Universities in California

San Diego State University


University Information

Location: San Diego, California
Founded: 1897
Undergraduate Students: 29 853
Campus Type: Urban
Institution Type: Public state research university 
Website: www.sdsu.edu

About the University

San Diego State University (SDSUSan Diego State) is a public research university in San Diego, California, and is the largest and oldest higher education institution in San Diego County. Founded in 1897 as San Diego Normal School, it is the third-oldest university in the 23-member California State University (CSU).

SDSU provides transformative experiences for students in research, international experiences, sustainability and entrepreneurship initiatives, and a broad range of student life and leadership opportunities.

Excerpt from San Diego State University’s website.

Colleges and Schools at SDSU:

  • College of Arts & Letters
  • Fowler College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Health & Human Services (including the Graduate School of Public Health)
  • College of Sciences
  • College of Professional Studies & Fine Arts
  • College of Extended Studies (and American Language Institute)
  • Weber Honors College

SDSU has two named schools established in the university by permanent endowments:

  • L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Charles W. Lamden School of Accountancy

Additionally, SDSU has 11 focused schools:

  • School of Communication
  • School of Public Affairs
  • School of Music and Dance
  • School of Art and Design
  • School of Exercise and Nutritional Science
  • School of Social Work
  • Graduate School of Public Health
  • School of Journalism and Media Studies
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
  • School of Theatre, Television, and Film

TOEFL: 80/120

IELTS: 6,5

Health insurance is required of all full-time degree, resident, and international students with F1 and J1 visas.

San Diego State University, a part of the California State University system, requires that all international students maintain valid health insurance coverage during their studies.

Therefore, SDSU requires all its international students to maintain adequate health insurance throughout the duration of their visa status.

J-1 exchange students must purchase JCB Insurance Solutions

Cost: $668.00 per semester

Living on-campus:  On-campus housing is available on first-come first-served basis for undergraduate students. 

There are a wide variety of options for International students to live in on campus. Whether you are looking to live in a traditional double, suite single room, semi-suite double or in an apartment setting, you’ll find the right home away from home at SDSU! Click here for informational about the residence halls. Please note that first-time freshmen attending SDSU are required to live on campus. Visit the Live-On Requirement page for more information.

Cost: $9,101 – $12,477 per year*
*Students living in residence halls must also purchase a meal plan please visit the website for more information.

Off-campus Housing: You may choose to live off campus near the University, for ressources, contact your international student advisor.

Students on exchange have their tuition waived but are required to pay campus fees of $1,274.00 per semester.

The average student budget per month is $1,700 -$2,000

In order to be accepted, students must prove financial resources of $11,620.00 per semester or $23,860.00 annually.