Semester at Sonoma

Take academic courses at Sonoma State University (SSU) for a semester or a year! The Semester at Sonoma (SAS) program allows international students to study at SSU for one or two semesters using a F-1 visa. Students may take undergraduate or graduate courses and earn credits to transfer towards their home university degree.

Why Choose Sonoma?

  • SSU is a Campus of the California State University system- part of the largest public university system in the world
  • Idyllic location in the heart of Sonoma & Napa Valley Wine Country
  • Only a 45-minute drive to San Francisco, various beaches, the Russian River, and redwood forests
  • Beautiful apartment-style On-Campus Housing or homestay available.
  • Discover the world-class Green Music Center, a music education & performing arts complex
  • Utilize the Student Center, a modern and vibrant focal point of student activities and engagement
  • Meet other American and international students via the International Education Exchange Council student club
  • Tuition and Fees

    The SAS program is one of the most affordable ways to study in a U.S. public university. See a breakdown of our program fees below:

    • $4,900 per semester for 8* academic graduate courses
    • $5,160 per semester for 12* academic undergraduate courses
    • Includes use of all campus facilities
    • $125 application fee
    • $175 Student Health Center fee
    • $5 SSU student ID card fee
    • Health insurance required – see our website for details

    *Additional graduate units (over 8) are billed at $420 per unit and additional undergraduate units (over 12) are billed at $305 per unit.

    Airfare, housing, and meals are not included. When applying for the SAS program, you will need to provide proof of financial resources to cover our estimated costs for tuition, housing, meals, and other personal expenses. Please review the estimates listed on the application.

    Tuition and fees are due at orientation. You may pay these fees online through your MySSU webpage or during orientation after arriving at Sonoma State University.


    Our classes and our on-campus housing can fill up fast! It is important to apply for the SAS program as early as possible to receive the best chance of taking your preferred courses and securing space in on-campus housing. We also work with a homestay provider, International Student Placements (ISP) and you can download their application and send to them directly.

    Fall admissions:

    • Priority deadline is March 30th
    • Final deadline is June 1st

    Spring admissions:

    • Priority deadline is October 30th
    • Final deadline is December 1st

    Many of our most popular majors are impacted, meaning that there are more students than there are seats. Visit the Office of Admissions website for a list of these majors. When applying, you should only select one or two courses from any impacted major on your Preliminary Course Selection. Please be flexible as SSU cannot guarantee the availability of classes.

    How to Apply

    To apply, submit the following application materials:

    • Semester at Sonoma Application
    • Application Fee paid on Flywire
    • Official Transcripts - must be translated in English
    • Passport Copy - must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your program start date
    • Proof of English Proficiency - requirements are listed on the application

    Your application will not be considered without the items listed above. Submit your application materials by mail to:

    Sonoma State University
    Attn: International Admissions Coordinator
    Salazar Hall
    1801 East Cotati Ave.
    Rohnert Park, CA 94928

    Or you can email your documents to