The University of the Arts welcomes applications from international students, a group that makes up approximately 6 percent of our campus population, and that represents more than 30 countries of origin.
Portfolio and Audition Requirements
English Language Requirements
Certification of Finances
Assistantships and Fellowships
UArts English Language Institute
Health and Accident Insurance
Housing & Meals
Traveling to Campus
Students wishing to enter a graduate (master's degree) program at the University of the Arts must have completed a full course of higher education and have earned the equivalent of a bachelor's degree, first academic or professional degree.
Summer Enrollment: MM Music Education & MFA Studio Art
Applications received and completed prior to January 1 for Summer enrollment will be reviewed for priority consideration. Applicants will be notified of the Admission Committee’s decision on or before March 15. Applications received after January 1 for Summer enrollment will be considered on a space available basis and reviewed on a rolling basis.
Fall Enrollment: MM Jazz Studies, Master of Arts (MAT) in Teaching in Music Education, MA Museum Education, MA Museum Communication, MFA Book Arts/Printmaking, MFA Museum Exhibition Planning & Design, MID Industrial Design, MA Art Education, Master of Arts (MAT) in Teaching in Visual Arts, MFA in Devised Performance, Certificate in Devised Performance, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Crafts
Applications received and completed by January 15 will be notified of the admission decision on or before March 15. Applications received and completed after January 15 will be considered on a space-available basis and reviewed on a rolling basis.
Spring Enrollment: Master of Arts (MAT) in Teaching in Music Education, Master of Arts (MAT) in Teaching in Visual Art and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Crafts ONLY
Applications received and completed by November 1 will be notified of the admission decision on or before December 1. Applications received and completed after November 1 will be considered on a space available basis and reviewed on a rolling basis.
All applicants with post-secondary or university transcripts from outside the United States are required to submit transcripts officially translated into English. A transcript evaluation by a NACES-approved evaluator is required in order for an application to be complete, and a decision made. A Course-by-Course report is required and it is the applicant's responsibility to contract directly with the agency for this service and provide the necessary documents. Please review the requirements for each agency carefully as the policy regarding document submission can vary based on your country. While applicants may use any NACES-approved accredited evaluating agency, the University recommends World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE).
Instructions and application can be obtained directly from:
World Education Services
Bowling Green Station
P.O. Box 5087
New York, NY 10274-5087
- Completed graduate application form.
- Nonrefundable application fee of $60.00, payable by MasterCard, Visa or American Express. University of the Arts graduates are exempt from the fee.
- Official transcripts from each undergraduate or graduate school attended. Transcripts should be sent directly by the Registrar's Office at the college(s) or school(s) attended to: Office of Admissions, 320 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102. For transcripts from outside the United States, please refer to the instructions in the transcript section for international students.
- Three letters of recommendation: All Art & Design and Music programs - At least two of these recommendations must come from professors in your field or professionals in this major area who are familiar with your capabilities and credentials. MFA in Devised Performance and Certificate in Devised Performance - Two recommendations must come from professors of theatre or dance or professionals in this area who are familiar with your capabilities and credentials. The third recommendation could be from a colleague, collaborator or a peer who is familiar with your work and can speak about your qualities as a theatre-maker. Letters of recommendation should be sent to the Office of Admissions via email (email@example.com); mail (Office of Admissions, 320 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102); or fax (215-717-6045).
- Statement of Purpose: All Art & Design and Music programs - A one to two–page statement of professional plans, interests and goals. MFA in Devised Performance and Certificate in Devised Performance - A two-page written statement expressing your interest in physical and devised theatre training; how you intend to engage in the work and how this study will influence your future work and artistic career. This paper should also include a summary of your self-assessment - strengths and weaknesses - as a creator, collaborator and performer. Please address your capacity to change, your openness to new ideas and receptiveness to criticism. Statement of purpose should be submitted with the application, or sent to the Office of Admissions via email (firstname.lastname@example.org); mail (Office of Admissions, 320 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102); or fax (215-717-6045).
- Additional requirements for MFA in Devised Performance and Certificate in Devised Performance: Artistic statement - two-page essay describing the artistic values that guide your work - you may want to include your inspirations and/or work that has had an impact on you. This is a chance to tell the program who you are as an artist. What are your dream artistic projects? Headshot and resume - Please provide a current headshot or photograph that gives a good view of your face - so that we recognize you when we meet you - a jpg is acceptable. Please also include an up-to-date resume highlighting theatre work and other experience relevant to the devised performance programs. Artistic statement, headshot and resume should be sent to the Office of Admissions via email (email@example.com); mail (Office of Admissions, 320 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102); or fax (215-717-6045).
