I Have Been Admitted

Fall 2019 Admitted International First-Time Freshmen

Congratulations on your admission to San Diego State University. Completing the Steps to Enroll will start you on the path to joining the SDSU community.

Follow the Steps to Enroll

To officially accept your offer of admission and reserve your place for fall 2019, you must complete the ten Steps to Enroll.

All admitted international students planning to attend San Diego State University on an F-1 student visa must submit financial documents issued within the past six months to provide evidence of funding for a minimum of one academic year. Students planning to attend SDSU with other visa categories (i.e. H4 or H1B), permanent residency or U.S. citizenship are not required to submit financial documentation.

Admitted international students must submit the following:

  1. SDSU Financial Statement Form
  2. Financial documents dated within the past six months.
  3. A copy of your passport.

Guidelines for Completing this Step

  • See International Undergraduate Costs of Attendance for the estimated minimum costs required to attend SDSU.
  • Funding can come from one, or a combination of, the following: applicant's personal funds, funds from a sponsor(s) (e.g. parent or relative), government sponsor, funds or scholarship from SDSU.
  • Funds can be in USD or in the currency of your home country.
  • Funds must be readily available for use (i.e. savings, checking, or investment accounts that cash can be withdrawn from immediately).
  • If submitting a bank statement in a foreign language, the account holders name must appear in English.

Submit completed financial documents and a copy of your passport to the SDSU Office of Admissions by email at [email protected] or by mail:

Office of Admissions
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-7455
U.S.A.

NOTE: I-20 will only be mailed after your Financial Statement Form and supporting documents are approved by the SDSU Office of Admissions.

Once your SDSU Financial Statement Form and supporting documents are approved by the SDSU Office of Admissions, you will receive an email with instructions on receiving your I-20. The mailing process differs for students living outside the United States and students living in the U.S. attending an institution in the U.S. Please review the section below that applies to you.

Students Living in the U.S. and Attending an Institution in the U.S.

Upon completion of your program, you will receive your SDSU I-20 when your current school transfers or "releases" your SEVIS record to SDSU. You must notify the international student adviser at your school of your intent to transfer to SDSU. Please use the admission letter that is included in your welcome packet to provide evidence of your acceptance to SDSU. The SDSU SEVIS School Code is SND214F00142000. SDSU does not have a transfer-in form.

Students living in the U.S. can receive their I-20 by one of two options:

Option 1: Mail to your U.S. address When you complete your program and your SEVIS record is transferred to SDSU, your I-20 will be sent to the U.S. mailing address listed in your SDSU WebPortal account using the U.S. Postal Service.
Option 2: Pick up in the SDSU International Admissions Office If you, a friend or family member want to pick up your I-20 at the SDSU International Admissions Office, email your request to [email protected]. Please include your full name, RedID number, and the name of the person who will pick up your I-20 in your email. The person receiving your I-20 must provide photo ID at the time of pick up.

Students Living Outside of the United States

Students living outside of the United States can receive their I-20 by one of three options:

Option 1: Mail to an address outside the U.S.
  1. Go to the University Express Mail Services website, select Student Sign Up and complete the student registration. Click on Register.
  2. You will then receive an email with the subject line, "UEMS-Activation." Open this email and click on the link to activate your eShipGlobal account. Once you activate your account, select Student/Scholar Login at the top of the page and log in.
  3. Click on Receive documents from your University.
  4. Under Step 1 - University Selection, enter San Diego State University in the University Search.
  5. Under Step 2 - Department Selection, select SDSU International Admissions and click Continue.
  6. Under Step 3 - Shipment Creation, complete the address and shipment information and then click Continue.
  7. Under Step 4 - Carrier Selection, Cost, and Transit Time, select the desired service (DHL or Federal Express) and click Continue. SDSU will pay for the cost of shipping once.
  8. SDSU International Admissions will be notified of your request and ship your I-20. You can track the delivery status of your I-20 by logging in to your eShipGlobal account.
Option 2: Mail to a U.S. address If you would like your I-20 mailed to an address in the United States (via the U.S. Postal Service), email your request to [email protected]. Please include your full name, RedID number, and the U.S. address where you would like your documents mailed in your email.
Option 3: Pick up in the SDSU International Admissions Office If you, a friend or family member want to pick up your I-20 at the SDSU International Admissions Office, email your request to [email protected]. Please include your full name, RedID number, and the name of the person who will pick up your I-20 in your email. The person receiving your I-20 must provide photo ID at the time of pick up.

