Office of International Programs (OIP)


CSU IP Application Checklist

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

Fall Departure Application Deadline: December 15th (Recommended Deadline December 1st.)
Spring Departure Application Deadline: May 1st (Recommended Deadline April 16th)

CSUIP Printable Application Checklist
CSUIP Application Checklist
Important Reminders
Frequently Asked Questions
Bilateral Application Checklist

CSU IP Printable Application Checklist


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CSU IP Application Checklist

All items listed below are due on the Application Deadline.
  • CSU IP Application: http://www.calstate.edu/ip/onlineapp
    1. For application information, please visit: https://secure.csumentor.edu/applications/csu/CSU_IP/introduction.asp?application_id=3618&ac=5713
    2. Part of the CSU IP 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
  • College and University Transcripts鈥擮fficial required
    1. SF State Transcripts: http://www.sfsu.edu/~admisrec/reg/transc.html
    2. Official community colleges and/or universities transcripts. NOTE: These can take longer than two weeks. Request all transcripts early.
  • 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 recomendation forms, please visit:
      http://www.csumentor.edu/applications/csu/CSU_IP/info/faculty_recommendation.pdf
  • Foreign Faculty Recommendation Form
    1. A Foreign Language Recommendation Form is only required for the following programs: Canada (Francophone Institution), Chile, China (except Learn Chinese), France (except Learn French), Germany (except Learn German), Mexico (except Learn Spanish), or Spain.
    2. The form should be completed by a faculty member in the relevant foreign language department.
    3. The foreign language faculty recommendation and one of the two faculty recommendations may be completed by the same faculty member.
    4. To access the Foreign Language Recommendation form, please visit: http://www.csumentor.edu/applications/csu/CSU_IP/info/FL_faculty_recommendation.pdf
  • Passport Photos
    1. The two photos should be approximately 2鈥漻 2.鈥
    2. Passport sized photos can be purchased at Kinko鈥檚 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 CSU IP to submit either a copy of their passport, or proof that they submitted a request for a passport.
    2. To apply for a passport please visit: http://travel.state.gov
Bring all materials to Village at Centennial Square, Building 'C' during Advising Hours:
http://www.sfsu.edu/~studyabr/Staff/advisinghours.htm


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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.

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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.


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