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How to Apply - Other Study Options

SF State has a variety of enrollment opportunities for students depending on their circumstances or their stage of life and learning.

College of Extended Learning

The College of Extended Learning (CEL) at San Francisco State University offers a wide variety of continuing education courses and programs to prepare you for career advancement, career change, or personal growth. CEL offers nationally-acclaimed curricula and faculty; weekend, evening, and online courses; plus access to thousands of transferable degree-credit university classes through Open University.

Cañada College/SF State Pathways Program

SF State and Cañada College have begun a partnership enabling students to take upper division and graduate level classes for SF State credit at Canada College's Redwood City campus. Classes in Child and Adolescent Development and Nursing are currently being offered as well as the Certificate in Spanish/English Legal Interpretation through the College of Extended Learning. The program's goal is for students to be able to complete as much as possible of their four-year degree course on the Cañada College campus. Students must still apply and be admitted to SF State. Visit Cañada College web site for more information.

SF State and College of Marin Partnership

The College of Marin and San Francisco State University Partnership brings the Child and Adolescent Development (CAD) major to the College of Marin Indian Valley Campus. Eligible current and former community college students can enroll in a maximum of two courses in the CAD major at reduced tuition fees before being admitted to the University. Pathways affords students an opportunity to "try before they buy" and helps them gain confidence in their ability to do upper division course work. Courses taken via Pathways generate a SF State transcript and will apply toward graduation in specific majors once a student has transferred.

Study Abroad and International Exchange Program

The Office of International Programs provides numerous opportunites for students to participate in study abroad programs in various parts of the world and for various lengths of time. A study abroad experience adds a new dimension to a student's education and helps develop analytical and critical thinking skills. SF State is affiliated with universities in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Ghana, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. Students can continue their education and earn credit toward their degrees while studying at one of SF State's associate universities overseas.

Open University

You can take regular university classes on a space-available basis through Open University, a program of the College of Extended Learning. No transcripts, lengthy applications, or other documentation are required. It's a way to try out a degree program to find out if it suits your educational aspirations.

Programs for Mature Learners

SF State makes it possible for people age 50 or older to audit classes or earn a bachelor's or master's degree at significantly reduced tuition fee rates. Find out about Programs for Mature Learners.

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