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Outbound Exchange

 outbound exchangeOUTBOUND STUDENTS
Otis College offers two possible semester-long exchange opportunities to students in good academic standing:
AICAD exchange – This exchange provides an opportunity for students from AICAD schools in the United States and Canada to study for one semester at another AICAD school. 
International non-AICAD exchange – This exchange provides an opportunity for students to study for one semester with one of our international partner institutions.
A complete list of possible exchange institutions can be found here.
Step 1 Research the exchange institution of interest. Determine a program that aligns with your current departmental focus and look into what classes are offered that you would want to consider.
Step 2 Meet with your department Chair to discuss the institution and potential classes. Ask the Chair if the classes will align with the Otis College curriculum. The Chair needs to approve all of the potential courses. If you can't find information on the available courses through the host institution website or elsewhere, please talk to the Travel and External Study Coordinator (room 155,
Step 3 Once you receive approval from your department Chair, please meet with an Academic Advisor (Carrie Malcom or Anabel Arrazola at the One Stop). They also need to approve the courses that you would like to take at the host institution.
Step 4 Meet with the Travel and External Study Coordinator in room 155 to discuss the application process and complete this form.
Step 5 Once the form is submitted and a confirmation of approval is received from your department Chair and the Academic Advisorthe Travel and External Study Coordinator will nominate you to the host institution. If you're applying to an AICAD institution, you will not need a nomination and you may proceed to Step 6.
Step 6 Fill out the application provided by the host institution or at if applying to an AICAD school.
Step 7 If accepted to participate in an exchange, contact the One Stop to enroll in a special course with Registration that signifies you're taking part in an exchange.
Step 8 Work with the host institution on acquiring a visa and securing housing. Purchase flights and prepare for departure.
Step 9 After completing your program make sure to order official transcripts from the host institution to be sent to the One Stop. Contact the One Stop if you have questions about how to order transcripts.
Student Visa
Students are strongly encouraged to act as soon as possible when applying for a student visa- this cannot be stressed enough. Consulate visa application appointments can be difficult to schedule and can be booked solid for a month in advance, so please begin the scheduling process at least a month before your desired appointment date. The visa processing time is usually between 2 - 4 weeks. Collecting the documents for the application can also be a long and arduous process. It is recommended to start learning about the application process as soon as you apply for the exchange. Each country has a specific procedure, and you can learn about it on the host country’s embassy website. The Host Institution is also an excellent resource for assistance with acquiring a visa. You are welcome to contact the Travel and External Study office for support at any time during this visa procurement and exchange process.

Housing is the responsibility of each student.  Host schools have no obligation to provide housing and their dorms are often full.  A student wishing to live in a Host school's dorm should make this known at the time of application.  Fees for Room and Board are billed by and payable directly to the host school.  If dorms are full, off-campus housing information may be obtained from the student services or housing office of the host school.  Students should plan ahead and investigate all housing options at the time of application.
Tuition is payable to Otis College of Art and Design. The host school agrees not to charge the student tuition.  A voucher indicating that tuition has been paid is issued by Otis College to the student and must be presented to the host school at the time of registration. The student will receive the regular financial aid award, if any, to which they are entitled.
Laboratory fees, student service fees and other fees may be charged to the student by the host school.  These are billed by and payable directly to the host school, and must be paid before registration.  These fees vary by institution and program, so students should contact the Exchange Coordinator of the host school to determine which fees will be required at registration.
Grades received from the host school during the semester exchange will become a part of the student’s official record at Otis College. Outgoing exchange students are registered in a block of 15 units to be distributed by the advisor in the application and following the student’s portfolio review upon return to Otis College of Art & Design. Students are responsible for providing Otis College with an official academic transcript from the host school. Exchange units will be recorded as Pass/Fail on the student’s permanent record.
Please contact the Travel and External Study Coordinator at or visit the Travel and External Study office in room 155 of the Academic Building if you have any questions.