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



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.  Login information is included in the letter above.  Test is available now.

Test title: “SFSU International Placement Students, Spring Admits 2020”

Course code: HWA9U-JWMYM



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.




Written Composition

International Students starting school in Spring 2020 are required to take the Write to Register by January 17th, 2020, unless one of the below is true.  Test is available now.