The American Language Institute at San Diego State University offers international students an opportunity to study abroad at an American university for one or two semesters. Credits earned through the Semester at SDSU study abroad program will be listed on an official SDSU transcript and should be transferable to other universities. For students considering taking a gap year, there are two programs to choose from - students can choose the Semester at SDSU General Courses program or the Semester at SDSU Business Study Abroad Courses program.


These courses will now be grouped into one starting the Fall 2020. Click here for the calendar and fees.

Study Abroad Program Highlights

  • Variety of Classes

    SDSU offers more than 3,000 class sections each semester in more than 80 different academic fields. A number of these classes have additional spaces available after SDSU students have enrolled. Semester at SDSU allows international students to take advantage of these extra spaces. Business classes are taught by SDSU faculty and most business classes are taught for international students while studying abroad. In addition, business classes with American students may be available depending on space.

  • 12 Undergraduate or 9 Graduate Units of SDSU Courses

    Through this study abroad program, students can enroll in 12 undergraduate or nine graduate units of SDSU courses. Credits earned are listed on a permanent SDSU transcript and may be transferable to other universities.

  • Official Transcript

    Credits earned are listed on an official SDSU transcript and may be transferable to other universities.

  • Campus Access

    Students can use SDSU's library, dining, sports, housing, and recreation facilities.

  • Advising

    Academic, immigration, and housing advisors are available.

Classes at SDSU

Students have many options for classes at SDSU during the study abroad. For course descriptions, please visit For sample class schedules of the courses usually offered, go to Please be aware not all courses are offered every semester.

Please note that the ALI cannot guarantee participation in specific university courses. Students enroll in classes on a space-available basis.

For more information on Semester at SDSU, please contact


Semester at SDSU General Courses and Semester at SDSU Business Courses

Number of weeks


Hours of instruction

Varies according to course enrollment. Minimum 12 units undergraduate/9 units graduate


TOEFL iBT 61 or IELTS 5.5. Proof of English proficiency is required with application.


See Semester at SDSU Calendar & Fees (All prices and dates are subject to change.)

Also included

All students have access to a variety of electives, pronunciation clinics, sports and conversation clubs, language and computer labs, personalized student counseling, library, and academic advising.


Semester at SDSU Certificate Programs

Semester at SDSU students may also earn Semester at SDSU Certificates in:

Semester at SDSU Current Students

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