International Admissions

Academy of Art University welcomes students from all around the world—in San Francisco and online! In fact, 36% of our current students hail from 115 countries worldwide, and attend the Academy to take advantage of our unique offerings.

Online or onsite, our students near and far learn in a comprehensive and versatile learning environment from a faculty of working professionals. While your instructors, curricula, and opportunities born from attending the Academy will all be of the same great, creative caliber, as an international applicant you should note the following foreign-specific information.

36% of our current students hail from 115 countries worldwide

Language Requirements

TOEFL or IELTS Score

You may submit your application for admission before taking the test. More information is available online for TOEFL and for IELTS.

Our institutional code for TOEFL is 4207

While we do not require these scores and do not have a minimum score requirement, you will be evaluated for English language proficiency upon arrival at Academy of Art University.

Admissions

Getting started

We pay special attention to our new students, making sure that each one has additional support during their first months at the university.

Housing

Housing is guaranteed for all new, full-time onsite students. We have 17 different housing options to choose from located in the heart of San Francisco near all of our academic buildings.

Online Class Demo

Learn on Campus and Online

Our revolutionary online courses provide the same rigorous education that we offer on campus with greater flexibility. Study on your own time, at your own pace. Combine online and on-site classes.

New International Student Instructions

Step 1: When you receive your I-20
  • Make sure your personal and program information on the first page of your I-20 is correct. Any correction must be reported to your advisor immediately—we’ll make the correction and mail you a new one.
  • Print your name, sign, and date the I-20 on the bottom of page one.
  • There are strict regulations to which you agree when you sign the I-20 and enter the U.S. as an F-1 student. Read these regulations on page 2 of your I-20 carefully—you are responsible for knowing them.
  • Send an email to your advisor to confirm you received your I-20.
Step 2: Pay the Sevis I-901 Fee (must be paid within 30 days from the day you receive the I-20)
  • You are required to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee of $200 by mail or over the Internet. Please see the SEVIS I-901 Fee instructions in the I-20 package. Academy of Art School Code is SFR 214F 00500000
  • Your SEVIS ID number can be found on page one of your I-20 (upper right corner).
Step 3: Obtain an F-1 Student Visa
  • To apply for an F-1 Student Visa, contact the U.S Embassy/Consulate in your home country for details. Some U.S. Embassies/Consulates will accept your visa application at any time, while others will require you to make an appointment in advance, so be sure you plan ahead. It can take more than a month to process a student visa.
  • If you are from a country that is participating in the visa waiver program, Do not enter the U.S. on a visa waiver—you must apply for an F-1 Student Visa. After you’ve obtained your F-1 visa you are required to send an email to let your advisor know.

Class Registration

You can register for your classes after receiving your F-1 student visa and speaking with your advisor. After class registration is completed, you can log on to Student Self Service to:

  • View your class schedule
  • Sign the Enrollment Agreement (mandatory)
  • Make tuition payments
  • Submit your U.S. address and phone number, if you have them
  • Choose your own room assignment after you’ve applied for on campus housing.

Note: If you have not received your username and password, please contact your advisor.

• After you receive your F-1 Student Visa, book your flight to San Francisco (SFO). You can enter the U.S. no earlier than 30 days before the I-20 program start date.

Step 4: Book your flight

Purchase your plane ticket.

Step 5: Email your arrival date and time to your Admissions Specialist

Email or call our Admissions Office to speak to a Specialist

Contact International Admissions

Email: intladmissions@academyart.edu
Phone: 1-415-274-2208
Fax: 1-415-618-6278

Mailing Address

Academy of Art University
Attn: Office of the Registrar, International Admissions
79 New Montgomery St.
San Francisco, CA 94105

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