How to Apply

Admission Requirements

  • Received a high school diploma or GED equivalent, or currently studying in a university
  • Official transcripts/diplomas/graduation certificates from all schools, with certified English translations required for each document issued in a non-English language
  • Non-matriculated applicants must have earned a high school diploma with a minimum high school GPA of 2.0 or have an overall college GPA of at least 2.0
  • Fulfill undergraduate English Proficiency Requirement requirement

Semester Dates

Fall 2021: August 23, 2021 - December 17, 2021
Fall 2021 orientation will be Thursday, August 19, 2021. All new students are required to attend.

Spring 2022: January 24, 2022 - May 20, 2022

Application Deadlines*

Spring 2022: November 15, 2021

*Late applications will be considered. Students will be accepted on a space-available basis.

Program Fees and Cost of Living

Certificate Program Tuition & Fees* Living Expenses Total Fees
*Minimum cost for one academic year (two terms). Tuition and fees may be up to $15,810 depending on number of units of courses selected.
Certificate in the Liberal and Creative Arts $12,648 $25,262 $37,910

Certificate students pay the following tuition and mandatory fees per semester:
Tuition: $395 x number of units enrolled
Mandatory fees: $132 x number of units enrolled

Mandatory fees include:

  • A robust orientation program
  • Personalized advising services
  • Course registration assistance to ensure you are on track to complete certificate
  • An activities program with:
    • Outdoor recreation, cultural events and sports
    • Visits to San Francisco neighborhoods famous for their unique culture, arts, music, food, businesses and more
    • Guest speakers from local industries

Optional fees (non-refundable, subject to change):

  • Muni: $200 per semester. Unlimited monthly transportation pass for local buses and trains.
  • Mashouf Wellness Center: $182 spring or fall semester, TBA summer semester. Semester access to the Mashouf Wellness Center including state of the art fitness and aquatics facilities, and a recreation and outdoor program.

Optional Practical Training

Term 1: Certificate Program Full-Time Study + Term 2: Certificate Program Full-Time Study + Term 3: (Part-Time Study and Curricular Practical Training) = Optional Practical Training (12 months)

*Please confirm eligibility for OPT with the admissions coordinator.

Refund Policy Fall 2021

Tuition, mandatory and optional fees must be paid in full seven calendar days prior to the first day of semester instruction. See below summary of key dates and refund policies for tuition and mandatory fees. Please note the application fee and optional fees are non-refundable. For course or program withdrawal, contact the Center for Global Engagement at


Withdrawal from the Program

Withdrawal Date Mandatory Fees
Withdrawal request submitted on or before August 19
(before orientation day)
100% refund
Withdrawal request submitted August 20 - August 22
(orientation day through the day prior to 1st day of semester instruction)
50% refund
Withdrawal request submitted on or after August 23
(1st day of semester instruction and beyond)
0% refund


Drop/Withdrawal from an Academic Course

Drop/Withdrawal Date Tuition
Class dropped on or before September 13 100% refund
Class withdrawal between September 14 and September 20 75% refund
Withdrawal on September 21 and beyond 0% refund

Payment processing service charges are not refundable. Visit Registration Policies for more information.


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