International Students

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.

The designated programs for which an I-20 for F-1 student visa can be issued are:

Academic Certificate Programs

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.


Spring 2017 Application Deadlines

  • Certificate Application for International Students and the Certificate Application for Academic Programs are due in the Extended Learning office by October 21, 2016 (the application including your resume, official transcripts and TOEFL scores are due at this time).
  • International Application and all supporting documentation is due in the Extended Learning office by November 25, 2016.

Applications & Fees


There is a $100 application fee to process the Certificate Application for Academic Programs. These applications will be reviewed by the Program Director. If accepted into the Certificate Program, a letter of acceptance will be emailed to you.


Once you have been accepted into a Certificate Program, you must complete an International Student Application. The non-refundable application fee is $600. Checks or Money Orders only made payable to SFSU-CEL.

Mail all application forms and checks to:

San Francisco State University
College of Extended Learning
International Student Application
835 Market Street, 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103-1901

If you have any questions, please contact:

Program Coordinator:
Joy O'Donnell
SF State Downtown Campus
415.817.4299 FAX

For visa or immigration-related questions, please contact the SF State Office of International Programs (OIP) at 415.338.1293 or via email at

Evaluation and admissions requirements for certificate programs are for certificates only. If you decide to apply to any other program or degree at SF State, your academic preparation will be reevaluated for that program. For more information regarding F-1 students at SF State, please visit The OIP page for F-1 Visa International Student Services.

If you are going to be attending courses in the US, and you would like to stregthen your English Skills, read about SF State's American Language Institute.

If you are already working or studying in the US and would like to perfect your professional English skills, read about our English for Professional Purposes (ESL) program.

CSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, CSU must reserve the right, even after fees are initially charged or initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees. All listed fees, other than mandatory systemwide fees, are subject to change without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All CSU listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, or the Presidents, as appropriate. Changes in mandatory systemwide fees will be made in accordance with the requirements of the Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act (Sections 66028 - 66028.6 of the Education Code).

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