The CSU must assess the academic preparation of international students. For this purpose, "international students" include those who hold U.S. temporary 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, financial resources, and academic performance are each 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, please check with the department for earlier deadlines).
All F-1/J-1 visa international students must be formally admitted and enrolled in a declared major. They may not be enrolled in the university in non-degree status, unless through a College of Extended Learning approved program.
Application periods for San Francisco State University may change. Earlier application deadlines may be enforced by various academic departments, please check with the department for earlier deadlines. For the most current information, see the Prospective Students page on the SFSU Web site.
|Semester||Undergraduate Application Period|
|Fall (which begins in August)||October 1 - May 1|
|Spring (which begins in January)||August 1 - September 30|
Any student who is a permanent resident (holds an Alien Registration Card or endorsed I-94, showing U.S. immigration service approval of Permanent Resident application) is not subject to the International Student Application Calendar, 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 federal or state 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 $1,728 plus $339 per unit for undergraduates for each semester. International students are required by the U.S. immigration service to enroll at SFSU in full-time status; for undergraduate students, this means at least 12 units per semester.
The following is an estimate of the cost of nine months, two semesters' attendance as a full-time student at 12 units per semester:
|Academic Year Costs 2008-2009||Undergraduates|
|Books and Supplies||1,386|
|Room and Board||11,500|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)|
|Paper-based Test (PBT):||500|
|Computer-based Test (CBT):||173|
|Internet-based Test (IBT):||61|
|IELTS (International English Testing System)|
|Minimum Overall Score:||5.5|
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 and U.S. Immigration Certificate of Eligibility, 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).
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 go to the Student Health Service web site at www.sfsu.edu/~shs.
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