Requirements for International Students

  • All graduate study applicants, regardless of citizenship, whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency. Check the English Requirements needed to apply.
  • Review specific Requirements by Country.
  • The Division of Graduate Studies at San Francisco State University requires all applicants to submit official academic documents from all higher education institutions ever attended. An official academic document is a verification of your academic record issued directly from the university. Review our Required Academic Documents page.

Forms for Admissions

International Admission Forms

  • Financial Statement/Medical Insurance Form For International Admission Form
    International applicants, who will need a student visa must fill out this form in addition to the Graduate Application Form above.
  • Petition for Graduate Admission Exception (PGA) Form
    The Petition for Graduate Admission Exception (PGA) requires departmental support. Please contact your department to request an appointment with a graduate coordinator or department chair for assistance in completing this petition. Incomplete petitions will be returned to the student until all supporting documentation can be provided.
  • Late Application Request
    Applicants seeking to apply after the program deadline has passed, must obtain support from the  Department Chair, Program Director or Graduate Coordinator for the program to which you apply.  A signed petition is no longer required to allow a prospective student to apply after a deadline. A Department Chair, Program Director or Graduate Coordinator must request a late application from the Division of Graduate Studies.
  • Immunization Form
    SFSU students are required to show proof of Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)Immunization. In addition SFSU students who are 18 years old or younger will need to show proof of Hepatitis B immunization at the beginning of their first semester. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in a registration hold.