International Students

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.


Semester Dates

Spring 2019: January 28, 2019 - May 23, 2019

Fall 2019: August 26, 2019 - December 21, 2019

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.
International Business $13,400 $22,020 $35,420

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 and miscellaneous fees. 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 January 23
(before orientation day)
100% refund
Withdrawal request submitted January 24 - January 27
(orientation day through the day prior to 1st day of semester instruction)
50% refund
Withdrawal request submitted on or after January 28
(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 February 15 100% refund
Withdrawal Period: Class dropped between February 16 and February 22 75% refund
Withdrawal Period: February 23 and beyond - No drops 0% refund