International Exchange (Incoming Students)

International Exchange Program for Non-KCAI Students

International applicants are warmly welcomed at Kansas City Art Institute. We have a globally diverse community representing many countries, with students recently coming to us from Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, England, Germany, Japan, Mexico, and South Korea.

NOTE: This page is for individuals that want to attend KCAI for an exchange semester. To view information regarding International Exchange for KCAI students, please visit Off-Campus Studies International Exchange for KCAI students.


Start Your Application

First set up a personal KCAI account, then you can begin filing out your application and submit it with your application fee.

We also accept students from our international exchange partners for 1-2 semesters. If you are currently a college student at one of our exchange partner schools, please click here to start your application process.

Application Requirements

  • Submit your online application and fee.
  • Submit your portfolio.
  • Statement of purpose.
  • Official transcripts from high schools and colleges attended.
    • Transcripts from any colleges or universities attended outside of the US must be sent to a recognized foreign credential evaluator for a course-by-course evaluation prior to being sent to KCAI.
  • Standardized test scores: ACT or SAT (TOEFL or IELTS for international applicants).
  • A letter of recommendation from a teacher or other arts professional.
Please refer to our international applicant checklist for more detailed information, as well as further documentation required in order for KCAI to issue an I-20 to accepted international applicants.

Admission Dates + Deadlines

Exchange Semester                                                                               Application Deadline


Spring                                              Late January – Mid-May                                       *November 1

Fall                                                   Late August – Mid-December                               *April 1

For additional support, please contact our Registars office.

* All new students are required to pay a $250 tuition deposit to hold their space and enroll in classes. This deposit is applied to your total tuition and is refundable prior to May 1 for fall or Jan. 15 for spring. After May 1 or Jan. 15, the tuition deposit is forfeited if you choose not to enroll.