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Study in San Francisco: primary, secondary, higher education

Study in San Francisco: primary, secondary, higher education

San Francisco is a city of perspectives and opportunities for international students. At the cultural, educational and technological center of the United States, you will find the best educational programs for schoolchildren and students, the world's leading educational institutions and excellent learning conditions. Let's dwell on San Francisco as an educational route.


San Francisco Benefits for Students

Perfect location

San Francisco is located in the heart of Silicon Valley: its proximity to the largest technology center in the world makes San Francisco's educational institutions very attractive to students. Universities and schools are renowned for their strong background in science, technology, arts and music.

The city is home to America's best educational institutions

The best universities and schools in America are located in San Francisco: Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Academy of Art University, San Francisco State University and others.

Cultural diversity

If the United States is known as a melting pot, then San Francisco is the real embodiment of this idea. Students from all over the world come to America to get the best education. For these reasons, adaptation in a multicultural environment is easier for many students.

Cultural and creative center

San Francisco is considered the American Mecca for creative people, it is home to the largest art centers, galleries and museums.

History Center

San Francisco is surrounded by tourist attractions: Golden Bridge, Alcatraz, Coit Tower, cable cars, Lombard Street and more.

About San Francisco for Students in Facts

  • Population = 4,727,000
  • Average tuition fees at universities = $ 39,200
  • Number of students = 68 590
  • Language of instruction = English
  • Available programs for foreigners = language courses, summer vacation programs, bachelor's, master's, MBA
  • Opportunity to enroll after a school = available in some universities
  • Best University = Stanford University, located in San Francisco, is one of the five best universities in the world
  • In the ranking of employers' activity = 11th place in the world
  • 5th in the world = Molecular Biology and Genetics at the University of California
  • 3rd place in the world = Art and Design at California College of the Arts.

School education in San Francisco

Since there is no unified education system in the United States, San Francisco educational institutions have the right to draw up curricula and build the learning process on their own. In its most general form, the curriculum is drawn up by the education council in each state, but the choice of teaching aids, workload and teaching material is determined by the schools themselves. For these reasons, San Francisco schools offer a wide variety of study programs - National AP Programs, International Baccalaureate, UK A-Levels and GCSE courses. You can study both in English and in a bilingual environment. However, the wide choice makes it difficult for many parents to decide on educational institutions that would meet the needs of their students.

San Francisco Schools Ranking 2021:

  1. St. Patrick St. Vincent Catholic High School Amerigo
  2. San Domenico School San Francisco
  3. Squaw Valley Academy
  4. The athenian school
  5. Lowell high school
  6. Campolindo high
  7. Dougherty Valley High School
  8. Oakland Charter High.

The goal of the school system is to educate a versatile personality, therefore much attention is paid to the organization of extracurricular activities. Schoolchildren attend sports sections, hobby groups, participate in competitions, creative events and tournaments.

Famous San Francisco Schools for Expats

San Francisco is one of the most popular cities for expat families. There are several reasons for this - a good climate, prospects for admission to top universities and employment, good conditions for foreign students. International schools are very popular among expats, despite high tuition fees. There are more than 13 schools with international educational programs in the city and its surroundings.

Lycée Francais de San Francisco

  • Language of instruction: English, French
  • Training programs: American, French
  • Students age: 2-18
  • Cost: from $ 27,060 per year.

Woodside International School

  • Language of instruction: English
  • Training programs: American, international
  • Students age: 14-18
  • Cost: from $ 30,000 per year.

Alto International School

  • Language of instruction: English, German
  • Training programs: IB
  • Students age: 3-18
  • Cost: from $ 23,000 per year.

San Francisco Pacific Academy

  • Language of instruction: English
  • Training programs: American
  • Students age: 5-14.

German International School of Silicon Valley

  • Language of instruction: English, German
  • Students age: 3-18
  • Cost: from $ 29,025 per year.

San Francisco Universities

Higher education in San Francisco is represented by hundreds of academic programs - bachelor's, master's, MBA and short-term. At the same time, California universities are distinguished by the high quality of teaching, the prestige of diplomas, funding, research centers and international teaching staff. The first thing worth noting is the emphasis on practical knowledge in the universities of San Francisco. Top universities cooperate with large international companies, students undergo internships during their studies and continue to work after completing their education.

To enter the University of San Francisco, you will need to collect a standard package of documents describing your academic and language training. Due to the high competition for places, it is important to clearly reflect your strengths and interests.

What do students study in San Francisco?

In the largest center of education and science, you can study any promising area. We list only the most popular programs:

  • Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Anthropology
  • Archeology
  • Architectural design
  • History of art
  • Applied arts
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomechanical engineering
  • Biomedical computing
  • Chemical engineering
  • Informatics
  • Economy
  • Electrical engineering
  • Energy saving engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • English language, literature and culture
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Film Studies and Media Studies
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Story
  • International relationships
  • Linguistics
  • Management Science
  • Computational science
  • Maths
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political science
  • Product design
  • Psychology
  • Public policy
  • Religious Studies
  • Science, technology and society
  • Sociology
  • Theater and performing arts
  • Urban studies.

Tuition fees in San Francisco

Here are the prices for popular programs in educational institutions of San Francisco:

  • Summer language camp at UC Berkeley = $ 2293 for 2 weeks
  • OISE language camp = $ 3850 for 2 weeks
  • Language school for children and adults Kaplan Summer Berkeley = $ 1500 per week
  • Language courses at ILSC San Francisco = from $ 330 per week
  • Preparation for the ILSC San Francisco University = from $ 330 for 7 days
  • Undergraduate at the University of the Pacific = from $ 45786 per year
  • Bachelor's degree at the Academy of Art University = from $ 22,500 per year.

Top Universities of San Francisco

Below we have compiled data on the best universities in San Francisco according to the Times Higher Education and Wall Street Journal US College Rankings Rankings 2021.

Stanford University

  • Student grade = 4.5
  • Strongest specialties = biology, genetics, art, humanities, natural sciences
  • Rankings = 2nd place in the world (Times Higher Education).

University of California

  • Student grade = 4.3
  • Strongest specialties = medicine, health care, sociology, humanities, natural sciences
  • Rankings = 50th place in the world (Times Higher Education).

University of San Francisco

  • Student grade = 4.6
  • Strongest specialties = medicine, health care, sociology, humanities
  • Ratings = 103 in the USA (US News Best Colleges).

California College of the Arts

  • Student grade = 4.5
  • Strongest majors = art history, performing arts
  • Rankings = 401 in the world (Wall Street Journal / Times Higher Education US College Rankings).

Academy of Art University

  • Student grade = 4.2
  • Strongest specialties = fine arts.
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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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