Officially accept your offer of admission by submitting both the required online Intent to Enroll $400 nonrefundable deposit and Housing License Agreement by the deadline indicated in your SDSU WebPortal. If both the Intent to Enroll and Housing License Agreement are not submitted by the deadline, it will be assumed that you do not plan to attend SDSU and your offer of admission will be canceled.

Submit Intent to Enroll

You must submit the online Intent to Enroll $400 nonrefundable deposit by the deadline in your SDSU WebPortal to guarantee your space in the incoming freshmen class. Your Intent to Enroll deposit will be applied toward your first payment of basic tuition and fees.

Information for Government Sponsored Students

As a government sponsored student, you must accept your offer of admission in the SDSU WebPortal. The Intent to Enroll fee will be deferred once you who provide a Prospective Financial Support Letter from your country's Cultural Mission a SDSU Financial Statement Form, and a copy of your passport. In addition, accepting your offer of admission also requires you to submit a Housing License Agreement, which is a legally binding contract between you and the university.

Activate your SDSUid

Once you submit your Intent to Enroll, you will receive an email with instructions on how to activate your SDSUid account. Complete the steps in the email to activate your account.

It is very important that you complete this step. You will use your SDSUid to log in to multiple systems at SDSU, which are used for business and academic purposes.

What is the Difference Between SDSUid and RedID?

SDSUid is an online account, which looks like an email address (e.g. [email protected]). Activate your account on the Activate Your SDSUid web page.

RedID is a nine digit number beginning with an 8. You used your RedID to log in to the SDSU WebPortal to view your application status check.

Once you submit your Intent to Enroll, you will use your SDSUid account to log in to many online SDSU systems.

Submit Housing License Agreement

All admitted international first-time freshmen from outside SDSU's local admission area are required to live on campus for their first two years. You are required to submit the Housing License Agreement and a $375 USD nonrefundable initial housing payment by the deadline indicated in your SDSU WebPortal. You will use your SDSUid to submit your housing license agreement.

The Housing website provides detailed on-campus housing information. Please visit the website for more information regarding the housing application process, living communities, meal plans, costs and payment options.

You are required to register online to attend the mandatory New International Student Orientation. New International Student Orientation will provide you with important information on academic advising, immigration advising and the many campus resources available to support your success both academically and personally at SDSU. You may begin to register for orientation on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 10 a.m. PST.

For questions about the New International Student Orientation, contact the Office of New Student and Parent Programs by email at [email protected] or by phone at (619) 594-1509.

A valid F-1 student visa is required for entry into the United States.

Students Living in the U.S. and Attending an Institution in the U.S.

You do not need to pay an additional SEVIS fee when you receive your SDSU I-20 if you have maintained your F-1 visa status at your current institution. If you leave the country prior to enrolling at SDSU and your F-1 visa has expired, you will need to apply for a new visa to return to the U.S. to begin your studies at SDSU.

Students Living Outside the United States

To apply for the F-1 visa, follow the instructions below:

  1. Pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee
    After you receive your SDSU I-20, you must pay the I-901 SEVIS fee at www.fmjfee.com before applying for a student visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Detailed information on payment of the I-901 SEVIS fee can be found on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement website.
  2. Apply for an F-1 Student Visa
    Information on applying for an F-1 visa, can be found on the U.S. Department of State website. When applying for a visa, you will need to show a valid passport, proof of SEVIS fee payment, SDSU I-20, and proof of funding for your education. Visit the USEmbassy.gov website to locate the U.S. Embassy or Consulate near your overseas residence.
  3. Traveling and entering the United States
    When entering the United States, international students must present the I-20 and valid F-1 visa to U.S. Customs and Immigration. Canadian students must present the I-20 and proof of SEVIS payment at the port of entry into the United States; however, a visa stamp is not required in the passport.

