International Students


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The international community is an important part of the CSN community, and we believe that International Students:

  • Are crucial to our learning environment while supporting academic and personal growth
  • Help our community understand cultural differences, educate us, challenge us and help us move forward together

You are welcome here and thank you for considering CSN. Find out more information in our 2021 International Student Viewbook.

Israel Alvarado - International Student from Mexico


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Our Mission

The College of Southern Nevada empowers our students and communities to achieve, succeed, and prosper.

Our Vision

The College of Southern Nevada is recognized as a leader among community colleges in fostering student success, shared governance, and performance excellence.


Total No. of students: 35,868
180+ degrees and certificates
1,244 courses


6 Schools/11 areas of study
Faculty-to-student ratio 20:1

International students

No. of int. students: 279
No. of nationalities: +50

Largest College

No. 1 transfer college in Nevada
Most affordable


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Our student-centered experience from A-Z:

  • We offer affordable, high-quality degrees and programs in a values-based teaching environment
  • We encourage academic and personal development
  • We empower our students to achieve, succeed and prosper in a global World
  • We want CSN to be your home away from home

Our goal is to create a learning environment where:

  • All CSN students are offered international or intercultural experience
  • All CSN students are part of an interactive classroom that values diversity, open communication, collaboration and engagement
  • All CSN students learn and grow in a culture of creativity, innovation and opportunity

Xu Chen - International Student from China


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CSN has three primary Campuses and seven extended learning conveniently located in and around Las Vegas. Refer to the bottom of this page for a complete listing of each location including address, phone number, and a map link.


CSN offers a comprehensive range of degrees and certificate programs.

Browse the catalogue to find the right fit for you.

When you have decided on a program, start your online application. You will be asked to

  • Create an account.
  • Complete your application.
  • Attach the required documentation.
  • Pay an application fee.

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Once your application has been processed and approved, you will receive a letter of admission and an I-20 accompanied by important information on how to apply for an F-1 visa.

Please follow the instructions carefully on how to schedule and prepare for your interview and bring both documents with you.


Once you have been approved for an F-1 visa, you can start planning your arrival.

Plan to arrive in Las Vegas for your orientation program approximately two weeks before the start of the semester. The exact date will vary depending on the semester. Check the academic calendar for updates.

The international airport in Las Vegas is Harry Reid International Airport. There are several transportation options available from the airport to your new home in Las Vegas.


CSN does not have on-campus housing. Students generally choose between one of two options for housing:

  1. Homestays (students will live with a U.S. host family in their home and have your own room)
  2. Apartments (student rent a single or shared apartment)

We encourage you to explore your new home, neighborhood and everything Las Vegas has to offer in the Student Life section.

A mandatory Student Orientation Week for our new students is hosted as an introduction to CSN and offers an opportunity to meet other new students. Before you can attend an orientation in person, you must complete the following:

Note: CAPS 128 is a 5-week course specifically designed to ease the transition into the US student life at CSN.

When your New Student Orientation has been completed, you are ready to attend classes and begin your first semester at CSN. Welcome to the CSN Coyote Family!


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We’re located in the Mojave Desert in a subtropical hot desert climate. This climate is typified by long, very hot summers; warm transitional seasons; and short winters with mild days and cold nights. It rarely rains so bring your shorts and flip flops and leave your raincoat and boots at home.

Las Vegas

Las Vegas has approx. 149,213 hotel rooms and, to many, the city represents a world of fun, gambling, and entertainment. But it is also home to approx. 2.5 million people living in Paradise, Summerlin, Spring Valley, Henderson, North Las Vegas, and other communities within the Las Vegas metropolitan area. There are several international neighborhoods with strong ties to cultural roots.

For Fun

You are probably familiar with the Las Vegas Strip where most casinos are located. They offer a world of entertainment in gambling, concerts, shows, exhibitions, etc.  However, Las Vegas has a lot more to offer. We also have beautiful nature with trails and lakes for you to explore. If you are a foodie, we have excellent cuisine from all corners of the world to challenge your taste buds and the Grand Canyon in Arizona or the beaches of California are only a short drive away.

Las Vegas is very international and if you open your ears, heart, and mind, you will be amazed at the diversity here.

Go explore!

An Chung - International Student from Korea


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With more than 30 different clubs and student organizations, CSN offers its students plenty of social networking and extracurricular opportunities so they can gain new friends and a great support system in a very short time.

Our community is home to several professional sports teams and you should see them in action!

ISO is the name of our International Student Organization providing our international and domestic students with the opportunity to participate in many events and activities designed to bring us all a little closer together.

Join in the fun!

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