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)


CCA’s International Grad Prep Intensive is a six-week, noncredit program designed to introduce incoming graduate students to the college’s academic culture while improving their English communication skills. Its structure and goals have been shaped by the real-life experiences of CCA international graduate students and faculty.

As a participating student, you will explore contemporary issues and critical methods that are relevant to all of CCA’s graduate programs. Faculty and guest workshop facilitators guide you through inquiry-based activities, research, and writing processes. Collaborative projects help you gain experience with group work and project presentations.

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, as needed, 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 2016. 

Some incoming international graduate 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.

If you are interested in enrolling in the International Grad Prep Intensive Program, please contact Assistant Director of International Admissions Shiraz Chavan,, in the Enrollment Services Office at your earliest convenience.

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. Students will be housed in CCA's student housing in San Francisco. 

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, students are free to travel or move into housing of their choice before the start of the regular academic term.

Housing check-in: Saturday, June 18, 2016
Housing checkout: Monday, August 1, 2016

Program Fees

2015 Total Program Costs [2016 costs will be posted in January]

  • $4,250 program tuition
  • $50 nonrefundable registration fee
  • $1,700 housing fee 
  • $150 refundable housing damage deposit

Total: $6,150

Program tuition includes excursion expenses, including museum and other admission fees; San Francisco public transportation passes; one-on-one tutoring; and class materials.

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.

Note: A $325 enrollment deposit is due on May 1, 2016 and is required to secure your place in the program. This deposit is nonrefundable.

Full Program Payment Deadline: May 15, 2016

The tuition balance, registration fee, housing fee, and damage deposit are due on or before May 15, 2016. (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.

If you are interested in participating in the intensive and it is after May 15, please contact Laura Robinson, Summer English Coordinator,, regarding program availability.

Refund/Withdrawal Policy

Students who withdraw on or before May 15, 2016, will receive a 50 percent refund on tuition and housing fees. No refunds issued after May 15, 2016.

All withdrawal requests must be emailed to Assistant Director of International Admissions Shiraz Chavan,, and to Summer English Coordinator Laura Robinson,, on or before May 15, 2016. 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.

(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 April 2015 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, should they experience illness or injury while studying in California.

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

For more information, please see 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. There may be the opportunity to extend the checkout date for summer stay with prior planning.