High School Program

Bay Area Opportunities
Making Summer Travel Plans
Application Process
Program Costs (including payment information)
Refund/Withdrawal Policy
Arrival/Airport Information
Visa Information
Health/Travel Insurance
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The Summer High School English + Art/Design Program at California College of the Arts is an immersive three-week program for international high school students ages 15-17 who have completed the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade by July 2016.

Program dates: July 9-31, 2016

Experimenting with visual and verbal language, students gain confidence with concept development and a range of processes and materials. The program develops English language skills using art and design content, with equal emphasis on speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

Previous students have come from countries as diverse as China, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Mexico, Russia, Taiwan, and Turkey.

Individual and group art projects allow students to further develop their creativity and to experience collaboration as a part of studio practice. Several projects should be suitable to include in a college admissions portfolio.

The art/design studio component of this program is structured to help students move to the next level in their own creative interests through a broad exploration of various art and design disciplines.

Due to the content of this program, all applicants should have a serious interest in furthering their development in art, design, and the English language.

English language classes meet Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Studio art/design workshops meet Monday through Friday from 1 to 4 p.m.

On weekends and evenings, students will have an opportunity to visit San Francisco sites and museums. 

In addition to formal coursework, evening activities, and weekend excursions, all program participants receive one-on-one tutoring with an English-language coach twice a week.

Bay Area Opportunities

Our program takes advantage of CCA´s unique location, the diverse cultural vibrancy of the San Francisco Bay Area, and the innovative influences of Silicon Valley. CCA enjoys the many benefits of its exciting location.

Students have the opportunity to:

  • Further develop English language and presentation skills necessary for success at an American art college
  • Create and document several art/design projects for a college admissions portfolio
  • Receive guidance and feedback on drafts of a college application essay
  • Visit some of the Bay Area’s most exciting destinations, historical sites, and museums
  • Learn about American culture and what to expect as a college student in the United States
  • Make friends with classmates from around the world, while sightseeing and having fun in beautiful San Francisco
  • Interact with American high school and college students who are also studying art and design at CCA


The program takes place on CCA’s San Francisco campus.

Students are housed in CCA's brand new Panoramic Residence in San Francisco. Each shared room is fully furnished and includes wireless internet access, a kitchen, and a TV. Students also have access to a study room and laundry room.

CCA staff members are available to students 24 hours a day.

Important Housing Dates
Housing check-in: Saturday, July 9, 2016
Housing check-out: Sunday, July 31, 2016

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

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Making Summer Travel Plans

This three-week summer program is an immersion experience. Participants are fully engaged the entire time, including days, evenings, and weekends.

If a program participant’s family decides to come to the United States for a vacation, this vacation should be scheduled either before or after the summer program. Students should not have outside obligations to be with family while participating in the program.

Application Process

The 2016 Application will be posted after the New Year. 

The priority deadline for applications is April 1.  Once the student’s application and all required materials are received, the applicant will be notified of admission within two weeks.

Enrollment is limited. Interested students should submit materials as soon as possible in order to receive the admissions decision, apply for a tourist (B) visa if necessary, and begin summer planning.

Application Materials

  • Online program application (alternatively, download the PDF, then print and submit)

  • $50 nonrefundable application fee form (PDF). Applications are not complete until the application fee has been received.

  • Single-page statement, written by applicant, describing interest in this program.

  • One letter of recommendation from an English teacher or school counselor. Please ask the recommending teacher to email the letter to Laura Robinson, Summer English Coordinator, laurarobinson@cca.edu.

  • Students must provide documentation of English-language proficiency. Students may have their current English teacher communicate by email with Laura Robinson, or they must complete an internationally recognized English proficiency exam. (Previous students have entered the program with an IELTS score of 5.5, TOEFL IBT score of 65, iTEP score of 3.5, or the equivalent on another exam.)

  • Official high school transcript that includes grades from fall 2015

Submit all application materials:

Laura Robinson, Summer English Coordinator
Office of Special Programs
California College of the Arts
5212 Broadway
Oakland CA 94618

Email: laurarobinson@cca.edu
Phone: 510.594.3774
Fax: 510.594.3771

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Program Fees

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

  • $3,275 program tuition
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee (submitted with application form)
  • $1,000 housing fee 
  • $150 refundable housing damage deposit

Total: $4,475 (US)

Program tuition includes art supplies, English language course materials, museum and other admission fees, local transportation costs, and breakfast and dinner Monday through Saturday.

Housing fee includes three weeks at the San Francisco 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, personal expenses, or 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.

The tuition fee, housing fee, and housing damage deposit are due in full after students have been admitted into the program and have confirmed authorization to enter the United States.

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Refund/Withdrawal Policy

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

All withdrawal requests must be emailed to Summer English Coordinator Laura Robinson at laurarobinson@cca.edu on or before May 15. Please make sure you receive an email from us confirming that we have received your withdrawal request.

Arrival / Airport Information

Students should plan to arrive at the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) on Saturday, July 9, 2016 and depart on Sunday, July 31, 2016. Additional travel information will be emailed to enrolled students.

Please note we will not be able to meet you at the airport if you arrive prior to July 9, 2016. Also, you would need to make housing arrangements for the day(s) you arrive before July 9, 2016, the official check-in date.

Visa Information

Non-U.S. citizens who are admitted to CCA’s Summer High School English + Art/Design Program do not need to obtain an international student (F1) visa. They can apply for a tourist (B) visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate.

Admitted 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.

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Health/Travel Insurance

Medical costs in the United States can be very expensive. 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.

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CCA Summer High School English + Art/Design Program