English Proficiency Requirement Waivers

Under certain circumstances, international students applying to College of Extended Learning international certificates may request a waiver for the English Proficiency Requirement (EPR).

The applicant must be able to provide complete documentation for one of the following types of EPR waivers:

  1. English is the primary language of your country and is not on the official List of Exempt Countries. If this is the case, write a letter (email is acceptable), explaining that English is the primary or official language spoken in your country and include a website or other supporting documentation that we can use for verification (e.g., publications or website for government department, ministry, bureau, secretariat or directorate-general).
  2. You currently attend a university where English is the language of instruction for the majority of courses taught. If this is the case, simply write a letter explaining that more than 50% of the courses at your institution are taught in English and provide a website or other documentation that we can use for verification (e.g., official university publication such as a course catalog/brochure or university website).
  3. You have attended schools at the secondary level (high school) or above for at least three years full time where English is the principal language of instruction. If this is the case, provide copies of your school's records or a graduation diploma along with a verification letter from the school with reference to the number of years studied at the school and English proficiency level. You must also provide a website address for the school.


All supporting documents must be written in English to the Center for Global Engagement. Please email to celglobal@sfsu.edu or mail to:

San Francisco State University
Center for Global Engagement / ALI
1600 Holloway Ave, HUM 101
San Francisco, CA 94132