City College of San Francisco
Office of International Programs (OIP)

Fast Facts

  • School Size


  • Cost of Attendance

    $1,000—$5,000 Semester

  • Affiliation


  • Type of School

    2yr/Community College

  • Student Body Gender


  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation

  • Scholarships for International Students


  • Conditional Admission Available


  • Top Programs

    Business, Computer Science, Hospitality and Tourism

  • Setting


  • Accreditation and Certification

    AACC Schools, EnglishUSA Member, UCIEP Member, ACCJC

  • Type of Housing

    Homestay, No housing available

  • Test Scores

    IELTS: Band 5.5+, TOEFL: 56+

  • Social Media

About City College of San Francisco

  • Annual Enrollment: 50,000
  • International Students: 1000 credit students and 150 in IEP
  • Housing: Homestay information available
  • English Proficiency Requirements: TOEFL iBT (56), TOEFL PBT (483), IELTS (5.5), or Duolingo (85)
  • Intensive English Program (IEP) YES

City College of San Francisco, a public two-year college accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Community & Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, is set in historic, beautiful San Francisco. More than 1000 students representing over 90 countries attend the college as full-time students and more than 150 students per semester attend the intensive English program. Established in 1935, City College reflects the diversity and culture of San Francisco at its best.

Academic Program

City College of San Francisco confers the degrees of Associate in Arts or Associate in Sciences. Students who complete one of twenty Associates for Transfer in Arts or Science are guaranteed admission as a junior to a California State University (CSU) school based on their program of study.  Students who satisfy transfer requirements may continue their studies at four-year colleges and universities throughout the United States. In addition, semi-professional programs provide specialized college-level training in both degree and certificate curriculum. Programs are designed to qualify students for entry employment in fields such as Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management, Diagnostic Medical Imaging, Graphic Communications, Film Production, Broadcasting, and Child Development.

Student Services

Personalized international academic counseling is available to assist international students with educational planning and course selection.  Students wishing to transfer to an upper-division school can use our Transfer Center to assist them throughout the entire process. The Learning Assistance Center provides one-to-one tutoring in math, English, ESL, and other academic subjects. Other student services include but are not limited to: dedicated student health center, career counseling, Disabled Students Programs, and Services, etc.


Homestay information is available for students offering them the opportunity to live with families who provide a furnished single room with 2 meals per day. There are also residence clubs in San Francisco that can provide private or shared rooms and 2 meals a day. An on-campus cafeteria provides convenient, quick food when school is in session. Public transportation is convenient from any area of the City, and many students find apartments or rooms alone or to share.

Sports and Social Activities

City College of San Francisco offers a variety of recreational and competitive sports such as baseball, basketball, soccer, swimming, and tennis. In addition, the College sponsors numerous clubs and organizations like the Women in Engineering Club, Jazz Musicians Club, Speech and Debate, etc. The College also supports an Art Film series, lectures and concerts, performances in music, dance, and theater as well as The Guardsman, our student-run newspaper.

Intensive English Program

The Institute for International Students offers an intensive academic English program for students who have not yet achieved the necessary English placement test scores for admissions into an academic program. Students who want a language and cultural experience are also welcome. Semester courses are 17 ½ weeks or 8 ½ weeks in length; summer programs are 4 or 8 weeks long. The Institute prepares students to become effective, confident speakers of English in an American academic institution or professional setting as well as in everyday life. Twenty hours per week of intensive instruction focus on English grammar, reading and study skills, writing and communication. Students can also choose from elective courses. Practice TOEFL tests are given throughout the year and the Institutional TOEFL is offered multiple times each year.


Intensive English Program: $50 application fee and DHL express delivery fee of $75(non-refundable)

  • $4,000 for 17 ½-week program
  • $1,595 for 8 ½-week program
  • $1,495 for 8-week summer program
  • $795 for 4-week summer program

Academic Program: $50 application fee and DHL express delivery fee of $75(non-refundable)

  • $4,160 per semester (12 units)

All students must pay the $20 health service fee. Health insurance is required as of June 1st, 2012. Please refer to for more information. Students applying to the credit program must also be a high school graduate and submit official high school transcripts with a certified translation into English. Applicants must have a minimum TOEFL score of iBT 56, ITP 483, or IELTS score of 5.5 or Duolingo score of 85

City College of San Francisco
Office of International Programs (OIP)

50 Frida Kahlo Way Avenue
Box C208D
San Francisco CA 94112
P: 415.239.3895
EnglishUSA Member UCIEP Member
For more information: City College of San Francisco
Office of International Programs (OIP)