International Students

We invite degree-seeking international students to join us at this world-class center of learning, innovation, and creative research on the Pacific Rim.

International Applicants

Additional Application Requirements

An international student is any person who currently resides or plans to reside in the United States on a non-immigrant visa while studying at Pacific Northwest College of Art. U.S. citizens living abroad, permanent residents (green card holders), and persons with asylum or refugee status are not considered international students.

As an international student, you will fill out the regular undergraduate or graduate student application, plus we'll need a few more pieces of information from you as outlined below.

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If you have any questions about applying as an International Student or need assistance understanding our application requirements and process, please contact our International Office anytime M-F, 9am-5pm PST.

Rianna Robertson-LeVay
International Admissions Associate

Additional Requirements

Supplemental Materials

In addition to completing the general undergraduate or graduate application requirements, international students must also provide the following supplemental items.


  • All documents submitted to PNCA must be in English; therefore, official translations are required.
  • For students wishing to transfer credits from an institution outside of the U.S. or those applying to the graduate program, your transcripts must be evaluated by WES. WES does not translate your transcripts. Officially translated transcripts must be provided to WES. See the WES website for more details and how to start this process.

Proof of English Proficiency

  • English language test scores are not needed for students who are citizens of any of the following countries and attended schools where English is the primary language of instruction:
    • United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Singapore, India, South Africa and Commonwealth Caribbean.

International students who received a diploma or degree from a non-English teaching institution must provide official test scores showing proficiency in English. TOEFL and IELTS are the most common English testing services available. If you have achieved English proficiency from a different testing service, please contact Rianna Robertson-LeVay for the minimum score requirements.

Test Scores

IELTS Test Score Minimum Requirements

International Student Visa Information Form

Notes for completing the International Student Visa Information Form.

  1. Complete the SEVIS Information Sheet on page 5, with the information as it appears in your passport.
  2. Complete the PNCA Program Information on page 6.
  3. Complete the Visa Information (if it applies to you) on page 6.

Copy of Passport

Color photocopy of the picture page of the passport, and if applicable, current nonimmigrant visa. Color photocopy must be clear and scanned. Pictures of the passport will not be accepted.



If you have not yet completed a first university degree (equivalent to a 4-year U.S. bachelor’s degree), please apply as an undergraduate student.

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If you have completed a first university degree (equivalent to a 4-year U.S. bachelor’s degree) and want a Master’s degree, please apply as a graduate student.

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If you want to study at PNCA for a short-term (semester or year) exchange, please visit our International Office for more information.

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Scholarships and Cost of Attendance

PNCA offers a variety of scholarships for domestic and international students alike. Scholarships range from $9,000-$18,000 depending on quality of portfolio, GPA, and essay. There is no additional application to be considered for these scholarships. The scholarships are renewable for up to four years and require that students maintain a 2.0 GPA. For more information, please email

The Cost of Attendance, or COA, is the estimated tuition, fees, and living expenses before any scholarship has been awarded. Click here for the 2018-19 estimated Costs of Attendance for all of our undergraduate and graduate programs.

#youarewelcomehere scholarship

#YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship

As part of the #YouAreWelcomeHere We offer two annual, renewable scholarships that cover a minimum of 50% tuition. We support #YouAreWelcomeHere's goals of providing increased access to higher education in the U.S. for talented international students to develop future world leaders who will advance intercultural understanding.

To see if you are eligible, please read through the application (PDF).

To apply, fill out the application and answer a question addressing the research, work or project do you hope to undertake in support of intercultural learning and bridging cultural divides. Your answer may take the form of a short essay or video.

Send your completed application with essay/video to our International Admissions Associate, Rianna Robertson-LeVay at

Deadline: December 15, 2018.

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Rianna Robertson-LeVay
International Admissions Associate

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