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SVA has exchange student agreements with a variety of schools around the world.

  • Students may apply to SVA as international exchange students only if they are enrolled at one of SVA's partner schools. Please click Application Information in the left hand menu to learn more.
  • SVA undergraduate students may apply to study for one semester at a partner institution, depending on their major, academic standing and departmental approval.
  • Separate from the international exchange program, SVA also offers the spring semester SVA in Rome program. Learn more at
Inbound International Exchange: Applying to SVA as an International Exchange Student

International Exchange at SVA offers international participants the opportunity to study for one semester in technologically advanced facilities and art studios with renowned artists within the rich cultural environment of New York City. The program is exclusively for students currently attending a school that has an established exchange agreement with SVA. 

To apply, visit and begin the Undergraduate application, choosing International Exchange under "Applying As".

Click here to view a list of schools that have an exchange agreement with SVA.

Exchange students may apply for one semester (September - December or January - May) to the following SVA undergraduate departments: 
Fine Arts
Interior Design
Photography and Video
Visual and Critical Studies


The estimated cost of a semester exchange at SVA is $15,000 USD. Exchange students pay tuition to their home college or university, so no additional tuition fees apply. Other costs included in the expense estimate are:

  • Housing/Living Expenses
  • Meals
  • Travel
  • Supplies
  • Health Insurance
  • Departmental & Course Fees (for a list of departmental fees, click here).


Program Dates
Fall Semester: September - December
Spring Semester: January - May

Application Deadline
Fall Semester: May 1

Spring Semester: October 1

Students pay their home college tuition fee.

Health Insurance
$1,345 (fall) / $1,730 (spring) (waivable)

Housing Cost
$7,750 - $9,750 (per semester)

Housing Deposit
Nonrefundable $400 placement fee

Other Expenses
Estimated cost of living expenses for one semester is $15,000 for fall 2018 and spring 2019. This is the minimum amount that needs to be listed on a bank statement.

This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students.

Outbound International Exchange: International Exchange Opportunities for Current Undergraduate SVA Students

Full-time undergraduate SVA students may participate in the International Exchange Program at institutions that have exchange agreements with SVA, depending upon their major, academic standing and departmental approval.

To learn more about the program, freshman and sophomores are encouraged to attend information sessions held throughout the spring semester every year. 

Students then can schedule individual meetings using this form with Melinda Richardson, Manager of SVA Global to discuss their plans and complete the application process. Melinda can be reached at and the SVA Global office is located within Admissions at 342 East 24th Street.

To apply, use the undergraduate application at, choosing "SVA Semester Abroad" under both "applying as" and "academic program". In addition, you must submit the additional items listed below. 

In addition to completing the online application, SVA student applicants must submit the following to the Manager of SVA Global:

Digital Portfolio on SlideRoom
Letter of Motivation
Two letters of recommendation from SVA instructors
Individual Application of the partner institution (found here)
Resume, Artist's CV or Artist's Statement
Photocopy of Passport ID Page
2 Standard Passport Photographs

Application requirements can be sent via email or filesharing service to or dropped off at the first floor Admissions office in 342 East 24th Street. 

Fall Deadline: April 15
Spring Deadline: September 15 


SVA Students accepted and approved to attend an international exchange program pay SVA tuition and maintain their enrollment at SVA. They continue to receive financial aid and scholarships for which they remain eligible. They do not pay their SVA department fee during their semester abroad, but may be asked to pay the partner school's similar fee (but not tuition.) If accepted and approved, students automatically receive a stipend to assist with personal expenses. This is disbursed as a refund to students during the semester abroad. SVA in Rome students are ineligible for the international exchange stipend.

Participants are responsible for securing the necessary travel documents, paying for and making travel reservations, arranging housing and maintaining contact with SVA while abroad. All student responsibilities are clearly outlined in the acceptance paperwork. 

Learn more about the program by adding the SVA Global Public Google Drive folder to your Google Drive!

Memoranda of Understanding (MOU)

SVA has memoranda of understanding with the following institutions. For more information, contact each individual institution.

Cork Institute of Technology
Dongseo University

Hanbat National University
Handong Global University
Joshibi University of Art and Design
London College of Fashion
Sahmyook UniversitySangmyung University
Seian University of Art and Design
Seoul National University of Science and Technology (SeoulTech)

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