Admission | Conditional Admission | Program Questions



How can I apply?
You may submit an application online through our website at: sdsu global

How early should I apply? Are there application deadlines?
We recommend applying 4 to 6 weeks in advance. Programs such as Semester at SDSU do have application deadlines. Please check the Calendar and Fees page for more information. We encourage you to apply far enough in advance to get accepted, obtain a visa, and make proper travel and living arrangements.

How long will it take to book an appointment at the U.S. Embassy?
Embassies have different wait times. Please contact your local U.S. Embassy for information at

When is an F-1 student visa required?
An F-1 student visa is required for full-time study in the USA. If you are a U.S. citizen, have a green card, or are in the USA on another immigration status that permits you to study, you are welcome to apply.

Can I be a part-time student?
If you are already in the USA on a tourist visa (B1/B2), it is possible to enroll in the Intensive English Communications (IEC) Program on a part-time (15 hours or less per week) basis.

What is an I-20 form?
An I-20 is a government document issued by SDSU Global Campus that certifies to the U.S. Embassy in your country that you are eligible to be admitted to the U.S. as a student. You will need this form to apply for an F-1 student visa.

What types of financial support documents are accepted?
A bank statement from you or your sponsor is required. It must show existing funds (either in home currency or U.S. dollar amounts) in the account. Statements must be on official bank letterhead, dated within the last three months and include the account holder's name and the account type. If you have a scholarship, a personal bank statement is not needed, and a letter of financial guarantee is required.

How much money should my bank statement show?
The amount should include the cost of tuition plus $2,200 per month in estimated living expenses.

How much does it cost to apply?
The application fee is $175. The fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. The application fee includes one deferral request. A Deferral request must be made within six months of the submission date of the initial application.

Do I need to have health insurance while I am at the SDSU?
As part of the California State University (CSU) system, SDSU Global Campus requires all F-1 and J-1 visa students to have major medical insurance coverage during their stay in the United States. For information on health insurance requirements please visit our Health Insurance page.

I have been accepted, but I need to delay my start date. What should I do?
Please contact our admissions department at You may also call our office and request to speak with the admissions department at +1 (619) 594-5907.


Conditional Admission

Students who are interested in matriculating to San Diego State University (SDSU) for an undergraduate degree have the opportunity to apply for Undergraduate Conditional Admission.



Can I start the program on any day?
No. Each program has specific dates when new students can start. The Calendar and Fees page lists this information. Our Intensive English for Communication (IEC) program has many possible starting dates for new students.

What is the right program for me?
The right program for you will depend on what your goals are. We have academic English programs as well as intensive English programs. A description of each of our programs can be found on our website. You may also contact us and we will be pleased to answer your questions.

Can I study for a short period of time?
Yes, the IEC program allows students to study for shorter periods of time. The minimum enrollment is 4 weeks.

How long will it take me to reach my goals in English?
There is no standard time that it takes for students to improve their English. The rate of improvement in English proficiency depends on a number of factors, including the student's beginning English level, the student's study habits, the student's learning challenges, and the student's learning personality.