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Finding the right program for you

Success is what happens when goals meet skills and preparation. At CSN, that means helping students find the right program.

We offer three English language preparedness programs to meet the unique needs of international students.

Types of Degrees

There are four-degree options available at CSN.

Associate Degrees / Transfer Partners (AA/AS/AB)

Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate of Business are two-year transfer degrees that translate to the first two years of a four-year bachelor’s degree. CSN has transfer agreements in place with many top-ranked universities and a transfer degree from CSN is a cost-effective, student-friendly option for students wishing to continue at a four-year institution.

California State UniversityLong Beach, CA
Georgia State UniversityAtlanta, GA
National UniversitySan Diego, CA
Nevada State CollegeHenderson, NV
Niagara UniversityNiagara Falls, NY
Northern Arizona State UniversityFlagstaff, AZ
Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity Park, PA
Sierra Nevada College – TahoeIncline Village, NV
Southern Illinois University – CarbondaleCarbondale, IL
Southern Utah UniversityCedar City, UT
Swiss Education GroupMontreux, Switzerland
Temple UniversityPhiladelphia, PA
University of Albany, SUNY AlbanyAlbany, NY
University of CincinnatiCincinnati, OH
University of Maryland University CollegeAdelphi, MD
University of Nevada, Las VegasLas Vegas, NV
University of Nevada, RenoReno, NV
Utica CollegeUtica, NY
Certificate of Achievement (CA)

Certificates of Achievement are one-year programs designed to develop entry-level skills on a career path. The certificate of achievement is a great way to enter the workforce and start gaining work experience quickly. All credits earned in a Certificate of Achievement apply toward an Associate of Applied Science degree.

Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

Associate of Applied Science degrees are two-year programs designed to develop entry-level career skills, general education and critical-thinking skills. AAS programs are designed to prepare graduates for entry into the workforce in careers that do not require a bachelor’s degree.

Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS)

Bachelor of Applied Science degrees are four-year degrees which build on the knowledge and skills acquired during Associate level education. This program prepares students for leadership opportunities in a variety of fields. Most Bachelor’s programs begin with the completion of an Associate degree. Students at CSN benefit from small class sizes and affordable tuition while pursuing a bachelor’s degree.

Choosing your major

The College of Southern Nevada offers more than 180 degrees and certificates.

Xu Chen - International Student from China

Areas of Study
Examine available Areas of Study and discover the right program to help you reach your personal, educational and career goals in this short video. Your future starts right here and we are with you all the way.

Language Requirements

All international applicants must provide proof that they meet CSN English Language Proficiency requirements to be admitted to a degree or pathway programs.

Please refer to Language Requirements for each program for information on test types and scores.

Math and English Placement Tests

All new CSN students who have never completed Math classes at the college level are required to take the Math placement test before they can enroll in Math courses.

ESL (English as a Second Language) students must take the ESL placement test.

Degree students are no longer required to seek English Placement testing after their admission. Students will enroll in ENG 110.

The 2+2 Model

Did you know that you can transfer to one of our partner institutions to earn your Bachelor’s degree after you complete your 2-year associate degree at CSN?

Christian Ipanaque Olivos - International Student from Peru

Yes, that’s right! When you earn an AA, AS or AB degree at CSN, the courses you complete here will fulfill the first two years of your Bachelor’s Degree with one of our many partners at an affordable price point.

2-year degree from CSN + 2 years at one of our partner universities = Your Bachelor’s Degree. See the full list of our partners.

CSN students receiving academic advising


There are two types of study-related work for international students: Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT).

Find out more information on application requirements and procedures for CPT and OPT.


The CSN Academic Advising Department is your partner in academic success and will help answer all your academic questions.


Academic advisors are available to assist with:

  • Exploring and developing your career and personal goals
  • Exploring academic majors, choosing an appropriate academic major, or helping change your
    academic major
  • Registering for classes each semester and helping develop a multi-semester academic plan
  • Advice on cultural and educational adjustments
  • Finding CSN resources to aid your academic success
  • Exploring colleges and universities to develop a transfer plan

When should you see your academic advisor?

We recommend you make an appointment with an academic advisor when:

  • You are planning your class schedule each semester
  • You are experiencing academic-related difficulties
  • You need information regarding employment and career assistance

NOTE: You should meet with an academic advisor at least 2-3 times per semester to ensure you are making satisfactory progress towards your academic and personal goals.

Book an appointment

Contact the Academic Advising Department to book an appointment.

NOTE: If you have questions about maintaining your F-1 status or applying for CPT/OPT, you should call the International Center to book an appointment.