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Application Steps

Nominated students for exchange to SJSU will receive the application link to the application via email. You will then be required to submit the application and include the following information in your application:

  • Complete the Application for a New Exchange Student
    • Indicating your intended major while on exchange. Please review the undergraduate list of majors and select one. 
      • Impacted majors at SJSU are Computer Science, Engineering (Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering) and Graphic Design. Therefore, we cannot have nominated students in these majors.  
  • Provide a statement of purpose. Include your proposed program of study while at SJSU. For example, if you want to take an business course, have you completed the prerequisite requirement at your home institution.
    • Undergraduate exchange students are not eligible to take 200 level or above courses, since these are graduate level courses. 
  • Upload a clear digital copy of your passport biographical page. 
  • Upload a recent academic transcript from your home institution in English or translated into English.
    • This transcript will need to show the list of courses that you have taken at your home institution and grades received in these courses. 
  • Upload documentation of English proficiency (IELTS 6.0 6.5 Engineering Majors, TOEFL 61, 80 Engineering Majors, PTE 44, Duolingo 95), confirm you are a native English speaker or confirm that you are attending a University in a country where English is the spoken language. 

Approximately 3-4 weeks after the application deadline, ISSS will contact home institutions and applicants regarding their acceptance as well as a link to submit the DS-2019 application. Admitted students will then be required to complete our DS-2019 application. 

  • Complete SJSU’s DS-2019 request form. After being admitted, the ISSS office will issue you a DS-2019, which is required to apply for a J-1 visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad. 
  • Proof of finances.
  • Fall 2024 & Spring 2025: $27,528 USD (One Academic Year)
  • Fall 2024 or Spring 2025: $13,764 USD (One Academic Semester)
  • Source of funding may come from personal funds, funds from a sponsor (parent, relative), government, organization, or a private source. Include a bank letter, statement, or award letter as evidence. The financial document must be dated within the past three months, account amount listed, or converted to U.S. dollars.

Your DS-2019 will be emailed directly to you. 

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San José State University

One Washington Square
Student Union - CPGE
San Jose, CA 95192-0135

Office Hours

Monday-Friday 9am – 4:30pm

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