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

Summer Writing Skills Workshop (WSW) is a six-week, 3-credit program for admitted international undergraduate students who are beginning fall study at CCA.

Program dates: July 14 – Aug. 22, 2014 (six weeks)

About the Writing Skills Workshop

Many new students are required to register for Writing Skills Workshop in the fall semester. The summer offering of this course allows students to come to campus early and get a head start in their first-year course work.

Taking this course in the summer also allows students to get comfortable on campus, make new friends, and work closely with faculty and writing coaches before the busy fall semester begins.

The first two weeks of this six-week program provide students with the opportunity to explore and familiarize themselves with the San Francisco Bay Area and both CCA campuses.

Students explore the city, while visiting fine arts museums and contemporary art centers. CCA staff assists students with practical life skills such as opening a US bank account, selecting a cell phone plan, and using public transportation and libraries.

During the next four weeks of the program, students work with faculty to develop the building blocks of college-level reading, writing, and speaking.

Discussion is based on short articles on intercultural issues, works of literature and art-related essays. Comfort with classroom participation is developed through partner and small-group projects and presentations.

Along with individualized instruction and writing help from academic coaches weekday evenings, students enjoy many activities designed to support language development in context, including an interdisciplinary afternoon studio class and weekend excursions to cultural events. 

Students receive 3 units of credit upon successful completion of the program.


Some students are required to take the six-week 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 interested in enrolling in the summer program, please contact Assistant Director of International Admissions Shiraz Chavan in the Enrollment Services Office as soon as possible.


The Writing Skills Workshop takes place on CCA’s San Francisco and Oakland campuses.

Take a CCA campus tour!

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

Two weeks / Check-in Saturday, July 12 - Checkout Saturday, July 26, 2014
During the first two weeks of the program, students are housed at a student residence in the exciting Union Square shopping district in downtown San Francisco.

Each room (double occupancy, private bathroom) is fully furnished and includes wireless internet access. Students also have access to the community kitchen, laundry facilities, and study areas.


Four weeks / Check-in Saturday, July 26 - Checkout Friday, August 22, 2014
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.

As in San Francisco, students enjoy shared kitchens, on-site laundry facilities, community lounges, and many inexpensive, neighborhood student cafés.

Due to the immersive nature of the program, housing for all six weeks is required of all participants.

Program Fees

Program Tuition: $4,844

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

Fee does not include registration fee; airfare and transportation to/from airport; housing, meals; health/travel insurance.

Housing Fee: $1,906
Housing fee includes two weeks at the San Francisco student residence, with daily breakfast provided, and four weeks at the Oakland campus student residence.

Total Program Costs

  • $4,844 tuition fee ($325 nonrefundable tuition deposit, due May 1, + $4,519 the remaining tuition fee balance, due May 15)
  • $50 nonrefundable registration fee
  • $1,906 housing fee 
  • $150 refundable housing damage deposit

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

Total: $6,950 (US)

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

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The tuition balance; registration, housing, and health insurance fees; and damage deposit are due on or before May 15, 2014. 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.

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, 2014.

For more information, please visit the resource page for CCA's Office of Access and Wellness.

Refund/Withdrawal Policy

Housing Fee Refund: 100 percent housing refund for withdrawals on or before May 15, 2014. No housing refunds issued after May 15.

Tuition Refund: 50 percent tuition refund for withdrawals on or before Thursday, June 5, 2014. No tuition refunds issued after June 5.

All withdrawal requests must be emailed to Assistant Director of International Admissions Shiraz Chavan and Summer English Coordinator Grace Remy on or before June 5, 2014.

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 US embassy.

(The I-20 form and additional information about how to apply for an F-1 visa are 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 2014 at the very latest.

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

Arrival / Airport information

Plan to arrive at the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) on Saturday, July 12, 2014. 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 July 12. Also, you will need to make separate housing arrangements for all day(s) you arrive prior to July 12, the official check-in date.)