International Students

Cranbrook Academy of Art is “home” to students from many different countries during their two years of study on our historic campus. Currently, our students are citizens of a dozen countries.

English language skills

An excellent command of the English language is required, as all students are expected to participate fully in critiques, readings, lectures, and discussions. Students are expected to possess the necessary language skills when they arrive on campus. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all international applicants whose first language is not English. The minimum acceptable score for Fall 2017 admission is 90.  The Academy’s ETS reporting code is 1156.  Students who have received an undergraduate or graduate degree from an English-speaking institution are not required to submit TOEFL scores; ESL programs do not satisfy the requirement for a TOEFL waiver. Students who have studied in an English-speaking degree program for two years or less may not be granted a waiver of the TOEFL requirement.

Please note that the Academy does not accept scores from the IELTS examination.

Degree Requirement

In order to be considered for admission, applicants must have earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree.  If there is any question as to the degree equivalency, the applicant will be required to submit credentials to a verification service of the Academy’s choosing; the applicant will be required to pay the cost of the verification.

Visa information

International students who are accepted to the academy must obtain an F-1 visa. Those who are accepted and submit an enrollment deposit will be sent information regarding the documentation necessary to begin the visa process. Students will be required to submit documentation of available funds to pay for their first year of study and must certify that they will be able to fund the second year, as well. Please note: The Academy is unable to offer funding for international students. While a limited number of accepted applicants will be offered scholarships for their first year of study when they are sent their offer of admission, such scholarships do not cover the total cost of tuition. In addition, because we do not have an undergraduate program, the Academy does not offer teaching assistantships or fellowships.

Important information about our campus

The Academy of located on a beautiful campus nestled in the lovely suburban community of Bloomfield Hills. We offer dormitories for our students on a space-available basis. It is important to understand that this is an area that relies on personal automobiles for transportation – there are no stores within walking distance of campus, and there is no public transportation available. Students without vehicles are responsible for arranging for their own transportation (including taxi cabs at their own expense) in order to shop for food, supplies, and necessities.

International Student Services

The Registrar, Financial Aid & Admissions Manager processes student visa requests and maintains student data in the federal reporting system (SEVIS). The Student Services Coordinator and Assistant Registrar serves as the day-to-day liaison with international students. Several current Academy students serve as international student peer advisors. Students seeking Optional Practical Training (OPT) while students at the Academy will receive appropriate instructions annually at a meeting that will be announced via our student electronic newsletter, Hotline. Students at the Academy are not eligible for Curricular Practical Training (CPT).

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