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International students at SDSU's International Student Center International students at SDSU's International Student Center
 


SDSU Sets Record for Inbound Exchange Applications

The numbers reflect the university’s growing reputation as a hotspot for international learning.
By Michael Klitzing
 

“The campus is absolutely beautiful, and I saw myself capable of flourishing in this environment out of all the options that were available to me.”

San Diego State University received a record number of inbound exchange applications for the semester of fall 2018, an indication that the university’s international profile continues to rise.

The 370 total applications mark a 10 percent increase over the previous high of 335, set in fall 2015. Noah Hansen, director of the International Student Center, said the increase directly correlates with SDSU’s rise to No. 8 in the nation in the number of students studying abroad. In other words, more spaces open up for international students when SDSU students go abroad.

“By sending more students on outbound international experiences, not only are our U.S. students having enriching experiences in other countries, but their time abroad opens up opportunities for international students to come to SDSU and bring to our campus their unique cultural perspectives and ideas,” Hansen said. “International exchange benefits our community in countless ways."

By the numbers

Among the 370 applicants are students from 26 different countries. The United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Spain and Japan account for the majority of applicants. The fall cohort will also include 13 students from the Republic of Georgia, who are coming to SDSU’s main campus from the SDSU Georgia campus. About 95 percent of the international students that apply to study abroad at SDSU wind up attending.

SDSU’s appeal

There are many reasons exchange students are drawn to SDSU. For Floriane Simondet, a fall 2017 exchange student from KEDGE Business School in France, it was her love for the location.

“I chose San Diego State because my childhood dream was to live in California,” Simondet said. “There were different exchange options in my school for (the West Coast): near Portland, two hours from Los Angeles and San Diego. I was more interested in Southern California, and I heard that San Diego was a beautiful city, so I decided to come there. It was the right choice.”

Radia Mbengue, an academic year 2017-18 exchange student from the University of British Columbia in Canada, said she was drawn to SDSU’s Department of Political Science and the region’s blend of American and Mexican culture.

“I was also really impressed by the size of the campus and all the resources that are available here,” Mbengue added. “The campus is absolutely beautiful, and I saw myself capable of flourishing in this environment out of all the options that were available to me.”