International Students

KCAI warmly welcomes international students from around the world. We honor diversity and multiculturalism on our campus and highly value the cultural diversity international students bring to KCAI. Check us out. We just might be the perfect fit for you.

International Exchange Program

PIctured:  Tafat Avrahamy (second from right), international exchange student from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, Israel, waits for the Kansas City Metro with fellow KCAI students.

If you attend a school with which the Kansas City Art Institute has an International Exchange Agreement, you may apply through your home school to spend one semester (or possibly up to one full academic year) at KCAI.  In order to apply for a semester exchange, please contact your home school’s exchange officer, who will assist you in applying to participate in the exchange program.

Learn more about KCAI’s exchange partner schools and what is required to apply to participate in the exchange program.

International degree-seeking applicants

Students who are not United States citizens or permanent residents who wish to apply for admission to KCAI as degree-seeking students should follow the application guidelines outlined below. For information that will help ensure that you have collected all of the international application requirements, download an international student application checklist.

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Need help applying to schools in the United States? Having trouble understanding the U.S. educational or application system?

Education USA centers are the U.S. State Department's network of more than 400 advising centers in 170 countries designed to assist local students find the appropriate college or university in the United States. Find your center!

Explore the KCAI Viewbook

The Kansas City Art Institute's viewbook provides an overview of KCAI's academic programs,  students, faculty, alumni and campus. Download the viewbook here  (PDF)

Financing options

Ninety-five percent of students at KCAI receive some type of financial aid. Find out more about how to make attending KCAI a reality.

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