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Spring Break (March 30-April 3) – Reminder

Spencer Hom : March 23, 2015 11:30 am : Semester at SDSU posts

Tropicalal BeachWe hope you have a wonderful and safe Spring Break.

There are no classes the week of March 30th – April 3rd. SDSU and the ALI will be closed Tuesday, March 31st for the Cesar Chavez Holiday. Normal office hours will take place all other days.

Here are a few travel reminders to prepare should you travel during this period.

To travel outside the U.S. to a country other than your home country, an entry visa may be required. Call that country’s embassy or consulate in the U.S. for information. For a list of all embassies and consulates in the U.S. visit,

If you have a valid U.S. visa in your passport, you do not need to apply for a visa to visit Mexico. If traveling to Canada, unless your country of citizenship is among the visa exempt countries, you will need to obtain a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) from Citizenship and Immigration Canada.  A tourist TRV is generally issued for a period of six months and can be obtained at your nearest Canadian Immigration Visa Office.


You must carry your immigration documents at all times. Present the following documents after a temporary absence from the U.S.

F-1 Students:

  • Valid passport
  • Valid F-1 visa stamp in the passport
  • Current signature on page #3 of the I-20 form. The signature is valid for one year from the date listed on page #3 next to the signature. If the signature has expired please come to the ALI Office for a new signature.

J-1 Students:

  • Valid passport
  • Valid J-1 visa stamp in the passport
  • Current signature on the Form DS-2019 from the ALI Office


ELECTRONIC I-94 (Arrival/Departure Record)
The ALI recommends all F-1/J-1 students print out their I-94 information online:
The I-94 serves as additional proof of your non-immigrant visa status.


If anything serious happens (i.e. injury or stolen passport), please let us know immediately and we will respond as quickly as possible.

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Continuing Student Registration – March 30 – April 13

Spencer Hom : March 20, 2015 11:23 am : Semester at SDSU posts

Whale Watching off of San DiegoIf you are a current spring 2015 Semester at SDSU student looking to continue to fall 2015, you will able to apply to continue online March 30th to April 13th. You will receive an email by March 27th with instructions and the link.

Tuition payment for continuing students is May 1st.


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Spencer Hom : March 10, 2015 4:32 pm : Semester at SDSU posts

Grand CanyonALI Community Service Recognition Program

Across the United States, student volunteers have established a rich tradition of making a difference in their communities. The American Language Institute now offers recognition to students who regularly volunteer for local projects.

A letter of recognition is available to students in the Semester at SDSU program.

In order to receive Community Service Recognition, ALI students are required to:

  1.  Send an email to indicating their interest in the program.
  2.  Register for the Community Service Recognition program by completing an online form.
  3.  Sign up in advance for volunteer activities (spaces fill on a first-come, first-served basis).
  4.  Confirm attendance with ALI staff members at volunteer activities.
  5.  Participate fully in activities for the whole time the event has been scheduled.
Spring 2015 requirement for Community Service Recognition:
Complete 3 ALI volunteer activities prior to May 7

Upcoming service projects:

-  St. Vincent De Paul – dinner service – 3/13
-  Aztec Unity Project – after-school program – 3/19 & 3/20
-  College Area Community Garden – garden upkeep – 4/11
-  College Avenue Center – dancing with seniors – 4/17
-  Bay-to-Creek Clean-Up – park/neighborhood improvement – 4/25
To get more information on the ALI Community Service Recognition Program, please email

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BaFoGs & Learning Agreement Information

Spencer Hom : February 9, 2015 2:40 pm : Semester at SDSU posts

Semester at SDSU MountainsDear Semester at SDSU Students,

BAFoGs and Learning Agreements will be accepted starting Wednesday February 11th.  If you need instructions on how to complete these documents, please visit the ALI office. Please put your RED ID on the document.

Please submit these documents to the front desk in the ALI office.  If you submitted your document on February 11th, 12th or 13th, you may pick up the completed document on February 27th in the ALI Office. Documents submitted on February 16th or after may be picked up in the ALI Office two weeks after from the date of submission.

Additional unit fees (if applicable) must be paid before any document is returned.

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Campus Skateboard Policy

Spencer Hom : February 8, 2015 8:37 pm : Semester at SDSU posts

Student Union BridgeBicycle & Skateboard Policy
16.1 During the hours of 7 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., bicycles may only be operated lawfully in designated locations throughout campus, including streets, paths, and grounds as well as on curbed streets and vehicular thoroughfares. In all other locations, bicyclists shall walk their bicycles and park them in designated parking stands and areas.
16.2 Riding skateboards, coasters, roller skates, toy vehicles and other devices of a similar nature is prohibited on all University property at all times.

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Spring Safety Message from the Chief of Police, SDSU Police Department

Spencer Hom : February 2, 2015 9:54 am : Semester at SDSU posts

Semester at SDSU Campus Library

On behalf of the men and women of the SDSU Police Department, I would like to welcome you to the Spring 2015 semester. I invite each of you to be an active part of what will surely be an exciting semester.

