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, contact Mara Flamm, director for international programs, at

International & Exchange Students General Information

Campus Life - details about housing, dining and student activities  

Health insurance - UArts does not have a mandatory student health insurance requirement or a school-sponsored insurance plan. We will not require students to provide proof of insurance as of the 2024–2025 academic year. 

New Student Orientation - At Orientation, 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 Catalog) 

F-1 and J-1 information and forms

Study Abroad/Away & Short Term Travel Courses

Study abroad/away and short travel courses

Study abroad/away application (log in to the Portal and search "application" on the Student Forms card)

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 or exhibition in International Student Programs’ annual 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 employable 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, an official conversation tutor with the Advising Center, or as an international teaching fellow for one semester.

  • Attend six monthly Global Lunches in an academic year.

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

  • Participate in a study abroad or short travel experience.

  • Global Citizenship for Creatives Luncheon: “Graduate” the program with a celebration and presentation of all you will 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. Be prepared to discuss the global initiative activities, specifically

  •  if you have already engaged in any of the requirements listed above,

  • your questions about the activities, and

  • what interests you about any of them.

International Teaching Fellows

International teaching fellows (ITFs) support new international students to thrive academically and socially at University of the Arts. 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 three scheduled hours per week and assist faculty in building English as a second language 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 outside the classroom and build meaningful intercultural relationships.

Preferred Skills

ITFs need 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 or tutor, eagerness to help international students engage with Philadelphia and UArts, effective communication skills, strong problem-solving skills, and the perspective that inclusiveness and global citizenship are necessities. 


  • A minimum of a 3.0 GPA 

  • Must uphold the Student Code of Conduct, as laid out in the Student Handbook

  • Represent UArts community in a positive manner


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

Required Training

In order to be considered and chosen for the position, you are required to participate in all of the training. Training is mandatory, so any conflicts should be noted in your application.


Application Process


  1.   Complete the online UArts International Teaching Fellow Application by April 1.

  2.  Complete the online reference form by April 1.

The application process closes on April 1. Both the application and the reference form should be submitted by that date and time. Late applications will not be accepted.

Interview Process

30-minute interviews will be scheduled in mid-April, via phone or Zoom with Mara Flamm, director, International Programs.

Decisions will be sent via email by May 1. 

If you have any questions about the international teaching fellow position, the application or the interview process, email Mara Flamm at


Mara Flamm
Director, International Student Programs

Mailing Address

International Student Programs
University of the Arts
320 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Office Location

Gershman Hall, 401 S. Broad St. (corner of Broad and Pine streets)
Suite 412