There are three certificate programs available to international students seeking F-1 student status:
Complete the online application.
The confirmation fee is $100 (non-refundable). We will email you online payment instructions after receiving your application. Your application will be processed when your confirmation fee is received.
Complete application form (PDF). This form can only be submitted by mail or in person for security reasons.
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.
Mail your application, supporting documents & confirmation 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
Spring: November 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.