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 the 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. The Global Programs Office is excited to welcome you to the thriving cultural community at SFAI, which currently hosts more than 100 international students from 31 countries. Students with international experience are an important part of SFAI’s leadership, programming, and academic activities throughout the campus community.

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 at 415.749.4530 or

Information for Current International Students

There are several US government agencies responsible for maintenance of F1 student visa status. The US government Study in the States website is the aggregate information resource for all agencies involved in international student regulations and policy administration. It is the best resource for anything related to international student 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 International Student, please contact the SFAI Admissions Office.

Review the step by step process on how to become an international student in the US 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 advising center in your home country.