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                    STATE	UNIVERSITY

	   	   	   	   	   	   	   I n t e rn a t i o n a l	St u d e n t	Handbook

                                           I.	Welcome

‘‘enjoyable, fun	
     We	want	to	ensure	that	your	life	at	SDSU	is	
                        and	successful.	
     We	welcome	your	comments,	so	please	let	
     us	know	if	you	have	any	questions	about	
     this	or	any	other	information.
                       International Student Center (ISC)

                    I.Welcome ........................................... 2
                    Table	of	Content
                    Message	from	the	ISC	Director
                    About	International	Student	Center
                    Campus	Map

                    II.Immigration ...................................... 7
                    Immigration	Facts

                    III. Academics .................................... 10
Table	of	Contents

                    Academic	Calendar
                    How	to	Register	for	Classes
                    Tips	for	Crashing
                    Facts	You	Should	Know	
                    Success	Tips
                    Where	to	Buy	Books

                    IV. SDSU Policies ............................... 19
                    10	Tips	to	Succeed

                    V. Life in the United States .................. 23
                    Emergency	Contact
                    Public	Transportation
                    Driving	and	Buying	a	Car
                    Telephone	Service
                    Gas	and	Electricity

                                    Message	from	ISC	Director

     	      O n	behalf	of	International	Student	Center,	I	welcome	you	to	San	Diego	
     State	University	and	our	community.		We	are	thrilled	that	you	decided	to	en-
     roll	at	SDSU	and	we	look	forward	to	serving	you	during	your	academic	career.	  	
     San	Diego	State	is	recognized	nationally	for	its	diversity	and	many	exciting	
     international	initiatives	throughout	the	world.		At	present,	over	1700	inter-
     national	students	from	more	than	90	countries	study	at	SDSU	in	addition	to	
     many	alumni	who	remain	valued	friends	of	the	University	and	ISC.	 	

     As	a	University	and	office,	our	goal	is	to	provide	you	and	your	dependents	
     the	best	in	services	and	suppor t	through	the	many	programs	and	activities	or-
     ganized	each	semester.	My	staff	and	I	are	eager	to	assist	you	as	you	navigate	
     the	SDSU	system,	rules,	and	policies	and	as	such	we	highly	recommend	that	
     you	seek	our	help	and	advice	on	a	regular	basis.		We	will	do	every thing	we	
     can	to	make	you	feel	at	home	in	your	new	environment.	 	

     The	ISC	staff	is	proud	to	have	you	here	and	we	wish	you	great	success	in	
     pursuit	of	your	academic	goals	at	San	Diego	State.		We	look	forward	to	meet-
     ing	you	in	person	and	welcoming	you	to	San	Diego	State!	

     Warm wishes,
     Dr. Negar C. Davis
     International Student Center

                About	International	Student	Center
The ISC provides services that meet the diverse needs of the SDSU international
student community and offers programs which foster global perspectives, intercul-
tural awareness, and international goodwill. The ISC is SDSU’s central source of
information and support services for incoming students, outgoing students on edu-
cation abroad programs, alumni, parents, sponsors, and other stakeholders. The ISC
works with all areas of the University for all members of the campus community to
develop effective skills and perspectives for global citizenship and leadership.

The	core	departments	and	functions	of	the	ISC	are	led	by:

International Student Center
	     	     	     Dr.	Negar	Davis	-	Director
	     	     	     Alison	Peppers	-	Operations	Manager

Prospective International Student Services
	     	     	     Kim	Koenigsberger	-	Assistant	Director	
	     	     	     Vivian	Jin	-	Admissions	Assistant

International Student Advising
	     	     	     Jane	Kalionzes	-	Associate	Director
	     	     	     Sallie	Edmondson	-	International	Student	Advisor

Education Abroad
	     	     	     Dave	Rudel	-	Assistant	Director
	     	     	     Ryan	McLemore	-	Education	Abroad	Advisor

Exchange and Sponsored Student Programs
	     	     	     Jessica	Keith	-	Exchange	and	Sponsored	Student	Coordinator

Events Planning and Programming
	     	     	     Luísa	Orticelli	-	Program	Coordinator

                                                                                          Campus	Map	

                                  	ISC	|		Arts	&	Letters	|	Arts	|	Hepner	Hall	|	Engineering	|	Hardy	Tower	|	GMCS	|	Business


    W                         E


Police	|	I-House	|	ARC	Gym	|	Viejas	Arena	|	Health	Center	|	ALI	|	Library	|	Bookstore	|	Transit	|	Student	Services|	Aztec	Center	

II.	Immigration

                                                         Immigration	Facts	
     Failure to maintain your non-immigrant visa status can result in serious
     immigration problems. Please be aware of the following:

     • Enroll as a full time student during the Fall and Spring semesters.
     Undergraduates	must	enroll	in	at	least	12	units	each	semester.	Graduates	must	enroll	
     in	at	least	9	units	each	semester.	Summer	session	enrollment	is	not	required.

     • Maintain the validity of your passport at all times.
     Contact	the	Consulate	or	Embassy	of	your	country	in	the	U.S.	for	renewal	proce-
     dures.	If	your	passport	is	lost	or	stolen	contact	the	Embassy	or	Consulate	of	your	
     country,	and	notify	the	ISC.	

     • Do not accept unauthorized employment.
     All	off-campus	employment	must	be	pre-authorized	by	the	Department	of	Homeland	
     Security,	or	the	SDSU	International	Student	Advisors.	

     • On-Campus Employment
     F-1	students	are	permitted	to	work	up	to	20	hours	per	week	on	campus	while	school	
     is	in	session,	and	up	to	40	hours	per	week	during	vacation	periods.	

     • Off Campus Employment
     F-1	students	are	allowed	to	work	off-campus	only	if	after	one	academic	year	of	study	
     they	have	a	proven	severe	unforeseen	economic	need.	This	work	authorization,	must	
     be	authorized	by	the	U.S.	citizenship	and	immigration	service	(USCIS).

     • Update Information.
     Report	any	change	in	your	physical	address	(the	address	where	you	actually	live),	
     email	address,	phone	number,	and	home	country	address	within	10	days	in	your	
     SDSU	Web	Portal.	Updating	your	information	in	the	Web	Portal	will	automatically	
     update	it	in	SEVIS.

     • I-20/DS-2019
     Keep	your	I-20	or	DS-2019	valid	at	all	times.	You	must	apply	for	an	extension	of	stay	
     if	you	do	not	complete	your	program	of	studies	at	SDSU	within	the	time	specified	on	
     the	form.	The	extension	must	be	completed	before	the	form	expires.

• Valid Visa Required to Enter U.S.
You	must	always	have	a	valid	visa	in	your	passport	when	you	enter	the	U.S.	It	is	not	
required	that	the	visa	be	valid	while	you	are	in	the	U.S.	It	is	only	when	traveling	out-
side	the	U.S.	that	you	must	have	a	valid	visa	for	re-entry.

• Obtaining a New Visa
An	F	or	J	visa	can	only	be	obtained	at	a	U.S	Embassy	or	Consulate	outside	the	U.S.	
There	are	no	offices	within	the	U.S	to	apply	for	these	visa	classifications.	It	is	always	
best	to	apply	for	a	new	visa	in	your	home	country.	

The	visa	renewal	process	will	be	the	same	procedure	that	you	followed	the	first	time	
you	applied	for	the	visa.	Each	time	you	apply	for	a	visa	you	must	prove	to	the		
Consular	Officer	you	have	enough	funds	to	continue	studying,	you	have	been	a	full	
time	student,	and	that	you	plan	to	return	to	your	home	country	after	completion	of	
your	degree.	

Check	the	Consulate’s	website	for	updated	application	procedures	before	your	ap-
pointment.	Consular	and	Embassy	websites	are	found	at

• Applying for a Visa in Mexico or Canada
Students	who	are	not	citizens	of	Mexico	or	Canada	are	not	recommended	to	apply	
for	a	visa	at	a	U.S.	Embassy	or	Consulate	in	Mexico	or	Canada.	Please	meet	with	an	
International	Student	Advisor	for	further	information.

