USF welcomes visiting students to attend classes without being formally admitted as degree-seeking students. Visiting students may take up to eight semester credits, or two classes, and must reapply for visiting student status each enrollment period. Completed course work taken by visiting students may not count toward a USF degree without formal acceptance to the University.
Below are the steps you need to take to become a Visiting Student:
1. Check Application Dates and Deadlines
First check Application
Dates and Deadlines for the appropriate semester. Online
applications for a specific registration period are only available at the times
2. Find out what classes are available
Search for classes on the Class Schedule and Final Exam page. Click on the "Search for Courses Here." Select Term from dropdown box and submit. Choose the Subject and click on Class Search at the bottom.
Enrollment limits and restrictions or prerequisites can be viewed by clicking on the class title.
Undergraduate courses (000-499):
Approval from the department is not required.
However, if a course has prerequisites or restrictions, contact the department to request an override.
Graduate courses (500-799):
Please contact the appropriate Graduate Program Director to obtain permission to take a graduate level course.
3. Apply as a Visiting Student
Online applications and paper applications for a specific registration period are only available at the times specified (see step 1 above). You will receive an admission decision by e-mail after submitting an online application. Your login for online registration will be within that email. If you apply in person you will not receive an admission e-mail.
International Visiting Students
Non-U.S. citizens are welcome as Visiting Students, click here to see if your United States visa type is eligible for study. USF cannot issue I-20 forms to visiting students, but F-1 students currently in the U.S. are eligible to be a visiting student at USF, as long as they continue to maintain their full-time F-1 status at another school.
All non-immigrant visa holders should complete the Visiting International Student Request Form in addition to their application to verify their ability to study.
Visiting students who wish to enroll in undergraduate classes may register online through USFconnect or in person at the One Stop Office located in Lone Mountain Room 251. If you apply in person you will be able to register online 24 hours after submitting your application. Click for instructions on how to register online.
USF accepts these Methods of Payment. A Payment Plan is also available. Payment can also be made with a check in person at the One Stop Office. If you register for class after the payment due date, you must be prepared to pay the balance due at the time of registration. USF does not accept credit cards. For complete instructions please visit http://www.usfca.edu/tuition.
Credit Toward a USF Degree
If visiting students apply to USF degree programs after they have taken classes as visiting students, formal permission must be obtained from the dean or director of the degree program to which the student applies before credits obtained as visiting students will be applied toward a USF degree.
Visiting students born after 1957 must submit proof of immunization to:
USF Student Health Clinic
St. Mary's Medical Center
450 Stanyan St., 11 West (2nd Floor)
San Francisco, CA 94117
Fax: (415) 750-8155
For any questions, please contact:
Office of Admission
Lone Mountain Campus, Room 203
University of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA 94117