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Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Exchange Open To: Advertising, Architecture/Landscape/Interior, Communication Arts, Digital Media, Graphic Design, Illustration, Product Design
Minimum Class Standing: Junior Credit Type: BFA Credit, MFA Credit
# of Units Offered: Yes Non-Refundable Fee $150.00: *after acceptence into program
Program Description:
Bezalel has a vibrant student exchange program with 100 leading art institutions worldwide. Students from our partner academies are welcome to study at Bezalel for one or two semesters, usually during their third year of studies. Applications for exchange are submitted through the exchange coordinator at the respective academy. The institutions agree to recognize each other’s study programs, grades and accreditation systems. Exchange students pay tuition to their home institution and are exempt from such fees at Bezalel.

Students who wish to study for a semester must:
  •     be current, degree-seeking, full-time students
  •     have a minimum 2.0 grade point average (GPA)
  •     be a junior
  •     have completed at least two semesters at Otis College
  •     otherwise meet the eligibility requirements of their specific program
  •     Students need to be proficient in their media and independently motivated
  •     Students with a disciplinary action or placed on probation in the year preceding the intended year of travel are ineligible to participate


Fall Semester: April 15th
Spring Semester: November 1st

Fall semester
Lectures: mid/end October – end January/beginning February
Presentations: during the last week of the semester.
Spring semester
Lectures: end February/beginning March – end June beginning July           
Presentations: during the last week of the semester.
**Subject to change according to the Jewish calendar.

Step 1 Research the exchange institution of interest. Find a program that you're interested in, and look into what classes you would like to take.
Step 2 Meet with your department Chair and present the institution and the classes that you're interested in. Ask the Chair if those classes will work with the Otis College curriculum. The Chair needs to approve the courses you would like to take. If you can't find information on the available courses, please talk to the Travel and External Study Coordinator (room 155,
Step 3 Once you receive approval from the Chair of your department, please meet with an Academic Advisor (Carrie Malcom or Anabel Arrazola at the One Stop). They will 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 we receive a confirmation of approval 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.
Step 7 If accepted to do the exchange, enroll in a special course with Registration that signifies that you're participating 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.

Tuition is payable to Otis College. A voucher indicating that tuition has been paid is issued by Otis College and must be presented to the Host School at registration. The student may receive a regular financial aid award, if any, to which they are entitled as participants in the Semester Abroad program.

While at the host school, the student is governed by the academic regulations in effect at the host school. Students in the program are ineligible for student aid or employment from the host school.

Laboratory fees, student service fees, or other fees may be charged to the student by the host institution. Such fees are billed to the student and payable directly to the host institution. Policies on these fees vary by institution and program, but they are typically quite minimal.

While at the host 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 Schools’ dorm should make this know 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.

Approximate cost provided by the host institution is $3,000.00 for 4 months.

Grades received from the Host School during exchange study 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.

All students must obtain their health insurance coverage through the Harel Yedidim Insurance Agency for the duration of their studies at Bezalel. The rate for the UMS plan is $1.5 per day. For more information about the available plan, please visit the website:


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 01/18/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.