I Have Been Admitted
Fall 2020 Admitted International Graduate Students
Accept your offer of admission and reserve your place for fall 2020 by completing the 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:
- SDSU Financial Statement Form
- Financial documents dated within the past six months.
- A copy of your passport.
Guidelines for Completing this Step
- See International Cost 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- Funds must be readily available for use (i.e. savings, checking, or investment accounts that cash can be withdrawn from immediately).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
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 outside the United States and students attending an institution in the U.S. Please review the section below that applies to you.
Students Attending an Institution in the U.S.
You must notify the international student adviser at your school that you have been admitted to SDSU and your SEVIS record will need to be transferred. Your offer of admission, emailed from the Dean of Graduate Affairs, is your official notification of acceptance to SDSU. SDSU does not have a transfer-in form. The SDSU SEVIS school code is SND214F00142000.
As a student attending an institution in the U.S., you can receive your 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. If you move, you must update your mailing address in your SDSU WebPortal account.|
|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 Outside of the United States
Students 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.||
|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.|
Complete Your Intent to Enroll
To officially accept your offer of admission, you must submit the online Intent to Enroll by the deadline indicated in your SDSU WebPortal. If you do not submit the Intent to Enroll by the deadline, it will be assumed that you do not plan to attend SDSU and your offer of admission will be canceled.
The Intent to Enroll requires a $400 USD nonrefundable and nontransferable fee, paid electronically through your SDSU WebPortal. The $400 USD deposit will be applied toward your fall basic tuition and fees.
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.
Final Official Transcripts
- If you are an applicant with a degree in progress at the time of admission, you will be required to submit an official final transcript and an official diploma/degree certificate to Graduate Admissions upon completion of your degree.
- Final documents must be provided no later than the end of the first semester of enrollment. Failure to submit final documents will result in a registration hold being placed on your record.
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 provide a Prospective Financial Support Letter from your country's Cultural Mission, a SDSU Financial Statement Form, and a copy of your passport to the SDSU Office of Admissions.
A valid F-1 student visa is required for entry into the United States.
Students 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. Your offer of admission, emailed from the Dean of Graduate Affairs, is your official notification of acceptance to SDSU. SDSU does not have a transfer-in form. The SDSU SEVIS school code is SND214F00142000.
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 Outside the United States
Follow the instructions below to apply for the F-1 visa:
- Pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee
After you receive your SDSU I-20, you must pay the I-901 SEVIS fee at the I-901 Fee website 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.
- 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 Website of U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions to locate the U.S. Embassy or Consulate near your overseas residence.
- 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.
Payment of the 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. Follow the How to Make a Payment Guide to learn how to pay basic tuition and fees.
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. Nonresident tuition must be paid prior to the first day of classes to avoid any service or late charges.
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 the SDSU Cashier's Office.
*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 care insurance. Health care in the U.S. is costly and the health care insurance requirement protects international students in the case of illness or injury, guaranteeing affordable access to the U.S. health care system. For more information on purchasing health care insurance, visit the Health Insurance for International Students website. This requirement needs to be completed before your first day of classes.
All students must meet specific immunization requirements. Please visit the Student Health Services website for the latest information regarding immunization requirements.
Your registration information will be available through your SDSU WebPortal account. Under My Registration you will find your registration date and time, fee payment information, and registration holds. You will not be allowed to register for classes until you have paid your basic tuition and fees.
The F-1 student visa requires you to enroll as a full-time student each semester. International graduate students must take a minimum of 9 units per semester to meet the immigration requirements of the F-1 visa. Courses in Extended Studies or Open University do not count toward full-time status.
Please contact your department of study for assistance in selecting your classes. You should consult the Graduate Bulletin for a full listing of classes required by your program of study. You can begin planning your classes by visiting the Class Schedule website to determine which classes are being offered.
Listed below are additional steps you need to complete before arriving to San Diego.
Check Your SDSU WebPortal
Check your SDSU WebPortal to determine the status of:
- Your final official transcript (academic record). If required, submit the final official transcript in a sealed envelope issued by the institution attended or Ministry of Education. Original language and literal English translation must be provided for all records not officially issued in English.
- Your certified copy of official degree certificate/diploma. If required, submit the certified copy of official degree certificate/diploma in a sealed envelope issued by the institution attended or Ministry of Education. Original language and literal English translation must be provided for all records not officially issued in English.
- Note: Your final documents must be provided no later than the end of your first semester of enrollment. Failure to submit final documents will result in a registration hold being placed on your record.
Review Orientation Information
- Review the Orientation and Handbook for New Graduate Students for newly admitted students. Some graduate departments offer program specific orientations leading up to the start of the academic year. You will be notified by your department of your program's orientation date and time.
- You will be required to complete the Immigration Pre-Arrival form and attend Immigration Check-in and the International Graduate New Student Orientation. Please visit the International Graduate Orientation web page for a complete schedule of orientation activities.
- For orientation questions, contact the International Student Center at [email protected] or (619) 594‑1982.
The Student Ability Success Center (SASC) at San Diego State University authorizes and provides a variety of services and accommodations, which are determined on a case-by-case basis and in consultation with an SASC counselor. Their goal is to remove barriers that disability creates so that all students have an equal opportunity to be successful in college. If you will be applying for services from the SASC, you are encouraged to apply as early as possible to assure that accommodations are in place by the time you begin your academic journey. Visit Applying to the Student Ability Success Center to learn more about the process.