How to Apply

International Students

Follow the admissions procedures listed on the Center for Global Engagement How to Apply for Academic Certificate Programs page. Students will be notified of their admission status by the admissions coordinator.


Domestic Students

Complete the online application form and follow the application instructions below.


To Apply:

  • Requirements
    Certificate applicants must meet the admission requirements.
  • Transcripts
    All students must supply official hard copy transcripts of their college work. Students with baccalaureate or academic associate degrees need to provide official transcripts from the college from which they graduated. Students without such a degree must provide college transcripts from all the colleges they attended. All transcripts MUST be submitted with the application for a student to be accepted as a certificate student. We will accept unofficial academic records in order to make an admission decision. All admitted applicants must submit an official academic record upon enrollment.
  • Submission
    Mail your official hard copy transcripts to the SF State Main Campus, or submit them in person. You may also submit them in person at the Extended Learning front desk, ATTN: Center for Global Engagement.
    Mailing Address:
    Center for Global Engagement
    San Francisco State University
    1600 Holloway Avenue, HUM 101
    San Francisco, CA 94132


Semester Dates

Fall 2020: August 24, 2020 - December 18, 2020
Fall 2020 orientation will begin Thursday, August 20. All new students are required to attend.

Spring 2021: January 25, 2021 - May 28, 2021

Annual Tuition/Fees & Cost of Living

** Fall 2020 Tuition: $4,740 only (Reduced from $6,700) **

Certificate Program Course Fees Living Expenses* Total Fees*
*Estimated costs presented. Actual costs may vary.
*Semester option is half of the cost.
International Business $13,400 $23,132 $36,532

The course fee includes:

  • An unlimited transportation pass for local buses and trains
  • Access to the brand new Mashouf Wellness Center including state of the art fitness and aquatics facilities and a recreation and outdoor program
  • 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
    • Guest speakers from local industries

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.

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

IBUS Certificate students pay a flat program fee of $6,700 per semester which includes academic course fees ($4,740) and miscellaneous fees ($1,960). The program fee 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 academic course fees and miscellaneous fees. Please note the application fee is non-refundable.


Withdrawal from the Program

Withdrawal Date Miscellaneous Fees
Withdrawal request submitted on or before August 20
(before orientation day)
100% refund
Withdrawal request submitted August 21 - August 23
(orientation day through the day prior to 1st day of semester instruction)
50% refund
Withdrawal request submitted on or after August 24
(1st day of semester instruction and beyond)
0% refund


Drop/Withdrawal from an Academic Course

Drop/Withdrawal Date Academic Course Fees
Class dropped on or before September 14 100% refund
Class dropped between September 15 and September 21 75% refund
After September 21 0% refund