I Have Been Admitted

Fall 2019 Admitted International Transfers

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 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 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) (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  • Funds must be readily available for use (i.e. savings, checking, or investment accounts that cash can be withdrawn from immediately).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.

Officially accept your offer of admission by submitting the required online Intent to Enroll $400 nonrefundable deposit 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.

Due May 1, 2019

  • Submit Intent to Enroll (Required)

    All admitted students must submit the online Intent to Enroll $400 nonrefundable deposit by the deadline in their SDSU WebPortal to guarantee your space. Your Intent to Enroll deposit will be applied towards your first payment of basic tuition and fees.

    Information for Government Sponsored Students

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

  • Request official transcripts be sent to SDSU as soon as possible

    Official transcripts are required from all colleges you previously and/or currently attend even if you withdrew from the course(s) or the course(s) is not applicable to your degree. Please also include transcripts for all International Baccalaureate credit and Advanced Placement exam credit (if applicable). You must request official transcripts be sent directly to the SDSU Office of Admissions electronically or in a sealed envelope. For a transcript to be considered official, it must remain in its original sealed envelope. If opened, the transcript will no longer be valid. SDSU will not accept any transcripts delivered in person or handled by the student. Request your transcripts as soon as grades are posted so that the transcripts will arrive by the deadline. Please keep in mind that it can take several weeks for a school to send a transcript once it is ordered.

    • Transcripts from all colleges you attended including fall 2018 grades

      SDSU will only accept electronic transcripts from the schools listed on the Transcripts webpage. Please ensure that you indicate this preference when making your request. For colleges that do not supply electronic transcripts, the school must send the transcripts directly to:

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

Due June 30, 2019

Keep your grades up. Your academic performance after being admitted could impact your admission status.
  • Request final official transcripts be sent to SDSU from all colleges you attended including spring 2019 grades

    Your admission is based on self-reported information from your Cal State Apply and SDSU Supplemental Applications. Once you are provisionally admitted, we will verify this information against your official transcript(s). Please make sure to report accurate information.

    Your admission may be rescinded for reasons such as the following:

    • Your GPA or course grades are lower than what you reported on the application
    • You miss any admission deadlines
    • You earn D or F grades
    • You misreported or did not complete a required course

    SDSU will only accept electronic transcripts from the schools listed on the Transcripts webpage. Please ensure that you indicate this preference when making your request. For colleges that do not supply electronic transcripts, the school must send the transcripts directly to:

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

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.

Your 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.

Register to Attend New Student Orientation for Transfer Students

Transfer students are required to attend a mandatory one day New Student Orientation offered August 1 through August 13.

You are required to sign up online to attend the New Student Orientation. You may begin to make your reservation for orientation on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 10 a.m. PST. It is important you choose to attend the orientation on a date when your specific major is represented. Orientation days fill up quickly and space is limited, so you are encouraged to make your reservation early.

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

Register to Take the Writing Placement Assessment (WPA) Test

All undergraduates must demonstrate competency in writing skills at the upper division level as a requirement for the baccalaureate degree awarded by a California State University (CSU) campus. At San Diego State University, this graduation requirement is known as the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). SDSU uses a two-hour examination known as the Writing Placement Assessment (WPA) to assess writing competency. The test score from the WPA may either satisfy the GWAR requirement or place students in the appropriate writing course(s) to fulfill the requirement.

If you are seeking a second bachelor's degree in nursing, you satisfied the GWAR with your first baccalaureate degree from a college/university accredited by a U.S. regional accrediting association. Therefore, you are exempt from taking the WPA.

If you are transferring from another CSU campus and you already fulfilled the GWAR in accordance to your former CSU's policy, then you satisfied the GWAR at SDSU. Therefore, you are exempt from taking the WPA.

If you are not exempt from taking the WPA, then you must take the WPA exam between the time you are admitted and no later than the last WPA test date in October 2019. If you do not take the WPA prior to the last WPA test date in October 2019, you will not be allowed to register for spring 2020 classes or future terms at SDSU.

You are permitted to take the Writing Placement Assessment twice during the allowable timeframe. Plan accordingly so you will have the test results in time to register for a second attempt should you choose to do so. The testing fee is required each time you take the exam. You cannot opt out of taking the WPA and enroll in a writing class to take the place of the WPA.

Test Dates

Visit the Writing Placement Assessment (WPA) website to view exam dates and registration deadlines for exams being offered at SDSU.

Test Score Information

  • Score 6: You will be required to take RWS 280 (or RWS 281 or Linguistics 281 if English is your second language) in the spring 2020 semester. The registration system will enforce this requirement. You will not be allowed to register until you are enrolled in the appropriate course. Once this course is completed, you will be required to take an approved upper division writing course prior to graduation.
  • Score 8: You will be required to complete an approved upper division writing course with a grade of C or higher prior to graduation.
  • Score 10: You will satisfy the statewide Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement and do not have to take a writing course, unless an upper division writing course is required by your major.

Transfer Your SEVIS I-20

This process differs for students living in the United States attending a U.S. Institution and students living outside 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.

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 the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) SEVIS I-901 Fee Processing 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.
  2. Apply for a 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. To locate the U.S. Embassy or Consulate near your overseas residence, visit the Websites of U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions finder.
  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.

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 a U.S. Institution. Please review the section below that applies to you.

Students Living in the U.S. and 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 and Research Affairs, is your official notification of acceptance to SDSU. SDSU does not have a transfer-in form.

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

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 using the U.S. Postal Service.
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.

All students must meet specific immunization requirements.

If you do not provide proof of required immunizations during your first semester at SDSU, you will receive an I-Hold and not be allowed to register for classes the next semester. Students may also receive vaccinations or testing for immunity for a fee at Student Health Services, which provides a full range of medical services for students. You may also discuss immunizations with your family physician or county health department.

Please visit the Student Health Services website for the latest information regarding immunization requirements.

Basic tuition and fees are due a few weeks before your registration date.

You will receive an email notice in early June instructing you to go to My Registration in your SDSU WebPortal account for your registration date and fee payment information. Pay your fees by your fee payment deadline using the Student Account Services website in order to register on your assigned registration date. After your first semester, you are responsible for checking your SDSU WebPortal for this information.

Things to do before Attending New Student Orientation:

  1. Purchase and follow the steps to obtain your SDSUcard. This is REQUIRED FOR ALL STUDENTS.
  2. SDSU is a pre-pay campus, which means you must pay your basic tuition and fees before you can register for classes. Review the How to Make a Payment Guide for more information. You can sign up for an installment payment plan online.
  3. If you have a Financial Aid Fee Postponement, you do not need to pay fees before registration.

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).

San Diego State University 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.

When you attend New Student Transfer Orientation offered in August, you will receive a preliminary degree evaluation with information about which degree requirements have been satisfied with your transfer courses. During orientation you will register for fall 2019 classes. 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. As an undergraduate student, you must enroll in a minimum of 12 units per semester to meet the visa immigration requirements. However, we recommend you enroll in 15 units per semester to stay on track to complete your degree. Classes in Extended Studies or Open University do not count toward full-time status.

Complete the Pre-Arrival Immigration Form on the International Student Center website.

For questions about new international transfer student events, contact the International Student Center by email at [email protected] or by phone at (619) 594-1982.