SDSU's International Media Certificate program is designed for international students planning a career in the media industry and is available through ALI's Semester at SDSU program.

This certificate program offers students a strong theoretical grounding in media and in a specific, applied media field, as well as enhancing this foundational knowledge with courses focused on global aspects of media use, media technologies, and media industries.

Program Highlights:

  • Classes with American Students
    SDSU courses with American students and professionals.

  • Official Transcript
    Credits earned are listed on an official SDSU transcript and may be transferable to other universities.

  • Customized Certificates
    Students may customize certificates in areas of interest with classes in journalism (JSM).

This certificate requires completion of 12 units to include:

One course selected from:
JMS 200 – Introduction to Contemporary Media
JMS 210 – Social Media in the Digital Age

One course selected from:
JMS 300 – Principles of Journalism
JMS 408 – Principles of Media Studies
JMS 460 – Principles of Advertising
JMS 480 – Principles of Public Relations

Two courses selected from:
JMS 375 – Media Technology in the Global Environment
JMS 450 – Using Media to Understand Cultures
JMS 475 – Mediated Communication in Intercultural Contexts
JMS 506 – Advertising and Society
JMS 574 – International Advertising
JMS 591 – Global Telecommunications

This certificate program is open to any student granted enrollment through San Diego State University or through the College of Extended Studies, except major and minor students in the School of Journalism & Media Studies.

Students must receive a C (2.0) or higher in each course to receive a certificate at the end of the program. For course descriptions, please visit For sample class schedules of the courses usually offered, go to Please be aware not all courses are offered every semester.

Please note that the ALI cannot guarantee participation in specific university courses. Students enroll in classes on a space-available basis.

For more information on Semester at SDSU, please contact


Semester at SDSU International Media Certificate

Number of weeks


Hours of instruction

Varies according to course enrollment. Minimum 12 units undergraduate/9 units graduate


TOEFL 61, IELTS 5.5, or Duolinguo 90. Proof of English proficiency is required with application. For Duolingo, please have your test score sent to "San Diego State University - Global Campus". Other acceptable English proficiency can be found HERE.

Dates and Costs

See Semester at SDSU Calendar & Fees (All prices and dates are subject to change.)

Also included

All students have access to a variety of electives, pronunciation clinics, sports and conversation clubs, language and computer labs, personalized student counseling, library, and academic advising.