An installation by Jsun Adrian McCarty at the 2008 MFA Graduate Exhibition.

international students

Welcome to the Global Programs Office

SFAI’s Global Programs Office is your resource to navigate rules and regulations related to international student immigration status. We are here to support academic, artistic and personal success throughout your SFAI experience and beyond. We are excited to welcome you to our thriving cultural community at SFAI. We currently host over 150 international students from 33 countries!

Please contact the Global Programs Office with questions about any aspect of SFAI student life. The office is located in the Student Affairs Office at the 800 Chestnut Street campus.

Walk-in advising hours are Monday–Friday. For extended questions or issues, please make an appointment by phone (415) 749-4530 or email:

Information for Current International Students

There are several U.S. government agencies responsible for maintenance of F1 student visa status. The Study in the States website is your official U.S. government access point for all agencies involved with international student regulations and policy administration. It is the best resource for anything related to F1 visa status.

For specific SFAI policy information and international student requirements, please review the SFAI International Student Handbook.

Information for Prospective International Students

For more information about applying to SFAI as an F1 visa international student, please contact the SFAI Admissions Office.

Review the step-by-step process on how to become an F1 visa international student in the United States at the Study in the States website.

EducationUSA is an excellent resource for any questions about studying in the United States. You can also contact an EducationUSA advising center in your home country.