Division of Graduate Studies

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International Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

How do I apply?

Admission to a graduate program at San Francisco State University is a two-part process:

Step 1: Apply on-line at www.csumentor.edu

Submit official transcripts, mark sheets and degree certificates, TOEFL/IELTS scores, and SEVIS documents (including bank statements) to the Division of Graduate Studies

Step 2: Apply to Department or Program

Submit official transcripts, mark sheets and degree certificates, statement of purpose, GRE/GMAT scores (if applicable) directly to the department

 

For graduate program deadlines and websites, use the link below:
http://www.sfsu.edu/~gradstdy/program-deadline.htm

 

Do I need to take the TOEFL or IELTS exam to be admitted to San Francisco State University?

All international applicants, resident aliens and U.S. citizens whose secondary education and undergraduate degrees were taught in any language other than English must submit a TOEFL or IELTS exam score that meets the Division of Graduate Studies minimum requirements.

You do not have to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score if you earned a Bachelor's degree from any of the following countries:
USA, Australia, Canada, Commonwealth Caribbean, New Zealand, Pacific Trust Territories, Papua New Guinea, South Africa and United Kingdom

 

What is the minimum TOEFL / IELTS score accepted?

                internet based test: 80
                computer based test: 213
                paper based test: 550
                IELTS - overall band score of 7.0

*Please note that some departments may require higher TOEFL scores and some departments do not accept the IELTS exam*

 

Where can I take the TOEFL or IELTS test?

Go to www.toefl.org or www.ielts.org to find the test center nearest you.

 

Will you accept a copy of my TOEFL or IELTS score report for an initial evaluation of my graduate admission application?

Yes, we can use an unofficial copy of your TOEFL or IELTS score report to evaluate your graduate admission application. Your TOEFL or IELTS score cannot be older than two years and upon admission you will be required to submit an official score report. Use ETS school code 4683 to request an official copy of your TOEFL score report.

 

Can the TOEFL or IELTS requirement for admission be waived?

If you have earned a U.S. Bachelor's or Master's degree, you do not have to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score. Students who demonstrate exceptional English language ability may petition the Division of Graduate Studies to waive this requirement. To be considered, a petition must have support from your prospective department/major and must demonstrate English language proficiency. Supporting documentation of your English language ability must be submitted with the petition. Not all petitions are approved.

 

Do you offer conditional admission for students that do not meet the Graduate Division's English language proficiency requirement?

No. The Division of Graduate Studies does not offer conditional admission for students who do not meet the minimum English language proficiency requirement. If you do not meet the English language proficiency requirement, we encourage you to enroll in English language courses at the San Francisco State University American Language Institute prior to submission of a graduate admission application. The American Language Institute website is: http://www.sfsu.edu/~ali/

 

My university only issued one degree certificate and transcript. Can I show my original degree certificate and transcript to the Division of Graduate Studies?

We do not consider "original" copies to be official copies. Please send photocopies of your original academic documents to your former university and ask that they stamp the documents with a university seal attesting to its authenticity. Ask that they seal the document in a university envelope and stamp the envelope. These attested documents must arrive in our office in a sealed (unopened) envelope.

 

Will San Francisco State University accept photocopies of my transcripts or marks until I can submit official documents?

The Division of Graduate Studies can evaluate your graduate admission application using unofficial transcripts and degree certificate, but you will be required to submit official transcripts by the fourth week of your first semester or you will not be allowed to register for future terms. To be considered official, your academic documents must be university issued or university attested and arrive in our office in a signed and sealed envelope.

 

Will San Francisco State University return my original transcript and degree certificate after I am admitted?

San Francisco State University will not return any documents submitted by a student. For this reason, do not submit your only copy of original academic documents. If you have only one copy of your academic documents please follow the steps listed in question eight.

 

I have been admitted to a graduate program based on unofficial academic documents. When do I have to submit an official transcript and degree certificate?

You must submit official transcripts, degree certificates, TOEFL or IELTS score reports by the fourth week of your first semester or you will not be allowed to register for future terms.

 

How much does it cost to attend San Francisco State University?

Click on the link below for tuition and fees information
http://www.sfsu.edu/~bursar/Feepayment/

 

I do not intend to study at San Francisco State University with an F-1 student visa. Do I need to submit evidence of financial resources with my graduate admission application?

No. Only students who intend to study at San Francisco State University with an F1 visa need to submit evidence of financial resources and our SEVIS information form found at the link below:
http://www.sfsu.edu/~admisrec/forms/ugradforms/fs.pdf

 

I am currently attending a U.S. institution, how do I transfer to SFSU?

Show your current student adviser a copy of your formal SFSU admission letter and ask them to transfer your SEVIS record to San Francisco State University. Once your SEVIS record has been transferred to SFSU, advisers in the Office of International Programs will prepare a transfer I-20 for you.

 

Can I defer my graduate admission to a future term?

No. SFSU does not allow admitted students to defer their study to a future term. You must enroll for the term you were admitted or reapply for a future semester. The Division of Graduate Studies will keep all admission documents previously submitted for up to one year if you wish to reapply to a future semester.

 

Are scholarships available for international students?

Some departments may offer scholarships/fellowships. Please check with your prospective department to find out about these opportunities.

Use the links below to identify possible scholarship opportunities:
        http://www.finaid.org
        http://www.edupass.org
        http://www.temple.edu/OIS
        http://www.aauw.org
        http://www.collegeboard.org
        http://www.collegeboard.org/toc/html/tocfinancialaid000.html
        http://www.fastweb.com/
        http://www.iie.org/fulbright
        http://www.macfdn.org
        http://www.nsf.gov/
        http://www.petersons.com
        http://www.rotary.org/foundation
        http://www.umich.edu/~cew/scholar.html
        http://www.yahoo.com/Education/Financial_Aid/
        http://www.isoa.org/list_scholarships.aspx  or call (1-800-244-1180)
        http://www.usia.org
        www.usjournal.com via Special Services
        http://www.soros.org
        http://www.oas.org/rowe For students from Latin America or the Caribbean
        http:///www.wbfn.org Click on "Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund
        http://www.internationalstudentloan.com/international_student/
        http://www.microsoft.com/college/scholarships
        http://www.bookscholarship.com
        http://www.FundingUSstudy.org

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