• Form I-94 Arrival/ Departure Card
This	small	white	card	is	issued	to	all	non-immigrants	at	the	time	of	arrival	in	the	
U.S.,	and	must	remain	stapled	in	your	passport	at	all	times.	Do	not	lose	the	I-94,	
as	replacement	is	very	complicated	and	expensive.	The	I-94	indicates	the	visa	clas-
sification	and	the	length	of	authorized	stay	in	the	U.S.	This	card	is	surrendered	upon	
departure	from	the	U.S.	and	a	new	Form	I-94	is	issued	upon	re-entry.	

      III.	Academics

                                                       Academic	Calendar
August	1	       	   Applications	for	admission	or	readmission	to	San	Diego	State	University	for	the		
	      	        	   spring	semester	2011	accepted	from	domestic	and	international	students.
August	22	      	   First	day	of	fall	semester.
August	25	      	   Convocation.
August	26	      	   Last	day	to	officially	withdraw	for	fall	semester	2011	and	receive	a	full	refund.
August	29	      	   First	day	of	classes.

September	5	    	   Holiday	–	Labor	Day.	Faculty/staff	holiday.	Campus	closed.
September	12	   	   Last	day	to	drop	classes.
September	14	   	   Last	day	to	add	classes	or	change	grading	basis.
September	14	   	   Last	day	for	payment	of	fees	for	late	registration.	(3:30	p.m.	deadline.)
September	14	   	   Last	day	to	officially	withdraw	from	the	university	without	penalty	fee	for	fall		
	     	         	   semester	2011.
September	14	   	   Last	day	to	file	petition	for	concurrent	master’s	degree	credit	for	fall	semester		
September	14	   	   Last	day	to	file	application	for	graduation	with	an	advanced	degree,	Division	of		
	     	         	   Graduate	Affairs.
September	14	   	   Last	day	to	apply	for	December	2011	graduation	with	an	advanced	degree,	Divi	
	     	         	   sion	of	Graduate	Affairs.
September	26	   	   Census.

October	1	      	   Applications	for	admission	or	readmission	to	San	Diego	State	University	for	the		
	      	        	   fall	semester	2012	accepted	from	domestic	and	international	(foreign)	students.*

November	1	 	       Final	day	for	submitting	theses	to	Aztec	Shops	Montezuma	Publishing	for	thesis		
	      	      	     review	to	ensure	graduation	in	December	2011.
Nov.	2-Dec.	30	     Theses	may	be	submitted	to	Aztec	Shops	Montezuma	Publishing	on	an	at-risk		
	      	      	     basis.	However,	December	2011	graduation	is	contingent	upon	completion	of		
	      	      	     final	processing	by	noon,	December	17.
November	2	 	       Last	day	to	officially	withdraw	from	all	classes	for	fall	2011	and	receive	a	pro	
	      	      	     rated	refund	(withdrawal	after	September	14	requires	special	approval	and	a	pen	
	      	      	     alty	fee	is	assessed).
November	11	 	      Holiday	–	Veteran’s	Day.	Faculty/staff	holiday.	Campus	closed.
November	24-25	     Holiday	–	Thanksgiving	recess.	Faculty/staff	holiday.	Campus	closed.
November	30	 	      Last	day	for	submission	of	incomplete	and	RP	grade	removals	(excluding	thesis)		
	      	      	     for	December	2011	graduation	with	an	advanced	degree.

December	9		 	      Last	day	of	classes	before	final	examinations.
December	9		 	      Last	day	for	reporting	results	on	comprehensive	examinations	to	the	Division	of		
	      	      	     Graduate	Affairs	by	department	or	college.
December	10-17		    Final	examinations.
December	17		 	     Final	day	for	depositing	approved	theses	at	Aztec	Shops	Montezuma	Publishing.		
	      	      	     (Noon	deadline.)
December	26-29		    Holiday	–	Winter	recess.	Faculty/staff	holiday.	Campus	closed.
December	30		 	     Campus	open.	No	classes.
December	30		 	     Grades	due	from	instructors.	(11	p.m.	deadline.)
December	30		 	     Last	day	to	apply	for	a	leave	of	absence	for	fall	semester	2011.
December	30		 	     Last	day	for	submitting	theses	for	the	current	term.
December	30		 	     Last	day	of	fall	semester.
January	2		   	     Holiday	–	New	Year’s	Day	observed.	Faculty/staff	holiday.	Campus	closed.

                                      How	to	Register	for	Classes
      1. Go to “My Registration” on your WebPortal account. View your registration date and
      time, fee payment information, and registration holds through “My Registration.”
      2. Pay your fees by your fee payment deadline and clear any registration holds. Details
      are provided at “My Registration.”
      3. Register online through “My Registration.” See the Academic Calendar for the Sched-
      ule Adjustment Deadline. No classes may be added or dropped after this date.

      My Registration Information and Registration Tools

      S ea rc h O pt i o n s |	Search	options	display	course	titles;	section	and	schedule	num-
      bers;	units;	days	and	times;	locations;	instructors;	and	the	numbers	of	open	seats.

      •	Browse by Department:	Allows	you	to	view	all	of	the	classes	in	a	specific	academic	

      •	Browse by General Education (GE):	Completing	your	GE	requirements	should	be	a	top	
      priority	when	registering	for	classes!	The	“Browse	by	GE”	feature	allows	you	to	specify	
      the	catalog	year	under	which	you	entered	the	university.	A	list	of	applicable	courses	for	
      that	year	will	be	generated	for	each	GE	category	(i.e.	humanities,	explorations,	etc.).	
      You	may	then	choose	courses	that	will	count	toward	satisfying	your	GE	requirements.

      •	Browse by College:	Choose	this	option	to	browse	the	course	offerings	in	one	of	the	
      seven	colleges:	Arts	&	Letters,	Business	Administration,	Education,	Engineering,	Health	
      &	Human	Services,	Professional	Studies	&	Fine	Arts,	and	Sciences.	

      My W i s h L i s t | 	“My	Wish	List”	is	a	list	of	classes	you	have	indicated	you	may	
      want	to	take.	Having	classes	on	your	Wish	List	DOES	NOT	mean	you	are	enrolled	in	
      them.	The	class	could	potentially	fill	up	prior	to	your	registration	date.	When	you	are	
      searching	for	classes,	click	on	“Wish”	to	have	the	class	added	to	your	Wish	List.	When	
      you	are	ready	to	enroll	in	a	Wish	List	class,	follow	the	procedures	to	add	a	class.

      Ad d a C l a s s | You	may	add	classes	while	using	any	of	the	search	options.	While	
      viewing	a	list	of	classes,	choose	the	“ADD”	option	on	the	right	side.	Choosing	this	op-
      tion	will	take	you	to	a	page	where	you	must	confirm	your	enrollment	in	the	class.	Be	
      sure	the	course	has	been	added	before	moving	on.
      If	you	know	the	schedule	number	of	the	course	you	wish	to	add,	choose	the	“Add	a	
      Class”	option	from	the	menu	on	the	left.	Enter	a	schedule	number	and	add	code	to	add	
      a	course	to	your	current	class	schedule	(if	you	are	adding	once	classes	have	begun).

D r o p a C l a s s/S u b s t i tu te a C l a s s 	|	You	may	drop	a	class	through	“My	Reg-
istration,”	or	you	may	substitute	one	class	for	another	by	entering	the	schedule	number	
of	the	course	you	wish	to	drop	and	the	schedule	number	of	the	course	you	wish	to	add,	
the	system	will	perform	a	search	to	see	if	your	desired	course	is	available.	If	it	is,	then	
you	may	substitute	that	class	for	the	one	you	want	to	drop.	Through	using	the	substitu-
tion	function,	you	will	not	drop	one	class	until	you	are	sure	you	are	able	and	eligible	to	
get	into	another	one.

