions given to you to apply for a change of status through immigration.
  6. Attend the mandatory orientation for new students two weeks before the semester begins. Take any necessary placement tests during orientation. CSN does not have a late registration period. If your change of status is not approved before the semester begins, we will defer your admission to the next available semester.
  7. If/when your change of status is approved: Pay the mandatory health insurance online.
  8. Meet with an international student advisor to register for classes.
  9. Pay tuition, buy your books, and get ready to begin the semester!

Returning


If you have attended CSN in the past with a CSN I-20, you are considered a returning student.

Requirements

  1. Online International Student Application
  2. Mail Options Form
  3. Copy of Passport
  4. Bank Statement
  5. Sponsor Letter
  6. Proof of English Proficiency (see list below)
  7. High School Diploma/Transcripts
  8. $45 Application Fee ($25 due with application / $20 due with enrollment)
  9. Returning Student Update Form
  10. Agreement Form

If transferring from another school, also include: 
11. Copy of Visa 
12. Copy of I-94 
13. Copy of I-20 
14. Transfer In Form

If returning after OPT, also include:
15. Copy of OPT card

Admission & Enrollment Process

  1. Complete the International Student Application, upload all requirements and pay your application fee online by clicking on the Application button below.
  2. Once you are admitted, we will issue and email your Letter of Acceptance.
  3. Once you receive the Letter of Acceptance, give a copy to your current school and inform them that you are transferring to CSN. Your current school will need to transfer your SEVIS record electronically so we can create your CSN I-20.
  4. Pay the mandatory health insurance online.
  5. Meet with an international student advisor to register for classes.
  6. Pay tuition, buy your books and get ready to begin the semester!
  7. Your CSN I-20 will be issued to you after the semester begins. If you need your I-20 for travel purposes, let us know before you travel.

 

Application Deadlines

Change of Status Students: Check with the International Center for the deadline.

  New Students (Initial) Transfer & Returning Students
Fall Deadline 1-Jul 15-Jul
Spring Deadline 15-Nov 15-Dec
Summer Deadline 15-Apr 1-May

Tuition, Fees and Living Expenses / Dependents

Estimated Cost of Attendance*  2019 - 2020 Academic Year
 Non-Nevada Resident Tuition & Fees  $10,600
 Housing & Meals  $10,300
 Personal & Transportation  $4,700
 Books & Supplies  $1,300
 Health Insurance  $1,200
 Estimated Total  $28,100

 

International students can save money by enrolling in summer courses when the non-resident fee is waived.

*Tuition and fees are subject to change by the NSHE Board of Regents.

Dependents: If a spouse or child will accompany you while you are studying in the U.S., he/she will be required to obtain an F2 dependent visa. Costs for dependents are as follows:

Spouse - $7,000       Child (each) - $3,000

English Proficiency Admission Requirements

English Proficiency: All non-­native English speakers must provide proof of one of the following. This requirement will be used for admission purposes only, unless noted.
Test scores cannot be more than 2 years old.

English Proficiency Admission Requirements

TEST OR COURSE

PATHWAY PROGRAM

DEGREE PROGRAM

PLACEMENT

Accredited U.S. higher education degree

 

Completion

 

ACT – http://www.act.org/content/act/en.html

 

18 (English Section)

ENG 101

Cambridge Assessment English - www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams

B1 Preliminary (PET)

B2 First (FCE)

 

CSN Accuplacer Exam – taken at CSN only

 

5

ENG 100

CSN ENG 098

 

C­-

ENG 100, 101, or 113

CSN ESL 88 & 90 (as of July 2019)


 

CSN ESL 125 & 126 (prior to July 2019)

C­-

 

ESL 129 & ESL 132

CSN ESL 139

 

C­-

ENG 101 or 113

CSN ESL Placement Test – taken at CSN only

Score and placement into

ESL 129 & ESL 132

Score and placement into

ENG 113

 

DAAD – https://www.daad.de/en/

B1

B2

 

Duolingo – https://englishtest.duolingo.com/en

80 (as of July 15, 2019)


42 (prior to July 15, 2019)

90 (as of July15, 2019)


50 (prior to July 15, 2019)

 

EC English - www.ecenglish.com/en

 

Upper Intermediate

 

EIKEN - http://www.eiken.or.jp/eiken/en/

 

2150

 

ELS - www.els.edu

 

