San Diego State University (SDSU)

SAN DIEGO, US

Brief information

According to AbbreviationFinder, San Diego State University (SDSU) is one of the most popular universities for a semester abroad in the USA and is also the first choice for a large number of US students. Why is that?

Perhaps it’s because of its solid reputation as one of the most respected public universities in the country. SDSU is not only the largest and oldest university in the renowned California State University System, but is also considered a leading research university. It also offers numerous top-ranked study programs in areas such as business, international business, engineering, psychology and fine arts.

But maybe it’s also the great location of the university in “America’s finest city” San Diego, which attracts with fantastic surf and palm beaches, the eternal California sun and endless possibilities for going out and leisure activities.

Or is it SDSU’s huge, modern campus that attracts 2,300 international students each year? The campus offers a unique American college experience with its numerous athletic fields, shops, concert and entertainment venues, and the Aztec Student Union, the heart of SDSU’s vibrant student life.

In any case, we can guarantee that you will have an unforgettable time at SDSU – whether you are spending a semester abroad, an academic gap year, or opting for one of the other study programs that we offer at SDSU.

  • Website der San Diego State University

University facts

Year of foundation: 1897

Type of university: State university

Number of Students: Total 31600, 26600 Undergraduate, 5000 Postgraduate, International 7100

Accreditations:

  • AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)
  • WSCUC (WASC Senior Association of Schools and Colleges)

Academic year:

The academic year at SDSU is divided into two semesters.

Study programs

  • Academic Gap Year
  • postgraduate studies
  • semester abroad
  • language courses

The semester program “Semester at SDSU” allows its participants a free choice of courses across semesters and departments from all university courses of the bachelor’s and master’s degree programs offered at San Diego State University for a period of one or two semesters.

International students with a particular interest in certain subjects such as business, entertainment management, environmental studies or sustainable tourism management can also acquire a certificate in one of these areas as part of their semester abroad at SDSU . You visit the regular courses from the university’s range of lectures.

  • San Diego State University semester program

Fees

  • Fall Semester 2022

Tuition

7000,00 USD

Application Fee

175,00 USD

The tuition fees include the attendance of twelve undergraduate units or nine graduate units.

  • Tuition at San Diego State University

Financing options

To finance the semester abroad at the SDSU, you can apply for foreign BAföG, among other things. In addition to support for living and travel expenses as well as health insurance, this also includes a subsidy for tuition fees of up to EUR 4,600, provided that there is an individual right to support.

University-specific scholarships:

  • Instagram-Takeover-Stipendium der San Diego State University

Requirements

Applicants for the Semester at SDSU program must have a high school diploma and a working knowledge of English. Proof of language proficiency must be submitted with the application.

The TOEFL and IELTS as well as the DAAD test with B2 level are accepted as proof in all areas. In some cases, SDSU may waive an English proficiency test altogether if students study partially in English. It is sufficient if at least 2 specialist courses in English, one of them in the main subject, have been taken and passed.

The language skills can be proven by one of the following test results or documents:

Undergraduate Postgraduate
DAAD language test B2 level in all areas B2 level in all areas
Duolingo 90 90
IELTS 5.5 5.5
Proof of English as the language of instruction at least 2 passed specialist courses at least 2 passed specialist courses
TOEFL (internet-based) 61 61

The language certificate cannot be submitted later.

