International and Foreign Educated Students


Welcome to San Francisco State University--and if you are new to this part of the world, welcome to the Bay Area of San Francisco.  If at any time you have questions about your first-year courses, especially math or English composition, feel free to contact us.

First Step

Please read our instruction letter by clicking on this link.


Math and ALEKS

Depending on GPA, SAT/ACT Scores, and other measures, students are placed into different math courses.  To have the opportunity to choose a more accelerated math path, international students may wish to take the ALEKS placement exam.

International students who meet one of the requirements below should NOT take the ALEKS placement exam, as they already are in the most accelerated math path.

Please see this guide to ALEKS.



Written Composition

International Students starting school in Spring 2019 should go to their ilearn page and take the Write to Register.  After logging into ilearn with your student ID and password, you can click on the left side link titled "Write to Register for CMS."