International Applicants

Applying as an International Student to our San Francisco Campus

International applicants are required to submit additional materials for admission to SFAI.

If you haven’t already done so, please see Freshman / Transfer Requirements or Graduate Requirements for the general application requirements.


Immigration Authorization: F-1 and J-1 Visa Information

Admitted students that are not U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents (Green Card holders) are required to obtain U.S. immigration authorzation to enroll at SFAI. Please contact the Global Programs Office with any questions or for more information about this process.

F-1 Student Visas

Please begin the F-1 student visa application process as soon as possible. We strongly recommend reviewing the step-by-step information on the Study in the States U.S. Department of Homeland Security website.

J-1 Student Visas

SFAI J-1 exchange visitor visas are sponsored through the Institute of International Education (IIE).Detailed information for J-1 visa participants may be found at the J-1 Visa Participants website.

More information about the rules and regulations for currently enrolled international students at SFAI can be found here: F-1 and J-1 Student Visa Holders

SFAI has authorization under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students.

English Language Proficiency

SFAI’s rigorous studio and liberal arts curriculum demands substantial mastery of English reading, writing, and verbal skills. If you are not a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident (Green Card holder), or if your primary language is not English or the language of instruction at your previous institution was not in English, you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Test System (IELTS Academic) or the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic). Details on these tests are included below.

TOEFL -  http://www.ets.org/toefl - SFAI School code: 4036

IELTS - http://www.ielts.org - SFAI accepts the Academic IELTS only.

PTE - http://pearsonpte.com - SFAI accepts the Academic PTE only.

Minimum required scores are as follows:

Undergraduate

BFA

BA

TOEFL (iBT)

79

79

IELTS

6.5

6.5

PTE

58

58

 

Graduate

MFA

Post Baccalaureate

MA

MFA/MA Dual Degree

TOEFL (iBT)

92

92

100

100

IELTS

7.0

7.0

7.5

7.5

PTE

65

65

73

73

 

If you feel you may be eligible for a waiver, please complete this form and email it directly to your Admissions Counselor and/or to admissions@sfai.edu.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP)

Successful completion of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) is recognized by most postsecondary educational institutions as equivalent to U.S. high school graduation requirements.

To request official IB diploma and IB examination score report transcripts or certificates, please review the International Baccalaureate Transcripts Request page.

For more information about possible transfer credit for individual IB examinations, please review the SFAI Transfer Credit Guidelines.

Undergraduate Foreign Transcript and Documentation Requirements

International students or students who studied at international schools must submit official sealed copies of original academic documents or transcripts from all secondary and postsecondary schools. These must be issued in their original languages and accompanied by certified English translations. If you have academic experience beyond a four-year bachelor’s degree, those transcripts must also be submitted.

For detailed documentation requirements, please refer to the country in which you attended school (for countries not mentioned, please submit similar documentation).

For questions about documentation requirements, please contact the Admissions Office at admissions@sfai.edu or 415.749.4500.

 

Canada
  • Advanced or General High School Diploma (Alberta and Northwest Territories)
  • Senior Secondary Graduation Diploma (British Columbia and Yukon Territories)
  • High School Graduation Diploma (Manitoba, Newfoundland, and Prince Edward Island)
  • High School Graduation Diploma/Diplome d'Études Secondaires (New Brunswick)
  • High School Completion Certificate (Nova Scotia)
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (Ontario)
  • Diplome d'Études Secondaires (Quebec)
  • Completion Of Grade 12 Requirements (Saskatchewan)
China
  • Senior Middle School (11 to 12 Year Program)
  • Middle School Teacher Certificate (from a normal college)
France
  • Diplôme de Bachelier de l’Enseignement du Second Degré
  • Baccalauréat de Technicien/Technologique Professionnel
  • Certificat de Fin d’Études Secondaires
  • Brevet de Technicien Supérieur
  • Examen Spécial d’Entrée à l’Université
Germany
  • Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife
  • Abitur
  • Reifezeugnis / Zeugnis der Reife
  • Zeugnis der Fachgebundenen Hochschulreife
  • Berufsfachschule / Handelschule Abschlusszeugnis (three years)
Israel
  • Teudat Bagrut
Mexico
  • Bachillerato
  • Títulos (from academic secondary school programs)
  • Preparatoria Program
Pakistan
  • Intermediate Certificate
  • Higher Secondary Certificate
  • Certificate in Industrial Arts Teaching
  • Diploma in Commerce
  • Diploma in Technology
  • Diploma of Associate Engineer
Singapore
  • Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level Examination
  • Cambridge School Certificate (Division I or II)
  • Industrial Technician Certificate
  • Certificate in Business Studies
South Korea
  • Graduation Certificate from an Academic High School
  • Graduation Certificate from a Vocational High School
Taiwan
  • Certificate or Diploma from a Senior High School
  • Certificate or Diploma from a Senior Vocational High School
Turkey
  • Devlet Lise Diploması
  • Lise Bitirme Diploması
  • Lise Diploması
  • Devlet Meslek Lisesi Diploması
  • Devlet Teknik Lisesi Diploması
  • Sağlik Meslek Lisesi Diploması
United Kingdom
  • General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level Examination
  • Certificate of Secondary Education
  • General Certificate of Secondary Education
  • International General Certificate of Secondary Education

Graduate Foreign Transcript and Documentation Requirements

SFAI requires the equivalent of a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution of higher education. International students or students who studied at international schools must submit official copies of original academic documents or transcripts from all postsecondary schools. These must be issued in their original languages and accompanied by certified English translations. If you have academic experience beyond a four-year bachelor’s degree, those transcripts must also be submitted.

For detailed documentation requirements, please refer to the country in which you attended school (for countries not mentioned, please submit similar documentation). Transcripts and Diploma Supplements for three-year degrees from Bologna Accord countries will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

For questions about document requirements, please contact the Admissions Office at admissions@sfai.edu.

 

Argentina
  • Licenciado or Título
  • Official academic transcript
  • Official academic diploma
Brazil
  • Four-year Bacharel or four-year Licenciado or Título
  • Official academic transcript
  • Official academic diploma
Canada
  • Four-year bachelor's degree or bachelor's degree from Quebec
  • Official academic transcript
China
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Official academic transcript with percentage scores
  • Official degree and graduation certificate
Colombia
  • Licenciado or Título
  • Official academic transcript
  • Official academic diploma
France
  • Licenciado or Título
  • Official academic transcript
  • Official academic diploma
Germany
  • Diplom
  • Official academic transcripts for the Vordiplom and Diplom
  • Official academic diploma for the Diplom
Iceland
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Official academic transcripts
  • Official academic diploma
India
  • Four year bachelor’s degree or master’s degree
  • Official university-issued mark sheets
  • Official degree certificate
Israel
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Official academic transcript
Mexico
  • Four-year Licenciado or Título
  • Official academic transcript
  • Official academic diploma
Pakistan
  • Four-year bachelor’s degree or master’s degree
  • Official university-issued mark sheets
  • Official degree certificate
Singapore
  • Four-year university bachelor’s degree
  • Official academic transcript
South Korea
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Official academic transcript
Spain
  • Licenciado or Título
  • Official academic transcript
  • Official academic diploma
Switzerland
  • Four-year Lizentiat or four-year Diplom
  • Official academic transcripts
  • Official academic diploma
Taiwan
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Official Academic transcript with percentage scores
United Kingdom
  • Honours bachelor’s degree or four-year bachelor’s degree (Scotland)
  • Official academic transcript
  • Official academic diploma