My C l a s ses 	|	Choosing	the	“My	Classes”	option	displays	the	courses	in	which	you	
are	currently	enrolled.	From	this	page,	you	may	drop	or	substitute	any	of	them.	This	op-
tion	also	allows	you	to	view	your	schedule	in	a	timetable	format.

C l a s s S e l ec t i o n T i p s fo r U n d e rg ra d u a te S tu d e nt s | In	contrast	to	
other	educational	systems,	in	the	US	you	have	the	freedom	to	choose	your	own	classes,	
and	for	most	first-year	students,	these	classes	will	be	in	General	Education	(GE)	or	Pre-
requisite	courses	for	your	major.	There	are	some	resources	that	can	help	you	select	your	
	      •	The	most	useful	is	the	Major	Academic	Plans	(MAP)	website.		Find	them	at:		The	MAP	website	can	help	you	identify	General		
	      Education	classes	and	recommend	an	effective	sequence	of	classes	that	meets		
	      major	requirements.	When	you	choose	classes,	have	your	MAP	for	reference.	In		
	      this	website	you	will	find	the	link	to	the	Academic	Advising	Center,	http://arweb.
       •	An	important	resource	is	the	SDSU	General	Catalog	
	      log.	The	Catalog	describes	all	undergraduate	majors	and	classes.	It	also	has	infor-	
	      mation	on	course	requirements	and	policies.	When	you	choose	your	classes,	have		
	      this	resource	available	for	reference.	
	      In	order	to	help	you	use	the	resources	available	to	you,	the	International	Student		
	      Center	created	a	video	about	the	Class	registration	process,	please	view	it	at:
	      •	For	those	students	who	are	transferring	from	a	community	college		 	         	
	      or	University	within	the	USA,	a	good	resource	to	see	what	classes	will		       	
	      transfer	based	on	your	major	would	be	the	Transfer	Admission	Planner,	found	at:

                                                              Tips	for	Crashing
      •	If	the	course	you	want	is	full	and	you	cannot	register,	first	consider	other	options.	Is	
      this	a	required	course	or	optional?	Will	it	be	offered	next	semester?	Can	you	fill	your	
      schedule	with	other	necessary	classes?

      •	Next,	you	may	want	to	“crash”	the	course,	which	is	the	term	used	for	the	process	
      of	trying	to	enroll	in	a	closed	course.

      •	Every	department	uses	a	different	policy	to	determine	who	may	crash	in	available	
      seats.	Therefore,	it	is	important	to	contact	the	department	to	see	if	the	department	
      has	a	set	procedure	for	crashing	a	course.

      •	Steps	to	crash	a	course:	
      	     1.	 Contact	the	instructor	and	ask	if	they	might	accept	crashers	for	their		
      	     	      course,	and	what	the	policy	is.	Politeness	will	work	in	your	favor.	Usually		
      	     	      you	will	be	required	to	attend	the	first	1-2	lectures	and	sign	a			    	
      	     	      waiting	list.
      	     2.	 If	you	do	not	receive	a	reply,	attend	the	first	day	of	class	anyway.	If	the		
      	     	      instructor	does	not	announce	the	crashing	policy,	ask	after	class	is	over.
      	     3.	 If	the	instructor	wishes	to	admit	you,	he	or	she	will	give	you	an	add	code.		
      	     	      Log	onto	the	Web	Portal	and	enter	in	the	schedule	number	and	add	code.

                                             Facts	You	Should	Know
      •	As	an	international	undergraduate	student	you	must	enroll	in	12	units	minimum	and	
      have	a	grade	point	average	(G.P.A)	of	2.0	each	semester.	As	an	international	graduate	
      student	you	must	enroll	in	9	units	minimum	each	semester.

      •	To	receive	a	full	refund	you	must	officially	withdraw,	or	otherwise	cancel	your	reg-
      istration,	prior	to	the	first	day	of	class.	A	refund	administrative	fee	of	$21.00	will	be	
      withheld.	Students	are	not	required	to	file	a	refund	application.	

      •	Starting	with	the	first	day	of	instruction,	refunds	for	complete	withdrawal	or	cancel-
      lation	of	registration	will	be	based	on	the	percentage	of	time	you	are	enrolled	in	the	
      course.	A	refund	administrative	fee	of	$21.00	will	be	withheld.	It	is	not	necessary	to	
      file	an	application	for	refund.

      •	You	are	responsible	to	drop	any	unwanted	classes	by	the	drop	deadline	or	add	any	
      classes	by	the	add	deadline.	You	will	be	responsible	to	pay	for	any	courses	you	do	not	
      offcially	drop.

14|   •	You	must	have	a	correct	address	on	file	with	SDSU	through	your	Web	Portal.	
                                                               Success	Tips
Studying Tips

•	    Review	all	of	your	syllabi	and	plan	ahead!!!	
•	    The	rule	of	thumb	for	college	students	is	2	hours	of	study	for	every	1	hour	in		
	     class.	For	example,	a	full	time	student	taking	12	units	generally	require	12	hours		
	     of	class	attendance	and	24-30	hours	of	study	per	week.

Where to study:

The	Love	Library,	Dome	and	the	Reference	Book	Room	(RBR)	provide	a	variety	of	study	
space	for	students.	

Reserve	Book	Room	(RBR):	
•	    Computer	and	study	area.

•	   2nd	Floor	–	Quiet	Room,	24/7	Study	Area	(food	allowed)
•	   1st	Floor	-	Reference	Services,	Quiet	Room
•	   Basement	-	Laptop	Lounge	(food	allowed)
•	   Tables,	chairs,	and	study	carrels	are	available	throughout	these	areas.

Love	Library:
•	    1st	Floor	–	Periodicals,	Quiet	Study	Room,	Copy	Service	Center,	Asian	Collections	
•	    2ndFloor	–	Student	Computing	Center,	Type	writer,	Scanner	SCC	HelpDesk		
•	    3rdFloor	–	Study	Lounge	(food	allowed)
•	    4th	Floor	–		Bookstacks,	Quiet	Study	Area,	Curriculum	Collection	
•	    5th	Floor	-	Bound	Periodicals,	Bookstacks		
•	    Tables,	chairs,	and	study	carrels	are	available	throughout	these	areas	

Group	Studies	with	Reservation:	These	rooms	are	available	to	study	groups	of	three	or	
more	students	on	a	reservation	basis.	ID	cards	will	be	required.	Rooms	can	be	reserved	
up	to	one	week	in	advance	at	the	24/7	Study	Area	Help	Desk.

Group	Studies	without	Reservations:	Available	to	study	groups	of	three	or	more	students	
on	a	first-come,	first-serve	basis	(no	room	reservations	required).
(Rooms	are	equipped	with	table,	chairs,	and	whiteboards).

STAR	Centers:
The	STAR	Centers	(Students	Taking	Academic	Responsibility)	are	an	academic	resource	
center	for	all	residence	hall	students.	The	centers	help	create	a	positive,	academically-
orientated	environment	to	help	residence	hall	students	achieve	academic	success.

                                                    Where	to	Buy	Books
      Aztec Bookstore	
      The	SDSU	Bookstore,	located	in	the	heart	of	campus,	carries	every	textbook	(required	
      and	optional)	for	every	class	taught	at	SDSU.	It	offers	students	a	“personalized	book-
      list,”	a	computer	print-out	showing	the	textbooks	they	need	for	the	classes	in	which	
      they	are	registered.	New	students	can	also	take	advantage	of	the	bookstore’s	“EZ	
      Books”	program,	which	allows	them	to	reserve	their	textbooks	online	and	pick	them	
      up	the	week	before	classes	start.	Check	out	the	page	at:	http://www.sdsubookstore.

      Sto r e H o u r s
      Monday	–Thursday			      8:00a.m.	–	7:00p.m.
      Friday		       				 	    8:00a.m.	–	4:00p.m.
      Saturday		 				     	    10:00a.m.	–	3:00pm
      Sunday				 			      	    CLOSED

      KB Books	
      KB	Books	is	private	bookstore	and	it	is	a	favorite	choice	for	SDSU	students	in	discount	
      text	books	and	school	supplies.	It	is	conveniently	located	right	off	the	footbridge	for	
      all	your	school	needs.

