San Diego State University is an academically rich urban university that provides endless possibilities for students. Part of the 23-campus California State University system, SDSU is the third-largest university in the state with an enrollment of nearly 34,000 students. SDSU offers nearly 200 different academic degree choices, including more than 90 undergraduate majors. With award-winning professors, top-notch research facilities, and a sunny location at the gateway to Latin America and the Pacific Rim, SDSU gives students the tools to expand their knowledge and their potential. 

San Diego is in the very southwest corner of the United States and has a beautiful Mediterranean climate—daytime temperatures are rarely below 60 degrees or above 80 degrees Fahrenheit (15 to 27 C). The sun is usually out and it rarely rains. SDSU's campus is within a 15-minute drive of downtown San Diego, the Pacific ocean, and the mountains, and only two hours south of Los Angeles. 

Recommended fields of study for ISEP students include aerospace, astronomy, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geography, international security/conflict resolution, languages, Latin American studies, linguistics, physics, religious studies, urban studies and women’s studies.

Research opportunities may be available if students are proactive about seeking them out. 

Check out five reasons to study abroad in California!


ISEP students will be placed in on-campus housing in the "Tecs." This section includes the following buildings within the same community: Toltec, Tarastec, Zapotec, Zacatepec, Metepec, Huaxtepec


A stipend will be issued within the first week of school. Campus dining facilities will be closed during the Thanksgiving weekend, winter break, and spring break periods. The food stipend is intended to cover meal expenses for the Thanksgiving and spring breaks. No meal stipend will be provided for the winter break period between semesters.

*Calendar Year students are not eligible for ISEP housing or meal benefits over the summer break. 

Course Description

You can use the class schedule website to search course availability by term. Course information for future terms may be incomplete or unavailable. Fall course schedules are typically posted in January; Spring course schedules are typically posted in May. Click on course numbers to view brief descriptions. 

Many syllabi are available through the SDSU Syllabus Collection, though please note that some syllabi will be out of date or subject to change. 

Having difficulty finding course information? Contact your ISEP Student Advisor whose contact information can be found in your ISEP Dashboard. 

Website for Course Availability

ISEP STUDENT SERVICES OFFICER Jacki D'Amico 703-504-9977 | Thanks for your interest in ISEP Study Abroad! I’m your Student Services Officer and main point of contact here at ISEP. As you search for programs, I'll be available to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact me at any point in your search process for help, tips or advice.


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*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Area Studies:

    African Studies Asian Studies European Studies Gay/Lesbian Studies Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Chicano Studies Latin American Studies Native American Studies Russian, Central European, East European, and Eurasian Studies Women’s Studies

  • Biology

  • Computer and Information Sciences


  • Engineering:

    Aeronautical Engineering Civil Engineering Computer Engineering Electrical and Electronics Engineering Mechanical Engineering

  • English Language and Literature: Recommended!

    General Literature Rhetoric and Composition Writing

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures: Recommended!

    Comparative Literature French Language and Literature German Language and Literature Japanese Language and Literature Linguistics Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Sciences:

    Occupational Therapy Public Health

  • History

    History, Other

  • International/Global Studies

    Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences


  • Mathematics


  • Philosophy and Religious Studies:

    Philosophy Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences:

    Astronomy Chemistry Physics

  • Social Sciences:

    Anthropology Geography Political Science and Government Sociology Urban Studies

  • Sports Studies Recommended!

    Kinesiology and Exercise Science

  • Visual and Performing Arts: Recommended!

    Art History Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other Graphic Design Interior Design Metal and Jewelry Arts Painting Sculpture Studio Arts

Academic Requirements

  • TOEFL iBT Score: 80
  • Institutional TOEFL Score: 550
  • IELTS Score: 6.5

Special Needs Support

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

Other Academic Conditions

All exchange students will be required to submit a second application via the Aztec Abroad database to SDSU and upload additional documents upon nomination.

Business courses are not available to ISEP students.

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

Please note that graduate level students are not able to participate in undergraduate programs or courses at this institution.

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.

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