Sonoma State University (SSU) is a campus of the California State University System. SSU is a residential campus with nearly 10,000 students, which emphasizes creativity, collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and community engagement. SSU has been ranked by The Princeton Review for the second consecutive year as one of the best colleges in the nation as well as one of the best in the West. U.S. News & World Report ranked SSU #10 “Top Public Schools in Western USA” in 2017.
Located just 45 miles north of San Francisco in beautiful Sonoma Wine Country, SSU offers a safe and supportive environment where students can achieve their academic dreams studying in Undergraduate and Graduate Programs.
Director, International Education & the Sonoma State American Language Institute
The Sonoma State American Language Institute (SSALI) offers students and professionals the opportunity to improve their English quickly with 20–25 hours of classroom study per week. All classes are taught by a professional faculty and class sizes average 8–15 students to ensure one-on-one attention.
University Pathways is for students who want to continue their education beyond their English studies, SSALI offers a TOEFL waiver program for Sonoma State University and Santa Rosa Junior College admission, conditional admission to SSU, as well as concurrent enrollment, where SSALI students can take part-time university classes in tandem with part-time English language classes.
SSU’s student-focused campus welcomes the global perspective of international students. “We focus on diversity in terms of students in our program. We work very hard to have students from many different countries,” said Director of International Education, Roberta Hodges.
With myriad opportunities throughout the academic year to interface with faculty, fellow students, and community nonprofit organizations, students thrive both inside and outside the classroom.
The International Education Exchange Council (IEEC), a student club that aims to create a social network for all students interested in learning about other cultures, is another great outlet for international students.
For students looking to get out of their comfort zone and explore the world while accruing academic credit, SSU offers a wealth of programs and a supportive community to make their dreams a reality.