      Sto r e H o u r s
      Monday	-	Thursday						9:00am	–	5:00p.m.
      Friday		       	  							9:00am	–	4:00p.m.							
      Saturday		 	      						10:00am	–	3:00pm								
      Sunday	        	  						CLOSED

      ***	The	Aztec	Bookstore	and	KB	Books	
      will	have	extended	hours	during	first	few		
      weeks	of	classes.

      Other Methods:
      Purchase textbooks from Web sites: | | |	|	|	|	|	|	|	|	|	|

      Walk-in bookstores in San Diego:
      Aztec	Bookstore	|	KB	Books	|	Barnes	and	Nobel	bookstore	|	Borders	bookstore

      Rent Books from Web sites:
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                                                RED	ID|SDSU	Cards
SDSU card is the official identification card for San Diego State University. The SDSU
card contains your “Red ID number”. Your “Red ID number” refers to the number on
the SDSU card that can be used in place of your social security number.
This	multi-functional	form	of	identification	card	provides	increased	usability	and	shop-
ping	convenience	on	campus.	As	a	student,	your	SDSUcard	provides	you	with	access	
to	the	following	facilities	and	services	on	campus:

•	Campus	library	-	borrowing	privileges,	research	and	computer	access
•	Meal	Plan	for	residence	hall	students
•	Student	verification	for	sport	events,	career	services,	health	services	and	ARC
•	SDSU	Funds™	Account	-	deposit	money	on	your	SDSUcard	and	pay	for	services		
on	campus.

H ow to G et yo u r S D S U c a rd
*During New International Student Orientation, you will receive your Red ID card.
A.	    Obtain	a	Red	ID	number	when	you	apply	to	the	university.	
B.	    Submit	a	request	for	your	SDSU	card.		There	are	3	payment	options	available:
  1.	You	may	mail	your	payment	along	with	your	registration	fees	via	US	mail.		
	      Send	payment	to:

	       West Commons Rm# 118
        San Diego State University
        5500 Campanile Drive
        San Diego, CA 92182-7850

    2.	Or,	you	may	pay	for	your	ID	card	fee	online	by	going	to	
	        a.	Under	Online	Services	click	Online	Student	Account	Services
	        b.	Enter	a	student	ID	(Red	ID)	and	student	password.
	        c.	At	the	top	click	Make	Payment
	        d.	From	the	list	of	options	click	Fall	Registration	Fees,	Tuition,	Parking,		
	        ID	Card	Menu.
	        e.	Now	select	either	$5	for	the	first	card	or	$10	for	a	replacement.
	        f.	Click	Add	to	Basket,	then	Checkout,	please	read	the	Cashnet	Smartpay	Terms		
	        then	Continue	Checkout.	
	        g.	Please	enter	appropriate	payment	information	and	proceed	to	checkout.
		3.	Or,	you	can	also	choose	to	be	billed	later	at	the	SDSU	card	Office.		The	bill		 	
		will	be	emailed	to	the	student’s	registered	email.
      C.	    Visit	the	SDSU	card	Office,	we’ll	take	your	photo,	and	in	about	2	minutes	your		
      	      card	will	be	ready.	

      L os t o r S to l e n S D S U Ca rd

      Report	lost	cards	to	the	SDSU	card	office	either	in	person	or	by	calling	619-594-6800.	If	
      the	missing	card	contains	a	funds	balance,	we	can	“deactivate”	the	card	to	prevent	oth-
      ers	from	using	it.	We	will	then	supply	you	with	a	replacement	card.	You	must	come	in	
      person	to	pick-up	the	card.	We	refer	to	your	file	and	picture	on	system	for	identification.	
      Payments	may	be	made	online	at

      D i r ec t i o n s to S D S U Ca r d O f f i c e

      SDSUcard	Office	is	located	in	West	Commons	Office	Rm	#118.	We	are	located	directly	
      to	the	right	of	the	entrance	to	West	Commons	from	Parking	Structure	4.	If	entering	from	
      the	US	Bank	door,	go	straight	and	will	be	the	office	past	the	Aztec	Market	on	your	left-
      hand	side.
      	      •	Hours:	Monday	-	Friday,	8:30	a.m.	–	4:00	p.m.
      	      •	General	Information:	619-594-6800
      	      •	Mailing	Address:
      	      West	Commons	Rm#	118
      	      San	Diego	State	University
      	      5500	Campanile	Drive
      	      San	Diego,	CA	92182-7850		
                                                                             SDSU Card Office

                                                                                 Parking	Lot	4

IV.	SDSU	Policies

                                                         10	Tips	to	Succeed
      1.	Be	punctual!	Professors	in	the	U.S.	start	class	at	the	exact	time	class	is	scheduled	to	
      start.	If	your	class	begins	at	9	a.m.,	you	should	be	there	at	8:57	a.m.	If	you	walk	in	at	
      9:05	a.m.,	the	teacher	will	mark	you	late!

      2.	Ask	questions.	Professors	in	the	U.S.	do	not	take	offense	to	students	who	ask	ques-
      tions.	In	fact,	they	appreciate	being	asked	questions.	If	you	ask	a	question,	it	means	
      you	are	paying	attention	in	class	and	are	interested	in	the	subject.	If	you	are	quiet	the	
      whole	time,	the	teacher	will	think	you	are	bored	or	don’t	care.		
      R e m e m b e r	–	raise	your	hand	when	you	have	a	question.

      3.	Respect	your	professor,	staff	and	classmates.	In	the	U.S.,	all	people	are	equal,	no	
      matter	where	they	come	from	or	their	ideas	or	religions.	This	means	we	need	to	treat	
      everyone	with	respect.	Most	of	your	classes	will	include	discussion	as	well	as	lecture.	
      When	other	people	are	speaking,	listen	to	what	they	are	saying	and	try	to	understand	
      their	ideas,	even	if	you	don’t	agree.

      4.	Speak	English.	Often	it	is	difficult	to	speak	only	English	when	you	are	sitting	in	class	
      with	friends	from	your	native	country,	but	you	are	here	to	learn	English!	The	best	way	
      to	learn	is	to	practice,	practice,	practice!	This	means	even	with	your	friends	in	the	
      classroom.	We	think	it	is	great	that	you	speak	another	language,	but	you	are	already	an	
      expert	at	that	language	and	no	one	can	take	that	from	you.	Now	is	the	time	to	speak	
      English	and	learn	as	much	as	you	can.

      5.	Ask	if	you	can	eat	in	the	classroom.	Many	instructors	don’t	mind	if	you	eat	or	drink	
      in	the	classroom	but	some	do.	It	is	not	considered	disrespectful	to	eat	while	in	class	but	
      you	should	ask	your	instructors	whether	they	allow	it	or	not.

      6.	Turn	in	your	assignments	on	time.	Most	instructors	collect	homework	at	the	very	
      beginning	of	class.	You	need	to	have	it	completed	before	you	arrive	to	class.	Homework	
      is	a	very	important	part	of	learning	a	new	subject.	You	must	complete	all	of	your	assign-
      ments	on	time	if	you	want	to	get	good	grades	in	your	classes.

      7.	Don’t	cheat!	In	some	countries	it	is	common	for	students	to	cheat	on	their	assign-
      ments.	In	the	U.S.	cheating	is	not	acceptable.	Students	may	fail	a	class	for	cheating	on	
      even	the	smallest	assignment.	This	means,	you	cannot	copy	your	friend’s	homework	
      answers,	test	answers,	or	have	someone	else	write	your	essays	for	you.	Often	it	is	en-
      couraged	to	work	with	other	students	on	assignments	but	you	need	to	write	your	own	
      answers,	not	theirs.	Do	not	write	anything	down	that	you	don’t	agree	with	or	under-
      stand	or	you	will	be	caught!

