Summer in San Francisco

A Complete University Experience in San Francisco
for Partner Universities


International students in front of the Bruce Lee mural

Experience the City

Spend your summer immersed in the culture of one of the most diverse and exciting cities in the world! Enjoy everything San Francisco and the Bay Area have to offer, including planned trips, social activities, and visits to high-tech companies!

SF State library

Earn University Credit

Take one university course (3-week/3 credits) or two university courses (5-week/6 credits) at San Francisco State University (SF State). After successful completion of the program, you will be eligible to receive an official SF State transcript. You may be able to transfer the credits back home or to other universities around the world.

Students on the grass

Be Part of SF State

Be part of the American university experience while you live on-campus in a student apartment. On-campus housing has everything you need, including social activities, WiFi, shared common space and a meal plan. Immerse yourself in campus culture and make lifelong friends!


In the Summer in San Francisco Program You Will

  • Study and live in a real American university campus
  • Visit San Francisco neighborhoods famous for their unique culture, arts, businesses and more
  • See firsthand how innovation and entrepreneurship influence every aspect of life in San Francisco, from technology to food
  • Receive an unlimited transportation pass for local buses and trains
  • Experience San Francisco like locals do!

Application Requirements:

  • Graduated from high school or at least 18 years of age by start of the program
  • Copy of transcripts in English to assist with advising and course placement
  • TOEFL iBT 61, IELTS 6.0 or the equivalent

Program Dates & Fees

Length of Program Tuition Fee* Housing Fee
(On-Campus Apartment)
Total Fee
3 weeks (in person) $2,399 $1,230 $3,629
3 weeks (online) $1,185 N/A $1,185
5 weeks (in person) $3,599 $2,375 + $50 amenities fee $6,024
5 weeks (online) $2,370 N/A $2,370


  • For summer 2021 only, students who apply directly through partner home institutions will receive a 10% discount on tuition. If you apply through an agent, you will not receive the discount. The discount is applicable for a maximum of one to two consecutive semesters of study.
  • For all partners, we cover the cost of shipping I-20’s to the partner office. If students want documents mailed to their home, they will need to pay for shipping.


*Program fee will be due in full one week after the priority deadline.
*Students are encouraged to apply early. Applications may be accepted after the priority deadline on a space-available basis.
*Program can be offered to university partners only for cohorts of 15 or more.
   + 3-week program is cohort based and dates can be customized anytime throughout the year for each group.
   + 5-week program is usually available through R1 and R3 sessions with specific dates listed below.


Program Fee Includes:

  • Three undergraduate units (3-week) or six undergraduate units (5-week)
  • Room and board (dinner daily)
  • An unlimited transportation pass for local buses and train
  • A robust orientation program and ongoing advising services
  • 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
    • Volunteer opportunities
    • Guest speakers from local industries


SF State On-Campus Housing

Village at Centennial Square (Campus Apartment) - These are 2-bedroom or 3-bedroom apartments with 2 bathrooms, living/dining room and kitchen. Students will be in double or triple occupancy rooms with twin beds and desks.

The rate is approximately $475/week plus a one-time $50 amenities fee.

Housing Dates & Fees

Session 2021 Program Dates Housing Fee* Check-in Date Check-out Date

*Rates include dinner, linens and travel amenities (shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, body wash and facial soap bar) which are exchanged weekly. Cookware, utensils, plates, cups, etc. will also be provided.

Summer R1 June 1 - July 2 $2,600 May 27 July 3
Summer R3 July 6 - August 6 $2,600 July 1 August 7

Off-Campus Housing

Please see Off-Campus Housing for more information. We will be happy to discuss private residence, homestay and other options. Please contact for detailed information.


Five-Week Sessions

Courses will be available online on the SF State Class Schedule before the summer term. To view a selection of courses that may be offered, see Sample Courses.


Three-Week Sessions

For three-week customized sessions, any course from the SF State Academic Bulletin can be offered.


Contact the SF State Center for Global Engagement at