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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTSThe 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), 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. Applications for the fall semester are accepted November 1 to March 1. The university's ability to accept applications after March 1 will be determined by an assessment of resources available at that time. Applications for fall may be obtained in September. Applications for spring semester are accepted August 1-31. Applications for spring may be obtained in June.
Priority in admission is given to residents of California. There is little likelihood of nonresident applicants (including international students) being admitted to impacted majors.
All students on F-1 and J-1 visas 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.
The following is an estimate of the cost of one year's attendance as a full-time student:
12 units 8 units Tuition $ 5,904 $ 3,936 Fees 1,982 1,982 Books and Supplies 612 612 Meals and Housing 9,092 9,092 Personal/Health/Transportation 3,072 3,072 Health Insurance Coverage 600 600 Total $21,262 $19,294
To be admitted as a post-baccalaureate or graduate student, an applicant who does not possess an American baccalaureate degree from a post-secondary institution must receive a minimum score of 550 on the TOEFL. 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, Box 899, Princeton, New Jersey 08541. 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 the San Francisco State University Form I-20 or Form IAP-66, should secure a non-immigrant student (F or J) 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 Center at 338-1932.
1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132 (415) 338-1111
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