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International Students

Each year our Summer Program welcomes students from all over the world. International students may apply for and study in courses covering multiple aspects of filmmaking and the entertainment industry from one of the most prolific film schools in the United States.

Below are a few pertinent items regarding our Summer Program International Students.

  • LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY
  • VISA
  • APPLICATION
  • CLASSES
  • TUITION
  • FINANCIAL AID
  • HOUSING
  • HEALTH SERVICES
  • MEAL OPTIONS
  • STUDENT ORIENTATION
  • NON-CLASS ACTIVITIES
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  • SUMMER PROGRAM CONTACT INFORMATION


  • LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

    A strong command of idiomatic, conversational English is essential, and thus an important factor in acceptance. Most information is provided to students via lecture.

    TOEFL/IELTS SCORES

    International students are required to submit a 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.

    • Average TOEFL Score: 95
    • Average IELTS Score: 7
    • USC's institution code for TOEFL Registration is 4852. No Department Code.

    These scores may not be more than two years old at the time of application.

    VISAS

    As the entire SCA Summer Program has gone online, the visa requirements have changed.
    Please look below for the specific changes.

    STUDENTS LIVING OUTSIDE OF THE USA

    If you are an international student who will be living outside of the USA for the duration of the SCA Summer Program, you do not have to get an F1 visa to study with us online.

    STUDENTS WITH VALID VISAS LIVING OUTSIDE OF THE USA

    If you are an international student who has a valid visa to study within the USA, but is not going to be in the US for the duration of the SCA Summer Program, you do not have to submit any paperwork to study with us online.

    STUDENTS WITH VALID VISAS LIVING WITHIN THE USA

    If you are an international student who has a valid visa to study within the USA and is going to be living in the US for the duration of the SCA Summer Program, there are specific requirements and documents that need to be turned in to our program before being allowed to study with us online.

    Instructions about the requirements and documents will be given out if accepted and registered into the program.

    VALID VISAS

    • F1
    • J1
    • O1
    • O2
    • E2
    • L4
    • Green Card/Permanent Resident Card

    B1/B2, ESTA, and any other tourist visas are not accepted to study within our program.

    If you have any questions about valid visas or the visa process in general, please email us at summer@cinema.usc.edu

    APPLICATION

    Summer Program applications opens on November 1 for the next summer. Once you select the course(s) you wish to apply for, the website will automatically move you in to the application section.

    ACCEPTANCE NOTIFICATION

    The SCA Summer Program has a rolling admission and notifications are sent out in the following manner:

    • If the application was submitted between November 1 and December 31, notifications will be sent out starting the second week of January once the university is back in session.
    • If the application was submitted January 1 and on, notifications will be sent out approximately 2 weeks after the day of submittal.

    For more detailed information about the application please visit the Online Application page.

    CLASSES

    The USC School of Cinematics Summer Program offers classes in many different aspects of filmmaking, such as:

    All classes are:

    • For full college credit
    • 2, 3, 4, 6, or 8 credit units
    • Graded with a Letter grade
    • Provided with the same facilities and equipment used during the regular school year by full time SCA students.

    The majority of our classes are taught by regular faculty members from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, who are also leading industry professionals.

    For more details on the classes we offer, please go to the Classes page.

    TUITION

    The University determines tuition and it is based on the number of units in your desired class. Summer 2020 tuition at USC is $1,928.00 (USD) per unit. To determine your base tuition cost, multiply the collective number of units from your course(s) selection by the USC tuition value.

    For example, a two-unit class would be $3,856.00 (USD) for tuition only.

    2 units x $1,928.00 = $3,856.00
    4 units x $1,928.00 = $7,712.00
    6 units x $1,928.00 = $11,568.00
    8 units x $1,928.00 = $15,424.00

    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.

    FINANCIAL AID

    The SCA Summer Program does not offer financial aid to non-USC students. However, outside loans, scholarships, and other institution's financial aid may be applied towards the program.

    HOUSING

    Housing is unavailable this summer due to safety concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic.

    HEALTH SERVICES

    The USC Engemann Student Health Center services are unavailable this summer due to safety concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic.

    MEAL OPTIONS

    Meal plans are not available this summer.

    STUDENT ORIENTATION

    Orientation is mandatory for all accepted students and will last about 1 hour, including time for questions.

    • Date: Sunday, June 23, 2020
    • Time: 11:00 AM, 2:00 PM, and 6:00 PM (Depends on which class the student is enrolled in)
    NON-CLASS ACTIVITES

    ACTIVITIES AND SPECIAL SEMINARS

    • Special events with industry guests via Zoom
    • Special workshops and seminars via Zoom

    Please visit the School of Cinematic Art Events website at https://cinema.usc.edu/events/index.cfm for more details.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    SCA COMMUNITY
    Upon acceptance into the Summer Program, more detailed information will be given with directions on how to set up the student's SCA Community intranet. SCA Community is an online student resource that contains detailed information about the Summer Program policies, rules, documents, and other valuable resources.

    SUMMER PROGRAM CONTACT INFORMATION

    For more information please email the office at summer@cinema.usc.edu

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