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International Low-Residency Graduate Students

Nearly 20% of MICA's graduate community is made up of international students from around the world. This global diversity is a major part of the graduate experience at MICA!

Low-Residency Study for International Students

The most important thing to understand as a low-residency international student is that you will only receive a student visa for the summer residency section of the program--unfortunately, you are not able to stay in the US during the fall and spring semesters. While the expense and inconvenience of traveling between your home and the US can be discouraging, there are also benefits: low-residency students are able to stay connected with their professional and artistic communities in their home countries while continuing to work toward their masters degree.

As you go through the process of determining whether this is the right program for you or not, be sure to take into account how the visa process works!

I-20 Procedures

All international, non-resident students are required to complete the procedures to receive an I-20. Please note that you must submit your tuition deposit before the Office of International Affairs can issue an I-20 form. The estimated student budget for the 2014-15 academic year is estimated student budget for the 2014-15 low-residency academic year is $27,415 (including tuition, fees, travel and summer housing). All international students are required to show sufficient financial support. You can download the required forms below:

All forms should be returned via email (as scanned copies of official documents) or via post to the Office of Graduate Admission.

Housing for International Students

All low-residency students have the option to live on campus. For international students, this is highly recommended! Visit the Housing for Low-Residency Graduate Students page to learn more.

Questions? Concerns?

Studying abroad is a big commitment! The Office of Graduate Admission understands how much work is required to not only prepare for an intense course of graduate study, but also move to a new city and country. We would like to help by answering any questions you have, or connecting you with current international students who can provide you with some insight and advice. Call us at 410.225-2256, email us at graduate@mica.edu or contact us through Skype at mica_grad_admission