DEGREES AND PROGRAMS
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.
The Degree Program is for students pursuing a certificate of achievement, associate degree, or bachelor’s degree full-time. Coursework is presented in English and there is no English as a Second Language (ESL) component. This program is subject to the English Language Proficiency requirement (see below). However, students may elect to enroll in ESL classes in addition to degree-seeking coursework.
Pathway Program (One Year)
The Pathway Program is for students who have an intermediate command of the English language but require ESL instruction prior to pursuing full-time academic coursework in English. The Pathway Program includes a blended schedule of advanced-level ESL coursework in addition to some first-year college level coursework applicable for a degree or certificate.
Students who complete the Pathway are encouraged to continue their studies in the Degree program. Please see the English Language Proficiency Requirement details below.
The ESL program is a full-time program focused on English grammar, common vocabulary, writing, speaking, and listening skills with an emphasis on preparing for study at an English-speaking college or university.
Students who complete the ESL program are encouraged to continue their studies in the Pathway or Degree programs. There are no specific English Language Proficiency Requirements for acceptance into our ESL program.
Types of Degrees
There are four-degree options available at CSN.
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 University||Long Beach, CA|
|Georgia State University||Atlanta, GA|
|National University||San Diego, CA|
|Nevada State College||Henderson, NV|
|Niagara University||Niagara Falls, NY|
|Northern Arizona State University||Flagstaff, AZ|
|Pennsylvania State University||University Park, PA|
|Sierra Nevada College – Tahoe||Incline Village, NV|
|Southern Illinois University – Carbondale||Carbondale, IL|
|Southern Utah University||Cedar City, UT|
|Swiss Education Group||Montreux, Switzerland|
|Temple University||Philadelphia, PA|
|University of Albany, SUNY Albany||Albany, NY|
|University of Cincinnati||Cincinnati, OH|
|University of Maryland University College||Adelphi, MD|
|University of Nevada, Las Vegas||Las Vegas, NV|
|University of Nevada, Reno||Reno, NV|
|Utica College||Utica, 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
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.
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.
All new CSN students who have never completed English or Math classes at the college level are required to take the Accuplacer English Test and Math placement tests before they can enroll in English or Math courses.
ESL students must take the ESL placement test administered by the Languages Department in the Languages Lab.
Degree students must 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.
Accuplacer Placement tests are free, offered on Campus and may be taken twice over a 6-month period.
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?
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.
WORKING IN THE U.S. AS PART OF YOUR STUDY PROGRAM
There are two types of study-related work for international students: Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT).
ACADEMIC ADVISING SERVICES
The International Center 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
- Questions about maintaining F-1 status
- Finding CSN resources to aid your academic success
- Exploring colleges and universities to develop a transfer plan
- Applying for CPT/OPT
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, personal, or immigration-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
Call the Intenational Center to book an appointment.