As might be expected, there is a lot of interest in off-campus and study abroad programs and admission is limited. Below is information for submitting a competitive application.


  • Prepare for success. Treat the application process like a job interview. Be professional. Be organized. Be thoughtful. And…
  • BE ON TIME! Note important deadlines and submit materials as early as possible. Some schools may base their acceptance decisions on the number of outgoing students and available spaces at their institution. Some schools and departments are more competitive than others or have limited space available. Be aware that both KCAI and exchange partners will have their own respective deadlines and host schools may have deadlines that vary from those of KCAI.

Begin filling out the application

  • AICAD Exchange – complete AICAD Exchange application
  • International Exchange – complete both KCAI International Exchange Application and your desired school(s) application.

Statement of purpose

  • Why do you want to study at an exchange school? How will this experience aid your academic and career goals? How does the specific exchange school and location fulfill those goals or benefit your studio practice?
  • Proof read. Proof read. Proof read.
  • Use the KCAI Registrar’s office and Writing Center for additional help with your statement.

Request letters of recommendation from 2 KCAI faculty members

  • Faculty can turn in the recommendation form and accompanying letter directly to the Registrar’s office.
  • It is beneficial to give faculty a copy of your statement of purpose that they may refer to when writing your letter of recommendation.

Course selection and academic advising

  • Select the courses you would like to take through the exchange school
  • Meet with your academic advisor and department chair to ensure that the courses you plan to take will fulfill your KCAI degree requirements.

Develop a portfolio of images

  • 10 – 15 jpeg images or maximum of 2 video or sound pieces in QuickTime format not exceeding 5 minutes each
  • Must be submitted electronically via Google drive
  • Include your name in the file/folder name and provide the link to the portfolio in your statement of purpose

Remaining steps

  • Obtain all required signatures on application(s)
  • Provide copy of biographical page of US Passport or a receipt from your passport application.  All students must have a valid passport at the time of international travel and a student visa may also be required. Please see the specific guidelines for passports and visas from your country of origin.
  • Determine if your host country requires a visa and obtain visa if required
  • Meet with the Registrar’s office to review application materials and submit!

Please note that each exchange school may have different application requirements and supporting materials. These may include, but are not limited to:

  • Resume
  • Portfolio with specific stipulations (submitted via disc or flash drive only, 20 images, 300 dpi etc)
  • Language certificate
  • Test scores
  • Essay
  • Proof of financial support
  • Passport-sized photo