The 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 (earlier application deadlines may be enforced by various academic departments). Applications for fall semester may be obtained in September. Applications for spring semester 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 either to impacted majors or to those majors or programs with limited openings.
All students on 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.
|Semester||Undergraduate Application Period||Graduate Application Period|
|October 1, 2001-June 1, 2002||November 1, 2001-April 1, 2002|
|August 1, 2002-November 1, 2002||August 1, 2002-October 15, 2002|
|October 1, 2002-June 1, 2003||November 1, 2002-April 1, 2003|
NOTE: Undergraduate applications submitted between May 1 and June 1 for fall admission, and between October 1 and November 1 for spring admission, must have all documents attached (transcripts, test scores, etc.).
Any student who is a permanent resident (holds an Alien Registration Card or endorsed I-94, showing INS approval of Permanent Resident application) is not subject to the International Student Application Calendar and may apply on The California State University application form, subject only to the same program deadlines as United States citizen applicants. Students in this category must submit with their application a copy of their Alien Registration Card or endorsed Form I-94.
The university does not have general scholarships or financial aid for international students. Therefore, the student must present satisfactory evidence of adequate funds to meet financial needs at the time of enrollment at the university. Currently, the State University Fee and related mandatory fees are $913 plus $282 per unit for undergraduates and $952 plus $282 per unit for graduate students for each semester. International students are required by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) to enroll at SFSU in full-time status: for undergraduate students this means at least twelve units per semester; for graduate students it is eight units per semester.
The following is an estimate of the cost of nine months, two semesters' attendance as a full-time student:
Tuition $ 5,904 $ 3,936
Fees 1,826 1,904
Books and Supplies 810 810
Meals and Housing 8,500 9,000
Personal/Health/Transportation 3,072 3,072
Health Insurance Coverage 600 600
Total $21,212 $19,322
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 admission documents, should secure a non-immigrant student 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 Service at 338-1932.