Universities in California

San Jose State University


University Information

Location: San José, California
Founded: 1857
Undergraduate Students: 26 300
Campus Type: Urban
Institution Type: Public state university 
Website: www.sjsu.edu

About the University

San Jose State is conveniently located on 154 acres in downtown San Jose, midway between San Francisco and the Monterey/Carmel area at the sunny southern end of the San Francisco Bay, and is easily accessible from area freeways. Founded in 1857, San Jose State is the oldest public institution of higher education on the West Coast. From its beginnings as a normal school to train teachers for the developing frontier, SJSU has matured into a metropolitan university that offers 145 areas of study with an additional 108 concentrations.

The university is organized into eight colleges:

  • College of Applied Sciences & Arts
  • Lucas College and Graduate School of Business
  • Connie L. Lurie College of Education
  • Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering
  • College of Humanities & the Arts
  • College of International & Extended Studies
  • College of Science
  • College of Social Sciences

Additionally, SJSU has 7 focused schools:

  • Donald and Sally Lucas Graduate School of Business
  • School of Art & Design
  • School of Journalism & Mass Communications
  • School of Information
  • School of Music & Dance
  • The Valley Foundation School of Nursing
  • School of Social Work

San Jose State’s location in the Silicon Valley makes it an exceptionally rewarding learning environment for students. Silicon Valley firms and agencies seek SJSU students for internships, summer work programs and for assistance with research and development projects. Silicon Valley firms employ more graduates from SJSU than from any other university in the nation.

Excerpt from San Jose State University’s website.

TOEFL: 80/120

IELTS: 6,5

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

SJSU requires all inbound international students to purchase the SJSU health insurance coverage through JCB Insutance prior to registering for classes. You can register for the mandatory SJSU health insurance online.

Cost: $795 (fall), $1,095 (spring)

Living on-campus:  On-campus housing is available on first-come first-served basis for undergraduate students. or those looking for information about living on campus, please contact University Housing Services or consider the SJSU International House

Cost: $9,333 – $12,515 per year* 
*Students living in residence halls must also purchase a meal plan please visit the website for more information. 

Off-campus HousingThe SJSU International Students Housing Search Facebook Group was created to connect incoming international students with each other and to share housing resources and advice for your housing search.

Housing Search Sites 

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The Housing Block
For Rent University.com
Rent Lingo.com


ISP Homestays is available if you are interested in a homestay during your studies in the U.S.

The average budget per month is: $1,600 -$1,800

In order to be accepted, students must prove financial resources of $10,700.00 per semester.