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San Francisco State University (SF State)

Center for Global Engagement, American Language Institute (ALI) [San Francisco, California]

English for Academic Preparation (EAP)

Please Read Carefully Before You Apply

  1. Your online application will be e-mailed directly to the school. It is your responsibility to follow the instructions provided by the school in order to complete the application process. Applicants are advised to send questions directly to the school admissions office to ensure the quickest response.
  2. Some courses may have an application deadline that is determined by the school. You are strongly advised to submit your application well before the course start date.
  3. When submitting your online application, prepare to send a copy of your passport to the school. You may be requested to pay a tuition deposit and submit additional documents such as a bank statement. Your school may also require you to submit forms with your signature for security purposes. Please follow instructions carefully in order to complete the enrollment process.
  4. You must obtain a student visa in order to legally enter the United States and enroll in your chosen English program. When applying for your student visa, you will submit the I-20 Form received from your school, and other documents, to the United States Embassy or Consulate. We encourage you to apply to your school far in advance of your start date, in case you experience delays receiving your student visa.

Required Documents

(You may upload documents with the application or send them to the school.)

 Copy of Passport (I.D. Page)


You may upload (or send to ALI later) a clear copy of your passport's information page.

 Bank Statement


You may upload (or send to ALI later) a financial letter or statement showing enough funds available to cover all academic and living expenses for the duration of your studies at the ALI. See Affidavit of Support Form for required amount and acceptable documents https://ali.sfsu.edu/sites/default/files/documents/financial_0.pdf (NOT Required for SF Discover Applicants)

 Affidavit of Support


You may download, complete, sign and upload (or send to ALI later) the Financial Affidavit and Health Insurance Agreement (Click here) https://ali.sfsu.edu/sites/default/files/documents/financial_0.pdf (NOT required for SF Discover Applicants)

 High School/College Transcript


If you want Conditional Eligibility Service, you may upload a clear copy of your high school and/or university transcript and diploma. (NOT Required from SF Discover Applicants)

 Additional Document: Conditional Eligibility Form


If you want Conditional Eligibility Service, download, complete, sign and upload (or sent to ALI later) the Conditional Eligibility Form (Click here). https://ali.sfsu.edu/sites/default/files/documents/conditional.pdf (NOT Required from SF Discover Applicants)

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