We want your first semester at Academy of Art University to be the best time of your life. We pay special attention to our new international students, making sure that each one has additional support during their first months at the university.
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:
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.
Purchase your plane ticket.
Email or call our Admissions Office to speak to a Specialist
New International Students who have completed a housing application via the Housing Portal may arrive for check-in starting TUESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2023 9AM – 5PM PDT. Students who have already received their room assignment will need to sign up for a check-in appointment, this information will be provided via email by their Resident Director.
If you have not received a room assignment or have not received instructions on how to sign up for a check-in time, please contact the Department of Housing & Residence Life at (415) 618-6335 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that our office is open from 8:30AM-5:30PM PST Monday-Friday.
If you are interested in staying in Campus Housing but have not submitted an application, you may do so via the Housing Portal. After you have logged in using your Student Self-Service username and password you may submit a Fall Application by selecting “Fall 2023 Application” located in the menu and on the homepage.
Complete the mandatory International Student Check In Form AFTER your arrival to the US and upload your I-94. Completing the International Student Check In Form is required to activate your SEVIS record and notify the US government that you are in the United States. Check In here. After completing your Check In, you will receive a link to attend the International Student Orientation online.
Airport shuttles to downtown San Francisco cost about $20, while taxis are around $40. Academy of Art University does not provide airport pickup.
For the summer semester, you should have at least $7,000. For fall or spring semester, you should have at least $12,000 available to pay for tuition, books, and materials (does not include campus housing fees).
AAU does not require any vaccination and/or health examination before entering the US. However, students should check with the US Government to see if there are any requirements. If needed, student should obtain a report of their vaccinations and health examinations from their local doctor and keep it along with their I-20 when traveling to the U.S.
It can take several days to open a U.S. bank account, so please have a credit card as backup.
You can pay your tuition online through Student Self Service or in person when you arrive. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and traveler’s checks—personal checks, money orders and/or bank drafts should be made payable to Academy of Art University. Wire transfers are also accepted but can take several days to process.
If you have submitted an application for campus housing, please check the following before you arrive:
All F1 students registered in 6 or more credits at the Academy of Art University will be automatically enrolled in the Anthem Student Health Insurance Plan. The plan covers office visits, medical, accident and hospital expenses. For questions please contact email@example.com.