How to Rent a Car


For most car rental companies, the renter must be at least 25 years of age and hold a valid and current driver’s license. This includes a California driver’s license, a license from your home country (must be written out in the Latin alphabet), or an International Driver’s Permit (International Driver License).

It is recommended that international students bring their passport when picking up their rental car.

If a renter is under 25 years of age, often the car rental company will charge an additional fee, between $15-$35/day. Some companies will not rent certain type of cars to persons under 25 years old. 

Most car rental companies will offer collision coverage damage insurance. This is usually an additional fee.

If the rental car is damaged during the rental period, the company will charge the renter for the cost of the damage.

Personal accident insurance – If you get into an accident, be sure that you have your personal health insurance that provides adequate coverage in case you are in an accident and need to seek medical treatment. All current International Gateways students must have health insurance. 

Car Rental Companies near and around Downtown San Jose

Hertz Local Edition – Fairmont Hotel: 170 South Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113. Phone: (408)286-6201

Rental Requirements


Service Rent-A-Car Inc.: 698 South First Street, San Jose, CA 95112. Phone: (408) 554-6351

Rental Requirements 


Avis Rent-A-Car  – Hilton San Jose – Downtown: 300 Almaden Boulevard, San Jose, CA 95110. Phone: (408) 248-7300

Rental Requirements


Enterprise Rent-A-Car : 598 South First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. Phone: (408) 286-4444

Rental Requirements

International University Studies


Study in American Language


 International University Studies bridges language study and university courses. Enroll in SJSU courses along with English support workshops or prepare for an MBA program.

You'll need strong English skills to take full advantage of these great international experiences at SJSU.

Studies in American Language puts you in the right place to improve your English language skills quickly and easily. You'll be in small classes of international students while interacting with the campus and community to learn more about the culture.

Choose the program that meets your needs.

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