Step 7—Prepare for Your Arrival
Listed below are steps you need to complete before arriving to San Diego.
- Health Care Insurance
San Diego State University requires all enrolled international students to have adequate health insurance. Health care in the U.S. is costly and the health insurance requirement protects international students in the case of illness or injury, guaranteeing students affordable access to the U.S. health care system. For more information on purchasing health insurance, visit the International Student Center website. This requirement needs to be completed before your first day of classes.
- Immunization Requirements
Please note: Information on this section was updated on May 9, 2018.
All students must meet specific immunization requirements. If you have graduated from a California public high school, you may have already satisfied these requirements. To meet these requirements, you should submit medical documentation or laboratory evidence as proof of immunity to Student Health Services. This may be done in person at Student Health Services located in Calpulli Center or by uploading documents and entering dates to the secure web portal, HealtheConnect.sdsu.edu. New students will have access to HealtheConnect.sdsu.edu beginning June 1, 2018.
If you do not provide proof of required immunizations during your first semester at SDSU, you will not be allowed to register for classes the next semester. Students may also receive vaccinations or testing for immunity for a fee at Student Health Services, which provides a full range of medical services for students. You may also discuss immunizations with your family physician or county health department. Please visit the Student Health Services website for the latest information regarding immunization requirements.
Student Health Services
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-4701
Fax (619) 594-7469
Measles and Rubella—Required for All Students
If you were born on or after January 1, 1957, you must present proof of immunity against measles and rubella during your first semester at SDSU. One way is to submit proof of two vaccinations for measles and rubella given after your first birthday and after 1968. You may also submit laboratory evidence of immunity or medical documentation that you have previously had one or both of the diseases. You should submit medical documentation or laboratory evidence as proof of immunity to Student Health Services through its secure web portal, HealtheConnect.sdsu.edu.
Hepatitis B—Required for All Students
First-time enrollees age 18 or under are required to present proof of immunity to Hepatitis B during their first semester. Requirements may be satisfied by providing proof of three hepatitis B immunizations or a blood test (titer) showing immunity.
Three doses are required over a 4-6 month period. You must provide proof of immunity or begin the vaccine series prior to the registration deadline of your second semester or you will not be able to register. The series must be completed prior to the registration deadline of your third semester or you will not be able to register. You should submit medical documentation or laboratory evidence as proof of immunity to Student Health Services through its secure web portal, HealtheConnect.sdsu.edu.
Although immunization against this infection is not a requirement, all entering freshmen, particularly those living in residence halls, are recommended to consider vaccination. One vaccine is fairly effective against the majority of the strains (serogroups A, C, W,& Y) of this bacterium, but unfortunately its immunity effect declines over a few years. A second “booster” dose is recommended between the ages of 16 to 18 for those students who received their first vaccination at age 15 or younger. A different vaccine, effective against meningococcal serogroup B, is recommended for high risk individuals age 10 or older, but may be administered to 16 to 23 year olds (preferably at ages 16 to 18). As the risk of becoming infected with meningococcus declines with age, there is less of a reason to immunize older students, although they may do so if they desire, or if recommended by a physician.
Other Recommended Immunizations
Other immunizations also protect students against these potentially severe infections: influenza (flu), tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, mumps, chicken pox (varicella), human papilloma virus (HPV), and Hepatitis A.
Check your SDSU WebPortal to determine the status of:
- Your final official transcript (academic record). If required, submit the final official transcript in a sealed envelope issued by the institution attended or Ministry of Education. Original language and literal English translation must be provided for all records not officially issued in English.
- Your certified copy of official degree certificate/diploma. If required, submit the certified copy of official degree certificate/diploma in a sealed envelope issued by the institution attended or Ministry of Education. Original language and literal English translation must be provided for all records not officially issued in English.
Note: Your final documents must be provided no later than the end of the first semester of enrollment. Failure to submit final documents will result in a registration hold being placed on your record.
- Review the Orientation and Handbook for New Graduate Students for newly admitted students. Some graduate departments offer program specific orientations leading up to the start of the academic year. You will be notified by your department of your program’s orientation date and time.
- Complete the Immigration Pre-Arrival Form.