Steps to Enroll for Spring 2020 (F-1 Visa)

Congratulations on Your Admission to San Francisco State University (SF State)!

The Office of International Programs (OIP) has prepared the following information to help you understand the enrollment process at SF State.  Visit OIP's New International Student for important information about orientation.

STEP 1: Create your SF State Password

To access all services at SF State, you must know your SF State ID number and password.  

  • Your SF State ID number is a 9-digit number which was assigned to you after you submitted your application for admission
  • Notification of your SF State ID was sent to you by email and is on your Notice of Admission
  • If you have not created your SF State password, go to SF State Password Reset at
  • You should always indicate your full name and SF State student ID number when you contact any offices at SF State

STEP 2: Accept Admission Offer (AAO) by December 2, 2019

  • Accept Admission Offer (AAO) in your online Student Center at before December 2, 2019
  • F-1 International students are NOT REQUIRED to submit the $100 non-refundable enrollment confirmation deposit. Continue by clicking on the “Confirm Accept” button to complete the process

STEP 3: Access your SF State Email Account

  • You will be automatically assigned an SF State email account in 2-3 business days after you accepted admissions offer  
  • You will receive critical information regarding class registration for the upcoming semester and other important information through your SF State email account only.  Please check your SF State email account frequently 
  • Your SF State email may be forwarded to your existing private email account.  To set it up, please see instructions at
  • Once you have access to your SF State email account, please start communicating with any offices at SF State from your SF State email account

STEP 4: Complete English and Math Placement- Undergraduate Students Only

  • SF State requires all undergraduate students to fulfill oral communication and written English (English) and Quantitative Reasoning (Math) requirements and in order to graduate
  • To determine which written English class and Math classes you should enroll in your first semester at SF State, you are advised to complete the free and online English placement (Write to Register (WTR)  ) and Math placement (ALEKS  ) at least 2 days before you attend the orientation
  • To find out if you should complete WTR or ALEKS, check the English and Math Pathway Alert on your Student Center.  Click the "details" to see which Pathway/Category you are placed in based on the transcripts you submitted to the International Undergraduate Admissions Office

  • If you are placed in English Pathway Category 2, 3 or 4, you are advised to complete WTR
  • If you are placed in Math Pathway Category 3 or 4, you are advised to complete ALEKS
  • Certain transfer undergraduate students may not need to complete WTR or ALEKS.  Visit the Developmental Studies Office  to determine if you should complete the online placement and email the Developmental Studies Office  at if you have questions

STEP 5: Buy SF State Student Health Insurance

Having insurance while studying in the U.S. can avoid the financial challenges of unexpected medical expenses, and to ensure that you have access to immediate and proper medical care when you need it.  The Board of Trustees of the California State University (CSU) requires all F-1 international students to have health insurance as a condition of registration and continued enrollment in the California State University system.

At SF State, F-1 International students are required to satisfy the mandatory insurance requirement through purchase of the SF State sponsored insurance.  We recommend you to purchase insurance online before arriving the U.S.  Insurance coverage for new students starts as early as August 1

See “Mandatory Health Insurance Requirements” and purchase health insurance at

STEP 6: Submit Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) and Hepatitis B Immunizations Record

California State law requires that all university students must be immunized against Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR). Students who are 18 years of age or younger are also required to be immunized against Hepatitis B.  

  • Provide proof of the above immunization to SF State Registrar’s Office before coming to San Francisco
  • Registrar’s Office will accept your own immunization in English, or your record attached with an English translation
  • You can also submit the Immunization Form signed by your medical doctor 
  • An "MMR immunization" registration hold will be placed on your Student Center if you fail to submit the immunization record to the Registrar’s Office within 4 weeks of Spring 2020 start date.  This hold will prevent you from registering for future classes 

Submit the immunization record by the following methods:

  • By mail: Mail a photocopy of your own immunization record to this address: Registrar's Office (SSB 303), San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132
  • By fax: Fax your immunization record to +1-415-338-0588
  • In person: Bring immunization record to Registrar’s counter located at One Stop, Student Services Building (SSB), first floor. Write your 9-digit SF State student ID on your immunization record. DO NOT EMAIL the immunization record to SF State

STEP 7: Register for Classes

You must first complete your AAO and clear all your registration holds. You will register for classes in your online Student Center where you will see registration holds, registration date & time, and the university class schedule.  Visit Student Solutions at to learn how to navigate the online Student Center

Undergraduate Students

There are 2 ways for you to register for classes:

  • If you are currently attending a California community college in the U.S., OIP strongly suggest you to attend the New Student Orientation sessions in December 2019 or early January 2020 so you can register for classes sooner
  • If you are coming from outside the U.S, attend the later New Student Orientation during the week before Spring 2020 semester start date

