What is Conditional Admission?

City College of San Francisco (CCSF) International Student Programs may offer you conditional admission if you are an international student who requires English language instruction before you can begin your studies at the college level. If you are conditionally admitted, you will attend the Intensive English Program (IEP), located on the Ocean Campus in Cloud Hall, to study English in an intensive environment. IEP classes are taught in-person at our main Ocean Campus only.

Students will first attend the IEP at CCSF and improve their English. Then they will take the Institutional TOEFL Test at CCSF while studying in the IEP. If they get a TOEFL score of 483, they will be admitted to the Academic Program at CCSF for the following semester.

To apply for conditional admission, complete the application process as stated below. Students requesting conditional admission must meet all of the college's international admission requirements except the English proficiency requirement.

Dates and Fees for Intensive English Program


Spring 2024

Full semester course (18 weeks)

  • Date: Jan. 16, 2024 - May 21, 2024
  • Time: Monday - Thursday, 11:00am - 4:00pm
  • Tuition and fees: $3,015 total

Half Semester Courses (9 weeks)

  • Date: Jan. 16, 2024 - Mar. 14, 2024 or Mar. 18, 2024 - May 21, 2024
  • Time: Monday - Thursday, 11:00am - 4:00pm
  • Tuition and fees: $1,615 total

Fall 2024

Full semester course (18 weeks)

  • Date:  Aug. 19, 2024 - Dec. 17, 2024
  • Time: Monday - Thursday, 11:00am - 4:00pm
  • Tuition and fees: $3,015 total

Half Semester Courses (9 weeks)

  • Date: Aug. 19, 2024 - Oct. 16, 2024 or Oct. 17, 2024 - Dec. 17, 2024
  • Time: Monday - Thursday, 11:00am - 4:00pm
  • Tuition and fees: $1,615 total

The above total cost includes the $20 health service fee for Spring/Fall semester courses ($16 health service fee for Summer).

Additional Cost (not included in totals above): Students under F-1 status are required to purchase the mandatory F-1 Health Insurance. For more information on this requirement, Click Here 


A few weeks after being admitted, we will send you an email with information on how to pay your IEP tuition and other important steps.

Tuition payment is due in one full payment before the first day of IEP classes. No payment plans are offered.

We cannot accept cash or personal checks. A cashier's check, non-U.S. credit card (paid through Flywire), U.S. Credit/Debit (VISA, MASTERCARD only, paid through a CCSF Payment Form), or money order is required.

Cashier's checks should be made out to City College of San Francisco. An extra $25 will be charged for all returned payments. An activity fee will be collected on the first day of school. Please do not include this fee with your payment. 

There is no refund after the first week of class.

Deadline to Apply

  • Out-of-country applicants: 8 weeks before the start of the program
  • In-country, transfer applicants: 2 weeks before the start of the program

Steps to Apply

Step 1
Pay the required non-refundable $50 application fee on https://www.flywire.com/pay/ccsf and save the receipt. You will be required to upload the receipt in the online application (see Step 2 below). If you experience any issues with this payment method, please email international@ccsf.edu 

Step 2
Submit an online application for the Conditional Admission Program (click here)In the online application, please upload all the required documents (see "Required Documents" sections below) including your payment receipt for the $50 application fee. 

Step 3
Wait up to 4 weeks for our office to review your application, payment and documents. We will email you once our review is complete. You may be required to submit additional information and/or documents. 

If you are admitted, you will be required to go through the Intensive English Program (IEP) orientation. You will receive a detailed email about this shortly after being admitted. 

Required Documents

  • Payment receipt for the $50 application fee (Not refundable) - https://www.flywire.com/pay/ccsf (if you experience any issues with this payment method, please email international@ccsf.edu
  • Copy of your valid Passport (biographic page only)
  • Financial Support Form
    • Completed and signed OIP's Financial Support Form (click here to download the form). Please note that the name(s) provided on this form must match exactly the name(s) of the account holder(s) as they appear on the bank statement or bank letter submitted.
  • Official Bank Statement or Bank Letter with a minimum balance of $32,000 USD or equivalent in other currencies
    • Bank Statement or Bank Letters must clearly show full name(s) of account holder(s)
    • Must be dated within the last 6 months
    • For accounts outside of the United States, the bank statement/letter must be signed or stamped by a bank official
    • Must list at least $32,000 US Dollars in cash (liquid assets), or equivalent to this amount in other currency (currency must be listed)
    • Must be in English or officially translated into English by a certified translation company with legal interpreter’s stamp (you must then submit a copy of both the original language version AND the English translation of it)
    • Please do not submit multiple pages of transactions. A simple 1-2 page bank statement or bank letter is fine.
    • Screenshots of documents will not be accepted.
    • Note: The account holder name(s) on the bank statement or bank letter submitted must match the name(s) provided on the Financial Support Form.
  • Official High School or College/University Transcript
    • Transcripts must clearly list or show what classes the applicant took and what grades/marks the applicant received in those classes.
    • Transcript must be in English or officially translated into English by a certified translation company with a legal interpreter’s stamp. You must then submit a copy of both transcripts in the original language AND the English translations.
    • In your initial application, please only submit the transcript for the highest level that you have completed. For example, if you went to a university, please only submit your university transcript and do not submit your high school transcript.
    • Note: Copies of diplomas will not be accepted in place of official transcripts. 
  • Additional documents for certain applicants only:
    • Transfer-in applicants: F-1 visa copy, most recent I-94, and copies of all previous I-20 Forms.
    • Change-of-status applicants: Copy of current U.S. visa page and most recent I-94 (Click here for the I-94 website)Applicants currently under a J-1 visa must also submit a copy of their valid Form DS-2019.
    • Students under the age of 18: Copy of high school diploma (for Conditional Admission applicants only) and completed Legal Guardian Consent Form (Click here)
      • Legal Guardian must be 21 years or older, live in the San Francisco Bay Area and must provide a copy of their U.S. legal photo I.D. or passport.
    • Students who obtained a degree in the U.S.: Personal statement (1-2 pages), explaining why you would like to study at CCSF and your academic goals in the U.S. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Conditional Admission

  • Do I still need a TOEFL score if I am requesting conditional admission?
    No, it is not required to submit English proficiency test results to apply for the Conditional Admission Program.
  • I want to apply as a transfer student. May I request conditional admission?
    As an international student transferring from another institution in the U.S., you may request conditional admission.
  • Which fee will I be paying while under Conditional Admission?
    You will be paying the Intensive English Program fees according to the semester/session you are applying for.