International Undergraduate Students
Come join the unconventional thinkers, dreamers, and doers who come to UArts from over 30 countries to impact the world through their creative works.
University of the Arts sits on the Avenue of the Arts in the center of Philadelphia — the 6th largest city in the United States.
We are the only University on the east coast of America that is solely dedicated to art, design, film, dance, music, theater, and creative writing. And we've been around for more than 140 years.
Our neighborhood offers numerous galleries, museums independent theaters, cinemas, venues for music and dance, restaurants, cafes, shops, and parks all within easy walking distance. And New York City and Washington DC are within easy reach by train.
Our admissions process is designed for us to get to know each other — and to help you decide if UArts is the right place for you.
We look forward to getting to know you.
The University of the Arts operates on a rolling admissions basis — which means there is no set deadline for admission consideration.
However, due to the time needed to request, receive, and evaluate academic credentials from other countries, and in order to fulfill all legal requirements, international applicants are advised to complete the admissions process by:
- June 1 for Fall semester entry in September
- October 1 for Spring semester entry in January
Follow these steps to complete the application for admission and scholarship:
- Submit your Application for Admission.
- Submit the non-refundable $60 Application Fee.
- Submit official transcripts from all secondary (high school level) and post-secondary (university level) schools attended.
- Submit a Writing Sample.
- Submit demonstration of English Proficiency.
- Complete a Portfolio Review, Interview or Audition.
- Though not required, feel free to submit any of these Optional Materials.
An offer of admission will be issued within two weeks of completing all the above steps and will include notification of any merit-based Scholarship you may have been awarded.
Accept an Offer of Admission
International applicants who receive a written offer of admission will also be sent an enrollment form that outlines the next steps in the enrollment process. To accept the offer of admission, you should return the enrollment form along with the non-refundable tuition deposit of $300. If you wish to live in campus housing, you will also need to submit a $200 housing deposit.
F-1 Visa Application
The University requires that all international applicants submit proof of sufficient available funds to cover all of your educational and personal expenses while studying at the University of the Arts. All applicants intending to seek or hold an F-1 visa must submit the:
- Certificate of Finances
- Affidavit of Support
- Current Bank Statement.
The Certificate of Finances form must be completed in English and notarized by your bank official. This statement must declare the availability of U.S. $70,172.00 (2019-2020) to cover the costs of one year of education and personal expenses. The I-20 form cannot be issued without a valid Certificate of Finances.
Once the University receives the enrollment materials noted above, we will 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 Certificate 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.
Transferring a Current F-1 Visa
Transfer students must inform the USCIS of a change in educational institutions. To do this, you can use the 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.
If you are transferring from a U.S. school, you must consult with the international officer at the school you are attending. Your current institution must release your record to SEVIS before we can issue you a Certificate of Eligibility (SEVIS Form I-20) for study at the University of the Arts. We will email you a transfer verification form that should be completed and returned.
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.
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.