  • San Diego State University Application Requirements

Degrees/Courses

Degrees/Courses in English – Undergraduate

  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Classical – Classical Languages
  • Bachelor of Arts in Africana Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in American Indian Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Art – Applied Design
  • Bachelor of Arts in Art – Art History
  • Bachelor of Arts in Art – Graphic Design
  • Bachelor of Arts in Art – Interior Design
  • Bachelor of Arts in Art – Multimedia
  • Bachelor of Arts in Art – Painting and Printmaking
  • Bachelor of Arts in Art – Sculpture
  • Bachelor of Arts in Art – Single Subject Teaching
  • Bachelor of Arts in Art – Studio Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies – Chinese Studies and Language
  • Bachelor of Arts in Astronomy
  • Bachelor of Arts in Biology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry
  • Bachelor of Arts in Chicana and Chicano Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Classics – Classical Humanities
  • Bachelor of Arts in Classics – Classical Language
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication – Liberal Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts in Comparative International Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature
  • Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature – Single Subject Teaching
  • Bachelor of Arts in Dance
  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics – International Economics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics – Public Policy
  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics – Quantitative Analysis
  • Bachelor of Arts in English
  • Bachelor of Arts in English – Single Subject Teaching
  • Bachelor of Arts in European Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in French
  • Bachelor of Arts in Geography
  • Bachelor of Arts in Geography – Environmental Analysis
  • Bachelor of Arts in Geography – Environmental Policy
  • Bachelor of Arts in Geography – Methods of Geographical Analysis
  • Bachelor of Arts in Geography – Physical Geography
  • Bachelor of Arts in Geography – Urban and Regional Analysis
  • Bachelor of Arts in German
  • Bachelor of Arts in German – German Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Gerontology
  • Bachelor of Arts in History
  • Bachelor of Arts in Humanities
  • Bachelor of Arts in Humanities – European Humanities
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Business – Arabic and Middle East-North-Africa
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Business – Chinese and Asia-Pacific
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Business – French and Africa
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Business – French and North America
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Business – French and Western Europe
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Business – German and Western Europe
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Business – Italian and Western Europe
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Business – Japanese and Asia-Pacific
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Business – Korean and Asia
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Business – Portuguese and Africa
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Business – Portuguese and Latin America
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Business – Portuguese and Western Europe
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Business – Russian and Russia and Central Europe
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Business – Spanish and Latin America
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Business – Spanish and North America
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Business – Spanish and Western Europe
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Security and Conflict Resolution – Cooperation, Conflict and Conflict Resolution
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Security and Conflict Resolution – Environment and Security
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Security and Conflict Resolution – Justice in the Global System
  • Bachelor of Arts in Japanese
  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism
  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism – Advertising
  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism – Media Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism – Public Relations
  • Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Lesbian, Gay and Transgender Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Math – Single Subject Teaching
  • Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Microbiology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Modern Jewish Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music
  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
  • Bachelor of Arts in Physics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Russian
  • Bachelor of Arts in Russian – Single Subject Teaching
  • Bachelor of Arts in Russian and Central Europe Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Science
  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Science – Islamic and Arabic Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Science – Single Subject Teaching
  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Work
  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Work – Community Corrections Case Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
  • Bachelor of Arts in Spanish – Single Subject Teaching
  • Bachelor of Arts in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences – Audiology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences – Speech-Language Pathology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability
  • Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies – Urban Cultures and Societies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies – Urban Planning, Design and Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies – Urban Political Economy and Public Policy
  • Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies – Urban Sustainability
  • Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance
  • Bachelor of Music in Music – Contemporary Culture: World Music
  • Bachelor of Music in Music – Global Composition
  • Bachelor of Music in Music – Jazz Studies
  • Bachelor of Music in Music – Music Education
  • Bachelor of Music in Music – Performance
  • Bachelor of Music in Music – Professional Studies
  • Bachelor of Public Administration
  • Bachelor of Public Administration – City Planning
  • Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Astronomy
  • Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology – Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology – Ecology
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology – Evolution and Systematics
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology – Marine Biology
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology – Single Subject Teaching
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology – Zoology
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Finance
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Financial Services
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Information Systems
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Management Specialization in Entrepreneurship
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Management Specialization in Human Resource Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Marketing
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Marketing: Professional Selling and Sales Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Marketing: Specialization in IMC
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Real Estate
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Physics
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry – Biochemistry
  • Bachelor of Science in Child Development
  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences – Watershed Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition
  • Bachelor of Science in Geography – Geographic Information Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Geological Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Geological Science – Engineering Geology
  • Bachelor of Science in Geological Science – Geochemistry
  • Bachelor of Science in Geological Science – Geology
  • Bachelor of Science in Geological Science – Geophysics
  • Bachelor of Science in Geological Science – Hydrogeology
  • Bachelor of Science in Geological Science – Marine Geology
  • Bachelor of Science in Geological Science – Paleontology
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Communication
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Science – Public Health
  • Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism – Restaurant Operations and Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism – Tribal Gaming Operations and Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management – Hotel Operations and Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management – Meetings and Events Operations and Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology – Fitness Specialist
  • Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology – Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics – Applied Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics – Computational Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics – Mathematical Finance
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics – Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Microbiology
  • Bachelor of Science in Microbiology – Clinical Laboratory Science and Public Health Microbiology
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Physics
  • Bachelor of Science in Physics – Modern Optics
  • Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Tourism Management – Outdoor Resource Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Tourism Management – Recreation Systems Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Tourism Management – Sustainable Tourism Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Statistics
  • Bachelor of Science in Statistics – Acturial Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Statistics – Statistical Computing
  • Bachelor of Science in Television, Film and New Media – Critical Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Television, Film and New Media – Production
  • Bachelor of Theatre Arts
  • Bachelor of Theatre Arts – Design & Technology for the Theatre
  • Bachelor of Theatre Arts – Design for Television and Film
  • Bachelor of Theatre Arts – Performance
  • Bachelor of Theatre Arts – Youth Theatre
  • Minor in Accounting
  • Minor in Aerospace Studies
  • Minor in African Studies
  • Minor in Africana Studies
  • Minor in American Indian Studies
  • Minor in Anthropology
  • Minor in Art
  • Minor in Art History
  • Minor in Asian Studies
  • Minor in Astronomy
  • Minor in Biology
  • Minor in Business Administration
  • Minor in Chemistry
  • Minor in Chicana and Chicano Studies
  • Minor in Child and Family Development
  • Minor in Chinese
  • Minor in Classics
  • Minor in Communication
  • Minor in Comparative Literature
  • Minor in Computer Science
  • Minor in Counseling and Social Change
  • Minor in Dance
  • Minor in Economics
  • Minor in Educational Technology
  • Minor in Energy Studies
  • Minor in Engineering
  • Minor in English
  • Minor in Entrepreneurship
  • Minor in Environment and Society
  • Minor in European Studies
  • Minor in Finance
  • Minor in French
  • Minor in Geography
  • Minor in Geological Sciences
  • Minor in German
  • Minor in Gerontology
  • Minor in Health Science
  • Minor in History
  • Minor in Humanities
  • Minor in Information Systems
  • Minor in Interdisciplinary Studies, Honors
  • Minor in International Security and Conflict Resolution
  • Minor in International Studies
  • Minor in Islamic and Arabic Studies
  • Minor in Italian
  • Minor in Japanese
  • Minor in Jewish Studies
  • Minor in Latin American Studies
  • Minor in Leadership Development
  • Minor in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies
  • Minor in Linguistics
  • Minor in Management
  • Minor in Marketing
  • Minor in Mathematics
  • Minor in Media Arts and Technology
  • Minor in Military Science
  • Minor in Music
  • Minor in Naval Science
  • Minor in Oceanography
  • Minor in Physics
  • Minor in Political Science
  • Minor in Portuguese
  • Minor in Psychology
  • Minor in Public Administration
  • Minor in Real Estate
  • Minor in Recreation
  • Minor in Religious Studies
  • Minor in Rhetoric and Writing Studies
  • Minor in Russian
  • Minor in Social Work
  • Minor in Sociology
  • Minor in Spanish
  • Minor in Statistics
  • Minor in Television, Film and New Media Production
  • Minor in Theatre Arts
  • Minor in Women’s Studies

