How to Apply: International Students

The application process for international students wishing to attend Academy of Art University can be completed in three steps. Please refer to the information on this page and speak with our international admissions representatives for questions and help.

Apply Online, by Mail or FAX

Incoming international students can apply online or by downloading either the International Undergraduate Form or the International Graduate Form and printing an application and mailing it to: Academy of Art University Attn: International Admissions 79 New Montgomery St San Francisco, CA 94105 Or fax your application to 415-618-6278.

Pay the Registration Fee

The registration fee is $50. The registration fee is non-refundable and non-transferrable.

Pay the $150 Application Fee*

We accept:

  • Payment via Flywire. To begin the payment process, visit
  • Check or money order made payable to “Academy of Art University”
  • Visa, Mastercard, and Discover credit cards

*The application fee is non-refundable and non-transferrable.

Pay the International Student Services Fee*

$300 for onsite students *The international student fee is non-refundable and non-transferrable.

Pay the $2,500 Tuition Deposit

In order to complete your application please submit these requirements. These requirements must be met in order for you to be registered for the first semester.

  1. You are not required to submit a language proficiency score/result to apply for an Admissions. However, we recommend you to take the Duolingo as soon as possible before arriving at the university and submit your result for English assessment.
  2. You must show a official bank letter showing that you have the necessary funds to go to school and live in San Francisco California. As an international student you must show proof of at least $43,000 USD for 1 academic year (Fall & Spring) of tuition and housing expenses.
  3. You must submit an original transcript showing proof of your graduation from secondary school, and if applying to the graduate school, proof of a Bachelors Degree or the equivalent.
  4. You will be required to pay a refundable enrollment deposit of $2500.00 USD, to secure your place at the Academy of Art University (please pay with a credit card through All refunds will be returned within 45 days of our receipt of a formal notice that you will not attend the Academy of Art University.

Once these requirements have been met, you will be issued an I-20 , the document you will use to obtain a visa for entrance into the United States.

Enrollment is Now Open

Next semester is just around the corner


What to expect after completing the application (On-site students only)

International applicants who plan to study on-site (our campus in San Francisco) will receive information detailing the student visa application process once you’re offered admission to Academy of Art University. Here is the overview of the journey ahead of you after you complete the application process.

Step 1: When you receive your I-20
  • Make sure your personal and program information on the first page of your I-20 is correct. Any correction must be reported to your advisor immediately—we’ll make the correction and mail you a new one.
  • Print your name, sign, and date the I-20 on the bottom of page one.
  • There are strict regulations to which you agree when you sign the I-20 and enter the U.S. as an F-1 student. Read these regulations on page 2 of your I-20 carefully—you are responsible for knowing them.
  • Send an email to your advisor to confirm you received your I-20.
Step 2: Pay the Sevis I-901 Fee (must be paid within 30 days from the day you receive the I-20)
  • You are required to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee of $350 by mail or over the Internet. Please see the SEVIS I-901 Fee instructions in the I-20 package. Academy of Art School Code is SFR 214F 00500000
  • Your SEVIS ID number can be found on page one of your I-20 (upper right corner).
Step 3: Obtain an F-1 Student Visa
  • To apply for an F-1 Student Visa, contact the U.S Embassy/Consulate in your home country for details. Some U.S. Embassies/Consulates will accept your visa application at any time, while others will require you to make an appointment in advance, so be sure you plan ahead. It can take more than a month to process a student visa.
  • If you are from a country that is participating in the visa waiver program, Do not enter the U.S. on a visa waiver—you must apply for an F-1 Student Visa. After you’ve obtained your F-1 visa you are required to send an email to let your advisor know.

Class Registration

You can register for your classes after receiving your F-1 student visa and speaking with your advisor. After class registration is completed, you can log on to Student Self Service to:

  • View your class schedule
  • Sign the Enrollment Agreement (mandatory)
  • Make tuition payments
  • Submit your U.S. address and phone number, if you have them
  • Choose your own room assignment after you’ve applied for on campus housing.

Note: If you have not received your username and password, please contact your advisor. • After you receive your F-1 Student Visa, book your flight to San Francisco (SFO). You can enter the U.S. no earlier than 30 days before the I-20 program start date.

Step 4: Book your flight

Purchase your plane ticket.

Step 5: Email your arrival date and time to your Admissions Specialist

Email or call our Admissions Office to speak to a Specialist

Academy of Art University Search Search Previous Next Previous Next Next Next Chat Quote Facebook Google Plus Instagram Pinterest Twitter YouTube LinkedIn TikTok WeHeartIt Download App Close