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Study at Otis - Inbound Applicants

Inbound Applicants
IN-BOUND STUDENTS
Students seeking to study at Otis College of Art and Design for the Fall or Spring semester may do so by applying through the following two methods.


The AICAD Exchange program, (available only to full-time students attending one of the 35 participating AICAD schools)
The AICAD Exchange student is solely responsible for the timely submission of the application materials to the AICAD Exchange SlideRoom site https://aicadgrad.slideroom.com/ This includes:
  • The completed Application Form, along with required signatures on the Home School Approval Letter, proposed program of study, and Statement of Purpose;
  • Official transcripts of all college-level work completed at the Home School to date (available from the Home School Registrar's Office); and
  • 6 to 10 examples of artwork, including work in the proposed area of study, submitted with name of student, title of the work, medium, and dimensions.
 
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The Otis Student Exchange program (available only to full-time students attending a school in a partnership program with Otis College)
1) Complete the online application, click create an account link, then select “exchange” as the student type.
2) Once the application has been completed, upload the following supporting documents as PDFs through the application checklist:
  • Transcripts of all college-level work completed
  • Approval letter from home institution confirming eligibility and student’s English proficiency
  • 10 examples of artwork posted on Slideroom (otis.slideroom.com)
  • Statement of Intent

You will be notified regarding of their decision starting on the following dates:
Spring Semester: starting mid-November
Fall Semester: starting early May



APPLICATION DEADLINES
Applications must be received by Otis no later than:
Fall Term: April 10                   Spring Term: November 1


INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Additional Information
Once the Admissions receives your application, and you have been accepted to Otis, you will receive an International Student Verification Form and a list of documents needed to issue an I-20, the form you will need in order to apply for an F-1 visa (International Student Visa). You will be asked to supply the following information.
  • Bank letter or bank statement verifying funds totaled at approximately $9,010 for living expenses, books, health insurance, listed in the Statement of Financial Information. The bank statement must be signed or stamped by a bank official.
  • Verification of English Proficiency.  Unless this requirement has been waived in an exchange agreement with your university. You may submit:
    • A copy of your TOEFL or IELTS score report or,
    • Letter stating English proficiency from your host school (if applicable).
  • Data page of passport.

ACADEMIC CALENDAR
Fall/winter (1st) semester
Course Work: Late August – Mid December         
Spring/summer (2nd) semester
Course Work: Mid-January – Early May                    
 

CREDIT SYSTEM
1 Otis credit= 2 ECTS
12 credits must be taken each semester = 24 ECTS
 

HOUSING
Otis offers on campus housing and meal plans – contingent upon availability on campus. For information about housing visit www.otis.edu/housing-residence-life. Due to limited availability, we recommend seeking alternate short-term housing.
 

HEALTH INSURANCE
All students are required to have health insurance. For information about insurance, visit www.otis.edu/health-insurance