Every year, students from all over the world apply to CalArts. The Institute offers special international student services to ease your transition to university life in the United States. Currently, international students comprise approximately 16 percent of the student body at CalArts, with about 48 countries represented.
Please visit Admissions  for more information about applying and receiving your I-20 and visa.
International financial aid  is available, but is very limited and highly competitive. Since International students are not eligible for federal or state financial assistance, the only type of financial aid available to international students is CalArts scholarship and CalArts work-study.
The International Students and Programs Office holds an orientation session for all new international students each September. Topics covered include:
You are asked to bring your passport, I-20 and I-94 arrival/departure record to this orientation session.
If, for some reason, you are unable to attend the initial orientation session, you should know that you are required to report to the International Students/Programs Office as soon as you arrive at CalArts. Bring your passport, I-20 and I-94 arrival/departure record at this time.
As an International student at CalArts, your status will be governed by student visa regulations.
For more information on student status and regulations please visit http://calarts.edu/student-services/international/visa-regulations .
When you arrive in Los Angeles by air, you will be landing at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Taking a regular taxi from the airport is very expensive and is not recommended. Here are some more budget friendly transportation options:
If you are searching for local hotel accommodations , there are several hotels within 5 to 10 minutes of the CalArts campus.
We strongly recommend that all international students live on-campus for at least their first year at CalArts. Campus housing arrangements can be made by contacting the Housing Office .
For those considering off-campus housing options, important budgetary factors to consider include:
For more information, visit the off-campus housing  page.
The Registrar’s Office will send registration and payment instructions to your CalArts email. Please read this material very carefully, complete the online forms, and make payment as instructed. If you are not cleared by the Late Payment Period  you will be charged a $200 late registration fee.
It is extremely important that you be prepared to meet the expenses which are detailed on the Declaration of Finances  and Student Budget Summary . Please keep in mind that these charges are estimates only, and that your own personal needs and preferences may change the amounts considerably.
All tuition and fees paid to CalArts must be in U.S. dollars. Tuition will be due at the time of registration. If you are expecting to receive funds from abroad while at CalArts, you should make sure that all necessary arrangements have been made for the transfer of these funds before you depart for the U.S. To determine what procedures are best for remitting funds to the U.S., you should consult a bank or official currency exchange authority in your home country. Delays in the arrival of dollar remittances from the home country cause considerable hardship and inconvenience to students.
If you choose to pay your tuition via electronic wire transfer, please be sure to include the following information:
Beginning Fall 2014, CalArts Health Insurance is required for all new international students. CalArts offers a plan provided by Anthem Blue Cross Life & Health that covers office visits, hospital inpatient and outpatient services, alternative services (e.g. chiropractic, acupuncture) and outpatient prescription drugs (available at any pharmacy). Student health insurance coverage is purchased through the school for a minimal fee. For more detailed information on Health Services at CalArts, insurance cost and coverage details, please go to http://calarts.edu/student-services/health .
All students for whom English is not a first language will be required to take a diagnostic test (English Placement Exam) in the summer prior to arrival to determine placement into Fundamental English for Artists (FEA) or Supplemental English for Artists (SEA). Fundamental English for Artists focuses on:
Supplemental English for Artists is a more advanced class designed for English Language Learners who need to fine tune their speaking and writing ability. Only the instructors of these two classes can waive the requirement to take these classes. Having studied at an English Speaking school, or achieved a high score on the TOEFL/IELTS does not make you exempt from taking the English Placement Exam, or from enrolling in FEA or SEA.