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Admission & Aid

Visiting Students

No matter where you are in your educational journey, there's a spot for you at USF.

Choose from hundreds of undergraduate and graduate courses to earn academic credit, meet diverse peers and professors, and immerse yourself in our distinct Jesuit values.

Get started by seeing what classes are available each term at our Schedule of Classes. When you're ready to apply, click the "Apply" link from the menu for instructions. If you plan to transfer your USF credits to another institution, be sure to confirm with that institution that your USF credits will transfer to your program.


Make sure you've looked through the Schedule of Classes to see what's being offered. If you plan to transfer your USF credits to another institution, be sure to confirm with that institution that your USF credits will transfer to your program.

International Students

In addition to your application, you'll need to also complete the Visiting International Student Request Form.

You are welcome to be a visiting student as long as you are holding a visa status that allows part-time study. F-1 and J-1 visa holders who are maintaining their status through another school can also apply to be visiting students. USF does not issue I-20 forms to visiting students; so you will need to maintain your full-time F-1 or J-1 status at your other school.

If you hold a B-1 or B-2 visa or if you are participating in the visa waiver program, you are not eligible to be a visiting student at USF.

Application Dates

Semester/Session Online Application Opens Online Application Closes
Fall 2022 March 1, 2022 August 29, 2022
Intersession 2023 October 1, 2022 January 4, 2023
Spring 2023 October 1, 2022 January 27, 2023
Summer 2023* October 1, 2022 June 30, 2023

* Summer sessions vary in length: Session I is 12 weeks; II and III are 6 weeks; IV, V, VI, and VII are 3 weeks.

In your application, you'll be asked to select a college/school. Choose the college or school that most represents the classes you'll take as a visiting student. You can still take classes from multiple colleges and schools.

  • College of Arts and Sciences — Arts: Humanities classes, such as history, arts, philosophy, etc.
  • College of Arts and Sciences — Science: Science classes, such as biology, chemistry, data science, etc.
  • School of Management: Business classes, such as management, finance, entrepreneurship, etc.
  • School of Nursing and Health Professions: Classes specific to the nursing and health professions fields, such as nutrition, pharmacology, nursing fundamentals, etc.

You will receive a decision within two weeks of submitting a completed application. The courses you wish to take may be subject to approval to ensure they are open for visiting students.


You can register for classes through myUSF. Learn how to register for classes.

You may register for up to 18 units in both the fall and spring semesters, and 4 units in the intersession (winter) term. We recommend registering for no more than 8 units in the summer.

Adding/Dropping courses

The deadline to add/drop classes varies by term. Please see the registration calendar for the last day to add or drop a class for each term.

Course Prerequisites and Restrictions

Before you register for a course, you will need to request approval from the faculty member, department, or dean's office if:

  • The class is full
  • The class has a waitlist
  • There are prerequisites or restrictions for the course. You'll see any prerequisites or restrictions on the Detailed Class Information page when you click on a course name. You may be required to provide supporting documentation such as your transcript or syllabus from a course you've already taken.

To register for a class with any of these restrictions, please reach out to the department or faculty member for the course or the Office of the University Registrar at Students in the School of Management should reach out to Deanna Pachinger, Associate Dean,

Auditing a class

If you'd like, you can audit a class instead of receiving class credit or a grade. The same tuition charges apply for audited classes. You should check with the academic department for the courses you are interested in to make sure that auditing is allowed for that specific class.

Tuition & Fees

Visiting students will be charged on a per-unit basis. Check our Tuition and Fees page for the current per-unit cost.

You may also be subject to the health insurance fee, which can be waived if you already have comparable health insurance coverage.


Generally, payment is due in early May for the summer term, early August for the fall term, and early January for the spring term/intersession term. Confirm the due dates and learn how to pay your bill on the billing and tuition page. USF accepts multiple methods of payment.

If you need to register for classes after the payment due date, you will need to make payment in full prior to enrollment.

USF also offers a semester payment plan for balances of at least $2,250. Learn more about our semester payment plan.

Financial Aid

USF does not offer financial assistance to visiting students. You may check with your current institution to see if they will provide aid for you to take classes at USF.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Visiting students may only live on campus during the summer session. Visiting summer students must apply through Student Summer Housing.

  • Yes. We offer pre-health classes in biology, chemistry and physics required for medical and other professional health graduate programs.

  • Yes. Approval from the instructor and Dean’s Office is required.

  • Requests for official transcripts are made online. Visit our Transcript website for further information.

  • The Schedule of Classes includes a link with information on required books and options to buy online. Students may also purchase books at the USF bookstore in the University Center 1st Floor.

  • You have access to all campus buildings except Athletic Spaces and Residence Halls. A complete list of buildings can be found by viewing the USF Campus Map.

  • No. Visiting students must purchase lending privileges through the Library.

  • No. Visiting students must purchase memberships in order to access the gym and its facilities.

Office of the University Registrar
Lone Mountain Main 251
2800 Turk Street
San Francisco, CA 94118

Monday – Friday:
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.