San Diego State University Review (13)

University: San Diego State University

City: San Diego

Country: United States

Continent: North America

Field of study: business administration

Study type: semester abroad

San Diego State University Review (13)

Dear people interested in going abroad, those wanting experience and globetrotters,
in short, a semester at SDSU is highly recommended and I can only praise the organization by MicroEdu in particular. The experiences that each of you gather within a few months will accompany you for the rest of your life, many interesting friendships and contacts will develop. You are also staying in the eighth largest city in the United States and one of the sunniest places in North America. In short: in “America’s Finest City”.
But what exactly led to my opinion in detail?

The town:

San Diego, or popularly known as “SD” for short, is one of the most beautiful spots in California and is far ahead of Los Angeles in terms of general popularity. Only San Francisco is a real alternative, but also much colder. In particular, the diversity of the city has grown on me. In addition to the classic downtown with high-rise buildings and elegant discos, to Pacific Beach with its surfers, pubs and clubs, there is something for everyone. SDSU is a bit inland, but relatively easy to get to by American standards – so easy, you can even live without a car.

SDSU is a really impressive and very large university. I think I speak for everyone that there are really unique opportunities there. Starbucks, a travel agency can be found on campus, as well as stadiums and a gym or the campus’s own swimming pool, which deserves a special mention.
The courses at SDSU have to be crashed, this requires nerves of steel at the beginning of the semester and a little patience. All Americans will choose their courses before you, in addition the Americans will also try to get courses in the first week, so that you end up in third place. This is exhausting and costs a lot of energy at the beginning. Sense and logic of the “system” disregarded. In general, however, one can say that the more unusual the choice of course, the easier it is to get the course. In general, as far as I know, everyone got the courses they wanted and for many courses an additional course was offered. However, here is a tip: the more popular the course, the higher the probability of ending up in an additional course. Are you in an additional course you will be placed in an international class entirely with no American face to be seen except that of the professor. The proportion of foreign students is relatively high and a period abroad without encountering your mother tongue on campus is almost impossible.


The housing options are good, but sometimes very expensive. An important tip first: Make sure to move into a shared apartment with Americans. So you not only have someone who can help you, but also a connection to other Americans. If you study with Germans in extra courses and live with 2 other Europeans, you will not meet any Americans.
If you want to spend a lot of your time at the university, a swimming pool and gym is enough for you, in the evening maybe a beer or a barbecue with friends, the residential area around the SDSU is highly recommended. I lived there and could walk to the university. I would be happy to put you in contact with my landlady, who rents out a very nice 2-room apartment where you really don’t have to worry about anything.
The alternative is to live right on Pacific Beach. There you have the beach right on your doorstep and you really feel like you’re on vacation. In the evening there is a lot more program here, many pubs, bars and nice other localities. In retrospect, I could personally very well imagine living here. But I think that’s a matter of taste.


Living in San Diego has a very high quality of life and offers many opportunities. In San Diego alone you can stay 4 months without getting bored. For myself, in addition to San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Palo Alto, Las Vegas, Newport Beach, Santa Barbara, and Mexico City I’ve looked at. I personally liked San Francisco best, so I can only advise everyone to plan a visit there.

If I had to sum up my time in San Diego in two words, I would say “awesome”. It really is a very beautiful spot in the world that you have to get to know. All of my experiences have been consistently positive. Only the topic with the many other Germans on site should be kept in mind, but it is not an obstacle.

Since it is difficult to sum up such an exciting time in a few sentences, I am happy to answer any basic questions you may have.

Have fun and a great time in advance!
stay classy San Diego!

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