Academy of Art University attracts talents from all over the globe. With students and alumni hailing from 115 countries worldwide, Academy of Art University has a diverse international student population that perfectly fits San Francisco, the place we have called home since 1929.  On this page, learn more about our programs, language supports, online education, career opportunities, housing, and applying to, and attending the Academy as an international student.

Degree Options

Academy of Art University offers over 120 degree options, including 29 STEM degrees, in more than 40 areas of study in the exciting field of art and design. For creatives who want to expand on their educational journey, we offer Continuing Education and Study Abroad, as well as Pre-College Art & Design Experience (PCADE), which is FREE program specifically designed for current high school students.

English Language Support

The EAP program at Academy of Art University has been a leader in the field of content-based language teaching for over 25 years. Nationally, the Academy was among the first universities to integrate major-specific language support into English language teaching. The EAP curriculum is authored by our own faculty and tailored specifically to align with the students’ specific art and design majors at the school.

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EAP Classes

Will increase your language development and language learning autonomy. EAP classes prepare you with the vocabulary you need for your art and design field.

Language Support for Onsite and Online Classes

You’ll receive support from a language teacher in both onsite and online art and design classes.

Speaking, Writing, and Language Support Labs

As an English language learner, you’ll receive tutoring for both writing and speaking assignments.

We are here to help!

Our international admissions representatives are here to help you with the admissions process and can answer questions from language support training to housing and more.

Online Education

Learn Online

As an early pioneer in online learning, our online programs are designed to provide the same quality of education as what we offer on-campus students, but with greater flexibility.

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Built-in Career Prep Opportunities

Our goal at Academy of Art University is student success. The Academy experience is packed with career-building opportunities so that you can start your creative career when you leave here. These opportunities give students the skills needed to hit the ground running the moment they turn pro. Your first day of class is the first day of your career.

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Employment Opportunities

The Academy does provide support and guidance around employment eligibility both while you’re attending school and afterwards.

CPT (Curricular Practical Training) CPT is considered short term employment that is an integral part of an established curriculum and directly related to the student’s major field of study. It allows students to gain practical experience while in school and is authorized by the International Office. The International Office authorizes CPT for internships and CPT for short term employment.
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OPT (Optional Practical Training) OPT is considered temporary employment that is directly related to the student’s major field of study. It allows students to gain practical experience either while in school (pre-completion OPT) or after program completion (post-completion OPT).
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STEM 24 Month Extension This is a 24-month extension of your post-completion OPT for students with a STEM degree. The core purpose is to supplement your academic knowledge with practical experience in your major area of study.
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Student Life

Discover life at the Academy and find your artistic home in SF. Get involved in your campus culture, connect with others and find support to help you succeed.

Explore theater, concert, and comedy events whether you're searching for the best Broadway musicals, or award winning plays, live music concerts, or at the very latest in live comedy.


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.

International Student Resources

Getting Started

Get help on when you can start school, how to apply, costs, and documents.

Mailing Address

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

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Our international admissions team is here to help answer any questions you may have. Contact or 1-415-274-2208.

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