How do I know if I should follow the international student admissions guidelines?
Students needing to enter the United States on an F-1 or J-1 student visa must complete the international student requirements.
What if I am already in the United States on a visa?
Students currently in the U.S. 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.
I need to apply for an F-1 student visa or J-1 exchange visitor visa. What is the procedure?
After completing the necessary international student admissions requirements, you will receive an official letter of acceptance, an 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.
What are forms I-20 and DS-2019?
Form I-20 is a legal document that is required for the F-1 visa application process. It is also presented at the U.S port of entry, along with your F-1 visa and valid passport in order to enter the U.S. Additionally, the I-20 form is used for travel purposes while the student is enrolled at CCAD.
Form DS-2019 is a legal document required for the J-1 Exchange Visitor visa application process. It is also presented at the U.S. port of entry, along with your J-1 visa and valid passport in order to enter the U.S.
Can I study part-time as an F-1 student or J-1 exchange visitor?
No. If you hold an F-1 or J-1 visa, you must be enrolled as a full-time student.
What about health insurance?
All F-1 and J-1 visa holders must enroll in the CCAD health insurance plan while studying at CCAD. 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. Students will receive detailed information about the health insurance plan during the international orientation session.
Can the English proficiency requirement be waived if I graduate from high school in the United States, Canada or another English-speaking country?
No. This requirement is not only a CCAD requirement. You will be asked to present your English test results when applying for your F-1 student visa or J-1 exchange visitor visa at the appropriate U.S. embassy or consulate.
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?
No. You will be asked to present English test results when applying for the F-1 or J-1 visa.
Does CCAD have an intensive English (ESL) program?
CCAD does not have an intensive English (ESL) program. 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.
Are standardized tests such as the ACT or SAT required for international students?
No. These are optional exams for international students. If you take either exam, please have your results forwarded to CCAD. CCAD does not have a minimum score requirement for the ACT or SAT.
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?
No. CCAD understands that the ACT and SAT tests are not standard examinations in most of the world.
Is there an application deadline for international students?
Early Action Deadline: Dec. 1.
Priority Deadline: Feb. 15.
After Feb. 15, CCAD maintains a rolling admissions process until Aug. 1.
Should all application forms and requirements be turned in at the same time?
Application materials may be submitted separately.
Should physical artwork be submitted by international applicants?
Your portfolio must be submitted electronically using the link on the electronic application form.
Is a personal interview required for the admissions process?
A personal interview is not required for international students. Students should include any important facts and information about themselves in their personal statement. Of course, we would love to meet with you and show off our campus if you are ever in the area.
Are international students eligible for scholarships through CCAD?
Yes. All new international students and international transfer students are eligible for CCAD scholarship consideration. Applicants are automatically reviewed for scholarship assistance upon being admitted to CCAD.
Is tuition higher for international students?
No. CCAD is a private institution and tuition is the same for all students, regardless of nationality.
Do I have to attend International Student Orientation?
Yes. CCAD has developed an exciting and informative International Student Orientation in order to help new students with the transition to CCAD and the city of Columbus.