How to Apply

Admission Requirements

Selection for admission to the program will be based on student objectives, academic background and recommendations as appropriate. In order to be admitted to the program, a candidate should have completed the equivalent of 56 units or more of undergraduate courses through coursework and/or appropriate professional or other preparation. Grades in coursework completed should be of an average level equivalent to a GPA of 2.3 or higher on a 4.0 U.S. scale, or an equivalent combination of educational and professional preparation, in her/his home country. English language ability must be demonstrated by adequate scores on one of the following tests, or certification by appropriate academic personnel. Please review the English Proficiency Requirement page for details.

Written English Proficiency Requirement

English proficiency at the conclusion of the program will be determined through evaluation of written papers in IBUS 590. Satisfactory performance in writing is required for both passing the IBUS 590 course and for completing the program.


Summer 2021: R1 June 1, 2021 - July 2, 2021 or R3 July 6, 2021 - August 6, 2021 (Student can take 1 - 2 classes. Not all courses are offered in every session.)

Fall 2021: August 23, 2021 - December 17, 2021
Fall 2021 orientation will be Thursday, August 19, 2021. All new students are required to attend.

Spring 2022: January 24, 2022 - May 20, 2022

Application Deadlines*

Summer 2021: May 21, 2021 (domestic applicants only)
Fall 2021: May 15, 2021
Spring 2022: November 15, 2021

*Late applications will be considered. Students will be accepted on a space-available basis.

Annual Tuition/Fees & Cost of Living

Certificate Program Tuition & Fees Living Expenses* Total Fees*
**Estimated costs presented. Actual costs may vary. Tuition and fees based on full-time enrollment (12 units) for two semesters.
International Business $12,648 $25,262 $37,910

Certificate students pay the following tuition and mandatory fees per semester:
Tuition: $395 x number of units enrolled
Mandatory fees: $132 x number of units enrolled

Mandatory fees include:

  • A robust orientation program
  • Personalized advising services
  • Course registration assistance to ensure you are on track to complete certificate
  • 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
    • Guest speakers from local industries

Optional fees (non-refundable, subject to change):

  • Muni: $200 per semester. Unlimited monthly transportation pass for local buses and trains.
  • Mashouf Wellness Center: $182 spring or fall semester, TBA summer semester. Semester access to the Mashouf Wellness Center including state of the art fitness and aquatics facilities, and a recreation and outdoor program.

Optional Practical Training

Optional Practical Training (OPT) offers international students the opportunity to work up to one full year in the United States after nine months of full-time study.*


Optional Practical Training


*Please confirm eligibility for OPT with the admissions coordinator.

Refund Policy Fall 2021

Tuition, mandatory and optional fees must be paid in full seven calendar days prior to the first day of semester instruction. See below summary of key dates and refund policies for tuition and mandatory fees. Please note the application fee and optional fees are non-refundable. For course or program withdrawal, contact the Center for Global Engagement at


Withdrawal from the Program

Withdrawal Date Mandatory Fees
Withdrawal request submitted on or before August 19
(before orientation day)
100% refund
Withdrawal request submitted August 20 - August 22
(orientation day through the day prior to 1st day of semester instruction)
50% refund
Withdrawal request submitted on or after August 23
(1st day of semester instruction and beyond)
0% refund


Drop/Withdrawal from an Academic Course

Drop/Withdrawal Date Tuition
Class dropped on or before September 13 100% refund
Class withdrawal between September 14 and September 20 75% refund
Withdrawal on September 21 and beyond 0% refund

Payment processing service charges are not refundable. Visit Registration Policies for more information.