8.	Get	a	classmate’s	phone	number	and	email	address.	If	you	miss	a	class	or	forget	
what	the	assignment	is,	you	will	still	need	to	turn	in	your	assignments	on	time.	You	
should	make	a	friend	in	each	class	so	you	will	have	someone	to	ask	about	what	you	
missed	or	have	them	turn	in	your	homework	for	you	when	you	are	sick.	In	fact,	find	two	
or	three	people	instead	of	just	one	so	you	will	have	all	the	information	you	need.	Your	
instructors	don’t	take	notes	so	they	can’t	tell	you	what	you	missed.

9.	Use	the	restroom	when	you	need	to.	You	don’t	have	to	wait	until	the	end	of	class	
to	use	the	restroom	and	you	don’t	need	to	ask	your	instructor	if	you	are	allowed	to	go.	
Simply	go	when	you	need	to!

10.	Turn	off	your	cell	phone	in	class.	Your	instructor	will	not	allow	you	to	answer	phone	
calls	during	class	and	a	ring	tone	in	the	middle	of	class	is	considered	very	rude.	If	you	
forget	to	turn	it	off	and	you	hear	your	phone	ring,	quickly	stop	it	from	ringing	and	go	
back	to	doing	what	you	were	doing.	Try	not	to	draw	attention	to	it.

      Plagiarism	is	a	form	of	cheating.	Plagiarism	is	formal	work	publicly	misrepresented	as	
      original;	it	is	any	activity	wherein	one	person	knowingly,	directly,	and	for	lucre,	sta-
      tus,	recognition,	or	any	public	gain	resorts	to	the	published	or	unpublished	work	of	
      another	in	order	to	represent	it	as	one’s	own.	Work	shall	be	deemed	plagiarism:	(1)	
      when	prior	work	of	another	has	been	demonstrated	as	the	accessible	source;	(2)	when	
      substantial	or	material	parts	of	the	source	have	been	literally	or	evasively	appropriated	
      (sub¬stance	denoting	quantity;	matter	denoting	qualitative	format	or	style);	and	(3)	
      when	the	work	lacks	sufficient	or	unequivo¬cal	citation	so	as	to	indicate	or	imply	that	
      the	work	was	neither	a	copy	nor	an	imitation.	This	definition	comprises	oral,	written,	
      and	crafted	pieces.	

      San	Diego	State	University	is	a	publicly	assisted	institution	legislatively	empowered	to	
      certify	competence	and	accomplishment	in	general	and	discrete	categories	of	knowl-
      edge.	The	president	and	faculty	of	this	university	are	therefore	obligated	not	only	to	
      society	at	large	but	to	the	citizenry	of	the	State	of	California	to	guarantee	honest	and	
      substantive	knowledge	in	those	to	whom	they	assign	grades	and	whom	they	recom-
      mend	for	degrees.	

      The	objective	of	university	endeavor	is	to	advance	humanity	by	increasing	and	refin-
      ing	knowledge	and	is,	therefore,	ill	served	by	students	who	indulge	in	plagiarism.	
      Accordingly,	one	who	is	suspected	or	accused	of	disregarding,	concealing,	aiding,	
      or	commit¬ting	plagiarism	must,	because	of	the	gravity	of	the	offense,	be	assured	
      of	thorough,	impartial,	and	conclusive	investigation	of	any	accusation.	Likewise,	one	
      must	be	liable	to	an	appropriate	penalty,	even	severance	from	the	university	and	in	
      some	cases	revocation	of	an	advanced	degree,	should	the	demonstrated	plagiarism	
      clearly	call	into	question	one’s	general	competence	or	accomplishments.

V.	Life	in	the	United States

      In general, San Diego is a safe place to live. But as in any large city, there are precau-
      tions to take and situations to avoid to help ensure your personal safety. Please read
      the following guidelines designed to help you avoid various kinds of problems.

      On the Street
      •	Don’t	walk	alone	after	dark.
      •	Stay	on	populated,	well-lit	streets.
      •	Be	aware	of	your	surroundings!	Make	it	difficult	for	anyone	to	take	you	by	surprise.
      •	If	you	think	someone	is	following	you,	turn	around	and	check.	Change	direction,	go	
      towards	people,	light	or	traffic.	If	you	yell,	”Fire!”	you	will	get	more	attention	from	
      others	than	yelling,	“Help!”

      At Home
      •	Use	good	locks	on	your	doors	and	keep	doors	locked	at	all	times.
      •	For	security	reasons,	do	not	keep	large	amounts	of	money	in	your	apartment	or	
      dorm	room.	If	you	have	a	large	amount	of	money	in	cash,	it	is	important	to	keep	it	in	
      a	checking	or	savings	account	at	a	bank,	or	convert	it	to	traveler’s	checks,	which	may	
      be	replaced	if	lost	or	stolen.
      •	Keep	lights	on	when	you	are	away.
      •	Always	check	to	see	who	is	at	the	door	before	you	answer	or	open	it!	Request	iden-
      tification	from	repair	people,	police	and	other	officials	before	letting	them	in.
      •	Get	to	know	your	neighbors	so	you	can	get	help	if	necessary.

      In the Car
      •	Make	sure	your	car	is	in	good	working	order	and	has	plenty	of	gas.
      •	Keep	your	car	locked	and	check	the	seats	and	floor	of	your	car	before	getting	in.
      •	Have	your	keys	ready	before	you	reach	the	car.	Get	in	quickly.	Lock	the	doors	and	
      roll	up	the	windows	after	entering	the	car.
      •	Never	pick	up	hitch	hikers.
      •	If	you	are	followed	by	another	car,	drive	to	a	police	or	fire	station	or	any	business	or	
      gas	station.	Do	not	drive	to	your	home	or	to	a	friend’s	house.
      •	In	the	bus	or	trolley,	sit	near	the	conductor	or	driver,	or	near	other	riders.	(Women,	
      try	to	sit	next	to	another	woman	who	is	older.)

      On Campus
      •	Keep	an	eye	on	your	belongings.
      •	Do	not	leave	your	books	and	other	belongings	unattended	in	the	library.	
      •	After	dark,	do	not	walk	on	campus	alone.	Use	the	Escort	Services	(619-594-6659	
      or	46659	on	a	campus	phone)	to	arrange	for	an	escort	to	accompany	you	to	your	car,	
      public	transportation	or	campus	residence.
                                                                Emergency	Contact
If you find yourself in a case of emergency, immediately dial 9-1-1!!! For other less
urgent cases look at the Emergency Contacts.

San Diego Authorities (non-emergency)
-								Police																																																		   (619)	531-2065				
-	       Fire	Department																																					       (858)	974-9891	
-	       San	Diego	Paramedics	 	                   							 	        (858)	974-9792
-	       Poison	Control	Center																													         1-800-876-4766
-	       Emergency	Services	&	Travel														                  1-888-871-4636

San Diego State University
-	      SDSU	Information	Center	 	                	        	        (619)	594-5200
-	      University	Police	 	     	                	        	        (619)	594-1991
-	      SDSU	Health	Services	 	                   										        (619)	594-4325
-	      International	Student	Center		            	        	        (619)	594-1982

-	      Alvarado	Community	Hospital		 												                  (619)	287-3270
-	      Grossmont	Hospital		     	    	        	                    (619)	740-6000
-	      Sharp	Mary	Birch	Hospital		   	        	                    (858)	541-3400
-	      Scripps	Mercy	Hospital		 	    	        	                    (619)	294-8111
-	      UCSD	Medical	Center	 	        	        	                    (619)	543-0205

Physical Health
-	      Crisis	Team	Hotline(Drug	Abuse)	           	        1-800-479-3339
        Rape	Crisis	Hotline	      	       	        	        (858)	272-1767
-	      Crisis	Pregnancy	Center	 	        	        	        (619)	337-8080
-	      Planned	Parenthood																																		(619)	585-4779
-	      Domestic	Violence	Hotline	        	        	        1-888-385-4657

-	      Mission	Valley	Medical	Clinic		 											             (619)	295-3335
-	      Mercy	Clinic																																												(619)	260-7022
-	      University	Square	Med	Clinic																					 (619)	584-3215

      Detailed Information
      •	Please	visit	the	San	Diego’s	Metropolitan	Transit	System	website:
      •	Click	on	“MAPS	&	TIMETABLES”	for	maps	and	schedule	of	specific	bus	routes.
      •	Click	on	“Trip	Planner”	to	show	you	how	to	get	from	one	place	to	another	by	bus	
      and/or	trolley.

