English as a Second Language (ESL)

The SCAD Language Studio provides English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction appropriate to varied student needs, levels and proficiencies to prepare students for degree-granting programs at SCAD. ESL students make connections with peers and professors, and use their language skills to succeed in their studies and to begin their academic and artistic journeys with confidence and competence.

SCAD Language Studio

Designed to help you succeed

Through the SCAD Language Studio, you gain skills that will enable you to be successful at the university and professional level, including how to:

  • Write academic papers and exams
  • Make formal presentations
  • Read university-level materials
  • Comprehend academic lectures
  • Speak fluently in both formal and informal settings
  • Understand U.S. culture


All non-native English-speaking students must meet certain criteria to be eligible for an enrollment waiver. Students who are not eligible for an ESL waiver are required to take a placement test administered by the SCAD Language Studio.

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Course offerings

The ESL program includes a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses focused on reading, writing and grammar proficiency as well as advanced presentation, pronunciation and research skills necessary for a career in art and design.

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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.

Start your application

International students who wish to enroll at SCAD and enter degree-granting programs of study must meet the admission requirements and complete the freshman, transfer or graduate application.

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Study English exclusively

International students who would like to develop their English to further their professional and personal goals can take advantage of SCAD Language Studio's English Language Program.

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Download the international students guide

This PDF download provides important information for international students at SCAD, including details on immigration documentation, health care, and adjusting to American culture.

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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


SCAD International Student Services Office
1600 Peachtree St. NW
Atlanta, Georgia

Hong Kong

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