San Francisco, U.S., is one of the most visited cities in the world and a popular international students’ location due to the city’s multicultural environment, liberal atmosphere and scenic beauty. San Francisco is also known for its LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) friendly history and openness. With some world-renowned universities, including Nobel laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners among their alumni, you will obtain a top leading education in any subject area you choose. Study in an informal atmosphere in the home-city of Silicon Valley – the cradle of research and technology – close to the main headquarters of Google or Facebook, and other leaders in technology innovation. The diversity and creativity of the population can be seen in everything from the spectacular cuisine to influential cultural movements.
San Francisco hosts a world-class business community and a major commercial, and financial centre of Northern California, especially with famous high technology companies that have local offices. Other major sectors in the city’s economy are: financial services, tourism, biotechnology and medical research. The city is also a great place for start-up companies, where ambitious graduates can realise their fresh, world-changing ideas.
San Francisco is headquarters of various big companies such as Facebook, Google, Levi Strauss & Co., the Gap, Salesforce.com, Dropbox, Reddit, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Yelp, Pinterest, Twitter, Uber, Mozilla, Wikimedia Foundation, Craigslist, Bank of America. The city's largest manufacturing employer is Anchor Brewing Company.
San Francisco is the kind of amazing city that once you’ve visited, will always hold a special place in your heart. Do not miss the world-famous cable cars that run on three lines in the steep streets between Market Street and Fisherman's Wharf. Go see the Golden Gate Bridge, the former Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, and the Chinatown district.
Great museums and places to visit include: the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Palace of the Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the California Academy of Sciences- a natural history museum that also hosts the Morrison Planetarium and Steinhart Aquarium, the Contemporary Jewish Museum and the Cable Car museum. Discover the cultural heritage and see the War Memorial Opera House that houses the San Francisco Opera, and check San Francisco theatres.
If you want to experience San Francisco’s nightlife, check Union Street in Cow Hollow, 24th Street in Noe Valley, Valencia Street in the Mission, home to several clubs and bars.
You have the occasion to watch major league baseball's San Francisco Giants or the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL) matches. You can go boating, sailing, windsurfing and kitesurfing on San Francisco Bay, and see the yacht harbour in the Marina District.
As any large city, San Francisco host plenty of festivals and events, like brew fests, jazz festivals, or art exhibitions.
In San Francisco, you will find great ethnic and cultural diversity. Universities in San Francisco have some of the greatest numbers of international student enrolments in the United States. Because of this, living here means experiencing new languages, foods, cultures, people, ideas, and celebrations almost every day. Large international communities belong to Chinese, Japanese, and Hispanic people.
The local business community is vibrant and diverse, known for its liberal, transparent and supportive principles, enabling business investors and entrepreneurs to consolidate their business plans. Companies in the city have worldwide branches and connections, attracting investors from all over the world.
The climate of San Francisco has mild winters and dry summers. Influenced by the cool currents of the Pacific Ocean, there is a slight temperature variation though the seasons, with low temperatures in winter of 10°C (50°F), and 27°C (80°F) on average during summer months.
The mission of San Francisco State University is to create and maintain an environment for learning that promotes respect for and appreciation of scholarship, freedom, human diversity, and the cultural mosaic of the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area; to promote excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment; and to provide broadly accessible higher education for residents of the region and state, as well as the nation and world.