      •	Bus	and	Trolley:	$1.50-$2.25	per	trip
      •	Day	tripper	Passes	are	valid	for	all	buses	and	trolley	and	may	be	purchased	for	1	to	
      4	dates($5	to	$15)
      •	Tokens	can	be	purchased	in	packs	of	20	for	$45
      •	Monthly	passes	and	student	semester	passes	may	be	purchased	at	the	Aztec	Center	
      Ticket	Office	with	SDSU	ID	card.

      Bus Routes from San Diego State University:
      11,	14,	15,	115,	856,	936,	955

      Trolley from San Diego State University:
      From the Green Line Trolley at SDSU:
      • Santee Direction:
      Avarado	Hospital	|	70th	Street	|	Grossmont	|	Transit	Center	(connect	to	Orange	Line	
      to	La	Mesa,	Downtown)	|	Amaya	Drive	|	El	Cajon	Transit	Center	|	Amele	Avanue,	
      Gillespie	Field,	Santee.
      • Old Town Direction:
      Grantville	|	Qualcomm	Stadium	|	Fenton	Parkway	(Costco,	Ikea)	|	Mission	San	Diego	
      (24	hour	Fitness)	|	Rio	Vista	(Ross,	Sears)	|	Mission	Valley	(Mission	Valley	Mall)	|	
      Hazard	Center	|	Fashion	Valley	Mall	|	Morena/Linda	Vista	|	Old	Town	(connect	to	Blue	
      Line	to	downtown,	then	Mexican	border)



                                                                                     Driving	in	California
To drive in California, you must have a valid California driver’s license or a valid
driver’s license from your home country. If you have an international driving license( a
translation of your home country’s license), keep it with your home country’s license
while driving. To operate a motorcycle, you must have a special California
motorcycle license.

California Driver’s License:
California’s	Department	of	Motor	Vehicles(DMV)	requires	you	to	have	a	California	
driver’s	license	if	you	plan	to	own	and/or	drive	a	car	while	living	in	California,	even	if	
you	have	a	valid	international	driver’s	license.

How to get a California Driver’s License?
Make	an	appointment	by	calling	your	local	Department	of	Motor	Vehicles	(DMV)	or	
visiting	their	website	at
To	get	a	California	Driver’s	License	you	need	to:			
-	     Present	Social	Security	Card	(If	you	do	not	have	one,	tell	the	DMV	clerk	that		
	      you	are	an	F1	international	student	who	is	not	working	and	therefore	you	are		
	      not	eligible	for	a	SSN.)
-	     Show	a	valid	passport,	I-94	card	and	SEVIS	I-20.
-	     Be	16	years	or	above.
-	     Pass	the	written	DMV	test.
-	     Pay	the	$28	fee	for	a	driver’s	license.
-	     Pass	the	DMV	vision	test.
-	     Give	your	thumb	prints.
-	     Your	driver’s	license	from	your	home	country,	if	you	have	one.
-	     Pass	the	driving	test.

Local DMV Office:
3960	Normal	Street																																																																																																																																							
Phone:	1-800-777-0133																																																																																																															

Driving Schools
The	following	driving	schools	offer	“behind-the-wheel”	instruction	to	prepare	you	for	
the	driving	test	given	by	DMV.	These	schools	are	merely	suggestions.	We	recommend	
that	you	contact	them	or	other	schools	which	you	can	find	online	or	through	the	“Yel-
low	Pages”	under	“Driving	Schools”	and	choose	the	one	with	which	you	feel	comfort-
able.	There	is	a	charge	for	driving	instructions.
1.	    Safety	School	of	Driving		       (619)	442-1544
2.	    Carbank	Driving	School	 	        (858)	278-2332
3.	    Teen	Driving	School	      	      (619)	282-7900

      Driving (Do’s and Don’ts)
      -	Driving	in	the	U.S.	may	be	a	different	experience	than	you’ve	had	in	the	past.		 	
      		California	can	be	a	very		dangerous	place	to	drive.
      -	Please	be	a	courteous	driver.	This	means:
      	        •	Do	not	weave	between	cars
      	        •	Do	not	tailgate	(don’t	drive	very	close	to	the	back	of	the				
      									car	in	front	of	you)
      	        •	Do	not	speed
      -	Never	drive	after	drinking;	Do	not	carry	any	opened	bottle,	can	or	container	of		 	
      		alcohol	in	your	car.
      -	Do	not	use	your	cell	phone	while	driving	including	texting.
      -	Be	extra	cautious	in	bad	weather.
      -	In	general,	drive	at	the	same	speed	as	the	other	cars	on	the	road,	do	not	drive		 	
      		slower	or	faster.
      -	Make	sure	everyone	in	the	car	wears	seatbelts	at	all	times.
      -	Give	pedestrians	the	right	of	way.

      If you are stopped by the police:
      -	Stay	in	your	car.
      -	Keep	both	hands	on	the	steering	wheel.
      -	Roll	down	the	window.
      -	Show	the	police	officer	your	license	and	registration.
      -	Never	offer	the	police	officer	money.

      How to Deal with Car Accidents
      -	Never	admit	fault.																																																																																																																																											
      -	Don’t	get	out	of	the	car.	
      -	You	can	get	out	out	in	case	of	smoking	or	leakage	from	your	car.
      -	Call	the	Police-911.																																																																																																																																						
      -	Get	contact	information,	driver’s	license	and	insurance	information	of	the	other		
      person	involved.
      -	Call	your	insurance	company	as	soon	as	possible.																																																																																												
      -	Don’t	file	a	false	claim.

                                                                  Buying	a	Car
To buy a car, you will first need to decide if you want to buy a new or used car.

Buying a New Car
If	you	are	interested	in	buying	a	new	car,	shop	around	for	different	cars	and	models.	
Compare	prices;	watch	for	“dealer	specials”;	be	sure	that	you	know	what	equipment	
is	included	in	the	price	of	the	car,	what	is	optional	and	available	for	an	additional	cost.	
You	may	wish	to	get	advice	from	people	not	directly	involved	in	selling	cars	or	consult	
Consumer Reports,	a	magazine	which	evaluates	and	rates	commercial	products,	in-
cluding	automobiles.	The	magazine	is	available	on	news	stands.

Buying a Used Car
One	advantage	of	buying	a	used	car	is	a	lower	car	insurance	rate.	The	disadvantage	
is	the	risk	of	expensive	repair	and	the	additional	cost	of	maintaining	the	car.	It	is	ad-
visable	to	have	a	used	car	thoroughly	checked	by	a	reputable	mechanic	who	is	not	a	
friend	or	acquaintance	of	the	seller.	This	may	cost	you	a	little	money,	but	it	can	help	
you	avoid	buying	a	car	which	is	in	poor	condition.	Fair	market	prices	for	used	cars	can	
be	obtained	at	most	banks	by	asking	for	the	“Blue	Book”	prices.	Official	“Blue	Book”	
are	also	kept	in	most	public	libraries.	For	fair	market	values	listed	on-line,	go	to	

Where to Look for a Car
•	Private	Advertisements:	Advertisements	can	be	found	in	local	newspapers	like	the	
San	Diego	Union/Tribune,	Reader,	etc.
•	Auto	Trader:	The	Auto	Trader	is	a	catalog	of	local	used	cars	for	sale	and	is	sold	at	
local	supermarkets	and	other	retail	stores(i.e.,	7-11	stores,	gas	stations,	etc.)	To	view	
ads	online,	go	to
•	Car	Dealerships:	Car	dealerships	usually	offer	both	new	and	used	cars,	foreign	and	
domestic	makes.
•	Internet:	You	can	find	other	classified	ads	on	the	Internet	via	websites	such	as	,	,	or;	or	do	a	search	using	key-
words	“San	Diego”	and	“cars”.
•	On	Campus:	Check	the	bulletin	boards	at	International	Student	Center	and	around	
the	campus.

