International Affairs

Int Affairs

International Affairs provides advising, advocacy, and resources in support of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's (SAIC) international education and exchange programs and objectives. We represent the offices of International Student Services and Study Abroad/Off-Campus, working with the school community to offer the strongest possible complement of programs and services to the SAIC academic experience.

Our mission is to serve and address the needs of our international population, thereby creating a school climate which welcomes and respects cultural diversity and prepares our students for effective participation in global citizenship.

Spring 2020 OPT Workshops

All students who wish to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) this spring or summer must complete an OPT workshop online or in-person. To register for the OPT online Canvas workshop please email, providing your name and SAIC ID number. To complete the in-person workshop, please refer to the dates and times listed below. The workshop is only available to students in their final semester. 

Spring 2020 In-Person OPT Workshop Dates

Evening Workshop - Must be completing SAIC degree in Spring 2020 or Summer 2020 to attend.

Date: January 28
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Location: Sharp 327

Tuesday In-Person Workshops: 

Meet in the Sullivan Center 12th floor lobby. All workshops begin at 12:10 p.m. Students arriving after 12:15 will need to take the workshop another day or sign up for the online Canvas class workshop.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Tuesday, April 7, 2020