This semester I am pleased to relate that thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, we have been able to update our bike patrol fleet, both for police officers and Community Service Officers. Bicycles provide an excellent way to get around campus, provide safety escorts and respond to calls.

That same donation will also allow us to develop a new mobile app which we hope will be available in the coming months. The app will provide easy access to the police and allow users to text information to us, request an escort and even see the GPS locations of our evening shuttle routes. We will provide more information as we get closer to rolling it out. Read this NewsCenter story about the app for more information.

  • Call 9-1-1 – from your cell phone or any campus phone to report a crime in progress or life threatening emergency. “Blue Light” emergency phones can be used for emergencies or to request a safety escort.
  • Be aware of your surroundings – Avoid distractions such as talking on your cell phone, walk in groups whenever possible and immediately report suspicious activity to the SDSU Police Department.
  • Secure your belongings – Lock your doors and windows, properly lock your bike and keep valuables out of sight. If you have security devices such as steering wheel locks, alarms or bicycle U-locks, use them.
  • Do not leave valuable items unattended (laptops, cell phones, iPods).
  • Call for an escort – Free safety escorts are available from dusk to dawn to and from on-campus locations. Call 619-594-6659 to request a safety escort.
  • Emergency notification – SDSU has several means of notifying you of emergency or urgent situations on campus including a mass notification system and text/email notification. Go to to familiarize yourself with our emergency procedures. Also please update your email and phone information in WebPortal or PeopleSoft to ensure you receive messages from the SDSU Alert system.
  • The Campus Safety and Security report and The Annual Fire Safety report are published by the University Police Department, in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. The full text of these reports can be located on our website at These reports are prepared in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies which surround our main campus, remote campus sites, Residential Education, the Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities, the Division of Business Affairs and the Division of Student Affairs.
  • The SDSU Police Department is located in the Public Safety Building at the intersection of 55th Street and Remington Road, across from the Aztec Recreation Center. Our lobby is open from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. The police department is operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Parking Office and Key Issue Office are also housed in the Public Safety Building. Please note their telephone numbers—Parking Office: 619-594-6671 and Key Issue: 619-594-1992—should you require those services.

We are committed to providing the unique policing services required of our campus and our community and look forward to working with you!

Please visit our website for additional information about your police department:

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How to Order Your Official SDSU Transcript – Grades

Spencer Hom : December 3, 2014 1:03 pm : Semester at SDSU posts


graduation at SDSUPlease read the following information carefully about how to get your grades from your SDSU and Special Session classes.

Go to your UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS in WebPortal to check that your grades are posted and accurate BEFORE ordering OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS.  December 31st is the deadline for professors to submit official grades, so it is likely your grades will not be officially posted or viewable until after this date.  (Grades appearing on Blackboard are NOT your official posted grades.)


You can print unofficial transcripts from the SDSU WebPortal as soon as your grades are posted. Check WebPortal, not Blackboard. You may receive an error message on the Unofficial Transcript until December 31st.


You can order official transcripts directly through WebPortal (again, WebPortal, not Blackboard) for a fee of $7.00 each.

To request your official transcripts, go to WebPortal and click on “Order Transcripts.”  Select your desired format and click “continue.”

Transcripts will be sent to the address you indicate. It is your responsibility to enter a complete and accurate address. You should check with your university prior to ordering transcripts to make sure you have the complete and correct address. Paper transcripts will be mailed after the grades are posted and should arrive 4-6 weeks from the send date (because of the December 31st deadline, the earliest send date will be in the beginning of January), but can take longer depending on mail delivery in your home country.


You can order official electronic transcripts directly through WebPortal (again, WebPortal, not Blackboard) for a fee of $7.00 each.

To request your official transcripts, go to WebPortal and click on “Order Transcripts.” Select your desired format and click “continue.”

WARNING: Do NOT order electronic transcripts until your grades have been officially posted or you will receive a blank transcript. If you cannot print an unofficial transcript, your grades have not been posted.  (Check the Unofficial Transcript, NOT My Grades) If you order an electronic transcript too early and receive a blank document, you will have to reorder and pay again.

Transcripts will be sent to the email address you indicate. It is your responsibility to enter a complete and accurate email address, and to ensure that the recipient is able to accept PDF documents.  You should check with your university prior to ordering transcripts to make sure that they will accept PDF documents, and for the complete and correct e-mail address. Also, you must open the electronic PDF transcript in Adobe Acrobat, NOT in a web browser, since it is a secure document.


All transcripts will say “Undergraduate transcript.” Graduate classes are designated by a course number level 600 and above.


You will continue to be able to access WebPortal with your Red ID and password for many years; however, you will not have Blackboard access after this semester has finished.  Therefore, if you expect to need documents from Blackboard, such as course syllabi, I strongly advise that you download and save or print them now.  It can be difficult and time-consuming to obtain these documents after the semester ends.

Please contact me if you have any questions regarding your transcript or if your transcript does not arrive 4-6 weeks from ordering (meaning it could arrive in the middle of February).


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