Writing Skills

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

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

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

Students will attend fall orientation after the program ends.

About Writing Skills Workshop

This summer program allows you to get a head start on your course work, while also becoming comfortable with the campus, making new friends, and working 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.

You will explore San Francisco, while visiting art museums and San Francisco's most famous sites, such as the Golden Gate Bridge. CCA staff assist will assist you with practical life skills such as opening a US bank account, selecting a cell phone plan, and using public transportation.

During the next four weeks of the program, you will work with faculty to develop the college-level reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.

Discussion is based on works of literature, short articles about intercultural issues, and art-related essays. You will develop comfort with classroom participation through partner and small-group projects and presentations.

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

Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive 3 units of credit and be able to enroll in Writing 1.


All incoming international students are welcome and encouraged to attend the summer Writing Skills Workshop. Enrollment is limited and determined on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are interested in enrolling in the summer program, please contact Assistant Director of International Admissions Shiraz Chavan, schavan@cca.edu, in the Enrollment Services Office as soon as possible.


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 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, housing for all six weeks 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; transportation; one-on-one tutoring; classroom materials; art supplies; and excursion expenses, including museum and other admission fees.

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.

Note: A $325 nonrefundable enrollment deposit is required to secure your place in the program.

Full Program Fee Payment Deadline: May 15

The tuition balance, registration, housing, and damage deposit are due on or before May 15. 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 emailed to Assistant Director of International Admissions Shiraz Chavan, schavan@cca.edu, and Summer English Coordinator Laura Robinson, laurarobinson@cca.edu, 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 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 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.

Please 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 separate housing arrangements for the day(s) you arrive prior to July 9, the official check-in date.