Semester at SJSU (SAS)

Study with American students and experience American university life!

Enroll in one or two semesters of full-time undergraduate study at San José State University without having to submit a formal application to the university.

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I wish I had known about SAS program before because it was the most effective and interesting English program I ever had. I have not only improved my English, but also have had an opportunity to experience what it means to be a student in an American University. - Tanya Braginets, Russia

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Program Overview:

Through our Semester at SJSU (SAS) Program, students:

  • may enroll in 12 units of undergraduate level SJSU coursework
  • experience the expectations of American university classes
  • study in classes with regular SJSU professors and students
  • earn course credits that are posted to an official SJSU transcript
  • transfer earned course credits to other colleges or universities

Note: SAS students must register during the first week of class through the "Open University" system. Enrollment in any specific SJSU course cannot be guaranteed. 


Academic Advising

  • Work with an Academic Advisor to determine which courses will be most useful to you
  • Advisors help you transfer your SJSU course units to other universities

Grade Report

SJSU courses are academic credit bearing. Students can order an official SJSU transcript with course grades at the end of each semester. These courses and grades are transferrable to other universities.

Certificate of Completion

Students who have achieved passing grades in all of their SJSU courses may request an SAS "Certificate of Completion" at the end of the semester

Admissions Requirements:

Applicants must be 18 years old or older or have graduated from high school. Applicants must submit an online application and application fee.

The following documents are required in order to receive an SAS I-20 to apply for an F-1 visa:

  • Passport Page
  • Bank Statement in English of at least $17,600 USD
  • Financial Statement Form for SAS
  • Proof of English Proficiency - The minimum English language proficiency requirements for SAS as follows:
English Proficiency Test Score
Internet Based TOEFL - iBT 71
International English Language Testing System - IELTS 6.0
Pearson Test of English - PTE 44
Test of English for International Communication - TOEIC 750
Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst - DAAD B/C
Common European Framework of Reference - CEFR B2
or Equivalent

Students who have not yet attained the minimum required English language proficiency test score should apply for the Academic and Test Preparation (ATP) Program to help prepare them for university courses in a later semester.

For more information regarding our application process, please visit our How to Apply page or email us at


To apply for the program, please visit the Apply Now page for more information.


If you have any questions, please email