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.

Please see this guide to ALEKS.




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 Fall 2019 will have a better orientation and first semester if they take the Write to Register.  




Students who have the test scores below should not take the Write to Register.