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Located in the city of San Francisco across two campuses, San Francisco State University (SF State) is one of the most desirable places to study in America.

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Located in the city of San Francisco across two campuses, San Francisco State University (SF State) is one of the most desirable places to study in America.

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San Francisco State University 1600 Holloway Avenue San Francisco, CA 94132

Features and Benefits

Top 20

colleges in US for best location

No 3

in US for intramural sports


Academy Award winners among SF State alumni


Emmy winners among SF State alumni


Pulitzer Prize winners among SF State alumni

Top 25

Universities in US for Social Mobility

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International Year One offers a mix of credit-bearing SF State courses and non-credit courses designed to boost your English language study skills.

International Year One

International Year One allows students to take credited SF State preparation courses alongside additional academic and English language instruction. The combination of courses you take depends on your level of English language skills at the outset:

Students with the minimum 4.5 IELTS / 45 TOEFL iBT (or equivalent) will be enrolled in International Year One for 3 terms. The first term will focus primarily on gaining English language and academic skills through our non-credit courses (29 hours per week). You will also experience your first credit-bearing course – Living in San Francisco (1 unit).

Students with an English proficiency score of 5.0 IELTS / 50 TOEFL iBT (or equivalent) and 5.5 IELTS / TOEFL – 55 will be enrolled in International Year One for 2 terms, beginning their first term with a combination of non-credit English language courses (10-18 hours per week) and 7-11 units of credit-bearing coursework.

As you progress through International Year One, the hours spent on English language instruction gradually decrease, while the hours of credit-bearing coursework increase – until you matriculate into your second year at SF State with a full schedule of credit bearing coursework.

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Life at San Francisco State University

Whatever your passions, you’ll never run out of ways to get involved at SF State.

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Clubs and Activities

There are more than 200 clubs, focused on everything from politics to sports and religious organisations.

Extra-curricular activities are a great chance to build deeper connections with your peers by participating in smaller communities based on mutual interests. They can add a great deal to your time at SF State and can even help give you a broader perspective on your studies!


Whether you play competitive sport or simply want to try out a new pastime, there is a club for everyone at SF State. Whatever your confidence level every SF State student the opportunity to enjoy and take part in sports. The university is ranked 3rd in the US for intramural (intra-university) sports, but is also active in external competitions.

San Francisco State University

Studying in San Francisco is the experience of a lifetime - and it provides opportunities no other city can.

University Info

Located in the city of San Francisco across two campuses, San Francisco State University (SF State) is one of the most desirable places to study in America.

Degree Courses

Discover the range of courses the San Francisco State University can offer you.

What student support does San Francisco State University offer?

From the moment you arrive at SF State, the Career Services and Leadership Development Center can help transform you into a highly employable professional.

These include a fall and spring career fair, a part-time job fair, and a graduate school fair. We also offer a wide variety of workshops to all current SF State students and alumni.

The Career Service provides a number of careers-oriented webinars, as well as written and video guides on how to write resumes, apply for internships and approach graduate school admissions. Face-to-face practice interviews in various fields are also offered.

Collaborations with strategic partners like Genentech and the CSU Entertainment Alliance create many opportunities for students in the state’s top industries.

The President’s Leadership Fellows Course helps students develop soft skills including resume writing, interview skills and networking. Workshops are also provided on leadership, teamwork, critical thinking, unconscious bias and emotional intelligence. Alternatively, the VC Fast Pitch conference gives students a chance to pitch their ideas to venture capitalists and angel investors: to date, it has won millions of dollars in investment for student and graduate startups.

Part of the Career Service & Leadership Development Center’s mission is to develop visionary, goal-driven and actionoriented student leaders. Because there is no one-sizefits- all leadership style, we aim to empower each student with the ability to access their own unique identity as a leader. Students will develop lifelong skills through character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge and career preparation.

Fees & Scholarships

Study Route Intake Admissions Deadline
Arrival to SF State
Orientation First Day of Classes
International Year One (IY1) August 2022 15 May 2022
15 August 2022 16 August 2022 22 August 2022


International Year One – Tuition Fees

Number of Semesters IELTS entry  Program cost*
3 Semesters 4.5 entry


2 Semesters 5.0 entry

2 Semesters 5.5+ entry


*Tuition list current for 2022 and will be subject to increase each year. For most update to date program costs
please visit the International Year one at SF State website. Admin fees related to their application progressing.

Supporting students to success

Learn more about what our students have to say when studying across our education network.

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Sagar Nepal, Bangor University International College (BUIC)

I would recommend UGIC because it is based on the main University of Greenwich campus, a cosmopolitan university. At UGIC, there are students from all around the world, and I've made a lot of friends from exciting places."

Gozel Turkmenistan, University of Greenwich International College (UGIC)

I think one of the main reasons the IIM (pre-masters) has been so helpful is because the staff are so supportive and are always able to help me. Whether it is understanding a module or finding out how to sort accommodation, they will help you with everything. I’ve enjoyed studying at Bangor, the people are friendly, and the environment is also really peaceful and safe. It’s given me the best opportunity to succeed in my studies here in the UK.

Tong Tong China, Bangor University International College (BUIC)

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