At SDSU Global Campus, you can choose from a variety of internationally-focused programs designed to meet the specific needs and goals of international students, professionals, corporations, and government agencies. These programs include:

Semester at SDSU Program

Want to take courses at San Diego State University without going through the admissions process? With Semester at SDSU, you can enroll in more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate class sections at SDSU. You can earn credits that will appear on an official SDSU transcript and easily transfer to other universities. You can also choose from a variety of certificate programs while earning college credits.

Intensive English

Immerse yourself in the English language through SDSU’s Intensive English programs. These programs can help you improve your "real language" communication skills, learn about American people and culture, and practice your English in natural situations both on and off campus.

University Pathway

Planning on attending a college or university in the United States? Our University Pathways programs can help you acquire the tools you need to succeed at San Diego State University or elsewhere. You’ll also prepare for TOEFL and IELTS exams, as well as your upcoming GRE or GMAT exam for those pursuing an MBA or master’s degree at an American University.

Teacher Training

SDSU's American Language Institute (ALI) has been training teachers of ESL/EFL since 1981. The Teach English as a Second Language/Teach English as a Foreign Language (TESL/TEFL) program is a 130-hour certificate program that helps novice instructors prepare to successfully live and teach English overseas.

Customized Programs

The American Language Institute hosts a variety of of customized programs for Business English, Social Entrepreneurship English, Communicative English, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) English, and Teacher Training for International Programs

Business English Certificate
Planning on working in an English-speaking business environment? The International Business English (IBE) program is a customized certificate program designed for students and professionals with intermediate to advanced English- language proficiency who are interested in learning more about American business practices as they relate to business around the world.

Social Entrepreneurship Certificate
Our Social Entrepreneurship (SE) certificate program will show you how to solve social problems using creative entrepreneurial skills. You’ll examine various problems facing our society, analyze current business trends, and study innovative social entrepreneurships. You’ll gain the knowledge, tools, and language resources necessary to create a business that can positively affect social change for the future. These courses also contain opportunities for field trips and volunteering with local social enterprises. The program is ideal for students with high-intermediate to advanced English-language proficiency.

Fulbright English for Graduate Studies Program
This 3-week pre-academic program is designed exclusively for incoming Fulbright foreign students. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs as part of its Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. For more information, please visit

Teacher Training for International Programs Certificate
Want to teach English abroad? Our Teach English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate program can help you become an English instructor in classrooms around the world. This program combines a curriculum on effective teaching methodologies for EFL courses with observations of ESL/EFL courses. You’ll even have the opportunities to learn from an EFL mentor.

English for Communication Certificate
Develop and refine your practical English skills through our English for Communication certificate program. The customized curriculum focuses on improving your reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.