How to Apply

Whether you wish to study abroad for a short time or obtain your undergraduate or graduate degree in the U.S., there are a number of ways that international students can study at Sonoma State University.

Degree Programs

SSU has 46 undergraduate majors, 47 minors, and 15 graduate programs to choose from, see here.

Program requirements can be found on the specific department’s website. Application instructions for international students can be found on the Office of Admissions website. Please not that some of the undergraduate majors are impacted and have different admission requirements. The Office of Admissions site has a list of impacted majors.

If you are interested in any of the Special Sessions degree programs offered through the School of Extended and International Education (i.e.. Executive MBA, MA in Organization Development, MA in Psychology: Depth, MA in Spanish, MS in Computer and Engineering Science, MA in Film Studies), their websites will have complete information about requirements and application processes.

CSU IP Exchange Program

The California State University (CSU) system is made up of 23 campuses located throughout California. There is a system-wide exchange program where we send American students abroad and receive international students from a number of partner universities around the world. If you are currently attending one of our partner institutions, you can apply to study at SSU for one or two semesters on exchange.

For more information on how to apply to CSU IP, please visit the exchange program’s website or talk to the exchange coordinator at your home institution.

CSU IP students who are interested in education/teaching can participate in SITE – the Sonoma International Teaching Experience. SITE students act as Language Teaching Assistants (LTAs) and enroll in a number of education courses. Please visit our website for more information.

Semester at Sonoma Program

If you are not currently attending one of our partner institutions, but would still like to attend SSU for one or two semesters, you can apply to participate in our Semester at Sonoma program at an undergraduate student. Students in this program can take 12 units in any subject area (as long as they meet the requirements for that major/course). For more information on how to apply to Semester at Sonoma, please visit our website.

Intensive English Program

If your English skills are not ready for academic study, you can first study English at the Sonoma State American Language Institute (SSALI). Our intensive English program will help you build your English skills and prepare you for full-time academic study at SSU. For more information on the SSALI program, please visit our website.