If	you	are	planning	to	buy	a	car	on	credit,	be	sure	to	compare	financing	charges.		
Dealers	are	required	by	law	to	tell	you	the	total	interest	costs.	These	vary	widely
from	dealer	to	dealer	and	can	raise	the	price	of	your	car	substantially.	Financing	costs	
can	amount	to	20%-30%	of	the	total	cost	of	the	car.	Also,	check	with	a	number	of	
banks.	Financing	through	a	bank	is	sometimes	preferable	to	financing	through	an	
automobile	dealer.                                                                       29
      Signing Contracts
      Before	signing	any	sales	contracts,	be	sure	that	you	have	read	all	the	fine	prints	and	
      understand	all	the	details.	People	often	feel	uncomfortable	asking	what	some	of	the	
      legal	terminology	on	the	contract	means.	To	avoid	seeming	unknowledgeable,	some	
      buyers	may	sign	the	sales	contract	without	understanding	everything	on	it.	Later,	they	
      have	to	pay	more	than	they	anticipated.	It	is	difficult	to	understand	all	the	legal	terms	
      used,	so	it	may	be	necessary	to	ask	specific	questions	about	the	contract.	It	may	be	
      very	costly	if	you	sign	something	you	do	not	understand.	Remember	you	are	legally	
      responsible	when	you	sign	a	contract.	
      Auto Insurance
      Do	not	drive	in	the	U.S.	without	insurance	for	your	car-It	is	the	law!	In	cases	of	ac-
      cidents	which	involve	injuries	or	death	of	a	person	or	damage	to	property	or	another	
      vehicle,	you	may	be	responsible	for	the	damages	incurred.	These	costs	can	vary	great-
      ly	and	may	even	involve	jail	time.	You	should	get	the	advice	of	a	good	insurance	agent	
      regarding	policies	that	best	suit	your	needs.You	must	show	proof	of	car	insurance	to	
      register	your	car	in	California	and	to	any	police	officer	who	stops	you.

      How to Get Auto Insurance
      In	California	the	law	requires	a	minimum	insurance	of	“liability	coverage”.	“Property	
      damage”	insurance	is	optional	on	your	car.	It	is	highly	recommended	that	you	pur-
      chase	“uninsured	motorist”	coverage,	as	well.

      Auto Insurance Companies
      Rates	and	fees	vary.	Try	to	call	several	companies	to	find	the	best	policy	for	you.
      Some	auto	insurance	companies	are	listed	below:

      •	State	Farm	Insurance	 	       	      	     	      	     	      	     	        				
      		6663	El	Cajon	Blvd.	  	       	      	     	      	     	      	     													
      		Phone:	(619)	668-5414		       	      	     	      	     	      

      •	Allstate	Insurance	   	       	      	     	      	     	      	     	        			
      		6957	El	Cajon	Blvd.	  	       	      	     	      	     	      	     													
      		Phone:	(619)	460-0579



Vehicle Registration
All	cars	(new	and	used)	must	be	registered	with	the	DMV	office.	Bring	the	following	
with	you	to	the	DMV:
1.	    Pink	Slip	(proof	of	ownership)	with	proper	signatures	(of	former	owner/dealer).	
2.	    Proof	of	auto	insurance.
3.	    Smog	certificate	(must	be	provided	and	paid	for	by	previous	owner	before	you		
	      pay	for	the	car).
4.	    Current	registration	(from	previous	owner).
5.	    Your	valid	driver’s	license.

There	are	several	local	and	national	car	rental	companies	with	offices	located	in	the	
San	Diego	area.	In	many	cases,	only	drivers	21	years	of	age	or	over	and	who	have	a	
major	credit	card	are	eligible	to	rent.	Many	car	rental	agencies	will	provide	the	pick	
you	up	and	drop	off	service.

Car rental agencies:	

• Dirt Cheap Car Rental
		3860	Rosecrans	Street
		Phone:	(619)	234-9300	

• Avis
		3180	N.	Harbor	Drive
		Phone:	(619)	688-5000
• Budget	 	        	     					
		1904	Hotel	Circle	North	       	
		Phone:	(619)	574-6975	

• Enterprise
		4930	El	Cajon	Blvd
		Phone:	(619)	229-2300



                                                       Telephone	Services
      Cell Phones
      Mobile	phones	are	perhaps	the	most	convenient	telephone	type	to	have.	It	is	com-
      mon	for	students	to	have	a	cell	phone	while	in	the	U.S.	Phones	can	cost	from	$0-200,	
      depending	on	the	plan	purchased	with	the	phone	(some	plans	include	the	cell	phone	
      while	other	require	you	to	buy	one).	

      There	are	two	types	of	cell	phone	plans:
      1.	    Contract Service:	this	requires	you	to	use	the	phone	for	1-2	years	or	pay	a	
      cancellation	fee,	if	you	cancel	your	service	before	your	contract	ends.	They	will	ask	
      for	a	social	security	number,	if	you	do	not	have	one,	you	must	pay	a	deposit	with	the	
      phone.	Phone	companies	return	this	deposit	in	about	3-9	months	after	your	contract	
      2.	    Pre-paid Service:	this	service	does	not	require	any	deposit	or	social	security	
      number.	There	is	no	fixed	time	limit	or	contract;	however,	these	plans	can	be	more	
      expensive,	depending	on	how	many	minutes	you	use	each	month.

      Some Local Cellphone Stores
      1.    Ve r i zo n
            • 4G Wireless SDSU                          • BESTBUY
            6011 El Cajon Blvd                          8401 Fletcher Parkway
            San Diego, CA 92115                         La Mesa, CA 91942
            (619) 229-1294                              (619) 668-8959

      2.    AT &T
            • 2011 Camino Del Este North                • CELLULAR WORLD
            San Diego, CA 92108                         6945 Federal Blvd.
            (619) 293-4630                              Lemon Grove, CA 91945
                                                        (619) 667-7755

      3.    T- M o b i l e
            • RADIO SHACK                               • University Ave & 58th St (8936)
            4585 College Ave # 4B                       5807 University Ave Ste 6
            San Diego, CA 92115                         San Diego, CA 92115
            (619) 265-0477                              (619) 583-2398

      4.    Sprint
            • 10389 Friars Rd                           • 3428 College Avenue
            San Diego, CA 92120                         San Diego, CA 92115
            (619) 640-5000                              (619) 229-6788

Home Phone, Internet and Cable Television Services
You	may	wish	to	have	a	home	phone,	Internet	service	and/or	cable	television	service.		
These	services	may	be	included	in	a	package.	Check	with	the	companies	below	to	see	
what	types	of	packages	they	offer,	and	how	to	open	an	account	with	them.	Also,	check	
with	each	company	whether	they	need	your	SSN	for	opening	an	account.

1.	   Time	Warner				     					 (858)	695-3220
2.	   COX																	 																						 (619)	262-1122
3.	   AT&T																																							 1-800-288-2020

Long Distance Dialing Service
When	ordering	local	service	you	will	have	a	choice	of	several	long-distance	telephone	
companies.	You	will	need	long	distance	service	to	call	anywhere	outside	of	San	Diego	
or	you	can	use	a	phone	card.	If	you	do	not	want	distance	service,	be	sure	to	ask	your	
service	provider	that	you	are	not	automatically	charged	for	it.
	      There	is	a	variety	of	prices	and	services	offered	by	long	distance	companies.	You	
can	search	for	these	companies	online	or	under	the	“Telephone	Communications	Compa-
nies”	in	the	yellow	pages.

