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About the University 🏫

San Diego State University (SDSU) is one of the most popular universities for a semester abroad in the USA and is also the first choice for a large number of full-degree seeking students both from the US and worldwide. Wonder how come?

Perhaps it's because of its solid reputation as one of the most respected public universities in the country. SDSU is not only the largest and oldest university in the renowned California State University System, but is also considered a leading research university. It also offers numerous top-ranked study programs in areas such as business, international relations, engineering, psychology, fine arts and many more with over 70+ majors.

Perhaps it is also the great location of the university in "America's finest city" San Diego, which attracts with fantastic surfing opportunities and palm beaches, the eternal California sun and endless nightlife and leisure activities.

SDSU's huge and modern campus attracts more than 2,300 international students each year. The campus offers a unique American college experience with numerous athletic fields, shops, concert and entertainment venues, and the Aztec Student Union, the heart of SDSU's vibrant student life.

In any case, we can guarantee that you will have an unforgettable time at SDSU - whether you are spending a semester abroad, an academic gap year, or opting for one of the other study programs offered at SDSU.

About the city 🌇

There are several reasons why San Diego is frequently referred to as "America's Finest Cityl"!

Over 30 million visitors per year are drawn to the area by its picture-perfect weather, endless stretches of sandy beaches, refreshing coastal breezes, dozens of entertaining and instructive sites, and supremely relaxed attitude. The normal weather, which rarely deviates from 70 degrees, and the low number of rainy days (only 42) contribute to this attraction.

With charismatic areas and towns like Carlsbad, Coronado, Del Mar, the Gaslamp Quarter, Point Loma, Chula Vista, Old Town, La Jolla, North Park, and many others, the city still maintains a small-town character. These communities each have distinctive personalities that work together to create a city that is diverse and full of adventure.

If you are a student that likes never ending experiences outside of the classroom, look no further than San Diego! This beautiful coastal city has something for everyone - and there's no shortage of places to explore, sights to see, and experiences to try.

When living in San Diego, make sure you take the time to appreciate its stunning landscape. From the famous Coronado Beach with its white sandy shores, to Balboa Park and its lush greenery, you'll be amazed by all that this vibrant city has on offer! But don't forget about the exciting activities too - from kayaking in Mission Bay to hiking up Cowles Mountain for unbeatable views of the San Diego skyline. There's also plenty of delicious foodie treats waiting for you; from tacos at Lucha Libre Gourmet Taco Shop to a craft beer tasting at one of San Diego's many breweries. Not to mention the weekend trips to Mexico.

San Diego is truly the dream student city of many people and should be experienced while possible.

Housing Opportunities🏫

On Campus Housing

Undergraduate and graduate students can find information about living on campus at SDSU on the Lodging and Residential Education Page. For many students, living on campus is the best way to completely immerse themselves in the American college experience. You should register for on-campus housing as soon as possible because the demand typically surpasses the supply.

Read more about on campus accommodation on the Lodging and Residential Education Page.

Off Campus Housing

For off-campus housing, explore the sites listed below. These sites are not affiliated with or endorsed by SDSU.


Rentable is a map that plots all U.S. universities and colleges on an interactive map, so students can easily find housing near their campus. The map also shows nearby grocery stores, public transportation and other amenities. simplifies the process of finding a new apartment by offering renters the most comprehensive database including millions of detailed and accurate apartment listings across the United States.

Apartment Guide

Apartment Guide offers in-depth apartment listings with info on properties, neighborhoods & more.


ApartmentList compiles rentals from over 100 different listing sources. There’s no need to view multiple websites to search for an apartment. Each city on the website shows local neighborhoods, pricing, noise level, nearby attractions, restaurants, shopping and more.


Diggz is a roommate marketplace that covers all your basis. Find rooms for rent, roommates to fill your empty room, or partner up with someone to find a new place of your own. Diggz is a free service that connects you to like-minded prospective roommates with similar lifestyle attributes and preferences, leveraging a proprietary matching algorithm. Interactions between users work in a tinder-esque fashion where both have to like each other to chat directly on the platform. Behind the scenes, Diggz employs A.I. as well as human eyes to detect suspicious profiles and scammers, keeping the platform safe and sketch free.


