Expand on your English proficiency

SCAD is a global university with locations on three continents and students from more than 100 countries. As a new international student, you can begin your SCAD journey through the intensive and engaging art- and design-focused English language programs offered by the SCAD Language Studio.

The SCAD Language Studio offers two paths for studying English as a secondary language:

English as a Second Language

The English as a Second Language (ESL) program is designed to address the varied needs, levels and proficiencies of degree-seeking international students to prepare them for programs at SCAD.

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English Language Program

The English Language Program (ELP) provides instruction to students who are exclusively interested in developing their English to further their professional, academic or personal goals.

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The SCAD Language Studio improves English language proficiency through immediate immersion into the SCAD community.

The SCAD Language Studio provides an authentic studio experience through intensive language studies, cooperative and engaging fieldwork, and a blended learning approach to language acquisition specific to university life. Students are exposed to extended-learning opportunities beyond the classroom, including observing for-credit classes, exploring innovative digital-learning environments and attending lectures or exhibitions. Individual tutoring based on assessment results and instructor feedback focuses on speaking, reading, writing and listening skills and is offered at no additional cost to SCAD Language Studio students.

Pre-orientation English instruction

SCAD offers two distinct programs to help give international students an early start on settling into their home in the U.S. and at SCAD. Students may participate in one or both of the programs to help prepare for the English as a Second Language placement test and the academic culture at SCAD.

SCAD Cultural and Academic Preparation Program

SCAD CAPP gives new international students an early start on settling into their new home away from home in the United States and at SCAD. Whether studying in Atlanta or Savannah, international students receive four weeks of instruction to prepare for the ESL placement test, become familiar with the university, and cover important topics such as transportation, banking and more.

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SCAD Language Experience and Academic Preparation

Through the SCAD eLearning platform, new international students in SCAD LEAP learn linguistic and cultural norms in a collaborative online setting. During the five-week virtual summer program, students explore spoken and written English conventions as they prepare for studies at SCAD.

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International Student Services Office

Full-time ISSO advisers help new international students transition to SCAD and U.S. culture by hosting special events and answering questions concerning university life, health care, housing, immigration, scholarships and personal matters.

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Connect with SCAD Language Studio

Staff members are available to support international students with any question at any time; just call, send an email or stop by.


Norris Hall
548 E. Broughton St.
Savannah, Georgia
[email protected]


SCAD International Student Services Office
1600 Peachtree St. NW
Atlanta, Georgia
[email protected]

Hong Kong

North Kowloon Magistracy Building
292 Tai Po Road
Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong
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