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The International Exchange Program is only open to students currently attending a college or university that has an established exchange agreement with SVA.

Applicants are accepted to the departments above based on the quality of the work presented in their portfolio and on a space available basis, as determined by the department chair.

English Proficiency

Starting in 2015, applicants are required to submit proof of English Proficiency in order to obtain a J-1 visa.

The following are acceptable ways to demonstrate English proficiency:

  • A minimum score of 79 on the Internet-based version (213 on the computer-based version) of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). SVA’s code is 2835. For information on taking the TOEFL, visit toefl.com. Note: a minimum score of 80 on the Internet-based version of the TOEFL is required beginning with the fall 2016 semester. 
  • A minimum score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). IELTS is jointly managed by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL), the British Council and IDP Education Australia: IELTS Australia. For information on taking the IELTS, visit ielts.org.
  • A minimum score of 53 on the Pearson PTE Academic. For more information on taking the PTE, visit pearsonpte.com.
  • Official test scores should be sent by the testing agency to the Admissions office directly.
  • This requirement may be waived for native English speakers who are citizens of any of the following countries and attend schools where English is the primary language of instruction: England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Singapore, India, South Africa and Common Wealth Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago).

Accepted International Exchange Students must submit their declaration of Finance form with a minimum of $13,000.00 as US dollar amount and an official statement from their financial institution stating a minimum of $13,000.00 as US dollar amount.

List of Exchange Schools
Gerrit Rietveld Academy of Art and Design Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts Paris, France
Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs Paris, France
Ecole Superieure D'Audiovisuel Toulouse, France
Universitat der Kunste Berlin Berlin, Germany
School of Design and Crafts Gothenburg, Sweden
Haute ecole d'art et de design Geneva, Switzerland
Zurich University of the Arts Zurich, Switzerland
Ecole Cantonale d'Art de Lausanne Lausanne, Switzerland
Centro de Arte & Comunicacao Lisbon, Portugal
University of Art and Design (Aalto University) Helsinki, Finland
Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design Prague, Czech Republic
ESAG-Penninghen Paris, France
Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo Oslo, Norway
Paris College of Art Paris, France
Tsinghua University Beijing, China
Central Saint Martins London, United Kingdom
London College of Communication London, United Kingdom
LUCA School of Arts, campus Sint-Lukas Brussel Brussels, Belgium
Kyoto University of Art and Design Kyoto, Japan
Majors Available in the Exchange Program

Film and Video
Fine Arts
Graphic Design
Interior Design
Visual and Critical Studies

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