Art Studio Program

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 your English speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills, while developing studio practice.

You will also engage in individual and group art projects and critique sessions. 

Program dates: July 9 – August 20, 2016 (six weeks)

Students will attend fall orientation after the program ends.

About the Summer English + Art Studio program

This program is for international undergraduate students who have been admitted for fall study at CCA.

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

The program will provide you with the opportunity to explore and familiarize yourself with San Francisco and both CCA campuses before the fall semester begins. You will 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 will assist you 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
During the first three weeks of the program, you will stay in CCA's new Panoramic residence in San Francisco. Each room (double occupancy) is fully furnished and includes a kitchen and bathroom. You will have access to free wireless internet, on-site laundry facilities, and community lounges.

During the final three weeks of the program, you will stay in Clifton Hall, the student residence on CCA’s Oakland campus in the charming Rockridge neighborhood. You will have access to shared kitchens, on-site laundry facilities, community lounges, and many inexpensive, neighborhood student cafés.

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

2016 Program Fees 

  • $5,350 program tuition ($325 deposit due May 1 + $5,025 due May 15)
  • $50 nonrefundable registration fee
  • $1,725 housing fee 
  • $150 refundable housing damage deposit

Total $7,275

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.

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 meals, airfare, cost of transportation to/from airport, 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. It is not possible to pay for this program in WebAdvisor. A $325 deposit is due by May 1st to secure your place in the program (please fill out the deposit form and send it to Laura Robinson). 

Full Program Fee Payment Deadline: May 15

The tuition balance; registration, housing, and damage deposit are due on or before May 15. It is not possible to pay for this program in WebAdvisor. Please fill out the payment form and send it to Laura Robinson.  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. No housing refunds will be issued after May 15.

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

All withdrawal requests must be sent to Assistant Director of International Admissions Shiraz Chavan,, and to Summer English Coordinator, Laura Robinson,, 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.

(Additional information about how to apply for an F-1 visa is available by visiting the Bureau of Consular Affairs 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. Students who do not have health insurance will be given the opportunity to sign up for CCA's Kaiser Health insurance plan. 

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. 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 9, 2016. 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 9. Also, you would need to make housing arrangements for the day(s) you arrive before July 9, the official check-in date.)