New student: International

Congratulations on choosing to study at SCAD. The international student services office is committed to ensuring your stay in Savannah is productive. The Savannah College of Art and Design is home to more than 3,000 international students and professors as well as their spouses and children who have come to SCAD from around the globe.   

An important first step in adjusting to college life at SCAD is the international student orientation program. It is held at the beginning of each quarter and is required for all new international students.


International CAPP

The Cultural and Academic Preparation Program gives new international students an early start on settling into their new home away from home in the United States and at SCAD.

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Summer 2021 orientation

Summer 2021 orientation for new students will take place virtually for all SCAD locations. Through a combination of video presentations, digital content, and orientation guides, students and their families will become familiar with the student success opportunities the university offers and begin the exciting transition to SCAD. Students should complete all orientation sessions before the first day of classes, Monday, June 21.

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Before arriving

To ensure a timely and smooth check-in at orientation, incoming students are encouraged to review important information regarding documents and visas. The following are frequently asked about topics.

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Additional requirements

In addition to attending orientation, new international students should take note of the following required and optional sessions:

Meet and Repeat: An International Event to Make Friends
Tuesday, June 15 | 10 a.m. ET
Optional for all international students

New and current students are invited to get to know one another at this virtual meet-and-greet session! All new international students are encouraged to attend.

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Academic Preparation at SCAD for International Students
Friday, June 25 | 9:30 a.m. ET
Required for F-1 and Pre-F-1 students

This session provides insight into the U.S. classroom experience. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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New International Student Orientation (NISO)
Tuesday, June 15–Sunday, June 20
Required for F-1 visa students arriving in the U.S. for the summer quarter

Validate your F-1 status through this Blackboard Learn course. The course must be completed by Sunday, June 20. 

Go to Blackboard Learn


BeeReady: Pre-F-1 Info Session
Wednesday, July 7 | 9 a.m. ET
Optional for Pre-F-1 students

SEVIS I-20 holders postponing their U.S. arrival until a future quarter are encouraged to register for this info session.

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Virtual Meet-and-Greet Sessions
Wednesday, June 16 – Thursday, June 17 | 1–2 p.m. ET
Optional for F-1 visa students

These optional sessions are designed for new international students arriving in the U.S. Students have the opportunity to learn about banking, health insurance, and other helpful topics to transition to life in the U.S.; meet ISSO advisers; and connect with other students.

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Looking ahead? Preview the fall orientation schedule

Incoming international students for fall quarter can now plan in advance for their journey to SCAD.

View Fall 2021 international student orientation schedule

Admission contact

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