- GRE scores are encouraged, but not required , for all programs. To register for the GRE, go to Educational Testing Service at www.gre.org. We will accept both the old and new GRE. Official test scores must be sent by ETS to the University. The correct institution code to use when requesting scores is 2664. You do not need a departmental code.
- All MFA in Devised Performance and Certificate in Devised Performance applicants must submit an artistic work sample via GetAcceptd.com.
- All Art & Design programs requiring a portfolio and/or writing sample: Applicants should submit digital images, time-based media or writing samples for review online via SlideRoom.com. SlideRoom allows applicants to create an inventory of pieces and attach the following information: title, date, medium, dimensions and notes. Applicants may upload images (jpg), video (mov, wmv, flv) or .pdf documents. For good image quality and fast upload, images should be sized no larger than 1280 x 1280 px @ 72dpi. Video files must be kept under 20MB. Our SlideRoom portal offers additional instructions for submitting work online.
- Music programs requiring an audition: Select your desired audition date on the application. The application must be received by the Office of Admission at least three weeks prior to the requested date. Please refer to the audition requirements specific to your major and instrument in the audition section of the document.
- An interview either in person, by telephone or Skype is required with the chairperson or program director of the department to which you are applying. To schedule an appointment you should contact:
MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking: Susan Viguers
firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-717-6270/6489
MFA in Museum Exhibition Planning and Design: Polly McKenna -Cress
email@example.com or 215-717-6328/6489
MA in Museum Education: Helen Shannon
firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-717-6051/6489
MA in Museum Communication: Joseph Gonzales
email@example.com or 215-717-6640
MFA Low Residence Program in Studio Art: Erin Boyle
firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-717-6106/6299
Master of Industrial Design: Jeremy Beaudry
email@example.com or 215-717-6256/6250
Master of Arts (MAT) in Teaching in Visual Arts: Ms. Rande Blank
firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-717-6050
MA in Art Education: Ms. Rande Blank
email@example.com or 215-717-6050
MM in Music Education: Elizabeth Sokolowski
firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-717-6354
Master of Arts (MAT) in Teaching in Music Education: Elizabeth Sokolowski
email@example.com or 215-717-6354
MM in Jazz Studies: Don Glanden
firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-717-6353
Interview will take place at the audition
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Crafts: Rod McCormick
email@example.com or 215-717-6100
MFA in Devised Performance / Certificate in Devised Performance: Quinn Bauriedel
International students must satisfy the same portfolio and audition requirements as all other applicants. Click here for detailed information on these requirements.
All applicants whose native language is not English and whose undergraduate training has not been conducted in the English language must submit satisfactory certification of adequate English proficiency sufficient to pursue graduate study. Applicants must submit scores of either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Applicants may register for the IELTS at www.ielts.org. Applicants may register for the TOEFL at www.ets.org/toefl. The correct institution code to use when requesting official TOEFL scores is 2664. You do not need a departmental code. Candidates admitted to the University may be required to successfully complete and English Language Program prior to matriculation. They will be notified of this condition in their letter of admission. To be admitted without conditions, we require applicants to obtain a TOEFL score of 92 (iBT) or 580 (PBT) or higher, an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher, or complete Level 9 in the University's ESL Insititute. For more information about the ESL Institute, visit http://uarts.edu/students/esl-institute-esli
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) mandates that all foreign students applying for (or transferring their current) F-1 student visa sponsorship, show sufficient funding for at least one year of study. UArts is required to verify and report this information to ICE before a SEVIS I-20 may be processed (or transferred) and issued to an accepted student. A Certification of Finances form will be sent to you upon receipt of your application. This form must be completed in English and notarized by your bank official. This statement must declare the availability of funds of at least U.S. $55,327.00, to cover the costs of each year of education and personal expenses. The Certification of Finances is not required to make an offer of admission however, the I-20 form cannot be issued without a valid Certification of Finances.
International students may be considered for merit-based awards covering partial tuition costs. Need-based financial aid, however, is not available and on-campus jobs are extremely difficult to obtain. It is therefore very important to plan your expenses carefully. The U.S. Government prohibits off-campus work during the first nine months of an F-1 student visa. After that you may apply for jobs that are directly relevant to your studies. Keep in mind that these opportunities are rare and should not be calculated into your budget.
