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International Applicants

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 17.6% of the student body at CalArts, with 47 countries represented.

In addition to the general application requirements, international students must submit officially translated international transcripts and proof of English language proficiency to be considered for admissions.

International students who are accepted to the Institute will receive additional instructions for completing the Declaration of Finances form which is required to complete the I-20, and begin the student visa application process.

International Academic Transcript

Credentials, diplomas and certificates of secondary-school and college-level work must be presented in official English translation. The records must clearly state the date of completion (or the anticipated date of completion) and the level of education received with notations as to the number of hours attended per week and the total number of weeks completed.

International students applying to MFA programs must submit evidence of receipt of an undergraduate degree or its equivalent.

English Language Proficiency

There is no intensive English language program offered at CalArts. Applicants are expected to be proficient in the English language before applying for admission. Applicants with a native language other than English must take the internet based version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL ibt) or the academic version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Minimum scores for admissions are 80 TOEFL ibt or 6.5 IELTS for undergraduates and 100 TOEFL ibt or 7 IELTS for graduates. Students attending U.S. accredited high schools abroad or in the U.S. may submit a SAT Critical Reading and Writing scores of 500 or above in lieu of a TOEFL/IELTS. The TOEFL, IELTS or SAT score must be received by the Regular Application Deadline. Applications from international students may not be reviewed if they do not include a TOEFL, IELTS, or SAT score.

Please note that CalArts reserves the right to ask you to take the TOEFL at any point during the application process if your English proficiency is in question.

The Institution code for CalArts is 4049.  The Department code is 99.

For more information about the TOEFL, please contact:

Box 899
Princeton, NJ 08541 USA
Telephone: 609 921-9000

For more information about the IELTS, please contact:

825 Colorado Blvd, Suite 112
Los Angles, CA 90041
Telephone: 323 255-2771

Declaration of Finances

All students who are not U.S. Citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. must complete this form after they have been accepted and before the May 1, tuition deposit deadline.  

This document is to verify that you have sufficient financial resources to pay all educational and living expenses while attending the California Institute of the Arts.  The U.S. consular office in your home country or the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (if you are already in the U.S.) will require this document when you apply for a student (F-1) visa. 

We encourage international students to be fully prepared to fund their education and living expenses for the entire length of their time at CalArts. International students coming to the U.S. on a student visa are expected to demonstrate that they have sufficient funds available to them to support their living costs as well as their educational expenses while in the U.S. It is very important that international applicants plan for their overall financial needs for the entire length of the program.

Financial aid for international students is very limited and highly competitive. Since they are not eligible for federal or state financial assistance, international students are only eligible for a CalArts scholarship and/or CalArts work-study, if they qualify.

Visit the Student Visa and I-20 page to learn more and to download the Declaration of Finances form and instructions.

Last edited by vroveto on Aug 17, 2015
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