Incoming Exchange Students

Exchange programs at a world-class art school in one of the most creative cities in the US

Global Learning Network

A growing exchange program within the Global Learning Network

Pacific Northwest College of Art supports a growing exchange program within the Global Learning Network of international partner institutions and the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) members. These exchanges usually occur in the second year of three-year programs or the third year of four-year programs. PNCA accepts students on a space-available basis, depending on exchange students’ area of interest, major, degree requirements, and strength of application.

If your institution does not have an exchange agreement with PNCA and you are interested in attending PNCA for one or two semester(s), please contact Quyen Le with your area of interest, your current academic standing, and the length for which you’d like to study at PNCA. Please note that exchange students outside of our Global Learning Network will be responsible for PNCA tuition and fees.


Leo Orta

Leo Orta (b. 1993 in Paris, France) is a French, English, and Argentinian contemporary artist living and working between Eindhoven and Paris. Leo grew up within an artistic family, mentored by his parents Lucy and Jorge Orta. His ambition has been to imagine and create solutions for a social sustainability. He has studied graphic design in London and Brussels fand in 2015, he moved to the Netherlands to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree at the Design Academy Eindhoven. Leo continues to investigate the world of art and design within a social context working through interdisciplinary platforms and medias, such as staging performances, collaborating, and creating two-dimensional and three-dimensional responses to raise questions and challenge the viewer.

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Nicholas Tammens

Nicholas Tammens is an Australian artist, curator, and writer who has made work at the National Gallery of Victoria, State Library Victoria, the Gallery at the Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, the Institute for Provocation in Beijing, China, Yale Union, and Portland Institute of Contemporary Art in addition to having. He is the curator of Jef Geys at Yale Union and is attending the European Graduate School in the Division of Philosophy, Art, and Critical Thought. Tammens was a recipient of funding from the Australia Council for the Arts in 2012. He runs a curatorial project called 1856 out of the Victorian Trades Hall in Melbourne.

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Applying & Deadlines

Application Process for the Global Learning Network

Please see the International Exchange Application (PDF) for a full description of the requirements and application process.

  • Exchange application
  • Nomination from home institution
  • Statement of interest (one page)
  • Official or certified university transcript showing all past and current courses and grades
  • Portfolio of artwork: 10 to 15 images or videos with descriptions sent via email or linked to webpage
  • Copy of financial documents indicating sufficient funds
  • Copy of the biographical page of your passport

Application Deadlines

Fall semester exchange: April 16
Spring semester exchange: October 30


Application Process for AICAD Institutions

Please review AICAD’s webpage for more information about the process and deadlines.

Contact us

Please feel free to contact Quyen Le with any questions you may have about our international exchange programs.

Quyen T. Le
Assistant Director International Office
International Student and Scholar Services