San Francisco State University

Self-Study for WASC Reaccreditation 

SECTION G: An Internationalized University


Providing an education which affirms the interdependence of our global society

San Francisco, birthplace of the United Nations and home to one of the most multi-ethnic and multicultural populations in the world, stands on the edge of the Pacific Rim at a time when the idea of a global society has become a reality. In many ways, the ethos of the campus—as reflected in the values and interests of many of its students and faculty, as well as in the university's curricular and co-curricular programs—attests to the fact that, at least in this regard, the campus mirrors quite closely the essence of the City.


It is only fitting that the City's university should seriously embrace the idea of preparing its students to live and work responsibly in an interdependent, technologically complex, and ever-changing world. In short, it is imperative that this university commit itself to preparing students who are globally competent. Having identified campus internationalization as one of six priorities around which strategic planning would be done, and having articulated principles and developed recommendations as a way of defining the university's commitment in this regard, it is clear that the university is now firmly on the path to institutionalizing international education.


What follows is an attempt to integrate into three chapters all of the major recommendations for campus internationalization arising from the strategic planning process. These three chapters focus on three areas: establishing an infrastructure for international education; providing services and programs for international and domestic students; and internationalizing the curriculum.

Chapter 16: Infrastructure for International Education

Chapter 17: Services and Programs for International and Domestic Students

Chapter 18: Internationalizing the Curriculum 

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