How to Apply
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.
Complete the online application form and follow the application instructions below.
Certificate applicants must meet the admission requirements.
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.
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.
Center for Global Engagement
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue, HUM 101
San Francisco, CA 94132
Fall 2019: August 26, 2019 - December 21, 2019
Spring 2020: January 23, 2020 - May 21, 2020
Please note: Fall 2019 orientation will begin on Wednesday, August 21. All new students are required to attend.
Annual Tuition/Fees & Cost of Living
|Certificate Program||Course Fees||Living Expenses*||Total Fees*|
*Estimated costs presented. Actual costs may vary.
*Semester option is half of the cost.
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
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.*
*Please confirm eligibility for OPT with the admissions coordinator.
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)
Withdrawal request submitted August 21 - August 25
(orientation day through the day prior to 1st day of semester instruction)
Withdrawal request submitted on or after August 26
(1st day of semester instruction and beyond)
Drop/Withdrawal from an Academic Course
|Drop/Withdrawal Date||Academic Course Fees|
|Class dropped on or before September 16||100% refund|
|Withdrawal Period: Class dropped between September 17 and September 22||75% refund|
|Withdrawal Period: September 24 and beyond - No drops||0% refund|