International Students

Each year our Summer Program welcomes students from all over the world. If you wish to learn the craft or business of filmmaking, you are invited to apply in any of our many popular courses covering all aspects of the entertainment industry. Enrich your knowledge of filmmaking, screenwriting, computer animation, or film/television business from the oldest and most prolific film school in the United States.

All classes in our Summer Program are regular graded courses in the USC School of Cinematic Arts and are for college credit. Students can earn 2, 4, 6, or 8 credit units depending on the class. In most cases, they are taught by our regular faculty and use the same facilities and equipment that is used during the school year by full time SCA students. We provide all cameras, lights, film and digital stock, film processing, and all post-production facilities. USC full time students also take part in these classes in summer.

The USC School of Cinematic Arts complex

International students are required to take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) unless their first language is English or they have a degree from a college or university in an English-speaking country (United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, USA etc.). The minimum required TOEFL score is: 100 on the IBT (Internet Based Test), with no sub-score less than 20. The minimum required IELTS score is 7 (no sub score less than 6). These scores may not be more than two years old at the time of application.
USC's institution code for TOEFL Registration is 4852. There is no Department Code.


Most information is provided to students by lecture. This is because few textbooks exist on the subjects studied or are current enough. Therefore, a strong command of idiomatic, conversational English is essential, and thus, an important factor in acceptance.


The University determines tuition and it is based on the number of units in your desired class. Summer 2017 tuition at USC is $1,733.00 (USD) per unit. You can multiply that by the number of units you are going to sign up for to determine your tuition fees.

For example, a two-unit class would be $3,466.00 USD for tuition only.
2 units x $1,733.00 = $3,466.00
4 units x $1,733.00 = $6,932.00
6 units x $1,733.00 = $10,398.00
8 units x $1,733.00 = $13,864.00

At the beginning of each online detailed class description you will find the number of units for each class as well as the dates, days and times it meets.


USC requires its short-term limited status scholars to have appropriate documentation in order to take summer courses, which is a F-1 temporary student visa. You CANNOT take Summer Program courses on a business visa (B-1 or B-2) or on a tourist visa. The issuance of your F-1 visa takes approximately 6-12 weeks, depending upon the length of the process in your home country. If you are accepted into the Summer Program you will be sent documents to complete that will allow the Summer Program office to begin your F-1 visa process. It is important to submit this paperwork in a timely fashion in order to avoid time constraints preventing issuance of the visa. You must obtain your F-1 visa outside of the United States and enter the USA on your temporary F-1 student visa for the Summer Program.

*****If you are in the USA on a different visa (business or tourist) you are required to leave and re-enter the USA on your F-1 temporary student visa*****

There are a few minor fees (for example the SEVIS and other processing fees) associated with this process that total about $400 (USD). Proof of existing, or access to, insurance and medical coverage is required for visa issuance as well as proof of funds (that you can financially support yourself while in the USA).

Mandatory Orientations

All International students are required to provide certain documents before starting classes. A list of the documents will be provided prior to arrival. All documents must be given to the Student Service Coordinator following the Mandatory Student Orientation.
Mandatory Student Orientation: Sunday, June 25, 2017

Please consult the Office of International Students Website ( for specific questions you may have about the VISA process.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in Summer 2017.