Graduate School of Engineering

Frequently Asked Questions: International Students

1. How do I apply?
2. Do I need to take the TOEFL or IELTS exam to be admitted to San Francisco State University?
3. What is the minimum TOEFL / IELTS score accepted?
4. Where can I take the TOEFL or IELTS test?
5. Will you accept a copy of my TOEFL or IELTS score report for an initial evaluation of my graduate admission application?
6. Can the TOEFL or IELTS requirement for admission be waived?
7. Do you offer conditional admission for students that do not meet the Graduate Division's English language proficiency requirement?
8. My university only issued one degree certificate and transcript. Can I show my original degree certificate and transcript to the Division of Graduate Studies?
9. Will San Francisco State University accept photocopies of my transcripts or marks until I can submit official documents?
10. Will San Francisco State University return my original transcript and degree certificate after I am admitted?
11. I have been admitted to a graduate program based on unofficial academic documents. When do I have to submit an official transcript and degree certificate?
12. How much does it cost to attend San Francisco State University?
13. I do not intend to study at San Francisco State University with an F-1 student visa. Do I need to submit evidence of financial resources with my graduate admission application?
14. I am currently attending a U.S. institution, how do I transfer to SFSU?
15. Can I defer my graduate admission to a future term?
16. Are scholarships available for international students?

International Students:

  1. How do I apply?
    Admission to a graduate program at San Francisco State University is a two-part process:
    Step 1: Apply on-line .
    Submit official transcripts(mark sheets) and degree certificates, TOEFL/IELTS scores, and SEVIS documents (including bank statements) to the Division of Graduate Studies
    Step 2: submit to school of Engineering
    Statement of purpose, 2 letters of recommendation and GRE scores (institution code: 4683) directly to the department
    Graduate program deadlines
  2. Do I need to take the TOEFL or IELTS exam to be admitted to San Francisco State University?
    Check English language proficiency requirement .
  3. What is the minimum TOEFL / IELTS score accepted?
    Internet based test: 80
    Paper based test: 550
    IELTS - overall band score of 7.0
  4. Where can I take the TOEFL or IELTS test?
    Go to TOEFL or IELTS to find the test center nearest to you.
  5. Will you accept a copy of my TOEFL or IELTS score report for an initial evaluation of my graduate admission application?
    Yes, we can use an unofficial copy of your TOEFL or IELTS score report to evaluate your graduate admission application. Your TOEFL or IELTS score cannot be older than two years and upon admission you will be required to submit an official score report. Use ETS school code 4683 to request an official copy of your TOEFL score report.
  6. Can the TOEFL or IELTS requirement for admission be waived?
    If you have earned a U.S. Bachelor's or Master's degree, you do not have to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score.
  7. Do you offer conditional admission for students that do not meet the Graduate Division's English language proficiency requirement?
    Please check division of Graduate studies website
  8. My university only issued one degree certificate and transcript. Can I show my original degree certificate and transcript to the Division of Graduate Studies?
    No. Please mail the university attested copies of your transcript in a university sealed envelope to the graduate admission office.
  9. Will San Francisco State University accept photocopies of my transcripts or marks until I can submit official documents?
    The Division of Graduate Studies can evaluate your graduate admission application using unofficial transcripts and degree certificate; however you will be required to submit official transcripts by the fourth week of your first semester or you will not be allowed to register for future terms. To be considered official, your academic documents must be university issued or university attested and must arrive in our office in a signed and sealed envelope.
  10. Will San Francisco State University return my original transcript and degree certificate after I am admitted?
    San Francisco State University will not return any documents submitted by a student. For this reason, do not submit your only copy of original academic documents. If you have only one copy of your academic documents please refer to question eight .
  11. I have been admitted to a graduate program based on unofficial academic documents. When do I have to submit an official transcript and degree certificate?
    You must submit official transcripts, degree certificates; TOEFL or IELTS score reports by the fourth week of your first semester, or you will not be allowed to register for future terms.
  12. How much is the tuition and fees for San Francisco State University?
    Tuition and fees information
  13. If I plan to study at San Francisco State University with a visa other than F-1 student visa. Do I need to submit evidence of financial resources with my graduate admission application?
    No. Only students who intend to study at San Francisco State University with an F1 visa need to submit evidence of financial resources and a SEVIS information form
  14. I am currently attending a U.S. institution, how do I transfer to SFSU?
    Show your current university student adviser a copy of your formal SFSU admission letter and ask them to transfer your SEVIS record to San Francisco State University. Once your SEVIS record has been transferred to SFSU, advisers in the Office of International Programs at SFSU will prepare a transfer I-20 for you.
  15. Can I defer my graduate admission to a future term?
    No.If the student does not enroll in the semester admitted, he/she needs to reapply again and resubmit all the documents if reapplication is beyond one semester.
  16. Are scholarships available for international students?
    No. But generally students find part-time jobs on campus. Also you can check with Office of student financial aid or Finaid .

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