Graduate Student Resources
UArts graduate students are artists, educators, performers, philosophers, doers and makers on a journey to explore the depths of creativity through the arts.
Our graduate students are diverse—in what they study, where they live and what their educational, personal and professional goals are. They are united through drive, creativity, resourcefulness and work ethic.
UArts offers a dynamic and supportive environment to help you pursue your goals and aspirations across a broad range of artistic and educational fields. Supportive faculty, unique facilities and incredible peers will give you the depth and breadth to effect change and chart your own professional path.
From education to art and dance, and from museum programs to product design and devised performance, UArts’ graduate programs will help you make your mark, create culture and advance your creativity.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
UArts is committed to helping you pay for your graduate education. Though we do not offer need-based financial aid, we do offer merit-based scholarships and assist you in borrowing funds. Our Student Financial Services office is available to help you.
Phone: 800-616-ARTS x6170 or 215-717-6170
Graduate Financial Aid FAQ
University of the Arts offers merit-based scholarships that are awarded on the basis of academic excellence and demonstrated talent. The Trustee’s, Dean’s and Director’s Scholarships are highly selective awards and range in amount, up to approximately 50% of tuition. No additional application is necessary. Awards are available for all degree programs except for the
MM in Music Education;
MEd in Educational Technology, and
MEd in Educational Program Design.
Graduate Student Housing FAQ
All full-time UArts students can apply to live on campus. You can find an application for on-campus housing in the student portal. Because on-campus housing is limited, we encourage anyone seeking housing to apply as early as possible. New students should complete the housing application immediately following acceptance.
For returning students, housing applications open March 1 and are due March 31. Housing applications and deposits are accepted after the deadline if there is space available. If residences are full, students will be added to the waitlist.
Most of our graduate students elect to live off campus. If you are interested in living on campus, we encourage you to apply for housing as early as possible. We will do our best to place you in a room with another graduate student.
On-campus family housing is not available at this time.
The Office of Campus Life hires three graduate assistants to work in their office and support either residential students or assist in planning and implementing student activities. As part of the role, they serve in an on-call crisis response capacity and as such are required to live on campus. They are compensated with an on campus apartment, meal plan, and stipend for their work. These positions are advertised via email in January each year and applications are due to firstname.lastname@example.org in March.
When you register through our off-campus housing page, you will have access to tools that will help you find housing, meet potential roommates and avoid potential scams.
Philadelphia is a city of neighborhoods, each with its own character and charm. The closest neighborhoods to our campus are Center City East, Center City West, Washington Square, Chinatown, Old City, Fitler Square and Bella Vista.
The average cost of rent in Philadelphia is approximately $1,800 per month.
Any student who is experiencing difficulty affording groceries, transportation to campus, supplies for their classes, or living in a safe and stable environment – and believes this may affect their performance in this course – is urged to contact Student Affairs by emailing email@example.com. Student Affairs will provide students with available resources through UArts Cares. Learn more about UArts Cares.
UArts has a thriving community of commuters who live in the greater Philadelphia area and beyond. We are committed to providing a welcoming environment for all students to succeed in their academic and co-curricular lives. Check out all of our commuter resources here.
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Traveling to & Getting Around the City
Philadelphia is a major metropolitan city, and it is easy to get here both from within the U.S. and internationally. UArts is located fewer than 100 miles from New York City and 140 miles from Washington, D.C. We have a major international airport located 20 minutes from campus and an Amtrak rail station at 30th Street Station, only 10 minutes from campus.
Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is only a 20-minute drive from our Center City Philadelphia campus. You can also travel to and from the airport using the SEPTA regional rail airport line.
JFK International Airport (JFK) and LaGuardia Airport (LGA) are both located just over 100 miles away in NYC and accessible to Center City Philadelphia by train, car or bus. Newark International Airport (EWR) is located approximately 80 miles away and is accessible by train, car or bus.
Philadelphia is ranked among one of the most walkable cities in the country, and many of our students live within walking distance of our Center City campus. Other options for getting around the city include ride share services like Lyft and Uber; taxicabs; Indego bike share; and SEPTA, our public transit system.
Drivers, beware: Philadelphia is a notoriously challenging city for parking.
Health & Wellness
Our students’ physical and mental well-being is among our top priorities. Our Health Services office, led by Director Suzanne Scott; the Counseling Center, led by Director Beth Couture; and related services are available free of charge to all of our matriculated students. All student medical services and records are confidential.
