Semester @ SF State students should read and review the information on this page carefully before registering for classes. All courses are offered through Open University on a space-available basis. As a student on F-1 visa, you must take a minimum of 12 units (undergraduate) or 8 units (graduate) per semester to meet the immigration requirement.
This 1-unit course introduces new students to the geographic, historical and environmental, socio-cultural and political context of the Bay Area, San Francisco and San Francisco State University. In addition, this course prepares students for success in their transition to living in San Francisco while preparing for life in San Francisco, building community, and learning about the campus and the surrounding area. The course is experiential and includes field trips throughout the city.
The course is optional, in-person/hybrid, and is offered to you free of charge. You are encouraged to take it to learn more about and experience the City of San Francisco. You can sign up when completing your course preference wishlist.
A prerequisite is a course that a student must pass before enrolling in the more advanced course. Some departments require that you complete prerequisites prior to registering for their courses. Prerequisites and course description can be found under the course title in the SF State Bulletin. Prerequisites taken at your home university must be noted and reviewed by an SF State Center for Global Engagement advisor before the first day of school. If you have not met the prerequisites and later you are dropped or must withdraw from a course, you will be subject to College of Extended Learning refund deadlines and policies.
The following classes are unavailable through Open University:
To register for Independent Study courses see Special/Independent Study.
Students must enroll, attend and complete at least 12 units (undergraduate) or 9 units (graduate) to maintain status while at SF State. It is the student's responsibility to report any academic issues, medical conditions or emergencies that could affect academic performance or attendance to their international student advisor within a timely manner for assistance, not at the end of the semester.
Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA (C average) for all coursework taken while enrolled in the program. If your GPA is below 2.0, you may not be eligible to continue or enroll in future semesters.
Please email us at email@example.com or speak to an advisor if you have any questions.
Can students take more units? Students may register for additional units with extra fees (currently $395/unit). If you need to officially enroll in over 12 (undergraduate) or 9 (graduate) units, please see an International Student Adviser. We will verify the reason and your academic capability to enroll in more units.