Semester @ SF State Application Procedure, Dates and Cost

Step 1 - Submit the Nomination Form

Study Abroad or International Office at home institution should nominate your students by using the International Partner University Nomination Form. Once the nomination form is received, reviewed and approved, we will email the application directly to students and copy the home institution.


Step 2 - Complete the Application

Once you have been nominated and approved, we will send you a link to the application.


Step 3 - Submit Required Supporting Documents 

a) Financial Certification

Students must show proof of funds for education and living expenses for the duration of their studies at SF State. See Financial Affidavit for minimum required amount and additional information.

b) Passport Information

Please submit a copy of the biographic page that shows your full legal name and date of birth.

c) Academic Transcripts

Submit a copy of university transcripts with overall grade point average (GPA). If you have never attended a university, submit a copy of high school/upper secondary school transcripts. If transcript is not in English, submit a copy in the original language and a certified English translation. Transcripts will be used to assist in advising and course placement for undergraduate applicants. Students applying to take graduate courses must demonstrate a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

d) English Proficiency Score

Submit English proficiency documentation. Accepted documentation includes:

Test Scores

  • TOEFL iBT 61 for undergraduate study. iBT 80 for graduate study
  • IELTS 6.0 for undergraduate study. IELTS 6.5 for graduate study.
  • Other. See English Proficiency Requirement

Faculty/Staff Recommendation Letter

Waiver/Exemption Request


Step 4 - Complete the Preliminary Course Wish List

Complete the preliminary course wish list form with 10 classes you are interested in taking during your desired SF State semester. Please list the classes in preference order. A complete list of SF State classes can be found in the SF State Bulletin. Please note, not all classes will be offered every term. Class schedules for fall will be available in April. Class schedules for spring will be available in November. See the SF State Class Schedule.
You are encouraged to submit a preliminary wish list using the course information in the bulletin or the class schedule, but this is not required for admission. Once we receive your preliminary course wish list we will provide you with initial advising. You can update your preferences once the class schedule is posted.

Spring 2023: January 30 - May 26, 2023

Fall 2023: August 21 - December 15, 2023

Semester @ SF State - Dates, Fees and Cost of Living

Dates and Cost
  Fall Semester Spring Semester
Application Deadline April 15 October 15
Program Dates Late August - Late December ​Late January - Late May
Tuition Fee* $6,324 (12 unit undergraduate / graduate non-business)
$7,200 (9 unit graduate business)
$395/unit (online)

$6,324 (12 unit undergraduate / graduate non-business)
$7,200 (9 unit graduate business)
$395/unit (online)

Estimated Cost of Living $13,126 (campus option only)
None for online courses
$13,126 (campus option only)
None for online courses
Total** $19,450 (campus option)
$20,326 (graduate business)
$395 per unit (online)
$19,450 (campus option)
$20,326 (graduate business)
$395 per unit (online)

*Students from partner universities may qualify for a tuition discount depending on the terms and condition of the individual agreement.
**Estimated total. Fees subject to change. Cost of living will vary. Textbooks not included in the tuition fee.

Students pay the following tuition and mandatory fees per semester:
Tuition: $395 x number of units enrolled
Mandatory Fees (Undergraduate and Graduate non-Business): $132 per unit x number of units enrolled
Mandatory Fees (Graduate Business): $405 per unit x number of units enrolled

Mandatory fees include:

  • A robust orientation program
  • Personalized advising services
  • Course registration assistance
  • 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: $185 spring or fall semester, $87 summer semester. Semester access to the Mashouf Wellness Center including state of the art fitness and aquatics facilities, and a recreation and outdoor program.

The registration policy applies to tuition and mandatory/miscellaneous fees. Optional fees are non-refundable.

Tuition, mandatory/miscellaneous, and optional fees will be finalized and posted after the ‘last day to drop with full refund’ as listed in Important Dates. Full payment of tuition and fees must be received within the day all fees are posted and census date as listed in the Academic Calendar.

In the case of third party payment, the party responsible for payments should send an Authorization to Bill letter to SF State will send invoices to the third party after census date. All tuition and fees will appear on the student center until payment is processed/received.

For class or program withdrawal, contact the Center for Global Engagement at

Undergraduate Study:

  • Graduated from high school or at least 18 years of age by start of the program
  • Copy of transcripts in English to assist with advising and course placement
  • TOEFL iBT 61, IELTS 6.0 or the equivalent
    See English Proficiency Requirement

Graduate Study:

  • Earned a baccalaureate degree
  • 3.0 GPA in their earned undergraduate degree or in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units completed
  • Copy of transcripts in English to assist with advising and course placement
  • TOEFL iBT 80, IELTS 6.5 or the equivalent
    See English Proficiency Requirement

For campus option only

Students are required to purchase the CSU/SF State sponsored insurance offered by Relation.


Estimated Health Insurance Rates

Spring 2023: $975
Fall 2023: TBA

Purchasing instructions will be included in your admissions packet.



For campus option only

Although enrollment in SF State's College of Professional & Global Education is not considered admission to SF State, a DS-2019 for J-1 student status will be issued when students are accepted into a full-time program in the College of Professional & Global Education and require a visa to enter the country. Students entering the US using a J-1 visa must maintain full-time student status during the time they are enrolled in an approved program.

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