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International Students

Discover Your Most Vibrant Self.

Everything you need to know to apply as an international student. 

International Students

Your experience at the Art Academy of Cincinnati is all about finding your artistic voice and making it resonate.

As a part of our collective of rule-breaking makers, you will be challenged to take bold risks, explore media you never dreamed of, and invent contemporary visual art and design forms no one has yet imagined.

The art and design of the future starts here. It starts with you.

Application Checklist

Apply through our website here, or through the common app.
  1. Apply: Fill out our free application through our website here, or through the common app.
  2. Portfolio review: Submit 8-10 pieces of original artwork and/or writing that shows your personal ideas and interests and demonstrates your artistic, technical, and creative abilities. There are several ways you can submit your portfolio:
  3. Official High School Transcript: We have a GPA requirement of 2.0 or higher. If your high school does not follow the 4-point grading scale (as the U.S. does), you must provide an official high school transcript evaluation from an accredited evaluation service such as World Education Services, International Education Research Foundation, or Educational Credential Evaluators. Please note that we will not accept transcripts that have not been evaluated or translated into English. If student’s transcript is in the U.S. Grading Scale (A-F and 0%-100%) or similar, it will be accepted and will not need to be evaluated.
  4. English Language Proficiency (ELP): Students must demonstrate English Proficiency by passing one of the tests below and having their score sent to AAC. International students currently living or studying in the United States OR in a primarily English-speaking country may have the ELP waived after speaking with the International Coordinator. The AAC will not accept any text taken more than two years prior to the application date. One year is preferred.
    • TOEFL: Minimum score requirements are 550 on the paper-based test, 213 on the computer-based test, or 80 on the internet-based test.
    • Duolingo: The minimum test scores the AAC accepts is 90. Students can send their scores directly to the AAC or request a test be sent.
    • The International English Language Testing System (IELTS): The minimum test score accepted is 6.

After Acceptance:

Passport copy: Please email a color photocopy of your current passport photo identification page.

Bank statement: Financial Documentation is required via a notarized bank statement or evidence of loans that can show proof of funds in USD. Documentation must show support for at least one year of study and living expenses at AAC.

Where to send your information:

All virtual documents are to be emailed to:

All paper documents mailed to:

Admissions Office
Art Academy of Cincinnati
1212 Jackson Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
United States

Scholarships & Form I-20

Entrance scholarships are awarded to every student who is accepted into our program. The Entrance Scholarship is based primarily on the strength of an applicant’s portfolio, though academic merit is also taken into consideration. International students are also able to receive other in-house scholarships. All international students will need a Form I-20 to apply for a F1 student visa through a U.S. Consulate or Embassy in their home country. Once the student has submitted all requested items for the application, has been accepted, and submitted their tuition deposit, the AAC will issue the student Form I-20. 


International BFA Deadline: 

  • Fall Application Deadline:  May 15th
  • Fall Deposit/Enrollment Deadline:  June 1st
  • Spring Application Deadline:  October 15th
  • Spring Deposit/Enrollment Deadline:  November 1st

Ask For Help

If a student has any questions or concerns about the application, FAFSA, deposit requirements or more, please email our International Coordinator at

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