Next Steps: Intensive English Program

Welcome to USF! The steps below will provide you with the information you need to successfully enroll at USF.

The myUSF web portal is USF's online community resource, and provides access to the USF network, your USF email account, and many other services. You must log into myUSF in order to complete several of the following Next Steps, including those to Reserve Your Spot, Apply for Housing, Order your One Card, and more.

You may log into myUSF with the Username located at the bottom of your admission letter and the associated Password you created. If you haven't created a password, you will find instructions and a link to create one in your admissions packet.

Please Note that USF offices normally will send messages only to your myUSF e-mail address. You should check it often to be sure that you receive important information.

Step 1: Reserve your space in the Intensive English Program

To reserve your space in the IEP program, you must submit a non-refundable admission tuition of $250 by May 15. Deposits received after May 5 will be accepted only on a space available basis.

If you are admitted after May 15, you must submit your tuition deposit no later than two weeks after you receive your admission letter.

Pay the admission deposit online by credit card or e-check:
To pay online by credit card or e-check, log into myUSF by following the instructions in your admission letter.

Once in myUSF:
Click On   View & Pay link in the Quick Links menu
Go To       Message Board menu
Click On   Make Payment link
Go To       Admission Deposit area

Once in Admission Deposit:
Click On   Pay button
Click On   Term Menu link
Select       Summer 2015 Term
Enter        Payment Amount of $250
Click On   Payment Method link
Select        Payment Method
Enter         Credit Card Number or eCheck Information

Please Note that you must have a U.S.-based bank account from which funds may be withdrawn to pay with an eCheck or credit card.

Pay your admission tuition deposit by international bank draft
You may also pay your admission tuition deposit by international bank draft. Payment should be made payable to the University of San Francisco in the amount of $250.

Please Note that international bank drafts must be made payable through a major bank in the U.S., and may take several weeks to be cleared for payment to USF.

Deadline: May 15. If you are admitted after May 15, you must complete this Step no later than two weeks after you receive your admission letter.

Student Enrollment Services, Lone Mountain, Room 251
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: 415.422.2020, Fax: 415.422. 6084
Email: Web:

Step 2: Apply for Your F-1 Student Visa

Your Form I-20

If you are an international student who applied from outside of the U.S., your Form I-20 has been enclosed with your admission letter.

If you are an international student already studying in the U.S. on an F-1 Student Visa, your USF I-20 will be issued once your SEVIS Record has been released to USF by your current International Student Adviser. This usually is done once you have completed your studies at your current school.

Your F-1 Student Visa Application

You may apply for your student visa up to 120 days before the date you are required to arrive at USF. This date is indicated on your I-20 as the “expected to report” date.

To apply for an F-1 Student Visa, you will need to Schedule a Visa Interview Appointment at the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. The visa application process varies for each country, so please contact the Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply for specific instructions. For a complete List of U.S. Embassies and Consulates, please visit

Visa Application Requirements

Although the specific visa application process is different in each country, several standard items are required for all students:

Current Passport (Valid For At Least 6 Months)
Passport-Style Photograph(s)
Non-immigrant Visa Application Form (DS-160)
Visa Application Fee
SEVIS Fee and Proof of Payment
Original Form I-20
Copies of Your IEP Admission Letter,
Certification of Finances and Supporting Documents showing that you have sufficient funds to pay for your tuition, health insurance, and living expenses for your studies at USF

A Brief Interview with a Consular Officer normally will be required as part of your visa application process. You should be prepared to provide proof that you have a permanent residence outside the United States, to give evidence of strong family or other ties to your home country, and to explain how studying in the U.S. will relate to your future professional career goals when you return home.

For more detailed information, please visit our IEP’s Pre-Arrival Checklist.

International Student and Scholar Services
Tel: +1 415.422.2654, Fax: +1 415.422.2412
Email:, Web:

Step 3: Arrange Housing

IEP students can choose from a variety of housing options while studying at USF.

On-Campus Housing:

On-campus housing (dormitory style) is available to IEP students on a first-come, first served basis. Upon receiving admission to the IEP, students may register for on-campus housing April 1st.

To apply for on-campus housing log visit Apply for Housing.

Off-Campus Housing:
USF offers a variety of information and tools for off-campus housing, including a search feature for finding apartments and roommates. To learn more, visit the Off-Campus Housing site.

USF does not arrange homestays but recommends a local homestay agency called San Francisco Homestay ( Please note that SF Homestay is not affiliated with USF.

Deadline: Before arrival at USF.

Step 4: Proof of Immunization

To protect the health of all USF community members, USF requires students to be immunized.

