Office of International Programs (OIP)


Bilateral Application Checklist

Please note a complete application includes the documents listed below in addition to a submitted online application.

Fall Departure Application Deadline: March 1st (Applications Available October 15)
Spring Departure Deadline: October 1st or September 15th
(UTS, CItyU, PolyU, and University of Amsterdam)


Bilateral Printable Application Checklist
Bilateral Application Checklist
Important Reminders
Frequently Asked Questions
CSU IP Application Checklist

Bilateral Printable Application Checklist


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Bilateral Application Checklist

  • Bilateral Application: http://www.sfsu.edu/~studyabr/FormsHandouts/bilatapplication.pdf
    1. Part of the Bilateral Application requires you write a Statement of Purpose. Below you will find guidelines that will help you.
      1. Statements of Purpose should be one single spaced page (approximately 500 words).
      2. Follow the prompts in the online application.
      3. Visit Princeton University's Writing Resource Page for an online writing guide: http://web.princeton.edu/sites/writing/Writing_Center/WCWritingResources.htm
      4. For personal help writing your Statement, please visit our Writing Center : http://www.sfsu.edu/~lac/writing.html
  • University Transcripts鈥擲FSU Official required
    1. SF State Transcripts: http://www.sfsu.edu/~admisrec/reg/transc.html
    2. Please request your transcripts early as some community colleges/universities can take longer than two weeks to process your request.
    3. Transcripts are needed from institutions where the credit earned was transferred to SF State. If you took courses at a college/university and you did not transfer those units to SF State, we will not need those transcripts.
  • Two Faculty Recommendation Forms
    1. At least one recommendation should come from a professor who taught you in your major/minor.
    2. Recommendations should come from faculty who taught you at the college/university level.
    3. To access the recommendation forms please visit:
      http://www.sfsu.edu/~studyabr/FormsHandouts/bilatapplication.pdf
  • Foreign Faculty Recommendation Form
    1. Only students applying to a program requiring this recommendation need to fill out this form.
    2. Recommendations should come from faculty who taught you at the college/university level.
    3. To access the recommendation forms please visit:
      http://www.sfsu.edu/~studyabr/FormsHandouts/bilatapplication.pdf
  • Statement of Purpose
    1. Statements of Purpose should be approximately one page single spaced, or about 300-500 words.
    2. For an online writing guide, please visit Princeton University 's Writing Resource Page: http://web.princeton.edu/sites/writing/Writing_Center/WCWritingResources.htm
    3. For personal help writing your Statement, please visit our Writing Center : http://www.sfsu.edu/~lac/writing.html
  • Resume/CV
    1. As many of our international partners require a resume, we ask students submit one, even if you have no work experience.
    2. You can find a guide to resume writing at: http://www.sfsu.edu/~career/students/prepare_job/resume/resume_main.htm
  • Passport Photos
    1. The two photos should be approximately 2鈥漻 2.鈥
    2. Passport sized photos can be purchased at Kinko's Costco, Walgreens, mailing stores, etc.
    3. We highly recommend you purchase 6-8 extra photos for other important applications (visa, host application, ISIC card, etc.)
  • Passport
    1. We require students planning on attending SFSU Bilateral Programs to submit either a copy of their passport, or proof that they submitted a request for a passport.
    2. As you will need your passport in order to obtain a visa for most countries, we recommend that you apply for your passport well in advance of your program.
    3. To apply for a passport, please visit: http://travel.state.gov
  • Host Application
    1. Most of our host universities require students to complete a host application during or after they have submitted their study abroad applications. To find your application, please visit: http://www.sfsu.edu/~studyabr/FormsAndHandouts/HostAppDetails.html

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Important Reminders

  • Use proper capitalization, punctuation and grammar throughout the application.
    1. First and Last Name
    2. Example: John Smith, not JOHN SMITH or john smith
  • Country and Program
    1. If you choose to put down a second choice university, make sure that your second choice is within the current application cycle.
      1. Example: If you are applying in February during the Fall cycle for Spain, you cannot put South Africa (Spring cycle, May 1st deadline) as your back up.
  • Majors and Minors
    1. List the majors and minors you hope to work toward while on study abroad. Reference these majors/minors consistently throughout the application and Statement of Purpose.
    2. If your major has a concentration, make sure you reference this on your application.
  • Class Level
    1. This is the level you will be while abroad. Please review the number of units you will have completed at the time of departure and make sure the number of units you have taken matches the class level on your application.
    2. Example: A sophomore who has completed 60 units at the time of departure should mark him/herself as a junior.
  • Fee Status
    1. Resident: An American/green card holder who has lived in the state of California for at least two years and pays resident SFSU fees.
    2. Non-resident: Any person who is not a Californian/moved to California less than two years prior to entering SFSU. If you click this button, please identify if you are an 鈥淥ut-of-State鈥 student or hold a 鈥淔-1 or J-1鈥 visa.
    3. Out-of-State: An American/green card holder who has not lived in California, and is pays non-resident SFSU fees.
    4. F-1 or J-1 Visa Student: A student holding a F-1 or J-1 type visa and paying the international SFSU fees
  • Previous Institutions
    1. Only list an institution if you have transferred credit from that institution to SFSU.
    2. List your previous institutions in chronological order by year, starting with your most recent institution.
  • Health Insurance
    1. Health insurance is MANDATORY while you are abroad. Please sign Question #34 of your bilateral application stating that you will purchase health insurance. We will go into more details about this after your acceptance into the program.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Changing Major/Minor
Q: What if I haven't declared the major/minor I want to work on while studying abroad?
A: List the majors and minors you plan to pursue while abroad throughout the application. We advise you work with Undergraduate Advising and Departmental advisors to declare the major/minor.
Faculty Recommendations
Q: Do faculty have to type recommendations?
A: No, hand-written recommendations are fine.
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