San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) enrolls international pupils only via the International Student Exchange process, which requires the sponsoring agency to be on the International Student Exchange Visitor Placement Organizations registry. Applications must be submitted by May 1 for consideration for the following fall semester and October 1 for the following spring semester. Enrollment is only possible at the neighborhood school of the host family. Since SDUSD is not a sponsoring agency, SDUSD does not issue or manage any immigration paperwork
Due to Covid-19 impacts on school programs and international travel, applicants and their sponsoring agencies are urged to remain up to date on all government declarations. International exchange sponsoring agencies are advised that currently SDUSD is implementing an online learning program, and there is no guarantee that exchange pupils will have a “typical” US high school experience for the interim.