San Francisco Discover Visa & Age Requirement

No visa is required for San Francisco Discover. San Francisco Discover is a part-time, non-credit program for people who wish to improve their English in the United States. The program is for people whose main purpose in the U.S. is not academic study.


People with many types of visas and immigration status may participate in the San Francisco Discover program. Please contact the SF State Center for Global Engagement with any questions about visas and immigration.

F-1 Visa

The American Language Institute (ALI) does not issue an I-20 for an F-1 visa for the San Francisco Discover program. If you are interested in a program that issues an I-20 for an F-1 visa, please visit English for Academic Preparation.

Academic Break

If you have an F-1 visa, you may enroll in the San Francisco Discover program if a session falls during a school holiday or academic break. Please check with your current school to be sure you are able to take an academic break.


Age Requirement

You must be 18 years old or a high school graduate to join the San Francisco Discover program.

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