Applying to SF State's Exchange Student Program

Important Dates and Deadlines

Semester Spring 2022 Fall 2022
Nomination Deadline September 24, 2021 March 25, 2022
Application Deadline October 1, 2021 April 1, 2022


Application Process


A students' first step is to speak with their home university's exchange advisor to determine whether SF State’s exchange program is a good fit. The student's home university will make this determination and nominate the student for the program. 


After being nominated, the student will be provided with instructions for completing the SF State Exchange Program application. Students should complete this application as accurately as possible. 

When applying, students must provide the following information:

  • A Personal Statement (250 to 500 words) explaining their interest in the exchange program regarding education, personal growth, etc.
  • A Course Proposal of at least eight SF State courses that suit the student's interest and academic needs (the course proposal does not guarantee enrollment in these classes; it's purpose is to determine if the student is a good academic fit for the program). Commonly offered course can be found in the SF State Course Index.
  • Proof of Funding equal to or exceeding the required funds stated on the Office of International Programs’ website. Accepted documents should be no older than 60 days and may include:
    • Personal bank statements
    • Government scholarships / financial aid awards
    • Signed sponsorship letters (download the template below).
    • OIP may be able to accept other forms of documentation. Please contact with any questions. Do not send digital copies of sensitive financial documents by email.


  • The student's most recent Academic Transcript
  • English proficiency documentation or proof of enrollment in a primarily English-taught university. Accepted documentation includes:
    • iBT/iBT Home Edition/iBT MyBest Scores: 61
    • IELTS/IELTS Indicator: 6.0
    • PTE Academic Score: 45
    • TOEFL: 500
    • TOEFL Essentials: 7.5
    • Faculty/Staff recommendation letter (download the template below).
    • On a case-by-case basis, OIP may accept other English proficiency documentation. Please address such questions to
  • A clear digital copy of the student's passport, including the entire face page of the document. The student's passport must have a minimum of six months’ validity remaining.
  • Agreement to purchase the SF State-approved health insurance plan.
  • Agreement to contribute to campus internationalization by participating in the International Education Exchange Council (IEEC).
  • Agreement to main J-1 immigration status for the duration of the student's program of study.


Four to six weeks after the application deadline, SF State’s Office of International Programs will contact applicants directly with admissions decisions. Upon acceptance, the student can expect the following:

Correspondence Fall Timeline Spring Timeline
Registration instructions (email) early May early November
Visa application instructions (email) early to mid May early to mid November
Acceptance packet (mail) mid to late May mid to late November
Pre-arrival orientation (iLearn) mid June to early July early December
Health insurance reminder (email) late July late December

Students may receive other correspondence prior to arrival, so it is recommend that they check their email regularly.

Last updated: September 2021

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