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International Admissions

The process of applying to a university in the United States can be confusing at times. We are here to help.

Undergraduate Steps to Apply

Freshmen Students

A freshman student is a student starting university for the first time and has not completed any courses after completing their secondary school. Usually the student is enrolling directly out of high school/secondary school with no previous university experience.

Transfer Students

A student who is coming to SDSU from another university (whether based within the United States or not) or has completed any course work at the post-secondary level is considered a transfer student.

Graduate Students

A student who has obtained the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree and is planning on pursuing education beyond the Bachelor's degree at the Master's level should apply as a graduate student. (Previous degree students who wish to add an additional undergraduate major should apply as a transfer student.)

Semester/Yearlong Exchange Students

A student who has been nominated from a partner institution to attend SDSU as an exchange student or visiting fee payer student must contact Sally A. Gillman, Director for Study Abroad.

After receiving the nomination from your school official, the Study Abroad Office will provide the student with an Exchange or Visiting Student application and an SDSU Estimated Cost of Attendance document.

After acceptance to SDSU, the student will receive an ID number as well as Visa, housing, travel and class enrollment information. Please email

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Doctoral students receive fellowships to study African grasslands, water resources

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Two SDSU doctoral students received fellowships to help support their research in Africa, which includes mapping grasslands and savannas, and tracking surface ground water.