International Students Admissions

International Students

Audio Technology Program (ATP)

900 Clock hours – 9 months

SAE’s audio course was first offered in 1976 and has since been perfected into the Audio Technology Program.  SAE has thousands of graduates working in the audio industry all over the world including Oscar and Grammy Award winners.

ATP is a 9-month full time course taught Monday to Thursday with workshops on Fridays consisting of 25 hours a week of class and studio time.

General Enrollment Procedures

  1. Provide a scanned copy of your passport and visa.
  2. Provide proof of English ability.
  3. A copy of your bank statement as required by the USA Embassy.
  4. Pass an online entrance exam.
  5. All students that have attended high school outside of the USA must have their transcripts evaluated by a NACES approved evaluation company.  We recommend using  Please visit their website for individual country instructions.  Generally, all documents can be submitted by email.
  6. Sign and return an application and enrollment agreement.
  7. Make a down payment to be issued an I-20 in order to obtain a student visa from a USA Embassy.

For more information please email:

Jesse Fagerhaugh or Jorge Perez

About SAE San Francisco

Welcome to SAE Institute SF! SAE Institute SF is located on 450 Bryant St. in SOMA. From the moment you tour the San Francisco facility, you will know that SAE Institute takes audio training seriously.

SAE Institute in SF is one of over 50 campuses worldwide, SAE Institute educates for careers in the recording, and post-production industries. SAE SF currently offers two courses: the signature Audio Technology Program diploma that trains for careers in the music and post production industries, and SAE's Electronic Music Production course, a vocational training covering all the tools, tips and tricks involved in producing electronic music. Our school focus is hands-on training and getting our students into our campus studios and labs to complete real-world projects.

SAE Institute alumni graduate with knowledge and experience that industry expects from them so they are ready to become part of an alumni network of industry professionals working with top artists, producers and companies around the world. Our philosophy of "Hands On Education" has lead us to develop a program which provides each Audio Technology Diploma student an Apple laptop computer package including Pro Tools LE and Apple's Logic software.

International Student Health Insurance

For more information on Health Insurance please visit this site.

Campus Life

Students can expect studio time in our state of the art studios to work independently when not in labs or lectures. The studio time is crucial for students to develop their practical skills training. 

SAE Institute San Francisco has a diverse student body that not only  includes local California residents, but also students from across the country and from around the world. The city provides an amazing backdrop; the school is located in the heart of the historical SOMA  district of San Francisco and  is easily accessible.  The city is one the the most exciting, desirable places to live. However you spend your days, you'll find a diverse group of friends and  both staff and faculty are ready to help you pursue your dreams.


San Francisco has many great options for housing. From modern aparments to rooms in old fashioned "Pained Ladies" by Golden Gate park there is a lot to choose from. As San Francisco proper is only seven miles by seven miles, housing in San Francisco can be a bit expensive, however thanks to the great public tranisit system, it's easy to commute using BART (Bay Area Rapid Tranisit) or the bus system. There is even a web site that will help you plan your route to any location. Just go to and put in the addresses and how you want to get there. Many students live in the city proper and others live in the East Bay and travel to school using public transport. 

Common Leasing requirements:
•Government Issued ID
• State Identification ( Driver's License, State Identification )
• Federal Identification ( Passport, Visa )
• Proof of Income / Employment / Enrolment
• Two Most Recent Pay stubs
• Parental Guarantee Form (may apply to students)
• I-20 (applies to international applicants)
• Proof of school enrollment (if/when applicable)

Paramount Student Housing is a local company specializing in affordable student accommodation. 
You can find more information by going to their website:

Below are a list of additional Independent Student Housing options:
The Monroe
1870 Sacramento Street at Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, California 94109
(15 minute bus ride to downtown)

Vantaggio Suites/Cosmo
761 Post Street at Leavenworth
San Francisco, California 94109

The Kenmore
1570 Sutter Street 
(between Gough and Octavia) 
San Francisco, California 94109
(15 minute bus ride to downtown)

San Francisco Residence Club
851 California Street
(between Powell and Stockton)
San Francisco, California 94108

San Francisco Residence Club
851 California Street
(between Powell and Stockton)
San Francisco, California 94108

Vantaggio Suites/Cosmo
761 Post Street at Leavenworth
San Francisco, California 94109

Post Street Towers737 Post Street
(between Jones and Leavenworth)
San Francisco, California 94109

Trinity Towers888 O'Farrell Street at Polk
San Francisco, California 94109

Geary Courtyard639 Geary Street
(between Leavenworth and Jones)
San Francisco, California 94102

Avalon at Nob Hill965 Sutter Street
(between Leavenworth and Hyde)
San Francisco, California 94109