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San Jose State University

Program Overview 

Location: San Jose, California
Culture: Innovative, diverse
Neighborhood: Spanish influenced, near beaches
Housing: On-campus dormitory
English level: Beginner - advanced 

According to U.S. News & World Report, San Jose State University (SJSU) ranks No. 9 among all public universities in the Western United States. As the oldest California state university, SJSU has a tradition of innovation, award-winning faculty, and visionary teachers from local corporations across Silicon Valley. 

San Jose State University is located in San Jose, California; the heart of Silicon Valley where firms and corporations like Apple and Google are headquartered. The city of San Jose is the third largest city in California and has preserved much of its history in its Spanish-colonial architecture and food. San Jose is a close distance to neighboring cities like San Francisco and Berkeley and to beautiful beaches like Santa Cruz and Carmel.

SJSU’s English language program is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) and prepares students with the academic skills necessary for success in an American University or college.

Moreover, the university offers the excitement of studying at a large, metropolitan campus where many cultures are brought together. SJSU is the 10th most diverse campus in the United States. SAF Scholars are likely to find someone on campus that speaks their language or is from their host country. With mild climate and more than 300 sunny days each year, students at SJSU spend most of their time outdoors.

Student Profile

SJSU is a good fit for SAF Scholars interested in joining a global campus community with high quality support services and friendly faculty. At SJSU, SAF Scholars can receive personalized advising prior to their arrival. SJSU advisors schedule skype or online calls with students to ensure that student needs are met even before arriving to campus. Students who attend SJSU are enthusiastic to study in a high-tech driven campus atmosphere that is enriched by cultural exchanges.

Other Programs at University

San Jose State University Academic

Other Comparable Programs

San Francisco State University Language

Program Details

Program Dates by Term Availability

Fall Semester (August to December)
Fall + Winter (August to March)
Fall + Winter + Spring (August to May)
Spring Qtr + Summer (March to August)
Spring Qtr + Summer + Fall (March to December)
Spring Qtr + Summer + Fall + Winter (March to March)

Program Strengths

Small class sizes, academic and immigration advising, weekly student activities, conversation club and cultural exchange partner program.

Number of Classroom Hours Per Week

20 hours per week
  • Classes meet 2 hours each day from M-F with morning and afternoon schedules
  • Core courses: Oral Communication, Written Communication and Reading Skills

Number of Levels

8 proficiency levels from low beginner to advanced.

Elective Courses Offered

  • English through Music
  • American History
  • TOEFL Preparation
  • Business English
  • Presentation Skills
  • Pronunciation

Progression or Concurrent Notes

Progression: SAF Scholars who want to progress must achieve a “B” average in their courses and score 550+PBT toward the end of term on institutional TOEFL. SAF Scholars who achieve a 71iBT TOEFL/6.0 IELTS before the beginning of the next semester can also progress to academic.

Concurrent: Full time advanced students in the language program who meet the TOEFL requirement may be eligible to take 1-2 SJSU classes alongside the English classes. This would equate to 3-6 units of transferable university credit in a variety of subjects.


Housing Type

On-campus dormitory 


Meal plan is not required for students, but the university advises international students to purchase a meal plan.

Type of Room

Single, double, triple, studio
Student Life

Co-/Extra-Curricular Opportunities or Programs

SAF Scholars can enhance their English speaking and listening skills by participating in Conversation Club where they can engage. According to U.S. News & World Report, San Jose State University ranks No. 9 among all public universities in the Western United States. As the oldest California state university, SJSU has a tradition of innovation, award-winning faculty, and visionary teachers from local corporations of Silicon Valley.
The Language and Cultural Exchange Program is available to SAF Scholars who would like to be paired up with another SJSU student wanting to learn about another language or culture.

Life on Campus

SJSU is an active, globally aware campus. Arts and culture are a vibrant part of the campus community. There are a number of performances and cultural events that SAF Scholars can attend each semester. The university campus is a short walk to charming downtown San Jose where many students grab a bite to eat, listen to live music and pick up fresh produce at the farmers market.
Last Updated: 1/9/19