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San Francisco State University
Center for Global Engagement

Fast Facts

  • School Size

    Medium

  • Tuition

    $1,000—$5,000 Semester

  • Affiliation

    Public

  • Type of School

    University/Intensive English Program

  • Student Body Gender

    Co-ed

  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation

  • Scholarships for International Students

    No

  • Conditional Admission Available

    Yes

  • Setting

    City

  • Accreditation and Certification

    EnglishUSA Member, WASC

  • Type of Housing

    Residence Hall, Apartment, Dormitory

  • Social Media

Center for Global Engagement provides international students and professional groups unparalleled access to pursue rigorous academic education, cutting-edge professional development, and enriching cultural exploration at an American university. San Francisco State University (SF State) is committed to providing innovative, high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs for students, as well as continuing and professional educational opportunities. SF State educates 30,000 students, including 1,800 international students from over 100 countries each year. 

San Francisco is known as "America's Favorite City," famous for its great beauty and tremendous mixture of people from so many cultures.  San Francisco is also the center of the technology world with multinational corporations, start-up ventures and social media companies such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Uber, Yelp, Pinterest, Airbnb, Zynga and many more nearby.

Center for Global Engagement offers you multiple programs:

  1. Academic Certificate Programs
    • Hospitality and Tourism Management
    • International Business
    • Paralegal Studies
  2. English for Academic Preparation
    • Conditional Admission
  3. San Francisco Discover

HOSPITALITY & TOURISM MANAGEMENT

The Certificate in Hospitality & Tourism Management is designed to meet the needs of international and non-matriculated students to learn specific concepts and skills in hospitality management within two semesters. Semester option is available.

The certificate is focused on food service, lodging, recreation/resort business, and is also practically oriented toward skills and occupations. The Certificate in Hospitality & Tourism Management is proof of completing a coherent set of required courses and related work at an acceptable level of academic accomplishment.

The Certificate in Hospitality and Tourism Management takes two semesters to complete. To earn the certificate complete eight courses* from the list below:

  • Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism Management 
  • Hospitality Tourism Management Revenue and Cost Control 
  • The Business of International Tourism
  • Food, Wine and Culture in California
  • Tourism Management
  • Restaurant Operations
  • Hotel Operation Management
  • Meeting Planning and Convention/Event Management

*Not all courses are available each semester.

Certificate Application Deadlines*

Fall Semester: May 15
Spring Semester: November 15

*Applications may be accepted after the deadline on a space-available basis only.

Program Fees - $13,400 + Living expenses

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS


The Certificate in International Business is designed to offer international students and non-matriculated U.S. residents the opportunity to acquire competencies in international business in two semesters. Semester option is available.

The program consists of core courses that focus on conceptual, theoretical and practical skills to prepare students for a career or advancement in international business. Additionally, more than 15 different electives are offered on a rotational basis. Electives focus on entrepreneurship, innovation, doing business in different countries and regions, leadership, cultural competencies, human resource management, business negotiations and management.

The Certificate in International Business takes two semesters to complete. To earn the certificate, complete the following five core courses and your chosen three electives for a total of eight courses*:

  • International Business and Multicultural Relations 
  • International Environmental Analysis
  • Import-Export Management and Small Business Operations 
  • Global Strategic Management
  • Seminar in Comparative Management
  • Example of three electives: Doing Business in Greater China, Legal Environment of World Business, Global Entrepreneurship

*Not all courses are available each semester.

Certificate Application Deadlines*

Fall Semester: May 15
Spring Semester: November 15

*Applications may be accepted after the deadline on a space-available basis only.

Program Fees - $13,400 + Living expenses

PARALEGAL STUDIES

The Certificate in Paralegal Studies provides American Bar Association approved instruction in practical legal skills and substantive law. Courses are conducted at the upper-division level and are taught by attorneys and paralegals, all of who have practical experience in the field. This program is a member of the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE), which requires that all of its member programs be in substantial compliance with nationally recognized guidelines. It is also accredited through SF State by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the official regional accrediting body for academic institutions in the western part of the country. 

The primary goal of the Paralegal Studies certificate program is to educate students for positions as paralegals as a means of improving the quality, accessibility, and affordability of legal services.

To earn the certificate, complete five core courses and your chosen five electives, for a total of ten courses:

  • Introduction to Law/Civil Procedure
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Communication Skills and Legal Ethics
  • Pleadings and Motions
  • Investigation, Discovery and Trial Preparation
  • Example of five electives: Employment Law, Family Law, Trademarks and Copyrights, Real Estate Practice, Corporations Law

Certificate Application Deadlines*

Fall Semester: May 15
Spring Semester: November 15

*Applications may be accepted after the deadline on a space-available basis only.

Program Fees - $8,990 + Living expenses

ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC PREPARATION

The English for Academic Preparation (EAP) program will give you the skills and strategies you need to succeed in an American university. The American Language Institute (ALI) of SF State is one of the oldest and most respected intensive English programs in the country. Since 1961, the ALI has been helping thousands of students improve their English to reach their academic and personal goals. ALI teachers are very well-prepared and enthusiastic about teaching and they really love their students.  Every week, you will learn:

  • reading and writing strategies to help you write effective essays and read and analyze articles
  • listening and speaking strategies to help you understand university lectures, give presentations, and participate actively in class discussions
  • grammar that will improve your speaking and writing
  • content in electives such as Business English, American Culture, and American Literature

The Center also offers supplemental TOEFL Preparation courses on Fridays for a small fee.