Check your SDSU WebPortal admission status to determine if additional high school transcripts are required. Official transcripts must be submitted by the deadline indicated in your SDSU WebPortal.

If you have coursework in progress, you will be required to submit a final official high school transcript which includes your spring 2019 grades by July 15, 2019.

Official transcripts must be sent to the SDSU Office of Admissions:

Office of Admissions
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-7455

Students with International Baccalaureate (IB) Subject Exams

San Diego State University grants up to six units of credit for each International Baccalaureate Higher Level subject examination passed with a score of 4 better. To receive credit, you must request that your International Baccalaureate transcript of grades be sent to the Office of Admissions electronically. Refer to pages 484 and 487 of the SDSU General Catalog.

Students with Advanced Placement (AP) Test Scores

Advanced Placement exam score reports and passing scores are required in order to obtain college credit for AP high school courses taken (for students attending a U.S. high school or U.S. accredited overseas high school). If you took AP exams prior to your senior year in high school, submit the results for those AP exams by May 1, 2019. Results for AP exams taken during your senior year will need to be submitted by the July 15, 2019 deadline. Obtain your AP test scores by calling the AP Grade Reporting Service toll-free at (888) 225-5427 or writing the following address if your exam scores were taken within the last four years. SDSU's AP school code is 4682. Refer to pages 484–485 of the SDSU General Catalog.

AP Services
P.O. Box 6671
Princeton, NJ 08541-6671
College Board website

Payment of basic tuition and fees is required before the registration date and time indicated in your SDSU WebPortal. You must pay these fees by the payment deadline using the Student Account Services website. For more information on how to pay basic tuition and fees, follow the How to Make a Payment Guide.

In addition to basic tuition and fees, international students are charged nonresident tuition of $396* per unit, for all units attempted. Payment of nonresident tuition is due after you register for courses. To avoid any service or late charges, nonresident tuition must be paid prior to the first day of classes.

Government Sponsored Students

Basic tuition and fees will be deferred for government sponsored students who provide a Financial Guarantee Letter from their country's Cultural Mission to Student Account Services. This letter is required before you are allowed to register for classes.

*Note: The CSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, CSU must reserve the right, even after fees are initially charged or initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees. All listed fees, other than mandatory system wide fees, are subject to change without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All CSU listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, or the Presidents, as appropriate. Changes in mandatory system wide fees will be made in accordance with the requirements of the Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act (Sections 66028-66028.6 of the Education Code).

Health Care Insurance

SDSU requires all enrolled international students to have adequate health insurance. Health care in the U.S. is costly and the health insurance requirement protects international students in the case of illness or injury, guaranteeing students affordable access to the U.S. health care system. For more information on purchasing health insurance, visit the International Student Center website. This requirement needs to be completed before your first day of classes.

Immunization Requirements

All students must meet specific immunization requirements. Please visit the Student Health Services website for the latest information regarding immunization requirements.

In June, your fall 2019 course registration date and time will be posted in your SDSU WebPortal. You will not be allowed to register for classes until you have paid your basic tuition and fees. As a student at San Diego State University, you will register for your own classes each semester. Review each step of the International Freshman Registration Guide to help you register for the first time.

The F-1 student visa requires you to enroll as a full-time student each semester. As an undergraduate student, you must enroll in a minimum of 12 units per semester to meet the F-1 visa requirements. However, we recommend you enroll in 15 units per semester to stay on track to complete your degree in four years. Classes in Extended Studies or Open University do not count toward full-time status.

Listed below are the additional steps you need to complete before arriving to San Diego.

Submit Housing Early Arrival Form

International freshmen living in on-campus housing must submit the Early Arrival Form in order to move into the residence hall on Sunday, August 18, in time for new student orientation. In July, the Early Arrival application will be available in your Housing Portal, after housing assignments are released.

Review New International Student Orientation Schedule

All admitted international students are required to attend New International Student Orientation. Please visit the International Student Center website for details on orientation and a complete schedule of orientation activities.

If you have any questions about Immigration Check-in, contact the International Student Center by email at [email protected] or by phone at (619) 594-1982.

If you have questions about New International Student Orientation, contact the Office of New Student and Parent Programs by email at [email protected] or by phone at (619) 594-1509.