A serious education for the seriously creative.
It’s one thing to be creative. It’s another to be a working creative professional. Our creative education is serious business. Because we prepare students for the challenges and rigors of the real world. Your child will work harder than they ever imagined. And we’ll guide and support them every step of the way. Click the links belong to learn about who we are, what we offer, and ways to make a creative education more affordable.
Tuition & Aid
At The Art Institutes system of schools, we share your passion for creativity—and your concerns about how to afford the cost of a creative education. And we’re committed to doing everything we can to ease those concerns so you can focus on pursuing your calling.
International Student Overview
To ease the transition of attending school in a new country, our schools' International Student Advisors (ISA) are here to help you along the way. ISAs are also the schools' Designated School Officials (DSOs) and will be the person to issue and update the Form I-20. Your ISA will help you with any questions you have during the student visa application process, help you find academic assistance, and confidential counseling services. Your campus will also host an orientation for international students, to introduce you to the school and answer any questions you may have.
Checklist for new U.S. (F-1 visa) international students
Upon acceptance to your school of choice, as a new international student you are required to complete a number of important steps, including:
1. International Student Profile
After Receiving Your Form I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility):
Review the personal and program information on page one of your I-20 to ensure accuracy.
Email your advisor to confirm receipt of your I-20. Report any necessary changes to your advisor immediately to obtain a corrected form.
Complete your I-20 by printing your name, and signing and dating the form on the bottom of page 1.
Read the rules and regulations on page two of your I-20 carefully, as you are responsible for understanding the regulations you agree to when signing the I-20 and entering the U.S. as an F-1 student.
2. Provide Payment for Your SEVIS I-901 Fee within 30 Days of Obtaining the I-20
Pay the SEVIS I-901 fee by mail or online. Refer to the SEVIS I-901 fee instructions, located in the I-20 package.
Find your SEVIS ID number on page one in the upper right-hand corner of your I-20.
3. Apply for the F-1 Student Visa
Contact the U.S. Embassy/Consulate in your home country for information on how to apply for an F-1 student visa. Allow sufficient time to receive your visa, as it can take more than a month to process. Policies vary according to each embassy/consulate, as some will accept your visa application at any time, while others require you to schedule an appointment in advance.
Apply for an F-1 student visa if you are from a country that is participating in the visa waiver program. DO NOT try to enter the U.S. under the Visa Waiver or existing visa.
Email your advisor when you have received your F-1 Student Visa.
4. Make Your Travel Arrangements
Book your flight to the airport closest to the campus which you will be attending, upon receipt of your F-1 Student Visa. You MAY NOT enter the U.S. more than 30 days before the start date of your program listed on the I-20.
5. Notify Your ISA of Your Arrival
Send your advisor an email confirming the date and time of your arrival.
Your ISA will provide you additional information about checking in and registering with the school.
You are responsible for following the guidelines set by your F-1 immigration status. Immigration rules and regulations change frequently, so it's important that students stay in touch with their ISAs and review U.S. government websites regularly.