International Programs

We value the cultural experience that you bring to our creative campus, which is home to a diverse community of students, staff and faculty from over 35 countries. As an international student, you will discover exciting new experiences exploring Philadelphia and getting to know your fellow students, and you will also find a strong sense of personal community by celebrating your own culture and connecting with other international students.

The links below provide helpful information for international students planning their arrival to campus and domestic students planning to study abroad or participate in a short travel course. If you have any questions, please contact Mara Flamm, Director for International Programs at

International and Exchange Students General Information

Campus Life - details about housing, dining, and student activities

Health Insurance All full-time matriculated UArts students taking 6 or more credits are required to have health insurance and must confirm this by completing the online health insurance form each year.

New Student Orientation At NSO, you'll learn about the university resources available that'll help you be a successful student-artist, learn strategies for navigating virtual learning and get to know your new classmates and faculty.

Placement and Academic English Courses (Overview and Requirements)

Placement and Academic English Courses (Course Catalogue) -

F-1 and J-1 Information and Forms 

Cultural Adjustment - Advice from former UArts international students to help you make the most of your experience.

English as a Second Language Institute (ESLI)

Program Details and Dates

Admissions Application

Technology Requirements
How to Apply for a Student Visa

Note: ESLI students must obtain their own health insurance.

Study Abroad/Away and Short Term Travel Courses

Study Abroad/Away and Short Travel Courses

Study Abroad/Away Application (log into the Portal to access)

Global Citizenship for Creatives (GCC)

The GCC program at UArts prepares and excites students to be engaged creative citizens in our globally dynamic world! To participate in this program students will combine internationally themed academic coursework, UArts community engagement with international students, students’ disciplines, a study abroad/away experience, workshops, lectures, and performance/exhibition in International Student Programs' annual exhibition Interdisciplinary Cultural Exhibition.

The GCC program is an excellent way to develop a well-rounded international ethos artistically, academically, and personally. Participation in the GCC program cultivates a diverse set of academic, creative, personal and employability skills through engaging intercultural awareness and increased global knowledge and experience. 

GCC Requirements: 

  • Complete Critical Studies Electives with international themes (6 credits)

  • Plan or present work in the annual Interdisciplinary Cultural Exhibition

  • Serve as English as a Second Language conversation partner during global lunches/official conversation tutor with Advising Center, or as International Teaching Fellow for one semester

  • Attend 6 monthly Global Lunches in an academic year

  • Serve as leader, or active member, of language or cultural club and organization on UArts campus (*required of international student participants). 

  • Study Abroad or Short Travel experience

  • Global Citizenship for Creatives Luncheon: “Graduate” the program with a celebration and presentation of all you have learned through participation on GCC. The University will be honoring your hard work and creative global vision!

How to Apply: Send an email to Mara Flamm, Director for International Programs at to set up an interview. Please be prepared to discuss the global initiative activities, specifically: (1) if you have already engaged in any of the requirements listed above (2) your questions about the activities, and (3) what interests you about any of them.

International Teaching Fellow

International Teaching Fellows support new international students to thrive at the University of the Arts academically and socially. Their main responsibility is engaging with new international students as part of their first year Composition Courses. ITFs participate in co-curricular activities with new international students for 3 scheduled hours a week, assisting faculty in building ESL International Students' strong academic writing and discussion/communication skills, and through helping new international students navigate and appreciate UArts and the city of Philadelphia. ITFs will enjoy time with new international students both in and out of the classroom, building meaningful intercultural relationships.

Preferred Skills
ITFs will have strong verbal and written communication skills, positive relationships with faculty, time management skills, willingness to help international students navigate their first year at UArts both academically and socially, a desire to be a student-teacher/tutor, eagerness to help international students engage with Philadelphia and UArts, effective communication skills, strong problem-solving skills, and should see inclusiveness and global citizenship as a necessity.

A minimum of a 3.0 GPA is required to be considered for the position.
Must uphold the Student Code of Conduct as laid out in the Student Handbook
Represent UArts community in a positive manner

The ITF position will help represent UArts and will gain priceless leadership skills that will amplify their current skill sets. ITFs will receive $750 per semester.

Required Dates
In order to be considered and chosen for the ITF position, you are required to participate in all of the following events. These events are mandatory, so any conflicts should be noted in your application.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021 (9am-5pm) - training

Application Process 
  1. Complete the online 2021 UArts International Teaching Fellow Application by Monday, April 12, 2021 at 11:59pm.
  2. Complete the online reference form by Monday, April 12, 2021 at 11:59pm.

The application process closes on Monday, April 12th, 2021 at 11:59pm. Both the Application and the Reference Form should be submitted by this date and time. We will not take any late applications.

Interview Process
30 minute interviews will be scheduled between April 19-23, 2021 via phone/Zoom with Dr. Mara Flamm, Director, International Programs.

Decisions will be sent via email by April 30, 2021 by 5pm

If you have any questions about International Teaching Fellows,  this application or the interview process, please email Mara Flamm at



Dr. Mara Flamm
Director, International Student Programs
(215) 717-6621

Mailing address: 
International Student Programs
The University of the Arts
320 Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Office Location:
Gershman Hall (Corner of Broad and Pine Streets)
4th Floor, Suite 412