International student admission requirements

SCAD welcomes students from throughout the world. International applicants should adhere to requirements relevant to first-year freshman, undergraduate transfer, or graduate applicants.

English proficiency

SCAD is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant international students who show evidence of proficiency in the English language and who certify means of financial support for their studies.

Documentation of financial support

Documentation of financial support for the first year is required for SCAD to begin the process for an international applicant to obtain a visa. Submission of official certification of sources and funds at the time of application is strongly encouraged and may expedite the visa process. SCAD eLearning applicants residing outside the U.S. are not required to submit certification of sources and funds.


Although international students are not eligible to receive U.S. federal or state financial aid, all admitted students are automatically considered for institutional scholarships. These funds are limited and are awarded to the earliest qualifiers.

Medical insurance

In order to protect students from unexpected costs of health care, SCAD requires all enrolled international students on F-1 visas to have adequate medical insurance. These students must enroll in the SCAD international health insurance plan and the charges are automatically added to the student account. Visit the healthcare page for additional information and fee structure. Exemptions may be granted for students who are already covered under certain government- or embassy-sponsored plans.

Additional documentation

SCAD reserves the right to verify all documents submitted in application for admission. Any falsification of admission documents or portfolio or audition materials constitutes grounds for termination of application procedures or dismissal from SCAD. Permanent residents must submit proof of legal residency such as a copy of a resident alien card. A copy of the first page of each international applicant's passport is requested, though not required. A copy of the first page of the passport for any dependent accompanying the international applicant also is requested. These documents are used to verify correct spelling of names, correct birth dates, and other information vital to student registration.

Additional admission requirements may apply based on your academic status. Select from the links below for more details:

First-year freshman admission requirements
Undergraduate transfer admission requirements
Graduate admission requirements