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.


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.  Updated login information is listed below.

Test title: “SFSU International Placement Students, Spring & Fall Admits 2021”

Course code: FNFQ4-F9W9C


For step by step Instructions on how to take the ALEKS placement exam, click here.


If your ALEKS score places you on pathway 2, please contact us at with your ID number and your math section preference.  If you aren't certain which math class you should take, please take the B4 survey here to help choose a math class.



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 2021 are required to take the First-Year Writing Advising by January 6th 2021, unless one of the below is true: