San Diego State University Review (148)

University: San Diego State University

City: San Diego

Country: United States

Continent: North America

Field of study: marketing

Study type: semester abroad

San Diego State University Review (148)

  1. Application

First of all I would like to thank MicroEdu for the really smooth and extremely uncomplicated way of registering. All team members have a very friendly way of dealing with the applicants, so you can’t go wrong. Once you’ve got all the paperwork you need, just send it to MicroEdu and they’ll take care of the rest, very conveniently. See liuxers for which is better the TOEFL or the IELTS.

  1. Arrival and apartment search

San Diego has its own airport with regular flights from London. Everything goes much faster there than at LAX, where most students end up. In my case, the migration took half an hour and you can go straight to downtown, since the airport is practically in the middle of the city. For the first few days I took a hostel, which can always be a good starting point to get to know people (always remember: everyone is like you, everyone wants and needs to get to know other people). I also booked a rental car directly for the first few days(a little tip: everything is a bit cheaper via alamo.com/uk) and I explored the city with it and then drove up the coast towards LA for a short trip. Many of course come with friends and already have plans for the first time, but in my case – I didn’t know anyone before – having a car was very beneficial and I found it surprisingly comfortable to drive around on my own. Of course, this is not always possible, so you should always keep an eye on the Facebook groups, where people keep posting that they are looking for roommates or, like in my case, when they are arriving and what their plans are. I just replied to a post like that with a PM and promptly we met in LA and drove to the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas together. We became really good friends over time and as luck would have it, he knew 2 other Germans with whom we then looked for an apartment togetherto have. You just have to be clumsy and sometimes bold, the motto is: ask, ask, ask. The chance to live in San Diego for half a year doesn’t come along very often, so try to live near the beach. So we just walked down the street (Mission Beach) and looked for “For Rent” signs and got lucky pretty quickly (see photos). Here you should be prepared for high rents, some for shared rooms: San Diego is expensive!!!

  1. University

The varsity is beautiful and everything you would expect from a Southern California varsity, skaters and surfers everywhere. Dealing with the professors was very uncomplicated and more friendly than I am used to in Germany. Try to get into classes in which there are mostly Americans, that promotes English skills and you don’t get so stuck on your German friends. Therefore, if you have a flexible choice of courses from your home university, do not even choose Special Sessions(only Germans and Danes felt in these courses), but look for other courses on site that are also offered for American students. Important here: without a car, you can hardly do anything. There is a transfer trolley, but I’ve always found it rather cumbersome. So say goodbye to the idea that the USA has such paradisiacal ÖVM as Germany.

  1. Free time

There are so many things to do in San Diego. If you feel like surfing, you should definitely try it, in Mission Beach the waves in the summer are quite suitable for beginners. The area around San Diego also has a lot to offer, such as Cedar Greek Falls or the Potato Chip Rock (nice hiking routes) and the Sunset Cliffs for sunsets or cliff jumping. It’s also not far to LA, Las Vegas or for a little detour to Tijuana. In the week off around Thanksgiving I was in Mexico City for 10 days, here’s a little tip: Don’t fly from San Diego, but fly from Tijuana, it’s a lot cheaper there with a Ryanair-like airline called Vivaaerobus. In general, take as much as you can with you and make full use of your visa.

In general, I had the feeling that all international students are extremely relaxed and just happy to be there. Large cliques form over time, although I can recommend contacting American students as well. That worked quite well for me, for example, because I just went to the basketball courts in the gym and played along, so you somehow always get into conversation.

I can only say one thing: be very happy if you are accepted!!!!!

Here is a list of what I did with my roommates in San Diego:

  • Karting
  • Shoot at the shooting range
  • San Diego Zoo (highly recommended)
  • Rent bikes and ride up and down Mission Beach
  • Day (and night) excursion to Tijuana
  • La Jolla: Snorkeling, Seal Watching etc.

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