Qualified students can receive special TOEFL waivers for admission to SF State undergraduate programs.  All students receive substantial assistance in applying to colleges and universities from the advisors.

Multiple options of English for Academic Preparation per year.

Session Program Dates Program Weeks Apply After Confirmation Fee* Tuition** Health Insurance
 
Spring 2020

February 3, 2020 - May 1, 2020***

12 September 4, 2019 $100 $5,000 $489
Summer 2020

June 8, 2020 - July 30, 2020

8 January 10, 2020 $100 $3,459 TBA
Summer A 2020

June 8, 2020 - July 2, 2020

4 January 10, 2020 $100 $2,399 TBA
Summer B 2020

July 6, 2020 - July 30, 2020

4 January 10, 2020 $100 $2,399 TBA
Fall 2020

August 17, 2020 - December 10, 2020***

16 January 31, 2020 $100 $5,995 TBA
Fall A 2020

August 17, 2020 - October 8, 2020

8 January 31, 2020 $100 $3,459 TBA
Fall B 2020

October 12, 2020 - December 10, 2020***

8 January 31, 2020 $100 $3,459 TBA
Spring 2021

January 25, 2021 - May 20, 2021***

16 August 5, 2020 $100 $5,995 TBA
Spring A 2021

January 25, 2021 - March 18, 2021

8 August 5, 2020 $100 $3,459 TBA
Spring B 2021

March 29, 2021 - May 20, 2021

8 August 5, 2020 $100 $3,459 TBA

 

*A $100 USD non-refundable confirmation fee will be required to issue admission documents after an admission offer has been accepted. There is no application fee.
**Includes fees for TOEFL tests and materials. Fees are subject to change. There is no tuition deposit.
***Includes one-week fall or spring break with no classes.

Books: approximately $150; living expenses: (housing, food, transportation) approximately $6,000 per semester.

Housing on the SF State campus is available, but you must apply early.

SAN FRANCISCO DISCOVER

Discover the Art, Business, Culture, and Technology that’s shaping San Francisco while improving your English language skills.

San Francisco Discover is a two or four week non-academic English language program that uses the city of San Francisco as the classroom. The program combines language study at our beautiful San Francisco State University Downtown Campus with trips throughout the city's culturally diverse neighborhoods.  In the San Francisco Discover Program, you will:

  • Improve your spoken English
  • Experience the entrepreneurial and innovative culture of San Francisco
  • Use English as you explore the exciting city of San Francisco

San Francisco Discover is a short term two or four-week program that does not require a student visa

2020 San Francisco Discover Session Dates:

Session 2020 Program Dates Program Fee Campus Housing Fees** Priority Application Deadline*
Winter - 4 weeks January 6 - January 31 $2,796 N/A December 1, 2019
Winter - 3 weeks January 13 - January 31 $2,097 N/A December 1, 2019
Winter - 2 weeks January 20 - January 31 $1,398 N/A December 1, 2019
Summer A - 4 weeks July 13 - August 7 $2,796 $1,640*** May 1, 2020
Summer A - 3 weeks July 13 - July 31 $2,097 $1,230*** May 1, 2020
Summer A - 2 weeks July 13 - July 24 $1,398 $820*** May 1, 2020
Summer B - 3 weeks August 17 - September 4 $2,097 N/A June 1, 2020
Summer B - 2 weeks August 17 - August 28 $1,398 N/A June 1, 2020

*Applications may be accepted after the priority deadline on a space available basis.
**SF State on-campus housing is available for Summer A session only.
***Housing guaranteed if requested before March 31. After April 1, housing will be available on a space-available basis.

Note: Program fee will be due in full 1 week after the priority deadline.

Program Fee Includes:

  • All class materials
  • 15 hours a week of classroom instruction
  • 8 hours per weeks of excursions and cultural events
  • 2 hours per week of guest lectures from university faculty or industry experts
  • Activities such as San Francisco Bay Cruise or a local sports game
  • Visits to a variety of San Francisco neighborhoods, landmarks, businesses and local universities (includes entry fees and transportation costs)
  • An unlimited monthly San Francisco public transportation* pass

*Airport pick-ups available for groups of 20 or more

ALI is a member of EnglishUSA.

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San Francisco State University
Center for Global Engagement

Main Campus
1600 Holloway Ave.
San Francisco CA 94132
P: 415.338.1438


Downtown Campus
835 Market St, 6th Floor
San Francisco CA 94103
P: 4154057700
Certificate/Short Term
  • Business
  • English Language (ESL)
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Hospitality Business Management
  • International Business
  • Summer Intensive English
  • Summer Pre-University
English Programs
  • Business English
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • English for Specific Purposes Programs
  • English Language (ESL)
  • General English Programs
  • Intensive English as a Second Language
  • Intensive Language & Culture
  • Pathway Program
  • Summer Intensive English
  • TOEFL and University Preparation
Summer
  • English Language (ESL)
  • Summer Intensive English
  • Summer Pre-University

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