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Intensive English Program
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Intensive English Program

How to Apply

Important Notice

*Please note that as of June 1st, 2012, all International Students studying at City College of San Francisco (CCSF) will be required to purchase health insurance through CCSF's group plan.

Health Insurance Information: Click Here

If you are applying for the first time and are in your home country:

Step 1
Submit the following application requirements to the office of the Intensive English Program:
  • Application Form

  • Official Bank Certification (not more than 6 months old) indicating the amount of funds available to you at the time of application. The Bank Certification must be the original document/letter. It must show a minimum of $18,150 in U.S. dollars or equivalent to $18,150 if your bank only provides the amount in your country's currency. It must show the account information (saving, checking), account owner's name, date, and currency. The document must also be stamped and signed by the bank official.
    ***Please submit both the original and the translated version if your bank cannot provide an English version and if you had your bank letter officially translated***

    If the student is going to be supported by a sponsor who is a U.S. citizen or resident, the sponsor must complete an Affidavit of Support Form. The Affidavit of Support must be notarized and the sponor must also submit an official bank letter showing the current saving or checking account with a minimum of $18,150. The bank letter must be both stamped and signed by the bank official for verification.

  • Photocopies of your passport title page

  • Payment
    1) $50 Application Fee
    2) $75 DHL Fee (optional)
    to be paid by Money Order, Bank Cashier’s Check, or peerTransfer (information below).

    [Important: Please indicate your full name on the lower portion of the Money Order or Bank Cashier's check

    Please make the Money Order
    or Bank Cashier's check payable to:
    City College of San Francisco

    Note: Personal Checks, or Cash are not accepted.

  • City College of San Francisco has partnered with peerTransfer in order to streamline the process of international payments. peerTransfer allows you to pay securely from any country and any bank, generally in your home currency.

    By making your payment with peerTransfer, you can:
    1) Track your payments from start to finish
    2) Save on bank fees and exchange rates
    3) Contact their multilingual customer support team with any questions, day or night

    To get started, click or go to: to begin the payment process.

    To learn more about the process of making an international payment with peerTransfer, visit: peerTransfer Video

    If you are making your payment by peerTransfer, please submit a copy of your receipt together with your application package.

Step 2
Once the office receives the documents and fees, an I-20 form will be sent to you. For express or additional services, click here for more information.

Step 3
Once you have received the I-20, you need to pay the mandatory $200 SEVIS fee. For more information and online payment options, go to You will need your SEVIS ID number and the CCSF's school code from your I-20 form, a credit card and a printer to print out your receipt.

Step 4
The last step is for you to make your appointment with the American Embassy in your country in order to get your F-1 visa.

If you are transferring from another school within the US:

Step 1
Follow step 1 - 5 above. In addition, please submit:
  • Photocopy of your F-1 visa page (or your change of status approval document)
  • I-94
  • All copies of previous and current I-20
Step 2
After you have been accepted by the program, you will be issued an acceptance letter and transfer-in form. Please submit these two documents to your previous school that you are transferring from. The transfer-in form must be completed and returned back to our office.

Step 3
You will receive your new I-20 as soon as your previous school transfers you out.

Send or bring your application packet to:
City College of San Francisco
International Education Programs
50 Phelan Avenue
Cloud Hall, Room 212
San Francisco, CA 94112

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at:
Telephone: 415-239-3895
Fax: 415-239-3804
Inquiry Form: Link

Intensive English Program

Admission Requirement to IEP

Cost of Additional Services

Refund Policy

Application Form

Transfer Out Form

Affidavit of Support Form

Minor Consent Form

Sevis Transfer Procedures