International Supplementary Materials

International applicants are required to submit additional materials for admission to San Francisco Art Institute. If you haven’t already done so, please see Freshman / Transfer Requirements or Graduate Requirements for the general application requirements.


English Language Proficiency

SFAI’s rigorous studio and liberal arts curriculum demands substantial mastery of English reading, writing, and verbal skills. If you are not a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident (Green Card holder), or if your primary language is not English or the language of instruction at your previous institution was not in English, you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Test System (IELTS Academic) or the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic). Details on these tests are included below.

TOEFL -  http://www.ets.org/toefl - SFAI School code: 4036

IELTS - http://www.ielts.org - SFAI accepts the Academic IELTS only.

PTE - http://pearsonpte.com - SFAI accepts the Academic PTE only.

Minimum required scores are as follows:

Undergraduate

BFA

BA

TOEFL (iBT)

79

79

IELTS

6.5

6.5

PTE

58

58

 

Graduate

MFA

Post Baccalaureate

MA

MFA/MA Dual Degree

TOEFL (iBT)

92

92

100

100

IELTS

7.0

7.0

7.5

7.5

PTE

65

65

73

73

 

If you feel you may be eligible for a waiver, please complete this form and email it directly to your Admissions Counselor and/or to admissions@sfai.edu.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP)

Successful completion of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) is recognized by most postsecondary educational institutions as equivalent to U.S. high school graduation requirements.

To request official IB diploma and IB examination score report transcripts or certificates, please review the International Baccalaureate Transcripts Request page.

For more information about possible transfer credit for individual IB examinations, please review the SFAI Transfer Credit Guidelines.

Undergraduate Foreign Transcript and Documentation Requirements

International students or students who studied at international schools must submit official sealed copies of original academic documents or transcripts from all secondary and postsecondary schools. These must be issued in their original languages and accompanied by certified English translations. If you have academic experience beyond a four-year bachelor’s degree, those transcripts must also be submitted.

For credential evaluation and/or translation services, please go to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member page.

For questions about documentation requirements, please contact the Admissions Office.

Graduate Foreign Transcript and Documentation Requirements

SFAI requires the equivalent of a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution of higher education. International students or students who studied at international schools must submit official copies of original academic documents or transcripts from all postsecondary schools. These must be issued in their original languages and accompanied by certified English translations. If you have academic experience beyond a four-year bachelor’s degree, those transcripts must also be submitted.

Transcripts and Diploma Supplements for three-year degrees from Bologna Accord countries will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

For credential evaluation and/or translation services, please go to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member page.

For questions about document requirements, please contact the Admissions Office.

Immigration Authorization: F-1 and J-1 Visa Information

Admitted students that are not U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents (Green Card holders) are required to obtain U.S. immigration authorzation to enroll at SFAI. Please contact the Global Programs Office with any questions or for more information about this process.

F-1 Student Visas

Please begin the F-1 student visa application process as soon as possible. We strongly recommend reviewing the step-by-step information on the Study in the States U.S. Department of Homeland Security website.

J-1 Student Visas

SFAI J-1 exchange visitor visas are sponsored through the Institute of International Education (IIE).Detailed information for J-1 visa participants may be found at the J-1 Visa Participants website.

More information about the rules and regulations for currently enrolled international students at SFAI can be found here: F-1 and J-1 Student Visa Holders

SFAI has authorization under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students.