International Affairs: Prospective International Students
SAIC offers undergraduate bachelor's degrees, generally following high/secondary school; graduate master's degrees, advanced study generally following a bachelor's degree programs; and post-baccalaureate certificates, advanced study generally following a bachelor's degree.
International students accepted to SAIC's Low-Res MFA must obtain an F-1 student visa to enter the United States to participate in the intensive on-site summer sessions. The structure of the program is low residency and nontraditional, which means important visa and immigration implications exist for international students who enroll in the program. Please consult the Low-Residency MFA Details [PDF] for important immigration details.
English for International Students (EIS)
Our English for International Students (EIS) courses serve to raise the English language proficiency of SAIC students whose native language is not English to an effective academic level at which they can successfully express complex thoughts when writing and effectively absorb abstract concepts from higher level textbooks.
Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts Program (Low-Res MFA)
The Low-Res MFA works no differently for international students than it does for US residents with the exception of immigration and TOEFL requirements. International students can stay and study in the United States for the duration of the six-week residency only. Students will be permitted to enter the United States a few days before the residency begins and will be required to leave the United States a few days after the residency ends. It is important to note that international students in this program must remain outside of the U.S. between each residency. Please note that according to US immigration regulations, international students enrolled in the Low-Res MFA program are not permitted to work off campus while in the United States.
High School Early College Program (ECP)
Students of diverse backgrounds and experiences come to the Early College Program to strengthen their commitment to the study of art and design and develop a strong portfolio for college admission.
International Affairs recommends that students who plan to attend the Early College Program to contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate to determine the required immigration documents needed to enter the United States. You can locate your nearest Embassy or Consulate on the Department of State's website.
Continuing Studies at SAIC provides lifelong learning and the development of creative thought and practice in students of all ages.
SAIC is only able to issue I-20s—also known as the Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status-For Academic and Language Students—to students who are accepted to a degree, post-baccalaureate certificate, or Early College program. SAIC is not permitted to issue immigration support documents for international students participating in the nondegree Continuing Studies program/courses.