The University of the Arts Office of Admission notifies students of their acceptance to the University by sending them a written offer of admission. To accept this offer, you should return the letter and all required documents and necessary deposits to The University of the Arts. The University will then send you a Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20AB). You must take the Form I-20AB along with financial documentation to the United States Consulate in your country in order to obtain an F-1 Student Visa, which will be issued for the length of your program at UArts; the I-20 form cannot be issued without a valid Certification of Finances.
It is very important to obtain the F-1 Visa before you leave your home country. Once you are in the United States, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) makes it difficult to convert a Visitor’s Visa to an F-1 Visa. In the event that you must enter the country on a Visitor’s Visa, have "Prospective Student" stamped on the visa page.
Transfer students must inform the USCIS of a change in educational institutions. To do this, you can use UArts' I-20AB form to re-enter the country (as long as your visa is valid) or you can bring the I-20AB to the International Student Programs Office.
The University of the Arts is required by law to cooperate with the United States Department of Justice and the USCIS regarding rules and regulations governing foreign students. The University’s Director of International Student Programs will counsel you on immigration regulations.
Health and Accident Insurance
All international students are required to secure health and accident insurance coverage, in case of illness or injury. Your parents or guardians may already have an insurance policy that is valid in any country, including the United States, or you can check with the United States Information Agency (USIA), which will be able to provide you with policy options.
In the event of a minor illness or accident, The University has an on-campus registered nurse as well as a contractual agreement with Jefferson Family Medicine Associates (JFMA), located at 1100 Walnut Street, a short walk from campus. These doctors may be seen by appointment for a limited number of times at no charge; fees will be charged for any necessary X-rays or laboratory work.
The University of the Arts is proud of its international population. In an effort to meet the special needs of the international student, the University has developed a network of personnel and offices to provide specialized services to students from abroad.
These services are coordinated through International Student Programs, whose goal is to help students from abroad adjust to life in the United States. In addition to serving as a student liaison and advocate, the International Advisor assists students in securing the services they need. The Advisor is available to answer questions about visa and travel, cross-cultural understanding, and other aspects of daily life.
UArts offers a one-week orientation session that helps students acquaint themselves with Philadelphia, the campus, and other international students. Other programs for international students include ESL tutorial assistance and Immigration Service advisement.
The United States' sixth largest city, Philadelphia is also one of its most historically and culturally significant. Its highlights include sites that played a central role in the nation’s founding and that continue to attract visitors from around the world, as well as landmarks in the life of the arts. These include The Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, which is home to the Philadelphia Orchestra; and the Academy of Music, the main stage for the Pennsylvania Ballet.
The University of the Arts is located near the center of Philadelphia, in a neighborhood called the Avenue of the Arts. Numerous galleries, American and international restaurants, cafes and bars, and independent theaters, cinemas and venues for music and dance lie within easy walking distance.
UArts is not only at the heart of all that Philadelphia has to offer, but also at the center of the eastern seaboard of the United States. A 90-minute train ride north or south will take you to New York City or Washington, D.C. The Pennsylvania countryside features some of the most beautiful vistas on the East Coast. The Pocono mountains, which offer skiing and hiking, can be reached in two hours; the ocean beaches of the New Jersey shore, in an hour-and-a-half or less.
Housing & Meals
The University of the Arts offers students on-campus housing in apartment-style dormitories. Laundry facilities are provided on the premises and a residential advisor staffs each floor. Residential students will also be required to purchase a meal plan. UArts offers 2 full-service dining outlets and several "Grab & Go" locations, with a variety of healthy and international options. UArts can also provide help in finding off-campus housing.
Philadelphia’s moderate climate ranges from a high of 38º C in July and August, to a low of -10º C in January and February. Most winters include a few snowfalls. You'll need a warm winter coat, a raincoat or umbrella, and some lightweight cottons or linens for the heat of summer.
If you are traveling by air, fly into Philadelphia International Airport. A taxi from the airport will cost about $27 plus tip. You may also take the SEPTA train to Center City from the airport, which runs every half-hour. Take the train to Suburban Station, exit the station at 16th Street and JFK Boulevard, and walk south on 16th Street until you reach Pine Street. Then turn left and walk two blocks to Hamilton Hall, the University’s main building.
If you're coming to UArts by train, take a taxi from Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station to the UArts campus (about $10).
Philadelphia’s Greyhound bus station is at 10th and Arch Streets. A taxi from the station to the UArts campus will cost about $8 plus tip. You can also walk from the station. Walk six blocks south on 10th Street to Pine Street. Then turn right on Pine St. and walk five blocks west until you reach Broad Street and Hamilton Hall.