The CSU must assess the academic preparation of international students. For this purpose, "international students" include those who hold U.S. visas as students, exchange visitors, or in other non-immigrant classifications. The CSU uses separate requirements and application filing dates in the admission of international students. Verification of English proficiency (see the section on TOEFL Requirement for undergraduate applicants, English Language Proficiency for graduate applicants), financial resources, and academic performance are all important considerations for admission. Academic records from foreign institutions must be on file no later than the established document deadline date. Documents not in English must be accompanied by certified English translations.
San Francisco State University considers applications and accepts qualified applicants for admission to the university according to the International Student Application Calendar (earlier application deadlines may be enforced by various academic departments). Applications for fall semester may be obtained in August. Applications for spring semester may be obtained in June.
All F-1/J-1 visa international students must be formally admitted and enrolled in a declared major (undergraduate) or in a classified graduate degree program (post-baccalaureate). They may not be enrolled in the university in non-degree or unclassified status.
Application periods for San Francisco State University may change. For the most current information, see the Prospective Students page.
|Semester||Undergraduate Application Period||Graduate Application Period|
|September 2003 (Fall 2003)||October 1, 2002-June 1, 2003||November 1, 2002-April 1, 2003|
|January 2004 (Spring 2004)||August 1, 2003-November 1, 2003||August 1, 2003-October 15, 2003|
|September 2004 (Fall 2004)||October 1, 2003-June 1, 2004||November 1, 2003-April 1, 2004|
NOTE: Undergraduate applications submitted between May 1 and June 1 for fall admission, and between October 1 and November 1 for spring admission, must have all documents attached (transcripts, test scores, etc.).
Any student who is a permanent resident (holds an Alien Registration Card or endorsed I-94, showing INS approval of Permanent Resident application) is not subject to the International Student Application Calendar and may apply on The California State University application form, subject only to the same program deadlines as United States citizen applicants. Students in this category must submit with their application a copy of their Alien Registration Card or endorsed Form I-94.
The university does not have financial aid for international students. Therefore, the student must present satisfactory evidence of adequate funds to meet financial needs at the time of enrollment at the university. Currently, the State University Fee and related mandatory fees are $1,002 plus $282 per unit for undergraduates and $1,083 plus $282 per unit for graduate students for each semester. International students are required by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) to enroll at SFSU in full-time status: for undergraduate students this means at least twelve units per semester; for graduate students it is eight units per semester.
The following is an estimate of the cost of nine months, two semesters' attendance as a full-time student:
|Academic Year Costs||Undergraduates||Graduates|
|Tuition||$ 6,768||$ 4,512|
|Books and Supplies||1,206||1,206|
|Meals and Housing||9,570||9,570|
|Health Insurance Coverage||686||686|
- To be admitted as a post-baccalaureate or graduate student, an applicant whose preparatory education was principally in a language other than English must receive a minimum score of 550 on the TOEFL; the computer-based TOEFL score must be 213 or above. There are no exceptions. Students who do not meet the minimum TOEFL requirements should not apply. Appropriate campus authorities may prescribe a higher minimum score, based on such campus factors as the nature of the instruction offered, availability of instruction in English as a second language, student enrollment demand, and availability of funds.
- The TOEFL is administered throughout the year. Specific information regarding the exact testing dates, testing centers, fee, and registration is available from: Test of English as a Foreign Language, Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6154 (www.toefl.org). It is the student's responsibility to request that test results be sent to either the Admissions Office (undergraduate) or Graduate Division (graduate), San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, California 94132.
Type of Visa. San Francisco State University is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students. International students who are outside of the United States, upon receipt of admission documents, should secure a non-immigrant student visa. The College of Extended Learning is also authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students. Subsequent to admission, international students must be enrolled continuously every semester and carry a full course of study (twelve units for undergraduates and eight units for graduates).
Health Insurance. International students (F and J visas) are required to show evidence of health insurance coverage in order to be permitted to register for courses. Renewals are checked each semester in order to re-register, unless the insurance policy is purchased annually. For additional information, students should contact the Student Health Service at 338-1932.
1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132 (415) 338-1111
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