Sonoma State University
Located in the North San Francisco Bay Area in California's premier wine country, Sonoma State University (SSU) is dedicated to providing high-quality undergraduate education and professional graduate programs. With a tradition of promoting intellectual and personal growth, leadership opportunities, and technological proficiency, SSU offers its students a friendly, safe, and informal atmosphere on a beautiful park-like campus. The SSU educational experience fosters intellectual, cognitive, social, and personal growth with a small student-to-faculty ratio. The faculty and staff provide collaborative relationships with students and an education that fosters ethical exploration, civic engagement, social responsibility, and global awareness combined with a solid foundation in an academic discipline. View our international brochure here.
In line with the campus’ emphasis on global awareness, SSU engages in many high-quality, internationally focused opportunities. SSU is the only CSU campus that hosts Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (Fulbright FLTAs) and offers the Sonoma International Teaching Experience (SITE) for international students. SITE offers German exchange students the opportunity to gain hands-on teaching experience while attending SSU. More information can be found in our brochure. Example classes that SITE students have taken in the past can be viewed here, and all classes available at SSU can be found in our course catalog.
Many classes average fewer than 40 students, allowing close interaction between students and faculty. International students can choose from a wide array of classes offered at SSU, which can be viewed in our course catalog, and get priority registration to enroll in classes. SSU’s world class Green Music Center blends professional performances with educational opportunities for students, staff, faculty, and the local community. SSU offers some of the best state university housing in the country. The region boasts a Mediterranean-like climate with average temperatures of 27°C in the summer and 12°C in winter. SSU offers 46 undergraduate majors, 47 minors and 15 graduate programs including such high interest programs as Biology, Business, Education, Computer Engineering Science, Psychology, and Wine Business.
SSU offers many opportunities to enrich the lives of their students both on and around the campus. Below is a sample of what this campus offers:
- Clubs and Organizations
- Community Involvement
- Outdoor Adventures
- Sports and Recreation
- On-campus Housing
For more information about SSU click on the links below.
- Video: Student testimonials about the campus and student life. To contact a SSU International Alumni Ambassador, click here.
- Video: About SSU: Hear from SSU Faculty
Information for Exchange Students
- Location description: Located in Northern California in or near a large town (population 25,000 - 75,000)
- Campus enrollment: Over 8,000 students
- Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) to apply: 2.0 (based on 4.0 scale) or equivalent.
- Campus health insurance charged to student: Yes. Estimate cost is $490 per semester. Cost is subject to change.
- Other campus-based fees charged to student: Yes, approximately $1,028 per semester is charged. Fees for some courses, depending on the course, may also be charged (e.g. lab fees). Fee amounts and fees charged are subject to change.
- Minimum English proficiency score requirements: Click here to view.
- Academic calendar dates: Click here to view the most recent calendar under "CSU Quick Links" or visit the campus website.
Impacted (Closed) and Restricted (Limited) Subject AreasImpacted (Closed) Subject Areas which are not available to exchange students: Chemistry (CHEM); Nursing (NURS).
Restricted (Limited) Subject Areas where limited places are available and are highly competitive: Biology (BIOL); Communications (COMS); Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies (CCJS); Early Childhood Studies (ECS); Education (selected areas); Human Development (HD); Kinesiology (KIN); Liberal Studies Hutchins (LIBS); Political Science (POLS); Psychology (PSY); Sociology (SOCI).
Impacted and restricted subject areas are subject to change at any time.