Summer in San Francisco

Summer in San Francisco is a complete university experience at San Francisco State University.

International students in front of a mural about corporatocracy

Experience the City

Spend your summer immersed in the culture of one of the most diverse and exciting cities in the world. Enjoy everything San Francisco and the Bay Area have to offer, through field trips, social activities and visits to famous neighborhoods, museums and more.

SF State's student union, lit up in the evening

Earn University Credit

Take two university courses of your choice and AU 110: Living in San Francisco (seven credits) at San Francisco State University (SF State). After successful completion of the program, you will be eligible to receive an official SF State transcript. You may be able to transfer the credits back home or to other universities around the world.

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Be Part of SF State

Be part of the American university experience while you live on-campus in a student apartment. On-campus housing has everything you need, including social activities, WiFi, shared common space and a meal plan. Immerse yourself in campus culture and make lifelong friends.

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In the Summer in San Francisco program you will:

  • Choose from over 600 courses to be offered in person and online in synchronous, bichronous and asynchronous formats in 5-, 8- and 10-week sessions
  • Study and live in a real American university campus
  • Experience San Francisco like locals do
  • Visit San Francisco neighborhoods famous for their unique culture, arts, businesses and more
  • See firsthand how innovation and entrepreneurship influence every aspect of life in San Francisco, from technology to food

Program Information

International students after a bike ride across the Golden Gate Bridge

In-Person or Online Courses

Summer in San Francisco is now offered in person and online. Students attending in person must be enrolled full time. Students taking the program online may enroll in SF State classes from anywhere and can enroll in the number of units that best meets their needs. All Summer in SF participants attending online or in person will attend an orientation, receive advising and support and have the opportunity to participate in a robust activities program (in person or online).

Cost and Length

Cost: $3,162* (5-week, in-person), $6,324 (10-week, in-person), $395 per unit (online)
Length: 5 Weeks
When to Start: Summer

*Cost for in-person program includes course tuition for 6 units (5 weeks) or 12 units (6 weeks), mandatory/miscellaneous fees, and Living in San Francisco course. Six units per 5-week session is considered full time in summer.

*Cost for in-person program includes course tuition and mandatory/miscellaneous fees. Six units per 5-week session is considered full time in summer.

Summer 2022 Session Dates

R1: May 31 - July 1
R2: June 13 - August 5
R3: July 5 - August 5
R4: May 31 - August 5

Program Dates & Fees*

Program Dates and Fees
Dates Length Tuition
(Remote Instruction)
Tuition
(In Person)*
On-Campus Housing
(Subject to Change)
Application Deadline
R1: May 31 - July 1 5 weeks $395 * 6 Units
$2,370
$3,162 $2,550 (double)
$2,838 (single)
In Person Priority Deadline: March 15
Online: Rolling - classes are first-come, first-serve
R2: June 13 - August 5 8 weeks $395 * # Units N/A N/A Online: Rolling - classes are first-come, first-serve
R3: July 5 - August 5 5 weeks $395 * 6 Units
$2,370
$3,162 $2,550 (double)
$2,838 (single)
In Person Priority Deadline: April 15
Online: Rolling - classes are first-come, first-serve
R4: May 31 - August 5
or R1 + R3
10 weeks $395 * 12 Units
$4,740
$6,324 $4,600 (double)
$5,128 (single)
In Person Priority Deadline: March 15
Online: Rolling - classes are first-come, first-serve

Note: Students do not receive an I-20 if taking classes in R2 or fully online and may enroll in any # of units in any session.
Late applications will be accepted, but please contact your local consulate to check on visa processing times.
*Orientation will be held the Friday prior to the first day of class (except for R2).

Students pay the following tuition and mandatory fees per semester:
Tuition: $395 x number of units enrolled
Mandatory/miscellaneous fees: $132 x number of units enrolled

Mandatory/miscellaneous 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: $40 per calendar month. Unlimited monthly transportation pass for local buses and trains.
  • Mashouf Wellness Center: $87. A summer membership includes access to the state of the art wellness center with a gym, courts, indoor track, climbing wall, exercise equipment, group fitness classes, two heated pools, a hot tub, sauna, indoor climbing wall and more

Refund Policy

The refund 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 cgeadmin@sfsu.edu. SF State will send invoices to 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 celglobal@sfsu.edu.

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Housing

See the Housing page for cost and application information.

Summer 2022 Timeline

Session 1

May 26: Move into dorms (tentative)
May 27: Orientation
May 30: Memorial Day holiday – no classes
May 31: R1 classes begin
July 1: R1 classes end/program end

Session 2

June 30: Move into dorms (tentative)
July 1: Orientation
July 4: Independence Day holiday – no classes
July 5: R3 classes begin
August 5: R3 classes end/program end
August 6: Move out date

Sample Student Schedule for Summer 2022

Sample Student Schedule
Week Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Week 1 - - - -

Students arrive and check in to campus housing

Orientation

Bay Cruise

Explore neighborhood near campus

Visit Stonestown Mall

Week 2 Explore San Francisco

Holiday – Memorial Day or Independence Day

Experience U.S. culture

Classes begin

1:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.: IBUS 598: Doing Business in Emerging Markets

1:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.: ACCT 100: Introduction to Financial Accounting

1:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.: IBUS 598: Doing Business in Emerging Markets

10 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.: AU 110 (in person)

Field trip to West Portal

Shopping downtown

Week 3

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Study group

ACCT 100

Foreign Startups Mixer n Pitch

IBUS 598

Walt Disney Museum

ACCT 100

Class group presentations

IBUS 598

10 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.: AU 110

Field trip to Mission District

Visit Alcatraz by cruise

Week 4

North Beach Festival

Gym workout

ACCT 100

Haight-Ashbury and Golden Gate Park walking tour

IBUS 598

Castro Theater Sing-a-Long

ACCT 100

Exploratorium After Dark

IBUS 598

10 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.: AU 110

Field trip to Chinatown, North Beach and Coit Tower

Giants baseball game

Visit the Cable Car Museum

Week 5

Volunteer at Stern Grove Music Festival

SF State Graduate Admissions Talk

ACCT 100

The Castro and GLBT Historical Society

IBUS 598

SF Maritime National Historical Park Visit

ACCT 100

Ocean hike at Sutro Baths

IBUS 598

10 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.: AU 110

Field trip to Haight-Ashbury, Golden Gate Park and DeYoung Museum

California Academy of Sciences

Week 6

Final Exams

SF Pride Parade

Asian Art Museum

Autodesk Gallery Design and Build Workshop

ACCT 100

Visit SOMA StrEat Food Park

IBUS 598

Pick-up basketball and soccer

ACCT 100

IBUS 598

10 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.: AU 110

Classes end

Field trip to Ferry Building, Golden Gate Park and DeYoung Museum

Closing ceremony and class party

Students check out of campus housing and depart

*This schedule is a sample student schedule. Schedule includes examples of suggested activities to do on your own using your unlimited transportation pass. Students will go on field trips during AU 110 Living in San Francisco.

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