Long-Distance Dialing
Inside	the	US:	First	dial	1,	then	the	area	code	and	then	the	phone	number.
Overseas:	Dial	011,	then	the	country	and	city	code,	and	then	the	phone	number.	See	the	
front	of	the	White	Pages	in	your	telephone	book	for	country	and	city	codes.

Phone Cards/ Calling Cards
You	can	use	a	phone	card	to	make	long	distance	calls.	Phone	cards	have	relatively	
cheaper	long	distance	rates.	Phone	cards	are	sold	for	$5-$50	with	a	good	rate	for	inter-
national	calls	ranging	from	3-10cents	per	minute	(depending	on	the	card	and	country	you	
are	calling).	You	can	buy	phone	cards	at	convenience	stores	and	supermarkets	or	online.

                                                                                                   Gas	&	Electricity
      You will need to arrange gas and electricity services if you live in an off-campus
      apartment. In order to issue your service order, the company may request you to visit
      one of its offices or authorized locations and submit your social security card and a
      valid picture ID. A valid driver’s license, I-94 and Passport are all acceptable forms of
      valid ID documents.

      For	a	list	of	authorized	locations	near	you,	please	call	SDG&E	Customer	Contact	Center:

      San Diego Gas and Electric	                            	         	          	          	          	          	          	          	          	
      Tel:	1-800-411-7343	                        	          	         	          	          	          	          	          												
                                                                                                         Grocery	Stores
      San Diego has a variety of grocery stores to choose from. Many people shop at more
      than one grocery store each time they need food.

      •	Ralph’s,	Vons,	and	Albertson’s	are	all	good	for	basic	needs.	If	you	apply	for	a	“club	card”	at	
      each	of	these	places	you	will	get	discounts	on	many	of	their	products.	

      Vons:	http//

      •	Trader	Joe’s	has	low-priced	foods	that	are	healthier.	The	store	has	many	ethnic	options	and	
      a	good	variety	of	foods.	For	store	locations	and	hours	of	operation,	please	visit: _ loc.pdf

      •	Henry’s	Marketplace	is	the	perfect	place	for	California	grown	produce.	It’s	always	
      cheap	and	always	fresh.	For	store	locations	in	your	area,	please	visit:

      •	Farmers’	Markets	are	held	almost	every	day	of	the	week,	except	Mondays,	in	differ-
      ent	locations	in	the	San	Diego	County.	You	can	buy	fresh	vegetables,	fruits	and	flow-
      ers	here	from	the	local	farmers	at	very	affordable	prices.	For	schedule	of	all	San	Diego	
      country	farmers’	markets,	please	visit:

      •	Costco	is	a	large	membership	club	chain	that	sells	bulk-packaged	products	at	low		
      prices.	You	can	buy	basic	need	goods	and	produce	here	in	large	quantities	at		
      discounted	prices.	For	store	locations	in	California,	please	visit:	
To find other cultural foods try one of the following places:

•	African Caribbean Food Market 	      	    	    	     	        													       							
4811	El	Cajon	Blvd;	Phone:	619-229-0032
•	Zodiak Hooka Lounge (Arab)			        	    	    	     	        																	
6455	El	Cajon	Blvd.	;	Phone:	619-326-6800
•	Ranch 99 Market (Asian)		      	     	    	    	     	        	       	           				
7330	Clairemont	Mesa	Blvd;	Phone:	658-565-7799
• SF Market (Thuan Phat- Vietnamese)
6935	Linda	Vista	Rd	(at	Ulric	St),	Phone:	858-565-0398
• First Korean Market 	 	        	     	    	    	     	        	       	           						
4625	Convoy	Street;	Phone:	658-278	8303
• Hing Long Oriental Food Market		 	        	    	     	        	       	           					
4644	El	Cajon	Blvd.	;	Phone:	619-563-9986
• Orient Valley Food Market		 	        	    	    	     	        	       	           						
9879	Carmel	Mountain	Rd;	Phone:	858-484-9637
•	Mitsuwa Market Place			        	     	    	    	     	        	       						
4240	Kearny	Mesa	Rd	#119;	Phone:	858-569-6699
• European Market		       	      	     	    	    	     	        	       	           						
4135	Park	Blvd.	;	Phone:	619-298-8660
• Filippi’s (Italian)			  	      	     	    	    	     	        	       									
1747	India	Street;	Phone:	619-232-5094
•	Mona Lisa (Italian)		   	      	     	    	    	     	        	       	           								
2059	India	Street;	Phone:	619-239-5367	
•	Solunto’s Bakery & Deli (Italian)		 	     	    	     	        	       	           						
6043	India	Street;	Phone:	619-233-0595
•	Gigante (Mexican)		     	      	     	    	    	     	        	       	           							
3175	National	Ave;	Phone:	619-595-1841
•	Aria International Market (Middle East)	  	    	     	        	       	           								
2710	Garnet	Ave;	Phone:	858-274-9632
•	Persian International Market & Deli 		    	    	     	        	       	           						
4020	Convoy	Street;	Phone:	858-277-7277
•	Andre’s Latin American Market 	      	    	    	     	        	       	           								
1249	Morena	Blvd;	Phone:	619-275-6523
• Guatemala Market		      	      	     	    	    	     	        	       	           										
4252	University	Ave;	Phone:	619-282-2327


      International students are allowed to work on campus without additional authorization
      from the Department of Homeland Security for up to 20 hours per week while school
      is in session and full time during vacation periods. Students are encouraged to only
      seek on-campus work after they have adjusted to student life at SDSU, unless the job
      is a part of the academic program.

      Where to look for a job?
      International	students	work	in	all	areas	of	the	SDSU	campus.	The	best	way	to	look		
      for	an	on-campus	job	is	to	go	to	different	departments	and	offices	and	ask	for	any	
      open	position.	
      	      Please	note	that	many	on-campus	employers	require	proof	from	the	ISC	that	the	
      student	is	eligible	to	work	on-campus	before	they	will	give	a	job	offer.		The	ISC	On-
      Campus	Work	Verification	Form	is	available	at	the	ISC	front	desk.

      Social Security Number (SSN)
      International	students	who	will	work	on	campus	must	first	obtain	a	Social	Security	
      number.	A	Social	Security	number	is	an	identification	number	required	for	working	in	
      the	US.	The	US	Social	Security	Administration	now	requires	a	documentation	letter	
      from	both	the	on-campus	employer	and	the	ISC	before	they	will	issue	a	Social	Secu-
      rity	number.		The	following	information	will	explain	how	to	obtain	the	Social	Security	
      Steps to Follow
      1.	   Obtain	the	ISC	“On-Campus	Work	Verification	Form”
      2.	   Apply	for	on-campus	job	and	receive	job	offer	from	employer
      3.	   Go	to	the	payroll	office	for	that	employer	to	obtain	the	employer’s	letter	for		
      	     Social	Security
      4.	   Submit	employer’s	letter	to	ISC	and	complete	the	ISC	“Social	Security	
      	     Verification	Form”
      5.	   Pick	up	letters	at	ISC	and	go	to	Social	Security	office	–	It	is	advisable	to	wait		
      	     until	you	have	been	in	the	US	at	least	7-10	days	before	going	to	the		
      	     Social	Security	Office

What you will need to provide at the Social Security Office:
1.	   SEVIS	I-20
2.	   Passport	and	I-94	Card
3.	   Letter	from	Designated	School	Official	stating	that	you	are	authorized	to	work		
	     on	campus
4.	   Letter	offering	employment	from	your	prospective	employer

Social Security Office near SDSU
7961	University	Ave.	
La	Mesa,	CA	91942	
National	Toll-Free		1-800-772-1213
TTY	 	       	      1-800-325-0778
For	more	information,	or	to	find	the	nearest	Social	Security	Administration	office	visit	
the	Social	Security	Administration	website:

          We	are	very	excited	
             to	help	and	guide	you	into		
                      your	life	as	a	
      San	Diego	State	University	Aztec!


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