Office of International Programs (OIP)


Prospective Students

QUESTION:
I am from a partner university. How do I apply to SF State?
ANSWER:
Contact your home university's study abroad office. We do not accept any applications directly.

QUESTION:
What if I do not come from one of the partner institutions listed, but wish to come to SF State as an exchange students and not pay tuition?
ANSWER:
Unfortunately, if you do not come from a listed partner institution, you are not eligible to be an exchange student. You are welcome, however, to apply to SF State as a matriculated international student. For more information regarding Admission requirements, fees, etc, contact the Office of International Programs at oip@sfsu.edu, or visit the Apply Now Page.

QUESTION:
What if I wish to come to SF State as an exchange student and my school says that it is willing to establish an exchange program with SF State to assist me?
ANSWER:
If your institution or university wishes to pursue the possibility of an exchange with SF State, the appropriate authority should write to j1oip@sfsu.edu to discuss the possibilities and for more information.
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Newly Accepted Students


QUESTION: On the course listings, what does TTH 11:10-12:35 or MWF 11:10-12:00 mean?
ANSWER: TTH 11:10 means the course is taught twice a week on Tuesday and Thursdays from 11:10 to 12:35. Likewise, MWF 11:10 means the course is taught three times a week from 11:10 to 12:00. You are required to attend each day of class; you cannot choose to only go once a week.
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Pre-Departure to SF


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Orientation Week


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Life in SF


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Housing


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Students Currently at SF State


QUESTION: How important is going to class?
ANSWER: Very important! Even if you are having trouble, go to class, and speak with the teacher. In the event that you are having trouble, teachers tend to be much more lenient towards students who are attending class.

QUESTION: What if I am having trouble with a course?
ANSWER: Talk to your professor鈥攖hey are there to help you! Aside from your professor, there are a host of other study services around campus that can help you with any difficulties.
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Post-Study Abroad Students


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