Overview

San Diego State University

City: San Diego
Language of instruction: English
  • The third-oldest member among California State Schools
  • 34,000+ students
  • Located in beautiful Southern California, San Diego offers the rich ammenities of a big city alongside the charm of a beach town 
  • Ranks among the top 10 universities nationwide in terms of ethnic and racial diversity among its student body
  • Alongside Princeton and Cornell University, recognized in 2016 as among the best universities in the United States for supporting LGBT students

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Partner university's areas of study

Arts

ELIGIBILITY AND TIMING

Terms offered

Term 1Term 2Full year Term 1 + 2 (UBC Term 1 start)

Who can go?

  • Exchange students can take coursework in most areas of study
  • Note: As of 2018, San Diego State University will not be able to accept exchange applicants who are US citizens or US permanent residents (Green Card holders) residing in a foreign country. 

Term dates

  • Fall semester (late August - late December)
  • Spring semester (mid-January - early May)
  • One full academic year at SDSU is two semesters
  • A semester includes 15 weeks of instruction

Timing

  • Students are nominated by UBC Go Global to attend the SDSU system
  • Once nominated, the student's application is sent to the SDSU system where campus allotments will be determined
Courses + Transfer Credits

Credits

Course equivalency formula

  • 1 SDSU credit = 1 UBC credit

Passing grade

D- = 0.7 Grade Points

Grading scheme

  • SDSU uses a 4.0 GPA grading scheme
  • A = 4.0 A- = 3.7
  • B+ = 3.3 B = 3.0 B- = 2.7
  • C+ = 2.3 C = 2.0 C- = 1.7
  • D+ = 1.3 D = 1.0 D- = 0.7
  • F = 0

Credit transfer process

The transfer credit process takes approximately 16 weeks following each submission deadline. You should allow sufficient time to meet important deadlines that may affect you (e.g. application for graduation, registration in courses that require prerequisites that you took on exchange, entry to a major/honours program, etc.)

For more information about Go Global transfer credit

Course Information

* Students who have special requirements or require academic accommodation should contact a Go Global advisor regarding their needs at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.

Type of Go Global Experiences

Exchange (pay UBC tuition)

Course information and restrictions

  • A semester includes 15 weeks of instruction
  • Certain majors are impacted at SDSU, meaning that there is a high demand for classes in the major
  • Exchange students cannot exclusively apply to impacted courses
  • Applying into courses at SDSU in Business Administration, Communications, Journalism, and Film Studies is competitive, and may be challenging

Full course load information

Partner Course Information

Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university

Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 3 years. If you don't see a course you need listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while on exchange.

* Areas of study at partner universities are subject to change. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partners' websites for additional course information.

UBC Vancouver

Arts
UBC course: ECON 2nd
Title: International Economic Problems
Partner course code: ECON 360
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-04-15
UBC course: GEOG 121
Title: PEOPLE,PLACES,ENVIRONMENT
Partner course code: GEOG 102
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-11-23
UBC course: RELG 1st
Title: World Religions
Partner course code: REL 101
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-11-19
Music
UBC course: MUSC 323
Title: Music and Culture: Hip Hop
Partner course code: MUSIC 351
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-04

UBC Okanagan

Arts and Sciences
UBC course: GWST 323
Title: Gender, Science and Technology
Partner course code: WMNST 382
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-02-06
UBC course: GWST 333
Title: WMNS SEXUALITY AND BODY
Partner course code: WMNST 360
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-10-27
UBC course: GWST 3rd
Title: SEX, POWER & POLITICS
Partner course code: WMNST 375
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-02-06
UBC course: POLI 317
Title: Political change in modern Africa
Partner course code: POL S 364
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-02-06
UBC course: POLI 319
Title: Latin American Politics
Partner course code: POL S 366
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-02-06
UBC course: POLI 372
Title: GENDER AND POLITICS
Partner course code: POL S 535
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-10-25
UBC course: POLI 377
Title: GOVT&POL DEVELOPING AREAS
Partner course code: POLI S 361
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-10-25
UBC course: POLI 382
Title: POLITICAL VIOLENCE
Partner course code: Poli S 370
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-10-25
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Politics and Conflict
Partner course code: POL S 322
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-02-06
UBC course: SOCI 4th
Title: BLACK URBAN EXPERIENCE
Partner course code: AFRAS 421
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-10-27
Tuition, Fees and Awards

Exchange tuition

  • 15 credits or equivalent full-time program fee per term, paid to UBC
  • Some exceptions may apply
  • Please note: You will be required to submit a financial statement to SDSU verifying that you have at least US$19,300 available funds if you are studying for one academic year (two semesters), or US$9,650 if you are studying for one academic semester 
  • It is the students responsibility to read through all information sent to the student from the San Diego State University

Scholarships + awards

The Go Global award $1000

All students accepted to Go Global for Exchange, Research Abroad, or Study Abroad programs are automatically considered for this award. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be notified of your award after you're accepted to Go Global and after you get nominated to apply to the partner university.

Additional awards

Students who are eligible for awards may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. If you're eligible, you are always offered the highest-value award. Unless stated otherwise, you need to meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.

Check out international learning awards and eligibility.

Information for US students

If you are a student from the United States, please check the US Department of Education Lookup Tool to ensure that any partner institution you wish to attend on Exchange is Title IV ‘eligible’ for Federal Student Aid for the year in which you intend to study there. For institutions outside of the US, select “Foreign Country” from the “State” dropdown menu.

If you attend an eligible institution, then you may receive Title IV federal student loans while on Exchange.

If you attend an ineligible institution:

  • You will not be eligible for US federal student loans,
  • You may invalidate any US student aid you have previously received for your studies at UBC,
  • You may be required to immediately begin repaying your US student loans, and
  • You may not be eligible for any future US student aid for the remainder of your studies at UBC.

Additional fees

  • As all students attending SDSU - both domestic and international - are required to have health insurance, you will be automatically enrolled in SDSU Health Insurance (US $1,326 for one academic year - 9 months) 
  • If you wish to be covered under a plan other than the ISC plan, you must submit a petition (exemption) within the announced deadlines before registering in classes - please ensure that your insurance is accepted as an alternative plan (petition is not automatic and it is not guaranteed that it will be accepted)
Housing

Types of accommodation available

Off-campusOn-campus
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