Your pathway to San Franciso State University

The International Year One University Pathway Program is a new way for international students to begin studying for a degree at SF State. It allows students to take a range of first-year academic credit classes while also receiving specialized instruction to improve their English language skills.

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SF State International Year One

San Francisco State University​

Located in the city of San Francisco across two campuses, San Francisco State University (SF State) is one of the most desirable places to study in America. In a globally influential city that’s also home to some of the world’s biggest tech companies, our students have the chance to build the connections and experience that will transform their careers.

SF State students frequently go on to outstanding careers in film, business, the law, medical science, education, entertainment, and the tech industry – with a significant number also heading to local companies such as Apple, Google, Wells Fargo and Oracle.

At the heart of this success are market leading departments like our Business faculty (top 5% nationwide – AACSB accredited (only applied to top 5% courses) and film school. With 21 Pulitzer Prizes, 49 Emmy and 16 Oscar winners and NASA astronauts among our alumni, our students know that with hard work, success can be theirs too.

International Year One Pathway Program

International Year One is a special first-year program that boosts your academic English language skills and helps lay the groundwork for future success.

International Year One allows students to take credited SF State General Education courses alongside additional academic and English language instruction. The carefully curated credited course options allow first-year students to both discover new fields and further explore already strong subjects.

Once International Year One is completed, students proceed directly to their second year of degree study at SF State.

Why choose International Year One Pathway Program?

Be a full part of San Francisco State University from day one of your studies in the US

Start your studies in the US without needing an score of IELTS 6.0

Earn academic credits while you build your English Language skills

Small class sizes for comprehensive support

Ease yourself into study in the US with specialised support classes with small groups of fellow students

Guaranteed progression into a Year 2 San Francisco State University degree course after you successfully complete first year

Discover your pathway to San Francisco University

Located in the city of San Francisco

The main campus is located just east of Lake Merced, a quiet and picturesque area of the city with acres of parkland for relaxation. The downtown campus is in the heart of downtown San Francisco, just minutes from the Embarcadero, Salesforce Tower and financial district.

After completing three years of undergraduate study at Shih-Chien University in international trade, I enrolled in the International Business certificate program at SF State. While taking the inspiring Global Entrepreneurship course, I realized that I lacked some professional skills and knowledge needed to become an entrepreneur and a leader… I am excited to transfer to the Business Administration Certificate program, a path for the international student to gain the foundation needed to pursue a fast track MBA degree.

How does a Pathway work?


from high school or completes undergraduate degree.


Providing preparation and academic skills for university study.


International Year One = 4 years.


and continue into the remainder of degree.


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