Health Services is located in Gershman Hall, Suite 306, 401 S. Broad St. All current students with a valid student ID are able to access the building. Telehealth services are also available.
Staying Healthy FAQ
The Counseling Center is located in Gershman Hall, Room 205, 401 S. Broad St. Counseling services are offered both in person and over secure Zoom sessions.
Office hours are Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., and virtual walk-in hours are Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Health Insurance FAQ
All students must access the online insurance form to either opt in to UArts’ insurance or provide proof of personal insurance.
UArts offers a student insurance plan through Aetna; the cost for Health Insurance can be found here. In order to be eligible, students must be enrolled in six or more credits. For details about the plan, visit uarts.myahpcare.com.
The school insurance cost is automatically added to each student’s bill until they provide proof of personal insurance using the online insurance form. To have insurance coverage for the fall semester, students should complete this form by Aug. 1. For the spring semester, this must be done no later than Sept. 1.
For additional information on UArts Health insurance visit the Health Services webpage.
Students are welcome to enroll in whichever insurance plan they wish. However, we encourage all students who enroll in a personal insurance plan to find out if their insurance is accepted in the Philadelphia area. Refer to your personal insurance company’s website. Most have a Find a Provider or Search for a Provider tool, which will show a list of eligible resources in a given area. The ZIP code for UArts is 19102.
Yes! UArts Libraries librarians and staff are ready to help. Librarians can provide individualized research sessions. Find contact information for UArts Libraries librarians and staff.
Students can find curated subject guides on over 70 different topics, available 24/7 on the Libraries’ website.
UArts Libraries offers extensive coverage of the academic literature targeted for the graduate degree fields offered at UArts.
Accessibility (ADA) FAQ
Yes, the Office of Educational Accessibility (OEA) provides support through reasonable accommodations, advocacy, and consultation to foster independence and inclusion in all areas of university life. OEA works to break down barriers that hinder student success and promotes inclusive best practices in the areas of teaching and learning. University of the Arts is committed to providing equal access to individuals with disabilities, in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the ADA of 1990 and the ADA amended.
Students who have a diagnosed medical, physical, psychological and/or learning disability, may qualify for reasonable accommodations at UArts. To receive academic or residential accommodations students must register with the Office of Educational Accessibility. Learn more about the registration process.
International Students FAQ
Yes, all full-time matriculated UArts students taking six or more credits are required to have health insurance and must confirm so by completing the online health insurance form each year.
International students have the option of opting in to UArts health insurance or using a health insurance option of their choice.
CPT is part-time employment directly related to students’ individual academic disciplines. Students on a F-1 visa must not work more than 20 hours, or their Optional Practical Training (OPT) will be eliminated. CPT can only be done after two full semesters of study.
UArts is a Level B STEM school, as our degrees are not science, technology, engineering or math degrees, but some are related. Students can receive a STEM extension with additional documentation. Students cannot apply for an extension until they are employed by a STEM employer with an e-verify number and their employer approves the extension.
OPT (Optional Practical Training) is a 12-month period of employment after graduation that is directly related to an F-1 student’s major area of study.
Students can apply for OPT 90 days before graduation and 60 days after graduation.
International Programs provides OPT workshops, in order to walk students through the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) website. Students apply and pay completely online by following the USCIS online application process.
In the 12-month period, you can be unemployed for a total of three months, consecutive or intermittently.
Yes, there is a grace period of two months after graduation and two months after OPT is complete, for a total possible 14 months after graduation in the States.
Email Director for International Programs Mara Flamm at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Career Services for Graduate Students
Career Services FAQ
Go to uarts.edu/careerappointment to schedule a meeting. Meetings with counselors can be held either virtually or in person.
Our career counselors provide hands-on support to help prepare you for your next step through general career counseling, job search assistance, résumé and cover letter guidance, internship assistance, interview preparation and practice, LinkedIn tutorials, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator interpretation, and any other career-related topics you wish to discuss. They also provide assistance in researching and pursuing fellowships, grants and contests.
We maintain a comprehensive listing of opportunities in the UArtsCareers database, including full-time and part-time jobs, internships, freelance projects and gigs, auditions, seasonal jobs, fellowships, apprenticeships, residencies, and more. To gain access, visit uartscareers.com, click the Student/Alumni button, and follow the instructions in the blue box to log in.
Career Services is available to current students and alumni forever, for free.