San Diego State University Review (151)

University: San Diego State University

City: San Diego

Country: United States

Continent: North America

Field of study: communication sciences, sports

Study type: semester abroad

San Diego State University Review (151)


Right from the start I was positively surprised by the commitment of the employees on site and their availability. A personal meeting confirmed the first impression. Regardless of the number and content of my question, I received quick and informative feedback. Therefore, this organization is highly recommended. See liuxers for 13 best cooking schools in the world.


Finding the documents together requires a lot of effort, but is very clear and complete thanks to the lists provided by MicroEdu. Please note that you make an appointment at the consulate in good time and, in my case, expect a waiting time of more than 3 hours despite the appointment (Munich).


I chose journalism and graphic arts courses, suitable for the master’s level and having a course number above 500, because of my sport and communication studies (more on this when you arrive at an introductory course for exchange students). I had two out of three courses that were exclusively were occupied by Americans and with lecturers with whom one could establish a very good relationship due to the size of the course (max. 20). However, I got one of the last places in these courses, and many lecturers also adhere to their personal specification of the maximum number of participants. Thus, course places in the smaller courses are not guaranteed and must be “crashed” – so ask if you can participate. But it can happen that you don’t get a course and then have to avoid it – here, too, you have to be aware that the course may already be full – so always have alternative courses ready so that you can quickly drop by there and rub yourself in. Otherwise I had a lot of fun and learned a lot. The course group belonged to the department “JMS” which belongs to the institute PSFA, if you are interested in journalism and graphic design.


The support, information and the medical institute (which I had to visit several times due to a long-lasting flu) are available every day and are very helpful. The costs for basic medical care are already included in your tuition fees, so there is only a small fee for the medication.


There are options to live on campus, but this is more recommended for younger students. Personally, I’m in my mid-twenties and have decided to live in an apartment in the PACIFIC BEACH area, which is about a 20-minute drive to the university. The cost of a room here was around $700-800 and is therefore within the normal range. The easiest way to find housing is online on craigslist or through the SDSU Facebook group for the relevant semester.

Leisure TIME-

There are many shopping facilities, a beach promenade and also celebration options. There is always something to do as the weather is very often sunny. The Aquatic Center, which offers water sports courses from the university at favorable conditions, is also located here. San Diego has a lot to offer, so you can take a relaxing trip to the La Jolla area, Coronado Island or downtown.



There are many regulations that you only become aware of with time. Consuming alcohol in public/on the beach is strictly prohibited, and staying under the influence of alcohol on public roads is also prohibited. Here one or the other was brought to the infirmary for a night.


The curbs are color coded and have different meanings. It’s best to inquire locally, otherwise it will be expensive.


With every bill, the tax is only added afterwards, which is completely incomprehensible to us, is everyday life here. So always have an extra dollar ready.


Best Local Car Rental Provider DirtCheap CarRentals. However, is recommended for road trips – this combines various providers, but includes insurance policies that run through the German provider and therefore not only on site when the vehicle is picked up from the American. Providers are pitched – that can sometimes be up to 300 euros. Buying a car is also best done through or through a used car dealer, there are many to choose from. If you go to the university in the spring, note that there are not many students on site in the summer term, which makes it difficult to sell a car. You definitely need a car – the illusion of getting around by bike or the moderate tram-bus system is very time-consuming and cumbersome.

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