Grad Prep Intensive

Enrollment Information
Location & Housing
Program Fees
Payment Information
Refund/Withdrawal Policy
I-20 Document for F-1 Student Visa
Health/Travel Insurance
Arrival / Airport Information

As part of our commitment to a smooth transition for international students into the CCA community, we are pleased to offer the International Grad Prep Intensive Program for admitted international graduate students preparing for fall study at CCA.

This customized summer course introduces incoming international students to American classroom culture while further developing English language and academic skills.

Program dates: June 18 - August 1, 2016 (six weeks)

About

CCA’s International Grad Prep Intensive is a six-week, noncredit program designed to introduce incoming graduate students to CCA while improving their English communication skills. Faculty will guide you through inquiry-based activities, research, and writing processes. Collaborative projects help you gain experience with group work and project presentations. An interdisciplinary studio class will allow you to take your creative interests to the next level while learning from classmates in various disciplines. 

You will also have the opportunity to connect with San Francisco as a physical site and a rich cultural environment. Outings to museums, libraries, and design centers are enriching, fun opportunities to develop visual literacy and acquire language skills in context.

Over the course of the program, CCA staff members are available to assist you with practical life skills, such as opening a U.S. bank account, selecting a cell phone plan, and using public transportation and public libraries, so that you are organized and ready for the start of the fall semester.

Enrollment Information

Is the Grad Prep Intensive for You?

The Grad Prep Intensive is open to all incoming English Language Learners admitted to a CCA graduate program for Fall. If you are interested in enrolling in the International Grad Prep Intensive Program, please contact Summer English Language Coordinator Laura Robinson, laurarobinson@cca.edu.

Location & Housing

San Francisco 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. During the program, you will live in CCA's new student residence in San Francisco. You will reside in a shared room with a kitchen and bathroom. 

Due to the immersive nature of the program, all students are required to reside in CCA housing for the six weeks of the program. After the program ends, you are free to travel or move into housing of your choice before the start of the regular academic term. Students who plan to live in the residence hall for fall semester may stay in the residence hall during the period after the program ends and before the fall semester begins. Additional housing fees will apply. 

Program Fees

2016 Total Program Costs

  • $4,350 program tuition
  • $50 nonrefundable registration fee
  • $1,800 housing fee 
  • $150 refundable housing damage deposit

Total: $6,350

Program tuition includes San Francisco public transportation passes; one-on-one tutoring; class materials; and excursion expenses, including museum and other admission fees. Housing fee includes six weeks at CCA's San Francisco Panoramic residence in a shared room. A damage deposit of $150 will be collected along with the tuition and housing fee payments. If there is no damage to the room or residence, this $150 will be returned to the student in full.

Program fees do not include airfare, cost of transportation to/from airport, meals, 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 Payment Deadline: May 15

The tuition balance, registration fee, housing fee, and damage deposit are due on or before May 15 (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 full program fee on or before May 15 may lead to the loss of the student’s place in the program.

Refund/Withdrawal Policy

Students who withdraw on or before May 15, will receive a 50 percent refund on tuition and housing fees. No refunds issued after May 15.

All withdrawal requests must be emailed to Assistant Director of International Admissions Shiraz Chavan, schavan@cca.edu, and to Summer English Coordinator Laura Robinson, laurarobinson@cca.edu, on or before May 15. 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 necessary 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 April at the very latest.

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

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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, June 18, 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.

Please note we will not be able to meet you at the airport if you arrive prior to June 18. Also, you would need to make housing arrangements for the day(s) you arrive before the 18th, the official check-in date.