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International Admissions: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Students from abroad and permanent residents must consider a number of additional factors when enrolling in American colleges and universities. With that in mind, the International Admissions department has compiled this list of questions frequently asked by international students:

General Admissions

Application

Financial

Students


General Admissions

Q. How many International Students study at the Academy of Art University?

A. The University has a diverse international student population that represents 85 countries and makes up about 30 percent of our total enrollment of more than 18,000 students.

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Q. Do you offer ESL (English as a Second Language) classes?

A. Yes. The Department of English as a Second Language provides international students at the Academy of Art University with a unique program, which integrates the study of art and language.

We are strongly committed to the goal of helping students succeed in their art and design classes while working to improve their English throughout their academic careers.

International students can receive additional ESL support outside of class, such as writing and speaking labs, at no extra cost.

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Q. Will ESL credits apply toward to my degree?

A. No. ESL support, if needed, is intended to improve our students' ability to succeed in their art and design classes. We are the only art and design university that allows students to take ESL and art classes concurrently, meaning that students do not have to complete ESL classes before taking art classes.

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Q. What is your minimum TOFEL score requirement?

A. There is no minimum TOEFL requirement for international students because the Academy of Art University offers ESL (English as Second Language) classes. The University invites international students to enroll immediately in art and design classes while learning English.

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Q. What is your minimum GPA (Grade Point Average) requirement?

A. None. The Academy of Art University maintains the tradition of an open admission policy. Your high school grades and SAT scores do not always measure your potential to be a successful artist or designer. Undergraduates are accepted with the promise that they will work hard to learn the skills that prepare them for a future earning a living doing exactly what they love to do.

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Q. Is a portfolio required for admission?

A. A portfolio is not required for undergraduate admission. We believe that aspiring artists and designers have the right to pursue their dream with or without a portfolio. But if you have a portfolio, we encourage you to submit it. Department Directors may transfer or waive major/foundation classes in their individual departments based upon portfolio review.

A portfolio is required for graduate (MFA and Master of Architecture) admission.

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Q. Do you offer interviews?

A. Yes. An admissions interview is not required for admission to the University. However, if you feel that an interview would help our admissions representatives get a better sense of your strengths as a candidate, we encourage you to set up an interview by contacting the International Admissions Department.

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Q. I earned a Bachelor's degree from another institution; can I apply for a second bachelor's degree?

A. Yes. Our Second Degree program is designed for students who may have majored in a different subject, but would now like to pursue an education and career in art & design. Admission is guaranteed for Second Degree applicants.

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Application

Q. Is there a separate application for International students?

A. Yes. International students must complete the International Undergraduate Application or International Graduate Application.

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Q. I am U.S. Permanent Resident (Green Card holder); how do I apply?

A. The Domestic Admissions Department assists all U.S. Permanent Residents (Green Card Holders). If you are interested in Undergraduate Admissions, contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office; if you are interested in Graduate Admissions, contact the Graduate Admissions Office. You may call 800-544-ARTS to be transferred to the correct Admissions area and for further assistance.

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Q. Will I be notified if my application has arrived? Will I be notified if something is missing from my application?

A. Yes. Your Admissions Representative will contact you as soon as we receive your application. You will be notified of any missing documents via phone or e-mail.

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Q. What is a transcript?

A. A transcript is an official record provided by your secondary school or college/university that shows your academic performance during your attendance there, and provides information about your current academic status. The transcript may include grades in various subjects and/or results from internal or external examinations (e.g. GCSE, national examinations in your country, etc.).

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Q. Can I submit a photocopy of my transcript?

A. No. You must submit an official transcript.

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Q. Do you accept official transcripts and financial documents in a foreign language?

A. No. All documents must be in English, or have been officially translated.

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Q. Can I send photocopies of the bank letter and Affidavit of Support?

A. No. We require the original bank letter and Affidavit of Support.

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Q. Do you accept a digital signature for the Affidavit of Support?

A. No.

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Q. What if I have question that is not answered here?

A. You should contact us online.

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Financial

Q. Do international students and U.S. Permanent Residents (Green Card holders) pay more tuition?

A. No. All students at the Academy of Art University, whether or not they are U.S. Citizens, pay the same tuition.

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Q. I am an international student: am I eligible for U.S. financial aid?

A. No. U.S. federal and state financial assistance is not available for international students.

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Students

Q. What is the international community like at the Academy of Art University?

A. The international community is diverse, exciting, dynamic, and inspired by the various cultural influences and artistic communities of each student's native country.

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Q. How many clubs are there at the Academy of Art University?

A. There are more than 30 clubs. If you can't find a club you want to join, you can start one!

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