Virtual San Francisco Discover

Learn about San Francisco’s people and culture in the Virtual San Francisco Discover program.

  • 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


  • 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

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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."

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."


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

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. PST
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. DST
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. PST
6:40 p.m. - 7:40 p.m. DST
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. PST
8:10 p.m. - 9:10 p.m. DST
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. PST
9:20 p.m. - 10:20 p.m. DST