Get immunized:
International students must submit the following immunization records:

  1. Evidence of two doses of the MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine. If proof of immunization for MMR is not available, a blood titer showing immunity for each disease will be accepted.
  2. Proof of a Tuberculosis PPD (Mantoux) test administered within the last 12 months. (Students with a positive PPD test are required to submit the results of a chest x-ray administered in the last 12 months).
  3. Proof of three doses of the Hepatitis B vaccine or a test showing immunity.

For details, go to

Submit proof:
Students must submit their records through the online HPS Immunization form, or by fax at 888-471-2290. Records such as an immunization card, high school transcript showing immunization, or Evidence of Immunization form signed by a licensed medical professional will be accepted. If needed, download the Evidence of Immunization form.

Save a copy:
Forms can get lost in the mail. Don't forget to save a copy of the form in case you need it in the future.

Please submit immunization records prior to your session's start date.

Health Promotion Services 
2130 Fulton Street, UC Fifth Floor 
San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: 415.422.5797 Fax: 888.471.2290 
Email: Web:

Step 5: Health Insurance

Health insurance is an investment in your well-being and peace of mind.

USF Plan:
All registered students will be automatically enrolled in and charged for the USF-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan.

Students who already have a health insurance plan comparable to or better than the USF-sponsored health insurance may petition to waive the health insurance requirement.

For more information, go to:

Health Promotion Services 
2130 Fulton Street, UC Fifth Floor 
San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: 415.422.5797 Fax: 888.471.2290 
Email: Web:

Step 6: Order your One Card

All USF students are issued a university photo ID called a One Card. Your USF One Card grants you access to on-campus resources, including your residence hall, classroom buildings, Don Dollars accounts, Gleeson Library, and more.

Smile for the camera:
Have someone take a picture of you. You should be facing the camera with your head and shoulders visible. Save the picture as a .jpg or .jpeg file.
Log onto I.D. Express:
I.D. Express will allow you to pre-order your USF One Card so that it is ready for pickup upon arrival to USF. To get started, go to

Deadline: To Participate in I.D. Express, you must Pre-Order Your One Card one week before your program start date.

Session A – June 29 
Session B – July 13

Step 8: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities

The Family Educational Right and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records
Privacy of Records:
Under federal law, students' records (including grades, GPA, class schedule, tuition and billing records, and more) cannot be disclosed to any third-party, even parents, without the written authorization of the student (some exceptions apply). To learn more about your FERPA rights, go to

Student Consent to Release Information:
Students who wish to allow a third-party (parents, siblings, etc.) to view their education records must submit a form authorizing the access. Access can be granted to academic records, tuition and billing records, and/or financial aid records. Go to for instructions on how to submit the form.

What if I don't submit the Student Consent to Release Information form?
If you do not authorize your parents to have access to your records, USF will not disclose any information to them. This means that your parents will not be able to call USF to find out information about your balance even if they are helping you pay your tuition.

Step 7: Set Up Your Student Account

Before you arrive at USF, you should plan how you will pay your tuition. Tuition is due in full on the first day of class when you register for classes. You must be prepared to pay the balance due at time of registration.

Please note that you cannot pay your tuition with a credit card. Optional Pre-Payment of Tuition

Students enrolled in IEP will be charged tuition rate of $2,288 ($2,538 - $250) per Session.

Should you wish, you may pre-pay your Summer 2015 Semester tuition in full before you register for classes. Additional charges for other expenses directly billed by USF––such as those for on-campus housing and meal plan (room and board, if any), health insurance, and undergraduate student fees––will be posted to your Student Account by the appropriate office.

Choose your method of payment:
You may pay your tuition using online e-check, personal checks, or bank wires. Go to for more information.

Go to View & Pay:
After you have registered for classes, it's time to make payment. Log into myUSF. Click on View & Pay in the Quick Links box. This is where you can view your bill, make payment, and more. Remember, you will not receive a paper bill, so you must log into View & Pay to view your account. You can log into View & Pay at any time, but you will not see any charges until you have registered for classes.
Set up an authorized payer:
Authorized payers are parents, spouses, employers, etc., who can view bills and make payments online. To set up and authorized payer, go to View & Pay, located in the Quick Links of myUSF, and click on the Authorized Payers link from the menu on the left. Authorized payers can go to for more information.

Deadline: Right after you register for classes on the first day.

Step 8: Questions?

After reading all of the information above, if you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the IEP Office.

Intensive English Program
2130 Fulton Street, KA 204
San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: 415.422.2601 Fax: 415.422.2589