Welcome to SJSU

Dear International Exchange Student,

We are happy that you have chosen SJSU for your exchange program and we hope that you will have a very rewarding and enriching experience in San José, California. You will join the approximately 30,000 students who enroll in classes at SJSU, of which more than 1,500 are international students and scholars from over 80 countries around the world.

This important information will help you prepare for your trip to San José and guide you in the basics of studying in a new educational and living environment at SJSU. Please take the time to read the International Exchange Student Handbook (pdf) very carefully. We hope that it will answer many of your questions but, obviously, it cannot answer all of them. It is written, rather, to augment what is introduced to you at the Arrival Program, and to serve as a resource prior to arrival and during your time at SJSU.

International Programs and Services (IPS)

The Office of International Programs and Services (IPS) assists the university’s J-1 visa (you!) and F-1 visa international students and scholars in adjusting to life at SJSU, the San Francisco Bay Area, the Silicon Valley, and the United States. At the beginning of each semester, IPS conducts a comprehensive arrival program for new international students. There are general sessions for all international students and separate sessions that address the special needs of guest exchange students and other non-matriculated students on J-1 visas (you again!). IPS has a professional, multi-lingual staff that is sensitive to the needs and concerns of international students in a university setting. The staff is well informed about community programs, services, and cross-cultural issues, and is dedicated to making your stay at SJSU as enjoyable and comfortable as possible. Please visit our office at your earliest convenience and introduce yourself! We are located in Clark Hall Room 543. We look forward to meeting you soon! If we don’t have the answers you need, we are almost always able to direct you to the person or office that does.

International Student Advising is available in the International Programs and Services Office in Clark Hall, Room 543 every Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. and 1:00 pm–4:00 pm. Appointments can be made to speak with advisors for more specific questions by emailing or calling the office:

International Programs and Services Office (IPS)
San José State University
Clark Hall, Room 543
Telephone: (408) 924-5931
Fax: (408) 924-5976
studyabroad@sjsu.edu