San Diego State University (SDSU), a truly global learning community, is an ideal place to begin your international education. SDSU's size, diversity, and academic reputation have made it one of America's major universities.

SDSU is the most established and largest university in the San Diego region (third largest in California), and impacts every aspect of life here like no other institution in the community.

SDSU has noteworthy programs in many fields, including business administration, engineering, public health, telecommunications, and public administration. It is also home to the largest library in the California State University System. As part of SDSU, the American Language Institute (ALI) is able to offer its students many benefits, including those listed below.

ALI students can enroll in university classes as well as ALI English classes, depending on the student's program and English level. Qualified students can earn college credit for these classes without going through the SDSU admissions process (see Semester at SDSU).

American Language Institute students have many of the same privileges as degree-seeking SDSU students, including access to the campus bookstore, library, cafeterias, restaurants, SDSU Health Services Center, and campus sports activities and clubs. Most students receive free membership to the Aztec Recreation Center, a 23,000-square-meter state-of-the-art gym. Gym membership includes the use of new tennis courts, an Olympic size swimming pool, racquetball facilities, a climbing wall, dance classes, and a bowling alley. Students may also learn to surf, sail, water ski, and wind surf at the Mission Bay Aquatic Center, the world's largest instructional waterfront facility.

SDSU, offering bachelor's degrees in 81 fields, master's degrees in 73 and doctoral degrees in 20, is home to top-ranking programs in business, psychology, biology, geography, education, social work, speech-language, public administration, and many other fields of study.