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Prospective International Students

SDSU International Student Center

If you are an international student, you will want to refer to the SDSU International Student Center for additional information.

SDSU Graduate and Research Affairs

The SDSU Graduate and Research Affairs site has detailed information pertinent to international students, and it is an important first contact for those students interested in attending San Diego State University.

English Language Proficiency

As part of the requirements of any clinical program within the School of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, students will participate in clinical practicum in a variety of on- and off-campus placements. Proficiency in both oral and written English language skills is expected, and a lack of proficiency can negatively impact the ability to successfully complete these requirements.

A passing score on the TOEFL exam is not necessarily proficient enough for working in an English-speaking clinical setting. Therefore, program advisers may recommend options for improving oral and written skills for those who need it.

Working in the United States

It should also be noted that successful completion of the graduate program does not guarantee the right to work in the United States. Work visas, which are different from student visas, are required in order to be legally employed in the United States. Please note that work visas are generally more difficult to obtain than other types of visas. More information about all types of visas is available from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.