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International student resources

Endless resources for a growing international community

Life at SCAD is more than attending class. As an international student, you have abundant opportunities to connect with fellow students from across the globe while pursuing your academic, professional and social interests.

To help you reach your potential, check out everything SCAD has to offer its international students.

International Student Services Office

To help you understand American culture and life at SCAD, the International Student Services Office (ISSO) provides full-time advisers who are dedicated to guiding you through your time at SCAD and beyond.

What areas does ISSO cover?

  • Academics
  • Employment
  • Health care
  • Housing
  • Immigration
  • Safety
  • Scholarships
  • Taxes
  • Travel
  • University life

Find your SCAD family

SCAD equestrian

Student clubs

SCAD offers more than 100 student organizations — from community service groups to leadership opportunities to intramural sports. Whether you're attending SCAD Savannah or SCAD Atlanta, join the club that's perfect for you.

View all student clubs

International Student Services Office kayak trip

Events and trips

Throughout the year, ISSO plans a wide variety of activities where you can meet new friends, discover potential hobbies and make lifelong memories.

Street party at 2015 Savannah Film Festival

Stay connected

Join ISSO on Facebook to stay up-to-date on everything it has to offer.

ISSO Atlanta
ISSO Savannah

SCAD Museum of Art

Working in the U.S.

If you are searching for work, ISSO can help explain acceptable types of employment, special authorizations for certain jobs and income tax requirements.

Student employment

All F-1 visa holders are automatically eligible to seek student employment, but employment is not guaranteed. You can work a maximum of 20 hours per week in any department or SCAD office during the academic year. During break periods, you can work a maximum of 40 hours per week. Learn more on MySCAD.


You may volunteer your time and skills in any non-paid position provided that position is not normally held by a paid worker. Non-paid work does not require any work authorization, but you must maintain full-time enrollment unless you are participating in a Curricular Practical Training internship.

Employment outside of SCAD

You must obtain U.S. work authorization for any paid position outside of SCAD. If you have an F-1 visa, you cannot apply for employment outside of SCAD until you have F-1 status for at least three quarters. You cannot accept employment outside of SCAD without USCIS authorization.

SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival 2019

Stay connected

Receive a biweekly email newsletter from ISSO that updates you on upcoming events, important deadlines and more. Current students are automatically enrolled.

Atlanta ISSO Newsletter
Savannah ISSO Newsletter

Alumni support

ISSO continues to support its international students after graduation including assistance with Optional Practical Training (OPT).

Find out how we support our alumni

English language support

Build your confidence through exclusive SCAD language programs.

Connect to an online community

For additional academic, cultural and virtual support, international students are automatically enrolled in the SCAD Culture, Language and Academic Support Site (CLASS) through Blackboard.

SCAD Language Experience and Academic Preparation (LEAP)

Learn linguistic and cultural norms online through the innovative SCAD eLearning platform.

Explore all English language support

Connect with the International Student Services Office

SCAD Atlanta

International Student Services Office

SCAD Atlanta
1600 Peachtree St. NW
Atlanta, Georgia

[email protected]
Follow SCAD Atlanta ISSO on Facebook

SCAD Savannah

International Student Services Office

Norris Hall
548 E. Broughton St.
Savannah, Georgia

[email protected]
Follow SCAD Savannah ISSO on Facebook