All F-1 undergraduate students must register for at least 12 units (full-time) per F-1 immigration regulations.  Also, only 3 units of the online classes can be used to satisfy the 12 units full-time course load.  See “Online Courses v.s. Hybrid Courses” at

Graduate Students

  • Graduate students can register for classes before attending the orientation.  
  • Register by yourself during the “Enrollment Appointment” or "Open Registration for All Students" period showing on your online Student Center.  See Open Registration dates at 

All F-1 graduate students must register for at least 8 units (full-time) per F-1 immigration regulations.  Also, only 3 units of the online classes can be used to satisfy the 8 units full-time course load.  See “Online Courses v.s. Hybrid Courses” at

STEP 8: Attend all Orientations and Complete F-1 Mandatory Online Workshop on iLearn

  • SF State holds several different orientations and sessions hosted by different offices and academic departments at SF State.  Make sure to attend the orientation
  • You are also required to complete the free and online F-1 Mandatory Online Workshop on SF State's iLearn at  before arriving the U.S.
  • F-1 Mandatory Online Workshop will be available in December 2019.  Spring 2020 will receive logon instruction by email in December 2019
  • iLearn is San Francisco State University's learning management system, where instructors can organize their courses and materials and students can efficiently interact with resources and partcipate in classes

STEP 9: Submit Final Transcripts

Submit all official transcripts to the International Undergraduate Admission or Graduate Studies as soon as possible:

  • Undergraduate freshmen students: You must graduate from high school and meet all admission requirements. Your final official high school transcript must arrive in Undergraduate International Admissions
  • Undergraduate transfer students: Your admission depends on the completion of lower-division admission requirements. Your final official transcripts must arrive in Undergraduate International Admissions as soon as possible
  • Graduate students: Your final official transcripts must arrive in Graduate Studies as soon as possible

For questions, please contact International Undergraduate Admissions at (phone:+1-415-338-2382) or Graduate Studies at (phone: +1-415-405-4005)

STEP 10: Pay Your Tuition by the First Day of the Semester

  • Tuition is paid one semester at a time.  The amount of the tuition should cover full-time enrollment (12 units for undergraduate students, and 8 units for graduate students).  If you are a F-1 International undergraduate student, you should prepare to pay for at least 12 units  Graduate students should pay for at least 8 units
  • Make sure you have access to your money before the first day of the semester so you can pay tuition.  See “Understand Tuition and fee” section at for tuition deadline  
  • See payment methods at  If you wish to pay tuition by installment plan, please be aware that there is a non-refundable service charge of 15% on each installment
  • SF State has partnered with Flywire to streamline the tuition payment process for our international students.  SF State collects international payments via Flywire with local accounts around the world.  Flywire processes payments securely, typically in your home local currency.  You can make payments from any country, any bank, save on bank fees and exchange rates, and track your payments from start to when it reaches your school’s account. See to know more about Flywire

Undergraduate Students (Per Semester)

Number of Units Undergraduate Tuition Fee Non-Resident Tuition (per unit) Total Tuition Cost
12 units (Full-Time) $3,635 $396 per unit $8,387
13 units  $3,635 $396 per unit $8,783
14 units  $3,635 $396 per unit $9,179
15 units  $3,635 $396 per unit $9,575
16 units  $3,635 $396 per unit $9,971

Graduate Students (Per Semester)

Number of Units Graduate Tuition Fee Non-Resident Tuition (per unit) Total Tuition Cost
8 units $4,352 $396 per unit $7,520
9 units $4,352 $396 per unit $7,916
10 units $4,352 $396 per unit $8,312
11 units $4,352 $396 per unit $8,708
12 units $4,352 $396 per unit $9,104

MBA/MSA/MSBA Students (Per Semester)

Number of Units Graduate Tuition Fee and graduate program fee Non-Resident Tuition (per unit) Total Tuition Cost
8 units (Full-Time) $5,552 $666 per unit $10,880
9 units  $5,552 $666 per unit $11,546
10 units $5,552 $666 per unit $12,212
11 units $5,552 $666 per unit $12,878
12 units $5,552 $666 per unit $13,544

* Tuition cost include undergraduate tuition and non-resident tuition and are subject to change.

The Office of International Progrmas (OIP) hope you found the above information helpful.  You are advised to visit OIP's New International Student page: for essential information about orientation and how to prepare for your arrival to San Francisco.  For questions, email the F-1 International Student Advisors at


Office of International Progrms | Division of International Education | Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

Last Updated: August 2019