How to Apply for Academic Certificate Programs
There are three certificate programs available to international students seeking F-1 student status:
How to Apply
Complete the online application.
Pay Application Fee
The application fee is $100 (non-refundable). We will email you online payment instructions after receiving your application. Your application will be processed when your application fee is received.
Complete application form (PDF). This form can only be submitted by mail or in person for security reasons.
Prepare Supporting Documents
Supporting documents include: Transcript, Proof of English Proficiency, Financial Eligibility and copy of passport/student immigration documents. See the Step-by-Step Checklist (PDF) for details.
Submit Application, Supporting Documents & Fee
Mail your application, supporting documents & application fee ($100 non-refundable). Make your check/money order payable to SFSU-CEL.
San Francisco State University
Center for Global Engagement / ALI
1600 Holloway Ave, HUM 101
San Francisco, CA 94132
Priority Application Deadlines
Spring: December 15
Fall: May 15
*Late applications will be considered. Students will be accepted on a space-available basis.
Anyone with a valid non-immigrant visa (except B1/B2, F2, M2) may enroll in SF State Extended Learning courses. Although enrollment in SF State Extended Learning is not considered admission to SF State, an I-20 ("Certificate of Eligibility") for F-1 student status will be issued when students are accepted into a full-time certificate program in SF State Extended Learning and require a student visa to enter the country. Students entering the US using an F-1 visa must maintain full-time student status during the time they are enrolled in an approved certificate program at SF State Extended Learning.