Academic Program

The City College of San Francisco provides a substantial curriculum for study for international students. The U.S. Department of Immigration and Naturalization has authorized City College of San Francisco under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant international students without quota. This is applicable to F-1 visa students.

Credit Programs:

University Transfer Programs comprise all courses offered by City College of San Francisco with the exception of foundation courses. Credits earned in specified courses are transferable to four-year colleges and universities, where you can complete your bachelor's degree. CCSF is proud to report that it has one of the highest rates of transfer for its students to both the University of California and California State University.

Semiprofessional or Career Programs provide specialized college level training designed to qualify students for employment in various fields. Semiprofessional preparation is provided in both degree and certificate curricula. Degree curricula require completion of 60 or more semester units, and certificate curricula usually require completion of fewer than 60 semester units, generally between 12 to 30. The College offers 45 degree and 30 certificate programs on the semiprofessional level. Students are generally expected to complete a program at the College within four semesters.

Click here for a complete list of all programs offered at CCSF

After obtaining a credit Certificate or Associate Degree, you may be eligible to apply for OPT (Optional Practical Training), and work full-time for up to 1 year! Email if you are interested in learning more about OPT. 

Deadlines to Apply

To be considered for admissions as a international student to City College of San Francisco Academic Program, applicants must complete the required documents in full and submitted to the International Student Office by the deadline dates of:

June 1st for the Fall Semester
(August - December)

July 1st for Transfer Students


October 31st for the Spring Semester
(January - May)

November 30th for Transfer Students

Dates and Fees

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Calendar of Instruction
Important Dates & Deadlines

The fee schedule below is payable by International Students at the time of registration (12 units/credits are mandatory, and 18 units/credits maximum per semester; fees are subject to change without notice):

International Student Tuition Fee:
$234.00 per unit x 12 = $2,808.00

Regular Enrollment Tuition Fee:
$46.00 per unit x 12 = $552.00

Capital Outlay Fee:
$7.00 per unit x 12 = $84.00

Health Service Fee:
$20.00 per semester = $20.00

Estimate Tuition and Fees per Semester:
$2,808.00 + $552.00 + $84.00 + $20.00 = $3,464.00

Mandatory Health Insurance Fee (in Addition to the fees listed above):
$954 per semester

Academic Counseling

Academic counseling is available to assist students with academic planning and course selection. CCSF is noted for its Student Counseling which provides personalized options and opportunities customized to its students. There are over 75 fields of study in both certificate and degree programs at City College of San Francisco. CCSF specializes in providing the first two years of the baccalaureate (four-year) degree and excels at allowing our students to transfer to top-quality public and private universities.

Information about Academic Counseling