Doctoral Application — International Students

International applicants follow the same application procedures as domestic students. However, there are some additional steps international students must go through when submitting their documents.

When submitting transcripts, students with international coursework must have their school send Graduate Admissions one official original-language record of all academic coursework and proof of degree. For each document you must also send a certified literal English translation, which can come directly from the school itself or from a professional, certified translator. The translation must contain all information shown on the original-language documents. For details on which documents are required, visit the Requirements by Country Leave geography site page. If you have any questions regarding the submission of your official transcripts, please contact Graduate Admissions by phone: 1-619-594-6336 or by email Send email.

San Diego State University also requires all applicants to take the GRE General Test. For applicants living outside the United States, make sure you take the GRE no later than December 1st. Testing centers in your country Leave geography site. Students who have not taken the GRE by the close of the application period will not be considered for admission so please plan ahead.

For students admitted to the program planning to attend San Diego State University on an F-1 student visa, you must submit financial documents issued within the past six months to provide evidence of funding for a minimum of one academic year. For more information on submitting the documentation, including detailed instructions, please visit the admissions website Leave geography site.

Additional information pertaining to international students can be found at the SDSU International Student Center Leave geography site (ISC). The Center hosts a mandatory international student orientation and offers an International Student Peer Mentor Program to help admitted students adjust to living in another country. Admitted students may also join the International Student Association, which holds numerous events each semester.