LeaseLine is a student-to-student platform specializing in subletting and reletting. LeaseLine helps students and their families navigate the off campus housing process by providing resources that streamline the leasing experience.


RENTCafé features thousands of apartment listings directly from property managers. RENTCafé makes it easy for you to find the perfect home. Search apartments for rent in the US, check prices, view property details with large photo displays, floor plans, amenities and more.

Rent College Pads

Rent College Pads is an apartment search engine that helps students find housing by working with trusted landlords in nearby neighborhoods. Specifically geared toward college students, Rent College Pads helps with more than just finding apartments by connecting students looking for subleases and roommates through their Facebook integrated platform.


RoomChazer makes off-campus housing easy. Scroll through listings, read the reviews, check-out your potential roommate's profiles and complete your booking all online. Great Places. Great roommates. Semester contracts. All furnished and utilities included. Rent by the bed, we'll match you with roommates!

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Admission Requirements for Fulltime Degrees

Here is a description of the most important information for your study abroad. Rememeber, single semester study abroad (exchange) have often lower entry requirements and different course catalogues. Contact your advisor to hear about stipends, entry requirements, tuitions fees, course descriptions and more.
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What is the tuition and requirements for study abroad (exchange) students?

The study abroad (exchange student) programme will often have a different tuition fee and lower entry requirements. In addition, there might be a specific course catalog for study abroad exchange students. Book a call with a Uniclub advisor who will present you the requirements for single semester study abroad students, and how to navigate within the course catalog.

Additionally, you might be able to get exempt from taking a TOEFL or IELTS test as a study abroad (exchange) student. A Uniclub advisor will advise you on which universities have more flexbile English proficiency requirements.

What are the Semester Start Dates?

San Diego State University uses a semester system for both full-degree students and semester abroad students studying to receive credit towards their home degree system. The semester system is equivalent in course load and duration to a three-trimester system. Students can start their studies in January or August.

See more about San Diego State University's important dates in the academic calendar.

What are the Entry Requirements?

To apply for courses and programmes at San Diego State University, you must meet the general and specific entry requirements.

Documents required from students to apply to San Diego State University are:

  • Official copies of secondary school transcripts showing courses taken throughout the year and grades received (English version of the document)
  • Award Certificates
  • Passport
  • A CV and a motivational letter
  • Evidence of English proficiency if you are a non-native English-speaking student.

See more about the entry requirements at San Diego State University.

What are the English Requirements?

The English requirements to get admitted to San Diego State University in San Diego can be sufficed in several ways. Below are the options for students to prove their English proficiency:

You will be able to provide evidence of your English language skills if you have:

  • completed an English language test such as IELTS, Pearson, TOEFL, Cambridge or ALI
  • completed some types of university (tertiary) or high-school (secondary) studies taught in English

See more about the English requirements at San Diego State University.

What are the Tuition Fees?

Tuition fees for international students at San Diego State University vary depending on the course you choose. The tuition fee at San Diego State University ranges from 15.000 USD to 22.000 USD per year for international students.

The tuition fee for a study abroad semester at San Diego State University for 15 credits which equals to 30 ECTS is approx. 6200 USD.

See more about San Diego State University's tuition fees for international students.

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How it works

First, choose a destination

That's probably the hardest part. Are you looking for something specific, within your budget or a prestigious university that suits your field of interest? It's your choice.

Next, apply and upload your documents

You'll find the apply button on each university page. Once you have applied, you will receive the link to your application portal by mail. In there, you will be able to manage your application and communicate with us.

and... accept the offer!

If you're lucky, there's an offer waiting for you at the University. We'll even make sure you have your insurances are in order and all the nitty gritty details.

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Your friends and family may also want to experience the thrill of studying abroad. We'll do our best to help them too. Ask us what the rewards are!

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I was looking for a freemover stay abroad through Uniclub and I got some of the best service I have experienced. They took care of all the practicalities, and removed almost all the hassle of work it can be to apply for an exchange stay.

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