Study at CCSF to Earn a Degree and/or Transfer

Is your goal to earn a college certificate, college degree, or transfer to a 4-year college or university? Then the Credit (Academic) Program is right for you.

Credit (Academic) Programs
Associate's Degrees, Certificates and Career Programs
Degree programs require completion of a minimum of 60 semester-units (2 - 2.5 years), and Certificate programs usually require completion of fewer than 60 semester-units, generally between 12 to 30 (0.5 - 1.5 years). Additionally, the College offers roughly 45 degrees and 30 certificate programs on the semiprofessional level - these provide specialized college-level training designed to qualify students for employment in various fields. Semiprofessional preparation is provided in both degree and certificate curricula.
University Transfer Programs
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 (CSU).


To determine if you are eligible to apply to our Credit (Academic) Program, please answer the following question: 

Do you have any one of the following:

  • TOEFL score of 56 (IBT-internet based)?
  • TOEFL score of 483 (ITP-paper-based)?
  • IELTS score of 5.5?
  • or Duolingo score of 85?

If your answer is YES to any of the above questions, then you qualify to apply for the Credit (Academic) Program.

If your answer is NO TO ALL of the above questions, you may apply for the Conditional Admission Program, which means that you will begin in the Intensive English Program (IEP) to improve your English skills and prepare to take the in-house official Institutional TOEFL exam. Upon passing the Institutional TOEFL exam, you will be admitted into the Credit (Academic) Program the following semester. 

Deadline to Apply

The Fall 2023 application period has closed.

The Spring 2024 application period opens on July 2, 2023. The Spring 2024 semester starts Mid-January, 2024.

  • New Student Applicant Deadline: The Spring 2024 deadline to submit your application, payment, and documents is October 1, 2023 (for new students applying for the F-1 visa in their home country).
  • Transfer-in Student Applicant Deadline: The Spring 2024 deadline to submit your application, payment, and documents is November 1, 2023 (for transfer-in students who are already in the U.S. with an active I-20 and F-1 status).
  • Change-of-Status Applicant Deadline: The Spring 2024 deadline to submit your application, payment, and documents is  November 1, 2023 (for applicants who are already in the U.S. with an active non F-1 status and want to change to F-1 status).
  • CCSF Active OPT Returning Student Applicant Deadline: The Spring 2024 deadline to submit your application, payment, and documents is  November 1, 2023 (for previously graduated CCSF students on active OPT status who wish to return for additional education to help achieve their career goals.).

Steps to Apply

Step 1:
Submit an online international application via OpenCCC (click here).  You will then receive an automated "Welcome to City College of San Francisco" email including your CCSF Student ID number, instructions to pay the $50 application fee, and a link to upload the required documents online.

Note: Make sure to check your junk/spam email inbox as it can get filtered into there. You will also receive a separate email with instructions to set up your CCSF email address.

Note: You will also receive an email about holds in your account.  Please disregard this email. The holds are there until you have completed the admission process and orientation procedure, if you are accepted to CCSF as a future F-1 status student. The holds will be removed once you have completed all the process.

Step 2
Pay the non-refundable $50 application fee online from your CCSF myRAM portal as stated in the "Welcome to City College of San Francisco" email.  You will initiate the payment directly from your student portal, and will have the options to use a U.S. debit/credit card, or Flywire for international payments.  Please allow 2 - 3 hours before you create/log-in your myRAM portal for the first time after you received the Welcome email for our system to update your information.  Birthday should only be 6-digits (MMDDYY, M = month, D = day, Y = year).

Step 3
Submit all required documents online using the link provided in the "Welcome to City College of San Francisco" email by the deadline. (see "Required Documents" section below). 

Step 4
Wait up to 3 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 needed.

If you are admitted, you will be required to go through the enrollment steps for new students (online orientation, English/Math assessment, counseling, and purchasing of the F-1 health insurance). This information will be shared with you through emails.

Required Documents

You must use the link provided in the "Welcome to City College of San Francisco" email to upload your documents in PDF format.  Please do not email your documents to our office. 

Below is a checklist of documents you will be required to submit using the link. Make sure to have a clear PDF version for each document: 

  • Copy of your valid Passport (biographic page only)
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS or Duolingo score report with the following minimum scores:
    • TOEFL: 56 (IBT) or 483 (ITP) or IELTS: 5.5 or Duolingo: 85
    • Copies of score reports will be accepted
    • Score report must not be older than 2 years
    • Only TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo score reports are accepted.
    • Our school code for ETS is: 4052
  • Completed and signed OIP's Financial Support Form (click here to download the form)
  • Official Bank Statement or Bank Letter with a minimum balance of 30,800 USD or equivalent in other currencies
    • 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 $30,800 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 ATA 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)
    • 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. 
  • Additional documents for certain applicants:
    • 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-94Applicants 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 and completed the Legal Guardian Consent Form (click here to download the form)
      • Legal Guardian must live in the San Francisco Bay Area and must provide a copy of their U.S. legal photo I.D. or passport.
    • Students who already 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 at City College of San Francisco. 

More information about these documents and fees is available at the bottom of this page under "Additional Information about Application Documents and Fees"

Tuition and Fees

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: $358 per unit x 12 = $4,296
  • Regular Enrollment Tuition Fee: $46 per unit x 12 = $552
  • Capital Outlay Fee: $2 per unit x 12 = $24
  • Health Service Fee: $20 per semester (Spring/Fall) = $20 ($16 for Summer semester)
  • TOTAL Estimate Tuition and Fees per Semester (12 units): $4,296 + $552 + $24 + $20 = $4,892
  • Mandatory F-1 Health Insurance Fee (in addition to the total listed above): $1,500 for 6-month coverage.

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