Virtual San Francisco Discover

Learn about San Francisco’s people and culture in the San Francisco Discover program — offered online for Spring and Summer 2021.

  • Technology Innovation
  • Global Business
  • Art and Design
  • Entertainment and Sports
International students visit tech company Autodesk in San Francisco
International student, Sota Watanabe, outside of the Facebook headquarters in Silicon Valley
Street scene with three international students squatting in front of a mural
International students at a Giants baseball game, with a #1 foam hand

Highlights

  • Improve your speaking skills and confidence in English
  • Develop and practice your presentation skills
  • English Conversation Partnering and interaction with San Francisco State University students
  • Live cultural activities, guest speakers and virtual site visits
  • Free access to SF State’s iLearn Learning Management System (LMS)
  • Free access to Zoom via SF State’s Zoom account
  • SF State email account
  • Program orientation
  • Academic advising
  • Certificate of Completion

What Students Say

Jiwon Lee, Student from Korea

Jiwon Lee, Korea

"It was a great experience because we could talk with native speakers who are SF State students… The teachers are really kind and warm so I could talk comfortably."
 

Areum Kim, Student from Korea

Areum Kim, Korea

"There were lots of opportunities to communicate in English, so I could reduce the anxiety to speak in English. Also, all the conversation partners and teachers were so kind and active that I could participate in the conversation with joy."

Jiyoung Choi, Student from Korea

Jiyoung Choi, Korea

"The most important thing is confidence. Before the lectures, I was afraid about English speaking and worried about that. But their class are really nice, fun and helpful. It was great opportunity for me, and I want to join other SF State programs, too."

Hsiao-Yi Hsieh, International Student

Hsiao-Yi Hsieh, Taiwan

"This program made me more confident in speaking English. Teachers always gave very encouraging comments in response to every sentence we said. I learned a lot of San Francisco culture and hope that one day in the future I can really experience it in San Francisco."

Tzu-En Hsieh, International Student

Tzu-En Hsieh, Taiwan

"Although it was only a few days, I made lots of new friends from different countries. Listening to the culture from the U.S.A was the thing I liked most. Everything was fresh and interesting."
 
 

Schedule

Live, Online 16 hours a week ➜ 4 hours a day ➜ 4 days a week

Tuesday to Friday in East Asia = Monday to Thursday in San Francisco

Schedule
Time Period Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia China, Taiwan, Hong Kong Japan, Korea San Francisco
Hour 1 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.*
10-minute break 10-minute break 10-minute break 10-minute break 10-minute break
Hour 2 8:40 a.m. - 9:40 a.m. 9:40 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. 10:40 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. 5:40 p.m. - 6:40 p.m.*
30-minute break 30-minute break 30-minute break 30-minute break 30-minute break
Hour 3 10:10 a.m. - 11:10 a.m. 11:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. 12:10 p.m. - 1:10 p.m. 7:10 p.m. - 8:10 p.m.*
10-minute break 10-minute break 10-minute break 10-minute break 10-minute break
Hour 4 11: 20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. 12: 20 a.m. - 1:20 p.m. 1:20 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. 8:20 p.m. - 9:20 p.m.*

*For San Francisco only, from March 14, 2021, times will be one hour later for daylight savings time, i.e., 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. becomes 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Dates & Fees

Spring 2021

Spring 2021 Dates & Fees
Session Dates Length Program Fees* Application Deadline**
Spring February 22 - March 18 4 weeks
64 hours
$1,325 February 5, 2021
Spring February 22 - March 11 3 weeks
48 hours
$995 February 5, 2021
Spring February 22 - March 4 2 weeks
32 hours
$665 February 5, 2021

*Partner university students are eligible for a 10% discount.
**Applications considered on a space-available basis after deadline.

Summer 2021 - Online Program

Summer 2021 Online Program Dates & Fees
Session Dates Total Hours Program Fees* Priority Application Deadline**
Summer A
4 weeks
July 12 - August 5 64 hours $1,325 May 21, 2021
Summer A
3 weeks
July 12 - July 29 48 hours $995 May 21, 2021
Summer A
2 weeks
July 12 - July 22 32 hours $665 May 21, 2021
Summer B
4 weeks
August 9 - September 2 64 hours $1,325 June 4, 2021
Summer B
3 weeks
August 9 - August 26 48 hours $995 June 4, 2021
Summer B
2 weeks
August 9 - August 19 32 hours $665 June 4, 2021

*Partner university students are eligible for a 10% discount.
**Applications considered on a space-available basis after deadline.