Level 109

Level 112 – ENG 113

ENG 112D – taken at a Nevada System of Higher Education institution

 

C­-

ENG 113

E3PT (English3 Proficiency Test) – https://english3.com/

39

51

 

FLS – www.fls.net

 

Level 14

Level 16 – ENG 113

GTEC – Global Test of English Communication
https://gteccbt.com/user/login/

1032

1075

 

IELTS (academic) – www.ielts.org

5.5

6.0

 

IAE (International Academy of English) – http://www.sdiae.edu/

Intermediate

High Intermediate

 

iTEP – www.itepexam.com

 

3.7

 

KAPLAN – www.kaplaninternational.com

 

Higher Intermediate

 

MELAB – https://michiganassessment.org/test-takers/

 

69

 

MLI (Mentor Language Institute) – https://mliesl.edu

 

Higher Intermediate

 

Michigan Test – taken at a Nevada System of Higher Education institution

 

76

ENG 113 may be permitted

PTE – Pearson Test of English (academic) – www.pearsonpte.com

 

51

 

SAT – http://sat.collegeboard.org/register

 

480 (Evidence­ Based Reading and Writing)

ENG 101

Shepherd School of Language – http://ssl.edu/

 

3A & 3B

& Michigan Test 76

 

Stafford House – http://www.staffordhouse.com/

Level 4 Intermediate

Level 5 Upper Intermediate

EPTW Advanced – ENG 113

TOEFL – www.toefl.org

52 iBT / 470 PBT

61 iBT / 500 PBT

71 iBT / 527 PBT – ENG 113

UCEDA International – https://uceda.edu/

B1

B2

EPTW C1 – ENG 113

UEC USA – https://www.uecusaedu.com/

Level 9

Level 12

 

UNLV ESL 152 & 154

C­-

 

ESL 129 & ESL 132

UNLV ESL 167

 

C­-

ENG 101 or 113

U.S. College Level English – Equivalent to CSN’s ENG 101

 

C­-

Enrollment permitted into classes with ENG 101 pre­requisite

U.S. High School Diploma
GED (U.S. General Education Diploma) – https://ged.com
HiSET - http://hiset.ets.org
TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) – www.tasctest.com

 

 

Pass

 

ENG 100 – Composition Enhanced (this class is equivalent to ENG 101)
ENG 101 – Composition I
ENG 113 – Composition I for International Students (this class is equivalent to ENG 101)
Degree Program: Students will take the English Placement Test to be placed into classes. A Reading Placement Test will be given as part of the English Placement Test.
Students who do not score a minimum of 263 on the reading section will be required to take a reading class before they enroll in English 100, 101 or 113.
Pathway Program: Students will take the ESL Placement Test to be placed into classes.
 

Automatic English Proficiency Test Waiver Countries: Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Cameroon, Canada, Channel Islands, Dominica, England, Eritrea, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Isle of Man, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Malta, Mauritius, Micronesia, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Rwanda, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & Grenadines, Scotland, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Sint Maarten, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Kingdom, Vanuatu, Wales, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Students from the following countries may be eligible for a test waiver - please contact the International Center for more information. Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Curacao, Cyprus, Denmark, Ethiopia, Iceland, Iraq, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau, Malasia, Monaco, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Samoa, Somalia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, Turkey, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, United Arab Emirates.

Transferring Credits To CSN

Transferring credit from a non-U.S. College or University

All foreign transcripts submitted for evaluation must have a course by course evaluation from a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member attached. 

The NACES evaluator will send you an official report in a sealed envelope - Do not open the envelope! 

Mail the sealed envelope directly to CSN International Center, 6375 West Charleston Blvd, Sort Code WCD106, Las Vegas, NV 89146

 
Transferring credit from a U.S. College or University
 

Submit official transcripts, in a sealed envelope, to: CSN International Center, 6375 West Charleston Blvd, Sort Code WCD106, Las Vegas, NV 89146

Admission to Health Science (Limited Entry) Programs

 International students interested in health sciences programs, such as dental hygiene, nursing or radiology technician, will enroll in a general AS degree and take pre-requisite courses until they satisfied the health science admission requirements. International students must consult with a Health Science Program Advisor in their first semester to obtain detailed information about the program requirements. Immunizations are required for students accepted into a health science program.  Detailed information may be found at the CSN Health Sciences website.  

 

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