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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.


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.

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

Features and Benefits


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Academy Award
winners among SF
State alumni


Emmy winners
among SF State


Pulitzer Prize winners
among SF State

Top 25

Universities in US for
Social Mobility


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:

International Year One Liberal and 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.

SFSU / IY1 / Liberal and Creative Arts

International Year One in Education

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.

SFSU / IY1 / Education

International Year One in Business

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

SFSU / IY1 / Business

International Year One in Health and Social Sciences

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

SFSU / IY1 / Health and Social Sciences

International Year One in 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.

SFSU / IY1 / Science and Engineering

International Year One in Ethic Studies

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

SFSU / IY1 / Ethic Studies

Life at San Francisco State University

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

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

Find your perfect degree

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.

Careers events

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.

Career Service

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.

Partnerships with industry

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

Special courses

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.

Leadership Development

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

Download Dates & Fees Factsheet

Study Rote Intake Admissions Deadline
Arrival to SF State
Orientation First Day of Classes
2023 January Monday, November 15 Monday, January 23 Wednesday, January 25 Monday, January 30

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


Scholarships at DMUIC

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Supporting students to success

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

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)

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.”

Turkmenistan, University of Greenwich International College (UGIC)

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.

Nepal, Bangor University International College (BUIC)

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’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.

Bangladesh, De Montfort University International College (DMUIC)

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)