University of San Francisco

Fast Facts

  • School Size


  • Cost of Attendance

    $1,000—$5,000 Session

  • Affiliation


  • Type of School

    Intensive English Program

  • Student Body Gender


  • Religious Affiliation


  • Scholarships for International Students


  • Conditional Admission Available


  • Setting


  • Accreditation and Certification

    EnglishUSA Member

  • Type of Housing

    Residence Hall

  • Social Media

University of San Francisco

The University of San Francisco is a private, Catholic, Jesuit university founded in 1855. USF's programs reflect the hallmarks of a Catholic education: a commitment to academic excellence coupled with traditions of service and social justice. The University's 55-acre hilltop campus overlooks Golden Gate Park, the Pacific Ocean, and downtown San Francisco. USF is located in a safe, residential neighborhood with easy access to public transportation. The University of San Francisco offers over 45 undergraduate majors and numerous graduate degrees. With 8,000 students from over 88 countries, USF mirrors the cultural diversity of San Francisco and the Bay Area.

San Francisco Bay Area

San Francisco is a beautiful, cosmopolitan city. Among its attractions are Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, cable cars, Fisherman's Wharf, museums, historical sites, restaurants featuring food from around the world, and world-class opera, ballet, theatre, and music of all types.

Intensive English Program

The University of San Francisco has a long commitment to educating international students. Since 1974, USF has offered courses in English for non-native speakers of English. Individuals study to improve their language skills for academic, professional or personal reasons. Two types of programs are offered:

Intensive English Program

  • Admission for individuals 18 years or older and/or with a high school degree
  • Six week and four week summer sessions
  • 25 hours of instruction per week
  • Small classes
  • Academic preparation
  • Cultural component to courses
  • Instruction at intermediate to advanced proficiency levels
  • TOEFL preparation workshops
  • Courses focusing on Integrated Skills (academic reading, writing, and grammar) and Oral Communication Skills (listening, speaking, fluency, and pronunciation in academic and conversational situations.)

Special Programs

The Intensive English Program can design programs for special groups upon request. Examples of past programs are legal English, business English, conversational English and U.S. culture, and teacher training seminars.

Housing Options

  • On-campus housing in residence halls with a small meal plan is available.
  • Residence clubs and other private off-campus arrangements.

Facilities and Activities

  • Modern Language Learning Center. It has 28 individual stations with a computer at each.
  • Modern classrooms in buildings with other USF classes.
  • Library and computer laboratories. Each student is given an e-mail account.
  • Koret Health and Recreation Center. This modern on-campus facility's features include Olympic size swimming pool, weight room, exercise machines, basketball courts.
  • International student advisors, orientations, and workshops.
  • On-campus events, lectures, and sponsored field trips.


IEP courses are taught by faculty in the Department of Rhetoric and Language. IEP faculty are creative, dedicated professionals. All IEP faculty hold advanced degrees (masters or doctorates) in TESL, linguistics, or related fields. They have extensive teaching experience in the United States and abroad. Most have taught many years at USF.


The University of San Francisco is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The Intensive English Program is a member program of AAIEP (American Association of Intensive English Programs).


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University of San Francisco

Intensive English Program 2130 Fulton Street, KA 204
San Francisco California 94117-1080
P: 415.422.2601
EnglishUSA Member
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