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San Diego State University

Office of International Programs

Welcome from Dr. Alan Sweedler

Dr Alan SweedlerOn behalf of San Diego State University and the Office of International Programs, I'd like to extend a warm welcome to our visiting scholars.


SDSU has a long-standing commitment to interntional collaboration and intellectual exchange. Visiting scholars play a rital role in realizing these commitments and are essential to our educational mission to bring in top-notch scholars and researchers to interact with our faculty and students. Your contributions to SDSU greatly enrich our campus community. I hope you enjoy your stay at SDSU and find time to participate in the many events and activities our vibrant community has to offer. 


Alan Sweedler, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President
for International Programs

The Exchange Visitor Program provides international scholars with opportunities to participate in exchange programs in the United States and then return home to share their experiences. SDSU faculty may invite scholars in accordance with their department and college policies. Contact the J-1 immigration representative in your college for assistance. 


Accommodations and transit information

On-campus guest rooms


San Diego visitor information 

SDSU events

International Student Center events

Travel Tips

J1-Visa holders must obtain a travel authorization signature on their DS-2019 prior to traveling outside the U.S. Contact the Office of Faculty Affairs for assistance.

If you are planning to visit Mexico, please read the current U.S. State Department Travel Warning.