San Francisco State University

San Francisco State University is located in the calm south western quadrant of San Francisco, a comprehensive university composed of six colleges.

San Francisco was voted #1 city to visit in the US by Conde Naste travel magazine. The University is made up of a bustling urban campus of 30,000 students. Students are subjected to well organized, challenging but rewarding classes. SFSU particularly suits independant and autonomous students.

The College of Business at SF State is a leading institution of business education in the San Francisco Bay Area, with an emphasis on preparing students to succeed in an economy that is global in nature. The College of Business has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1964.

The undergraduate Business Programs is located at the Downtown Campus in the heart of San Francisco.

Business Administration is the largest undergraduate major at SF State.

SFSU accepts academically strong students. You must obtain a close average of 60% in all your semesters at Regent’s prior to applying to SFSU.


Campus facilities



The Division of Information Technology offers free short courses and workshops throughout the year to faculty, staff and students on basic, intermediate and advanced skills in computers—from word processing and spreadsheets to graphics, databases and Web pages.

SFSU Students, Faculty and Staff with wireless-capable computers can access the wireless network on campus.

Technical wireless card support, software configuration information, and coverage information can be found here.

Other (Gym, clubs and societies)

Student organisations are at the center of activity at San Francisco State University, providing events, educational programs and service to the campus and local community. Leadership, Engagement, Action, Development (LEAD) welcomes students at SF State to get involved in student life on campus through over 200 student organizations registered each academic year.
The Campus Recreation Department offers a variety of recreational and fitness activities to the campus community. All SF State students, faculty and staff are eligible to participate in Campus Recreation programs and services. Join one of the many fitness and wellness classes, take part in the Intramural Sports, or just drop into the Gymnasium for some informal recreation activities like: Basketball, Swimming, Strength Training, Cardio and much, much more. As an SF State student, you may participate in all activities provided within the Campus Recreation Department (CRD) are at your disposal. The fee is included in your registration payments. There is no additional membership fee - all you need is your current student identification card.

Membership includes use of the Gymnasium and other campus facilities made available for recreational use (pool, tennis courts, weight room), participation in group exercise classes, and entry into Intramural Sports leagues.

SF State offers a full range of cultural and performing arts events throughout the year, as well as athletic events, academic conferences, lectures, and workshops.

Arts + Culture
SF State sponsors hundreds of performances, concerts, exhibits, speakers and other campus events throughout the year. The University maintains an events calendar that showcases activities for the general public, future students, current students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Many attractions are free or low cost.

Athletics + Sports
You have your choice of intercollegiate competition, on-campus club sports, intramurals or casual recreation. On-campus athletic facilities include Cox Stadium, Main Gymnasium, Maloney Field, Stephenson Field and tennis courts. Also, the Village Fitness Center is a full service fitness facility located in the middle of campus residence halls and available at no cost to on-campus residents.

Student Organisations
The hub of student life at SF State is the Cesar Chavez Student Center, but activities take place all over campus. Student organisations range from service and social fraternities and sororities to clubs based on majors and career interests to religious and political organisations to.

Many different sporting activities at all levels, various clubs and societies, on-campus health service.

Academic calendar

Spring Semester: January to May

Autumn Semester: August to December

Please check the online academic calendar for exact dates.


Orientation takes place over 3-4days prior to scheduled class dates. It is therefore recommended students arrive approximately one week before orientation.


Orientation is mandatory and a part of the J1 visa requirement. Students must attend every day of orientation. The orientation week is designed to provide students with important information about San Francisco State University and city life. The orientation will also be a great opportunity for international students to meet native SF State students.

Academic life

Class schedule

Please note classes are scheduled either "MWF" (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) , each week or "TTH" (Tuesday and Thursday) each week. Therefore it is important that students do not schedule classes that overlap or are at the same time.

There is a strict class attendance policy and poor attendance will affect a student's grade.

SFSU expect exchange students to be able to perform at "B" (good) level or better. SFSU reserve the right to cancel the programs of two semester students if they perform poorly (below "C" [Satisfactory] level) during the first semester. SFSU reserve the right fail your semester if you do not attend the classes or perform poorly during the semester.


American universities use the Carnegie Classification definition of a credit hour. A credit hour is defined as at least twelve and a half hours of direct faculty instruction (in class or remote sites) with at least twenty-five hours of student work outside of that direct instruction, usually spread over fifteen weeks, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time.

Typically, courses are 3 credits each, meaning that students meet in class and/or online for 2 ½ hours a week and do academic work outside class at least five hours a week over a fifteen-week semester or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time. Courses that carry 4 or 5 credit hours require approximately one or two more hours of work each week in classes and require at least 1.67 or 3.33 additional hours of academic work outside class each week over a fifteen-week semester or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time.

Grades Calculated in Grade Point Average

A (Excellent)






B (Good)






C (Satisfactory)




D (Poor)


F (Academic Fail)


FX (Administrative Fail in Course for Grade)


Academic Fail: Academic fail indicates the student’s continued enrollment in the course and he or she did not satisfy the Instructor’s summative requirements for passing the course.

Administrative Fail: Administrative fail is assigned by the instructor in lieu of a grade of F when a student never attended or ceased attending the class, rendering an assessment of academic performance impossible. Instructors will be asked to provide the last date of attendance.

Class Attendance

Individual instructors may have different attendance requirements; it is the student’s responsibility to check each course syllabus to determine policy and to speak to instructors or the international office at the host institution regarding excused absences.


Please contact your Head of Programme or Academic Advisor for more details



Passing requirements

Please contact your Head of Programme or Academic Advisor for more details

Disability provisions

Please contact the IPO for more information regarding the support services at SFSU.



For more information please view the Country Information Packs available on the IPO Study Abroad pages on Blackboard. Click here to log into Blackboard.


Most international students live off campus and make their housing arrangements post arrival . However, SF State does have on-campus dorms available to international students. If you are interested in the on-campus accommodation, you will need to submit an application directly to the housing office and notify the Office of International Programs (OIP) them that you are an exchange student.

Cost of living

SFSU suggests the following for two full time semesters:


Off / On Campus

Books and Supplies


Meals and Housing


Personal Expenses





Students who have been nominated to study at SFSU will be sent an application pack via email the semester before they are due to start their SPA.

Health Insurance  

You must provide evidence of having an appropriate health insurance. This is usually required at the time of submitting your application.

Because of the high cost of medical care in the US, all international students on an exchange at SF State must have adequate medical insurance for the duration of their program and the insurance requirements are very strict.

SF State offers a dedicated exchange student insurance policy that automatically meets the requirements. The cost of enrolling in the University’s health insurance policy varies, but is approximately $500.00 for one semester:

Visa requirements

On receipt of your application, SFSU will issue an Acceptance Letter and DS-2019 form. These should be taken to the US Embassy in order to apply for a J-1 visa (for Exchange Visitors).

Students are required to pay a $100 SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) fee.The fee must be processed at least three business days prior to the date of the visa interview. This fee is paid to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the US. It cannot be paid at the Embassy.

For more information visit this website. You will need to provide a receipt of payment for the SEVIS fee and additional documentation for the visa application. Check with the embassy that you will be applying from for their specific requirements.

This is for your information only, it is the student's responsibility to obtain the correct visa.



Please note: The information on this page is accurate at the time of publishing. Some details have been sourced from external websites.




Country: USA
Language of tuition: English
Level of study: Undergraduate
Partner type: Bilateral Exchange partner

Applicable Regent's programmes for a study period abroad: