Frequently Asked Questions

Admissions

  1. Do I need to be a current SF State student to take the program?
  2. Are there any prerequisites to enter the program?
  3. How do I apply to the program?
  4. Do I need to know English to take these courses?
  5. Do I need to have basic computer skills to take these courses?

International

  1. What kind of visa do I need to take the classes?
  2. Does being enrolled in the EPP program qualify me, as an international student, for F-1 or for other visa status?

Program

  1. How do I know if this program is right for me?
  2. How much do the classes cost?
  3. Where do the courses take place?
  4. Is the program available online?
  5. When is the program offered?
  6. How long are the classes and when do they meet?
  7. How many students are in the classes?
  8. Will I get a certificate after I complete a class?
  9. If I want to receive the Certificate, do I have to sign up for all courses in advance?
  10. What happens if I have to miss a class?
  11. How long does it take to complete the program?
  12. Will I earn credits for taking EPP courses?
  13. Are the classes graded?
  14. Where can I find information about the program faculty?

Registration/Payment

  1. What is my SF State Password?
  2. Do you offer financial aid?
  3. Where can I find the course schedule?
  4. How do I register for classes?
  5. How long do I have to pay for my classes?

Services

  1. I have questions that are not answered here. Where should I go?

Admissions

  1. Do I need to be a current SF State student to take the program?
    No. Our professional development courses are open to all.
  2. Are there any prerequisites to enter the program?
    No. There are no prerequisites or requirements to enter the EPP program. The program is CEU-based (Continuing Education Units).
  3. How do I apply to the program?
    No application is required to enter the program. An application is required to request a Certificate after completion of the final class in the program.
  4. Do I need to know English to take these courses?
    EPP courses are intended for students who have mid-level to high-level English skills. They are not introductory level courses. That said, there is no entry test and our teachers create comfortable, safe classrooms so students can build their skills.
  5. Do I need to have basic computer skills to take these courses?
    Yes. Students may be required to access course materials and submit assignments via the SF State digital learning platform, iLearn. Students are welcome to bring a laptop to class but are not required to do so.

International

  1. What kind of visa do I need to take the classes?
    Anyone with a valid non-immigrant visa (except B1/B2, F2, M2) may enroll in SF State Extended Learning courses.
  2. Does being enrolled in the EPP program qualify me, as an international student, for F-1 or for other visa status?
    No. The EPP program cannot provide the F-1 or any other type of visa. For information about programs that offer the F-1 visa, see International Students.

Program

  1. How do I know if this program is right for me?
    The EPP program is designed to serve intermediate-to-advanced level English as a Second Language (ESL) speakers who wish to increase their language skills. No testing is required to determine your level before entering the program. Advising is available by phone and in person by program staff, and faculty advising is available in person at a free Information Session held at the beginning of each semester. Beginner-level ESL students may wish to explore ESL classes at City College of San Francisco.
  2. How much do the classes cost?
    Course fees are $350 each for 15-hour classes, and $475 each for 24-hour classes. Fees may increase without notice.
  3. Where do the courses take place?
    EPP courses are held at the SF State Downtown Campus located at 835 Market Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA, and online. For more information, see Downtown Campus.
  4. Is the program available online?
    Most courses meet in person at the SF State Downtown Campus. One course is offered online.
  5. When is the program offered?
    The program is offered three times per year in spring, summer and fall semesters.
  6. How long are the classes and when do they meet?
    Required courses are eight weeks in length and provide 24 hours of instruction. Elective courses are five weeks in length and provide 15 hours of instruction. Classes usually meet one evening per week from 5:30pm - 8:30pm or 6:00pm - 9:00pm; some variation is possible, so check course schedules carefully before enrolling.
  7. How many students are in the classes?
    Enrollment is usually limited to 25 students per class.
  8. Will I get a certificate after I complete a class?
    A certificate will not be issued for completion of a single class. Students who wish to receive the Certificate of Completion in English for Professional Purposes must complete a minimum of three required courses and one elective within three years. Courses may be taken in any order, except for Persuasive Business Writing, which should be taken after completing Better Business Writing. For more information please see Certificate.
  9. If I want to receive the certificate, do I have to sign up for all courses in advance?
    No. Students may sign up course by course. We advise students to sign up for each course three weeks prior to the start of the course to guarantee a seat.
  10. What happens if I have to miss a class?
    Students will benefit most by attending every scheduled class meeting. Instructors will discuss the attendance policy at the first class meeting.
  11. How long does it take to complete the program?
    Students proceed through the program at their own pace. Students who wish to earn the Certificate must complete a minimum of four courses within three years.
  12. Will I earn credits for taking EPP courses?
    EPP courses carry continuing education unit (CEU) credit, nationally recognized units of measurement for professional development and training. CEUs may be used when employers, agencies, and other authorities require a specified number of hours of study and where non-academic credit is acceptable. One CEU is equal to 10 hours of instruction. CEUs are not transferrable to academic programs.
  13. Are the classes graded?
    Courses provide Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and are graded on a Credit/No Credit basis. Grading criteria include class attendance, participation, and completion of required assignments. Grading criteria are provided in the course syllabus.
  14. Where can I find information about the program faculty?
    Faculty biographies are available on this website.

Registration/Payment

  1. What is my SF State Password?
    To confirm, change, or create your SF State Password, visit SF State ID, SF State password, & login assistance.
  2. Do you offer financial aid?
    Financial aid, such as FAFSA, is generally not available for CEU-based professional development courses. For more information, see Financial Aid. The English for Professional Purposes Program is registered with CalJOBS, which means some individuals who qualify for their programs may receive assistance. For more information, see CalJOBS.
  3. Where can I find the course schedule?
    Please select Class Schedule in the left navigation menu.
  4. How do I register for classes?
    See Register & Pay. You will need to know the Class Number of each class for which you wish to register. Class numbers and schedules for upcoming courses are available on the program website approximately six to eight weeks before the beginning of each semester.
  5. How long do I have to pay for my classes?
    Fees are due upon registration. Fees must be paid before students are allowed in class.

Services

  1. I have questions that are not answered here. Where should I go?
    Please contact the EPP program coordinator, Kim Workman, at kimw@sfsu.edu or 415.817.4247.