• Experience all that American university life has to offer in the technological hub of San Jose, California. Studying in Silicon Valley gives you access to a city full of innovation and a program that stands out on a resume or CV. 

• Study in the land of innovation—delve into clean energy initiatives, health care technology, smart transportation or cyber security. Or explore any of over 145 traditional areas of study!   

• Opportunities are available for you to connect with local and international students who have studied abroad or who are interested in learning about other cultures, helping you build friendships with locals and with students from around the globe. 

• The city of San Jose is truly diverse, allowing you to connect with people from all over the world and all walks of life. The open-minded community embodies the mentality that people should be able to do what they want to do and be who they want to be. 


An adventurer’s paradise, San Jose’s year-round beautiful weather makes trips around the city and state possible during any season.  


Live in the SJSU Campus Village, located on the south-east corner of campus, alongside local and international students.


California cuisine is a blend of cultural influences from not only all over the U.S., but all over the world. Taste it all by dining at a variety of San Jose restaurants, including those that specialize in Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Mexican, Middle Eastern, and American cuisine. Organic (and affordable) fruits, vegetables, and meat are available at weekly farmers markets across the city. No matter what your dietary preferences, they can be accommodated easily and deliciously in San Jose.  


Immerse yourself in the campus community by participating in a variety of student activities. These include language and cultural exchanges, parties, field trips (like to the awe-inspiring redwood forests!), sports get-togethers, the Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge, and more!  


Centrally located in California, it’s easy to plan road trips to explore the beautiful redwood forests (about 6 hours away), breathtaking desert landscapes (5-6 hours away), stunning beaches, and coastal mountain ranges.  


Check out the brand-new fitness center on the SJSU campus! Swim laps in the Olympic-size pool, run the track, or take a yoga class with local students. There are also plenty of resources to keep you healthy and happy while at SJSU, including a Wellness Lounge, Counseling Servies, and nutrition support.  

What We Love About SJSU 

We love that you can experience classic American culture through movie nights, block parties, tailgating at sports games, and more.  

See ISEP Direct budget and estimated expenses 

Course Description

Study almost anything you want in the land of opportunity and innovation at San Jose State University in the Silicon Valley of California, U.S.A.!  Delve into clean energy initiatives, health care technology, smart transportation or cyber security.  Or explore any of over 145 traditional areas of study.  The chart below highlights some of the more popular classes students have taken in the past to get you started. 

Credits Earned 

Students who complete the program in good standing can expect to earn 12-15 U.S. credit hours which ISEP generally recommends is the equivalent of 24-30 ECTS. Each class is usually worth 3-4 credits, but this will vary depending on the subject area. 

Sample Classes Available: 






Investment Analysis 




Professional and Business Ethics 


Sustainable Construction 


International Marketing 


Circuits and Systems 


Database Management Systems 


Technology and Civilization 


Fundamentals of Project Management 


Chemical Process Dynamics and Control

Website for Course Availability

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*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Architecture

    Urban Planning

  • Area Studies:

    African-American Studies Asian Studies European Studies Near and Middle Eastern Studies

  • Biology

  • Business: Recommended!

    Accounting Economics Entrepreneurship Finance International Business/Trade/Commerce Management Information Systems Marketing

  • Communication:

    Intercultural Communication Mass Communication/Media Studies Radio and Television

  • Computer and Information Sciences

  • Education:

    Early Childhood Education Educational Leadership and Administration Elementary Education Secondary Education Special Education

  • Engineering: Recommended!

    Aeronautical Engineering Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Chemical Engineering Civil Engineering Computer Engineering Electrical and Electronics Engineering Environmental Engineering Industrial Engineering Mechanical Engineering Systems Engineering

  • English Language and Literature

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures:

    Chinese Language and Literature Comparative Literature Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other French Language and Literature German Language and Literature Italian Language and Literature Japanese Language and Literature Linguistics Portuguese Language and Literature Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Sciences:

    Nutrition Sciences Occupational Therapy

  • History

    American History (United States)

  • Hospitality and Tourism

    Hospitality Management

  • Human Services

    Social Work

  • International/Global Studies

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences


  • Mathematics


  • Natural Resources/Conservation

    Environmental Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

    Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences:

    Astronomy Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology Chemistry Geochemistry and Petrology Physics

  • Psychology

    Developmental and Child Psychology

  • Social Sciences:

    Anthropology Geography Political Science and Government Sociology

  • Sports Studies

    Kinesiology and Exercise Science

  • Visual and Performing Arts:

    Dance Drama and Theatre Arts Film Studies Photography Studio Arts

Academic Requirements

  • TOEFL iBT Score: 71
  • IELTS Score: 6.5

Special Application Instructions

Students are required to submit an internal application following their placement which is required of the host institution. Instructions will be sent by the ISEP Host Coordinator by email.

PASSPORT: All students must have a valid passport to participate in this program. If you do not have a valid passport, we suggest you start the application process as soon as possible. 

VISA: All non-U.S. citizens will be required to obtain a visa. For more information on the process and estimated cost, please review the ISEP Country Handbook here.

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health
  • Mobility
  • Hearing
  • Visual
  • Speech
  • Learning

Other Academic Conditions

Students arrive: Third week of January, First week of August

Classes start: Fourth week of January, Third week of August

Classes end: Fourth week of May, First week of December

Exams: Mid to Late May, Mid December

Fall Semester students can participate in the SJSU Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge. This is an annual student entrepreneur competition in which many Semester at SJSU (SAS) students have participated and won awards.  Participants receive mentorship and networking opportunities from SJSU faculty, industry professionals, and proven entrepreneurs throughout the semester. 

San Jose State University requires all non-native English speakers to submit English assessments such as IELTS or TOEFL.

The following fields of study are closed to ISEP participants: nursing, animation, some art and design courses (especially digital media art), advanced computer graphics.

Graduate courses are not available to ISEP participants.

Please note that exchange students holding U.S. citizenship are not eligible to study at this institution.

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