This program provides an opportunity for students from AICAD schools in the United States and Canada to study for one semester at another AICAD school. It does not apply to AICAD’s international affiliates; Burren College of Art, Osaka University of Art & Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design. It offers the experience and benefit of studying short-term at a different AICAD school and living in a different geographic area. The intent of the AICAD Exchange is to provide students the opportunity to spend a single semester off campus, after which they return to their home institution.
Research the exchange institution of interest. Find a program that you're interested in, and look into what classes you would like to take.
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, email@example.com)
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.
Meet with the Travel and External Study Coordinator in room 155 to discuss the application process and complete this form
Once the form is submitted, and we receive a confirmation of approval from your department Chair and the Academic Advisor,
the 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.
Fill out the application https://aicadgrad.slideroom.com/
If accepted to do the exchange, enroll in a special course with Registration that signifies that you're participating in an exchange.
Work with the host institution on acquiring a visa and securing housing. Purchase flights and prepare for departure.
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.
DEADLINE TO APPLY
Applications must be received by the Host School
no later than: Fall term: April 10 / Spring term: November 1
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.
Nearly every AICAD college requires students to obtain or furnish proof of medical insurance. Check with your Host School to determine its policies. If you have no insurance you will most likely be expected to purchase it from the Host School. If you have insurance, be sure to obtain proof of insurance from your Home School before you depart.
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 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.