International Year One in Social Sciences


International Year One allows students to take credited San Francisco State preparation courses alongside additional academic and English language instruction. The vast range of credit courses on offer allows 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.

Key information

  • A Pathway program provides academic, language and cultural support in order to succeed at a US university.
  • Students are guaranteed progression to an undergraduate degree program through a curriculum consisting of credit-earning courses.
  • Students will benefit from fully integrated classes with both domestic and other international students on campus while learning from highly trained university instructors and tutors.
  • SF State's Career Service and Leadership Development Center offers a range of ways to ensure that every student can make the best start to their career.
  • Careers events: These include a fall and spring career fair, a part-time job fair, and a graduate school fair. We also offer a wide variety of workshops to all current SF State students and alumni.
  • Resources: The Career Service provides a number of careers-oriented webinars, as well as written and video guides on how to write resumes, apply for internships and approach graduate school admissions. Face-to-face practice interviews in various fields are also offered.
  • Partnerships with industry: Collaborations with strategic partners like Genentech and the CSU Entertainment Alliance create many opportunities for students in the state's top industries.
  • Special courses: The President’s Leadership Fellows Course helps students develop soft skills including resume writing, interview skills and networking. Workshops are also provided on leadership, teamwork, critical thinking, unconscious bias and emotional intelligence. Alternatively, the San Francisco Venture Capital Fast Pitch Conference gives students a chance to pitch their ideas to venture capitalists and angel investors: to date, it has won millions of dollars in investment for student and graduate startups.

Entry requirements

Age requirement
Academic requirements
High school diploma; Minimum 3.5 GPA (out of 5.0).
English language entry requirements
2 Semesters: TOEFL 50, IELTS 5.0.

Dates & Fees

August 2023 start
(2 Semesters)
Tue 22 August 2023 - Sun 26 May 2024

Example Study Plan

Semester 1
Living in San Francisco
1 Credits
Mathematics Course
3-4 Credits
University Support Classes
0 Credits
Writing The First Year: Global Perspectives of Multilingual Speakers Stretch I
4 Credits
Semester 2
Critical Thinking and the Ethnic Studies Experience
3 Credits
Elective Course
3-6 Credits
Mathematics or Major Course
0-3 Credits
University Support Classes
0 Credits
Writing The First Year: Global Perspectives of Multilingual Speakers Stretch II
4 Credits


 =  Placement option available
 =  Study abroad option available
Final level
English level
Additional requirements

Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences-B.S.
Minimum 2.0 cumulative SFSU GPA.
C- or better in Writing The First Year II