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 International Student FAQ

Students representing more than 35 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas bring important artistic, cultural, and intellectual dimensions to life at CCAD. The college is strongly committed to cultural diversity and is dedicated to enrolling talented art students from around the world.

CCAD is proud to offer scholarships to qualified international students. In addition, CCAD assists these students with cultural adjustments and offers advice on U.S. government regulations relating to their international status. CCAD is authorized under U.S. federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students.

International students interested in applying to CCAD or requesting information about the required forms, procedures, and scholarship information can contact us. If calling, be sure to identify yourself as an "international student." 

Check out our international student brochures below (currently in English. Korean and Chinese, ipad compatible) and then request more information from CCAD.

international student brochure in Englsih international student brochure in Korean international student brochure in Vietnamese
international student brochure in Spanish international student brochure in Portuguese international student brochure in traditional chinese
international student brochure in simplified Chinese    

Admissions Contact: email I admissions@ccad.edu l 614.222.3261 I toll free within the U.S. 877.997.CCAD (2223). For international calling codes, download this guide (pdf).

Q What are the international student admissions requirements?
A

Whether you are interested in the Bachelor of Fine Arts (undergraduate) program or the Master of Fine Arts (graduate) program, there are some unique elements within the admissions process for international students.

BFA Applicants—follow the freshman or transfer requirements outlined on the How to Apply page with the following exceptions:

  • ACT or SAT scores are not required, but they do add extra context to your file.
  • Proof of English proficiency is required—students from countries where English is not the only official language must meet the minimum required score on any one of the following:
    • TOEFL: Paper 500; Computer 173; iBT 61
    • IELTS: 6.0
  • If you are admitted to CCAD, you will be required to provide proof of finances sufficient to support your studies.

MFA Applicants—follow the requirements outlined on the MFA Applicaton Requirements page with the following exceptions:

  • Proof of English proficiency is required—students from countries where English is not the only official language must meet the minimum required score on any one of the following:
    • TOEFL: iBT 80
    • IELTS: 6.5
  • If you are admitted to CCAD, you will be required to provide proof of finances sufficient to support your studies.
   
Q How do I know if I should follow the international student admissions guidelines?
A Students needing to enter the United States on an F-1 or J-1 student visa must complete the international student requirements.
   
Q What if I am already in the United States on a visa?
A Students currently in the U.S.A. on an F-1 student visa need to follow the guidelines for international admissions. Students on other types of visas should contact the international student advisor by email for specific admissions requirements.
   
Q I have U.S. permanent residency (green card). Am I considered an "international student?"
A No. U.S. permanent residents follow the same admissions guidelines as U.S. citizens.
   
Q What about students from Puerto Rico, U.S.V.I., Guam, or other U.S. territories?
A Such students are U.S. citizens and are not considered "international students."
   
Q Can the English proficiency requirement be waived if I graduate from high school in the United States, Canada, or other English speaking country?
A No. This requirement is not only a CCAD requirement. You may be asked to present your English test results when applying for your F-1 student visa at the appropriate U.S. Embassy or consulate.
   
Q I study in a country where English is not the main language but my high school curriculum is taught entirely in English. Can the English proficiency requirement be waived?
A No. You may be asked to present English test results when applying for the F-1 visa.
   
Q Does CCAD have an intensive English (ESL) program?
A No, however, CCAD is able to recommend nearby colleges that do have intensive English programs for international students. Many students begin their studies in such a program and transfer to CCAD after reaching the required English proficiency level.
   
Q Are standardized tests such as the ACT or SAT required for international students?
A No, however, it is recommended that international students take one of these standardized tests, if possible. CCAD does not have a minimum score requirement for the ACT or SAT.
   
Q It is not possible to take the ACT or SAT in my country. Will my chances of being accepted or receiving scholarship assistance decrease if I do not submit these test scores?
A No. CCAD understands that the ACT and SAT tests are not standard examinations in most of the world.
   
Q Is there an application deadline for international students?
A CCAD does not have a set application deadline. International students are encouraged to begin the application process at least four months before their expected date of enrollment. Students must allow ample time to complete the admissions process and then apply for an F-1 student visa through the proper U.S. Embassy or consulate.
   
Q Should all application forms and requirements be turned in at the same time?
A Most application requirements can be submitted via SlideRoom. Additional materials may be submitted all at once in a single packet or individually at separate times.
   
Q Should original artwork be submitted by international applicants?
A No. Artwork should be submitted via SlideRoom.
   
Q Is a personal interview required for the admissions process?
A A personal interview is not required for international students. Students should include any important facts and information about themselves in their personal statement for admissions.
   
Q Does CCAD have an MFA or graduate program?
A Yes. Please visit the MFA overview page for more information.
   
Q Are international students eligible for scholarships through CCAD?
A Yes. All new international students and international transfer students are eligible for merit scholarship consideration. Applicants are automatically reviewed for scholarship assistance upon being admitted to CCAD.
   
Q Is tuition higher for international students?
A No. CCAD is a private institution and tuition is the same for all students, regardless of nationality.
   
Q I need to apply for an F-1 student visa. What is the procedure?
A After completing the necessary international student admissions requirements you will receive an official letter of acceptance, I-20 form (or DS-2019 for J-1 exchange visitors), and further information on how and where to apply for the F-1 student visa or J-1 exchange visitor visa.
   
Q What is an I-20 form?
A The I-20 form is a legal document that is required for the F-1 visa application process. It is also necessary in order to enter the U.S. after obtaining the F-1 visa. Additionally, the I-20 form is used for travel purposes while the student is enrolled at CCAD.
   
What is the DS-2019 form?
DS-2019 is a legal document that is required for the J-1 exchange visitor visa application process. It is also used for travel purposes while the student is enrolled at CCAD.
   
Q Can international students apply for on-campus employment?
A Yes. Students holding an F-1 student visa may apply for on-campus employment once attending CCAD. On-campus employment is not guaranteed and should not be factored into a student's budget. Students who gain on-campus employment are limited to 15 hours of employment per week. Certain students holding other types of visas including J-1 exchange students, may not be eligible for on-campus employment. Off-campus employment is not an option.
   
Q Are all international students required to participate in the international heath insurance program at CCAD?
A The international health insurance program provided through CCAD is mandatory for all students on an F-1 student visa or J-1 exchange visitor visa. Medical care in the United States is very expensive and this plan was put in place to protect international students and their families from the high cost of medical care in the event of serious injury or illness. The cost of this program is factored into the student’s tuition statement each semester. See below.

CCAD International Health Insurance Information

As an international student at CCAD, you are automatically enrolled into a special international student health insurance program. This plan will allow you to receive medical care for typical injuries or illnesses that you may experience while studying outside of your home country. Please note that the insurance plan will not cover any medical claims made while inside of your home country. The plan is simple to use, but you must follow specific steps in order for the plan to work as it is designed. Please carefully read the insurance plan information.

Admissions Contact: email I internationalinfo@ccad.edu l 614.222.3261 I toll free within the U.S. 877.997.CCAD (2223)