English + Art Studio

Program Fees (including payment information)
Refund/Withdrawal Policy
I-20 Document for F-1 Student Visa
Health/Travel Insurance
Arrival/Airport Information

CCA's Summer English + Art Studio Program is a six-week, 3-credit program designed to improve students’ English speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills, while developing studio practice.

Students engage in a sequence of individual and group art projects and critique sessions. Coursework includes topics related to art, design, and architecture.

Program dates: July 11 – Aug. 21, 2015 (six weeks)

This program is for admitted international undergraduate students who are preparing for fall study at CCA. Students will attend fall orientation immediately after the program ends. 


Some students are required to take the summer program as a condition to their acceptance at the college. Others enroll for the many benefits the program provides to new students. All incoming international students are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Enrollment is limited and determined on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are interested in enrolling in the summer program, please contact Assistant Director of International Admissions Shiraz Chavan, schavan@cca.edu, in the Enrollment Services Office as soon as possible.

In addition to class time, students receive individual tutoring from continuing CCA students who have been trained as academic mentors. 

The program also provides students with the opportunity to explore and familiarize themselves with San Francisco and both CCA campuses before the fall semester begins.

Students visit celebrated San Francisco destinations, enjoy guided tours of important historical landmarks, and explore San Francisco’s internationally regarded museums and art centers.

CCA staff assists students with practical life skills such as opening a U.S. bank account, selecting a cell phone plan, and using public transportation.

Participants who successfully complete the summer program earn 3 college credits.


This program takes place in both San Francisco and Oakland. The San Francisco Bay Area is one of the most popular destinations in the world, well known for its world-class art museums, shopping, music, restaurants, summer street festivals, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the energy created by the technology and design industries.


San Francisco
2 weeks / Check-in Saturday, July 11 -- Checkout Saturday, July 25, 2015 (six weeks)
During the first two weeks of the program, students are housed at a student residence in San Francisco. Each room (double occupancy, private bathroom) is fully furnished and includes wireless internet access. Students also have access to laundry facilities and a compter lab. 

This includes a full breakfast every day, as well as lunch and dinner most days. 

4 weeks / Check-in Saturday, July 25 -- Checkout Friday, August 21, 2015
The final four weeks of the program, students are housed in Clifton Hall, the student residence on CCA’s Oakland campus in the charming Rockridge neighborhood. Students have access to shared kitchens, on-site laundry facilities, community lounges, and many inexpensive, neighborhood student cafés.

Please note: students who will be residing in CCA housing other than Clifton Hall for the fall semester will move to their new fall housing location on Saturday, August 15. This is a great opportunity for those students to get settled in their fall housing.

Due to the immersive nature of the program, this housing is required of all participants.

Program Fees

  • $5100 program tuition ($325 deposit due May 1 + $4775 due May 15)
  • $50 nonrefundable registration fee
  • $2100 housing fee 
  • $150 refundable housing damage deposit

Total $7400

Program tuition includes 3 units of undergraduate college credit; excursion expenses, including museum and other admission fees; transportation; one-on-one tutoring; classroom materials and art supplies.

Housing fee includes two weeks at the San Francisco student residence with most meals included and four weeks at the Oakland campus student residence.

A $150 damage deposit will be collected in addition to housing-fee payment. If there is no damage to the room or residence, this charge will be returned to the student in full.

Program fees do not include airfare, cost of transportation to/from airport, meals while in Oakland, and health/travel insurance.

Payment Information

Program fees may be paid by wire transfer, check (payable to California College of the Arts), Visa, American Express, Discover, or MasterCard.

Note: A $325 nonrefundable enrollment deposit is required to secure your place in the program.

Full Program Fee Payment Deadline: Friday, May 15, 2015

The tuition balance; registration, housing, and damage deposit are due on or before May 15, 2015. A $25 late fee may be charged in the event the balance is received after May 15.

Important: Failure to submit the program fee on or before May 15 may lead to the loss of the student’s place in the program.

Refund/Withdrawal Policy

Housing Fee Refund: There is a 100% housing fee refund for withdrawals on or before May 15, 2015. No housing refunds will be issued after May 15.

Tuition Refund: There is a 50% tuition refund for withdrawals on or before June 5, 2015. No tuition refunds will be issued after June 5.

All withdrawal requests must be sent to Assistant Director of International Admissions Shiraz Chavan, schavan@cca.edu, and to Summer English Coordinator, Laura Robinson, laurarobinson@cca.edu, on or before June 5. Please make sure you receive an email confirmation of your withdrawal request.

I-20 Document for F-1 Student Visa

Students are required to submit the CCA I-20 Request Form and all required financial documentation in order to receive the I-20 document required for the student visa interview at the U.S. embassy.

(The I-20 form and additional information about how to apply for an F-1 visa is available by visiting the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) website.)

Students should carefully plan ahead and make appointments for their visa interview as soon as possible, scheduling appointments in May or early June at the very latest.

For more information and to make an appointment for a visa interview, visit the U.S. Department of State website.

Health/Travel Insurance

All participants are required to have health insurance for the duration of the program that is valid for medical care in the United States, should they experience illness or injury while studying in California.

If a student needs a referral to summer health insurance coverage, please let us know and we will put you in touch with CCA's health insurance provider.

Note: Once the fall semester begins, all international students are required to purchase the CCA Kaiser Health insurance plan. Kaiser coverage for the school year begins on August 15, 2015. For more information, please visit the resource page for CCA’s Office of Access and Wellness.

Arrival/Airport Information

Plan to arrive at the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) on Saturday, July 11, 2015. A CCA representative will meet students at the airport to oversee their transportation to the residence hall. Additional information will be emailed to registered students.

(Note: We will not be able to meet you at the airport if you arrive prior to July 11. Also, you would need to make housing arrangements for the day(s) you arrive before July 11, the official check-in date.)