2020-2021 Catalog and Student Handbook 
    
    Dec 01, 2020  
2020-2021 Catalog and Student Handbook

International Student Services


International Student Services

 

The staff at the International Center assists international students in achieving their academic goals by providing services with a supportive and culturally-sensitive environment.  We provide students with information about the admission and application process, orientation, academic advising, success skills education, and immigration regulation advising.  All first semester international students are required to register for classes with guidance from an international student academic advisor and attend a five-week international student success class.

Contact Information:
Address: 6375 West Charleston Blvd. Bldg. D, Room 106,
Las Vegas, NV 89146
Phone: 702-651-5820; Email: inquiry@csn.edu;
Website: www.csn.edu/ic-home.

 

Immigration Compliance: The College of Southern Nevada (CSN) is a SEVP registered institution under the regulations governed by the Department of Homeland Security.  As such, CSN is mandated to monitor and report the status of its F-1 enrolled students every 21 days. Under 8CFR214, CSN’s Designated School Officials (DSO) are required to notify F-1 international students of the following requirements necessary to maintain their student visa status:

  1. All International students must maintain a minimum of 12 credit hours unless otherwise authorized by a DSO.  A minimum of 9 credits must be face-to-face or hybrid courses.
  2. 75% of the courses that international students are enrolled in must be from their degree plan.
  3. International students must make continuous progress toward their official degree plan by:
    1. Successfully completing their declared program of study within the program dates stated on their I-20 Eligibility Certificate.
    2. Students who register for courses that are more than 30% outside of their established degree program are considered NOT to be making progress.
  4. In accordance with the CSN Academic Probation and Suspension Policy, international students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.  Students who are suspended may be subject to termination of their immigration status.
  5. International students must report changes in their local home address and in their major of study to a DSO within 10 days of the change.

 

International Student Admission: CSN welcomes students from around the world to apply for admission. Students have four admission options. Please refer to the table below for details.

 

Application Process: To apply for admission, students must submit the following:

 

  1. Complete the online application for international students and upload all the required documents.
  2. Submit a  non-refundable application fee of $45, of which $25 is due at the time of application and $20 is due at the time of enrollment.
  3. Proof of English Proficiency
PROOF OF ENGLISH PROFICIENCY* MINIMUM SCORE FOR CERTIFICATE OR DEGREE PROGRAM MINIMUM SCORE FOR PATHWAY PROGRAM MINIMUM SCORE FOR ESL PROGRAM
TOEFL iBT 61 52 Not required
IELTS 6.0 5.5 Not required

* TOEFL and IELTS are just two of the many proficiency test scores that CSN accepts.

For a complete list of accepted test scores, go to: www.csn.edu/ic-admission

 

  1. Official high school or university diplomas and/or transcripts must be certified and translated into English to verify completion of U.S. equivalent academic program. The diploma and/or transcript must include the full name of the student and date of graduation.
  2. Proof of financial support: CSN requires an official bank letter or statement dated within 120 days of your application showing available funds to cover expenses for one year. Fees are subject to change without notice.
 
COSTS
Academic Year 2019-2020
(Includes Fall and Spring Semesters)
Tuition & Fees   $10,600
Room & Board   $10,300
Books & Supplies   $1,300
Transportation   $1,900
Personal   $2,800
Health Insuance   $1,200
TOTAL   $28,100
 
These are estimated costs.
Fees are subject to change without notice.
 
Dependent (Spouse)   $7,000
Dependent (Child) ea.   $3,000

 

  1. If you receive government financial support, a scholarship, or accept a student loan from your home country, you must submit an original document verifying those funds. The above amounts are the minimum required to support one student.
  2. Add an additional $7,000 for spouse (U.S.) and/or $3,000 for each child.
  3. International students entering the U.S. on student visas are considered non-resident students for tuition purposes. CSN cannot offer federal financial aid to international students.
  1. International students who are sponsored by someone to cover costs associated with their education must submit a sponsor letter(s) signed by the person(s) who will pay the estimated costs listed above.
  2. Copy of student’s passport picture page.

 

International Student Transfer Admission: F-1 students transferring to CSN from other U.S. institutions must provide the following immigration documents in addition to items 1 through 7:

  1. Copy of F-1 visa page
  2. Copy of online I-94 arrival/departure record or original paper I-94 card
  3. Copy of current I-20 Form
  4. Transfer-In Form indicating your SEVIS release date. The Transfer-In Form is available at: www.csn.edu/ic-admission.

 

Change of Non-Immigrant Visa Status: If you are currently in the U.S. on a visa that is not the F-1, please contact the International Center for instructions. A DSO will determine if you are eligible for a change of status.

 

Returning and Readmitted International Students: International students are considered “Returning” if they have attended CSN in the past with a CSN I-20.  Please contact the International Center to meet with advisor to assist you with the application process.

 

Application Deadlines:

SEMESTER
NEW STUDENT
TRANSFER STUDENT
CHANGE OF STATUS
& RETURNING
Spring (Jan - May) November 15 December 15
Contact the
Internation Center
for deadlines
Summer (Jan - Aug) April 15 May 1
Fall (Aug - Dec) July 1 July 15

 

Placement Tests by Admission Type:

  • Students admitted into a Certificate or Degree Program will take the Accuplacer English and ALEKS Math placement tests if required.
  • Students admitted into the Pathway Program will take the English as a Second Language (ESL) placement test
  • Students admitted into the ESL Program will take the English as a Second Language (ESL) placement test.
  • Exception: Students admitted with a TOEFL iBT score of 71 score or higher are eligible to enroll in ENG 113 without taking the Accuplacer English placement test.

 

Mandatory International Health Insurance: All admitted international students are required to maintain a valid health insurance policy while enrolled at CSN. Insurance is mandatory and offered through USI 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.