International admission information

International students from more than 100 countries learn and create as part of a diverse community of artists and designers at SCAD. International applicants should complete the freshman, transfer or graduate application based on their current academic status.

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Getting started at SCAD as an international student

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Apply

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Log in to MyAdmission

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Submit your documents

Once you have submitted your online application, you will receive an invitation to log in to MyAdmission. An admission adviser will be assigned to you to help guide you through the remaining steps.

Admission requirements for a first-year freshman international student

Below is the list of materials you will need to submit to finalize your application to SCAD as a first-year undergraduate applicant. These materials can be submitted at any time to your adviser via email, standard mail, and in some cases, online.

Admission requirements for an international transfer student

Below is the list of documents you will need to submit to finalize your application to SCAD as an undergraduate transfer applicant. These documents can be submitted at any time to your adviser via email, standard mail, and in some cases, online.

Admission requirements for an international graduate student

Below is the list of documents you will need to submit to finalize your application to SCAD as an international graduate applicant. These documents can be submitted at any time to your adviser via email, standard mail, and in some cases, online.

The application process

SCAD accepts new applications throughout the year. There is no deadline to apply. Admission decisions typically take between two and four weeks, and applicants should apply at least 30 days before their intended term of entry.

New students may enroll:

  • Fall quarter (begins in September)
  • Winter quarter (begins in January)
  • Spring quarter (begins in March)
  • Summer quarter (begins in June)

Financial aid and scholarship opportunities

Although international students are not eligible to receive U.S. federal or state financial aid, all admitted students are automatically considered for institutional scholarships. There is no need to apply for these scholarships. These funds are limited and are awarded to the earliest qualifiers.

Portfolios

Portfolios and auditions are not required for undergraduate admission. However, freshman and transfer applicants are strongly encouraged to submit one if possible to be considered for scholarships.

Graduate-level international applicants are required to submit a portfolio or audition with the added benefit of also being considered for scholarships.

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Preparing your visa for travel

New students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents will need to obtain visas to enter the country. Generally, you obtain a visa through a U.S. consulate in your area, so you will need to identify which consulate you will be working with. Your admission adviser, assigned after submitting your application, will be able to provide assistance and answer any questions you may have.

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Proof of financial support

Specific financial documentation is required to apply for a U.S. or Hong Kong student visa, including a sponsorship letter addressed to SCAD and a Certificate of Financial Support that officially documents a sponsor's adequate bank funds.

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Information for Hong Kong visa applicants

According to the Hong Kong Immigration Department guidelines, a student visa application requires six weeks to process. For a student to receive their Hong Kong student visa by mail prior to their departure, they must submit their original visa application with time to spare.

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The global community at SCAD

The International Student Services Office at SCAD can help international students answer any questions concerning academics, university life, cross-cultural issues, employment, health care, housing, safety, immigration, insurance, scholarships, taxes, travel and more.

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Join in special events for prospective students

SCAD offers a number of options for prospective students and their families to explore locations, discover programs, and meet faculty and current students.

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Poetter Hall, SCAD Savannah

Experience SCAD from wherever you are

Our virtual tour guides are eager to show you more about our international locations. Enjoy an inside look into what makes SCAD the university for creative careers.

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