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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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International Year One allows students to take credited SF State preparation courses alongside additional academic and English language instruction. The vast range of credit courses on offer allows 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


How does this course work?

Choosing to study abroad is a rewarding experience that can help you succeed both academically and personally. At Oxford International, we design our courses to prepare you both for your future studies and beyond.

When choosing a pathway course, you need to know what is right for you based on your academic and personal development goals. Our pathway courses will prepare you with subject-specific knowledge and academic English language skills. Alongside this, our dedicated and friendly college teams will ensure that you have the help you need to adjust to life as an international student abroad.

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

IELTS 4.5 Term 1 IELTS 4.5 Term 2
IELTS 5.0 + 5.5 Term 1
IELTS 4.5 Term 3
IELTS 5.0 + 5.5 Term 2
Credit Living in
San Francisco
(Credits: 1)
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): IELTS 5.0 +
5.5 Term 1 students only

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)+ up to 1 math
and 1 course in major,
based on requirements
in major and student
schedule (Credits: 0-3).
Non-Credit + University
support classes
with a total of
24hrs study
+ University support
classes with a total of
18hrs study
+ University support
classes with a total of
12-14hrs study
Total approx. hours/week 25 hours 28 hours 24 – 30 hours


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

Common modules

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

Supporting students to success

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

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)

Our courses can lead to many career-enriching degree courses


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Student Progression

Progression is based on the number of students who completed their course and continued onto their degree

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