Studies/Courses in English – Postgraduate

  • Master of Arts in Anthropology
  • Master of Arts in Art
  • Master of Arts in Asian Studies
  • Master of Arts in Biology
  • Master of Arts in Chemistry
  • Master of Arts in Chicana and Chicano Studies
  • Master of Arts in Communication
  • Master of Arts in Economics
  • Master of Arts in Education
  • Master of Arts in English
  • Master of Arts in French
  • Master of Arts in Geography
  • Master of Arts in History
  • Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Master of Arts in Kinesiology
  • Master of Arts in Latin American Studies
  • Master of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Master of Arts in Linguistics
  • Master of Arts in Mathematics
  • Master of Arts in Music
  • Master of Arts in Philosophy
  • Master of Arts in Physics
  • Master of Arts in Political Science
  • Master of Arts in Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Writing Studies
  • Master of Arts in Sociology
  • Master of Arts in Spanish
  • Master of Arts in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Master of Arts in Television, Film and New Media Production
  • Master of Arts in Theatre Arts
  • Master of Arts in Women´s Studies
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of City Planning
  • Master of Engineering
  • Master of Fine Arts in Art
  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
  • Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts
  • Master of Music
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Science in Accountancy
  • Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering
  • Master of Science in Applied Mathematics
  • Master of Science in Astronomy
  • Master of Science in Bioengineering
  • Master of Science in Bioinformatics and Medical Informatics
  • Master of Science in Biology
  • Master of Science in Biomedical Quality Systems
  • Master of Science in Business Administration
  • Master of Science in Chemistry
  • Master of Science in Child Development
  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering
  • Master of Science in Computational Science
  • Master of Science in Computer Science
  • Master of Science in Counseling
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
  • Master of Science in Exercise Physiology
  • Master of Science in Geography
  • Master of Science in Geological Sciences
  • Master of Science in Gerontology
  • Master of Science in Homeland Security
  • Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
  • Master of Science in Microbiology
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences
  • Master of Science in Physics
  • Master of Science in Psychology
  • Master of Science in Public Health
  • Master of Science in Radiological Health
  • Master of Science in Regulatory Affairs
  • Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Master of Science in Statistics
  • Master of Social Work

Campus

The SDSU campus is almost a city in itself : the sun-drenched campus of the SDSU offers restaurants and food courts, supermarkets, an outdoor swimming pool and art galleries as well as various sports stadiums and an open-air amphitheater, in which large concerts and sporting events are regularly held really everything your heart desires.

Small oases of tranquility such as the popular Turtle Pond and the Mediterranean Garden are also great for a short break in between.

At the heart of campus life is the huge Aztec Student Union, which is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment. It is not called the “living room of the campus” for nothing: in addition to a cinema, a bowling center and a games lounge with billiard tables and video games, you will also find a fitness center, outdoor terraces with numerous seating areas and many other services.

With its great location just five miles from bustling downtown San Diego, the SDSU campus is a gateway to both the Pacific and the Latin American world: Tijuana, Mexico is half an hour away and Los Angeles is just two and a half hours away. Another excursion highlight in the area is the Joshua Tree National Park, whose exciting landscapes and rock formations not only captivate U2 and climbing fans.

  • Campusplan der San Diego State University

Housing

The Office of Housing Administration at San Diego State University assists students in finding suitable housing on campus. But there are also some off-site options.

The following accommodation options are available:

  • student residence
  • Apartments on campus
  • Private Apartments / Hotels

San Diego State University (SDSU)