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SCAD Cultural and Academic Preparation Program

Find support on your journey to university life in the U.S. with the SCAD Cultural and Academic Preparation Program (CAPP), a four-week pre-orientation summer session for new international students in Atlanta and Savannah hosted by the SCAD International Student Services Office.

Apply to CAPP

After applying to SCAD CAPP, you will receive an email confirming your place in the program. Once you receive the confirmation email, complete the CAPP checklist to prepare for travel to the U.S. and your studies at SCAD.

Accelerate your success

CAPP is designed to prepare talented students for a successful transition to academic, social and cultural life at SCAD before fall quarter begins.

Develop your English skills

Meet fellow new students

Prepare for the ESL placement test

SCAD CAPP participants:

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Explore and travel the region

SCAD CAPP students take trips around the southeast U.S., including beach days at Tybee Island near Savannah; tours of Atlanta attractions; whitewater rafting in Tennessee; and a two-day visit to Asheville, North Carolina, where students will get to explore the grand Biltmore Estate and the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains. Trips may vary based on SCAD location.

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Solve design challenges

In these team-based challenges, SCAD CAPP students work together to design a new product, digital app, or brand identity. Students learn the expectations for SCAD classrooms at the university's U.S. locations and have opportunities to practice their English presentation skills.

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Engage in foundation workshops

SCAD CAPP students are introduced to SCAD foundation studies and general education courses, exploring the conceptual, creative and visual skills that are essential to academic success. Workshops are tailored to expose students to the studio environment and their programs of study.

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Discover vibrant SCAD locations

SCAD CAPP students acclimate to the university and city life in Atlanta or Savannah. In Atlanta, students explore the university's Midtown home, surrounded by Fortune 500 companies, a dynamic cultural landscape and a thriving arts and media scene. In Savannah, students discover the flourishing artistic community, blossoming squares and nearby beaches of the region.

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Move into SCAD housing early

SCAD CAPP students get a head start on settling into SCAD student life. In Atlanta, students reside in FORTY, SCAD Atlanta's newest residence hall, featuring apartment and suite-style housing, study space, event space, and dining opportunities. In Savannah, students live at The Hive, a complex of residence halls with a nearby dining hall, fitness center, swimming pool, and more. Each residence hall is fully furnished and has wireless internet.

Take advantage of all CAPP has to offer

The total CAPP fee ($3,750) includes four weeks of academic and English instruction, 18 meals per week, weekend excursions, on-campus housing and early access to SCAD buildings and resources.

Apply to CAPP

Students interested in participating in CAPP must first complete the online application by Monday, June 29, 2020. After completing the application, students will receive an email confirming their place in CAPP.

Apply to CAPP

Frequently asked questions

Discover additional information about the program, including payment due dates, class locations and more.

How long is SCAD CAPP?


SCAD CAPP is a four-week program that takes place before the start of university orientation and the fall quarter.

Am I eligible for SCAD CAPP?


This program is designed for non-native English speakers, but if you are ESL-exempt and would like to participate in the orientation and other activities, you are welcome to do so.

How do I apply to SCAD CAPP?


To apply, students must complete the SCAD CAPP online application by Monday, June 29, 2020. After receiving a confirmation email, they can complete the application checklist.

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Additional resources

Read more about the benefits of SCAD CAPP, register for orientation or explore upcoming events at your SCAD campus.