This three-week pre-academic program is offered to incoming Fulbright foreign students. It is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs as part of its Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. For more information, visit

This program is designed to cover an orientation to the U.S. academic system and culture, English language training, and field-of-study preparation. The program is also aimed at building a basic understanding of current issues in U.S. society and a solid foundation of U.S. social values, both of which are necessary for successful intercultural communication in the participants’ host communities. This pre-academic Fulbright program serves the overall goal of the Fulbright Program: to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

Program Information

Links for Current Grantees


Program Administration

Barbara Bass, ALI's Executive Director

Barbara Bass

Executive Director

American Language Institute

Welcome Fulbright Foreign Students!

San Diego State University and the American Language Institute are excited to host this pre-academic program.

A wonderful agenda is planned for you and we can't wait to get started.

Barbara Bass

(619) 594-4144

Theresa Perales, Coordinator

Theresa Perales

Fulbright Pre-Academic Program Coordinator

American Language Institute

A warm welcome to the Fulbright Students.

Please review the information contained here, and if there are any questions that remain unanswered, you are welcome to contact me.

Once again, a big welcome to all of you!

Theresa Perales

(619) 594-5907

Arrival Information

Shuttle/Taxis from Airport

Reservation: No reservation necessary unless you arrive late at night


The Fraternity Row

5255 55th Street, San Diego, CA 92115