International Year One - SF State

International Year One is a special first-year program that boosts your academic English language skills and helps lay the groundwork for future success.

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Key Information

International Year One allows students to take credited SF State General Education courses alongside additional academic and English language instruction. The carefully curated credited course options allow first-year students to both discover new fields and further explore already strong subjects. Once International Year One is completed, students proceed directly to their second year of degree study at SF State.

Key Information



4 years:

1 year pathway + 3 year degree

Start Dates

August | January

Pathway Tuition Fee


Course English Language Requirement
Minimum IELTS 4.0 with no less than 3.5 in each component which would encompass PSE and UPP placement.

Credit bearing courses

You can earn and transfer up to 24 units (credits) to your SF State Bachelor’s degree.

IELTS 5.0 + 5.5 Term 1 IELTS 5.0 + 5.5 Term 2
Credit Writing the First Year: Global Perspectives of Multilingual Speakers Stretch I (Credits: 4)

+ one Mathematics class depending on desired major (Credits: 3-4)

Living in San Francisco (Credits: 1)

Writing the First Year: Global Perspectives of Multilingual Speakers Stretch II (Credits: 4)

Critical Thinking and the Ethnic Studies Experience (Credits: 3)

+ one-two General Education courses
(Credits: 3)

Non-Credit + English for Academic Purposes classes combined with Academic Acculturation coursework with a total of 18hrs study +  English for Academic Purposes classes combined with Academic Acculturation coursework with a total of 12-14hrs study
Total approx. hours/week 28 hours 24 – 30 hours


As well as courses unique to your specific pathway, you will also study several courses common to all pathways.

Common courses

Learn about the historical, geographic, and environmental, socio-cultural, and political context of the SF Bay Area that draws people to this place.

The first semester of the stretch version of the First-Year Writing Seminar for multi-lingual students. Focused on developing the academic reading and writing skills necessary for university coursework.

Students will need to have achieved a C- or better in the first term of this class. The second semester of this class will allow extra time to revisit and practice reading and writing strategies to improve English fluency.

Basic skills involved in understanding, criticizing, and constructing arguments by using materials reflective of experiences of ethnic/racial groups in the U.S.

The support classess comprises of an Intergrated Skills Course, Immersive Experience, English for Academic Purposes, Academic Success Skills and Academic Support.

Available Subjects
Liberal & Creative Arts

Through the College of Liberal & Creative Arts students will be prepared for an increasingly global culture in which they will influence contemporary spaces, media, and social interactions.

Social Sciences

The core values of the GCOE are reflected in the SF State Strategic Plan: Courage, Life of the Mind, Equity, Community, and Resilience. These values resonate with the GCOE and our commitment to social justice. We embrace these five values and have adapted them to align with the mission of the GCOE.


A public urban business school that applies sustainability and ethical perspectives to the understanding of business practice, global leadership, innovation, the economy, and society.

Health and Social Sciences

The College is committed to innovative teaching, scholarship, and service that inspires leadership for positive social change.

Science and Engineering

The College of Science and Engineering is committed to providing superior scientific, engineering, and mathematical education in the context of a major urban university with a liberal arts tradition.

Ethnic Studies

The College of Ethnic Studies embraces racial difference and diversity through the coursers and on-campus.

As DMUIC is situated in England’s most vibrant and multicultural city, I had the opportunity to make friends from different countries. The most amazing thing was that the DMUIC staff including all teachers and the office persons were very motivational and welcoming. They provide the best routes for study to every individual.”

Syed Asim Hussain Pakistan, De Montfort University International College (DMUIC)

I’ve enjoyed studying at DMUIC, the tutors are excellent and have helped me settle into life as a university student. They are also really supportive and have helped myself and other students with other issues outside of the classroom such as accommodation.

Nafisa Bangladesh, De Montfort University International College (DMUIC)

I have successfully progressed onto my degree course at the University of Bradford because of UBIC's reliable policies and teaching programme. To the new students, those who just started their foundation at Bradford International College, I must say you are going to pass the class, the only thing required is your attention and leave the rest on UBIC's staff because they are the one that are going to lead you to a brilliant future as it is a pathway to success.

Shoaib Khan Pakistan, University of Bradford International College (UBIC)

I have a lot of international friends here at BUIC, and I’ve learnt so much from them. There is always a lot to do together both on and off-campus.

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)