INTERNATIONAL STUDENT INFORMATION
INTERESTED IN STUDYING MUSIC IN THE U.S.?
California College of Music enables music students from all around the world to receive an inexpensive education in popular music. We pride ourselves on our culture of inclusion and diversity, and we have nearly two decades of experience assisting international students during their transition into an American music college. Since 1999, we have welcomed students from countries including Armenia, Afghanistan, Botswana, Brazil, China, Colombia, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Egypt, Ethiopia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Iran, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Philippines, Mexico, Norway, Nigeria, Belarus, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, and more!
Our incoming international students can expect support from faculty and staff members throughout their college program. Our courteous and helpful admissions team is here to help you with every step of the admissions process, ensuring the smoothest possible transition to studying abroad in the United States.
How to apply to California College of Music, in three simple steps:
Complete and submit our Online Application for Admission. Be sure to include your video audition link(s) within the application.
Pay the $80 Application Fee via:
- Check or money order made payable to “California College of Music”
- Visa or Mastercard
Scan and email the following supporting documents to [email protected]:
- Academic Transcript
- Submit an academic transcript from your highest level of education which proves you have graduated from high school (or the equivalent).
- Submit a high-resolution scan of the photo page from of your official government-issued passport.
- Bank Statement
- Submit a bank statement showing you will be able to afford your full program tuition plus living expenses of approximately $1000 per month. If you submit a bank statement from a financial sponsor, they must also sign a Letter of Financial Support.
- Proof of English Proficiency
- Please provide us with a TOEFL (iBT) score of 50 or above, IELTS 5.0 or above, TOEIC 600 or above, CEFR Level B2 or above, or a diploma or degree from an accredited institution at which the primary language of instruction is English. Proof of English Proficiency is NOT required for students from the following countries: Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Canada, Denmark, Fiji, Finland, Holland, India, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, St. Lucia, Sweden, United Kingdom, US Virgin Islands, Ghana.
IMPORTANT DATES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
California College of Music enrolls new students in the Spring and Fall quarters (April and October).
Students interested in entering in the Winter or Summer quarter (January or June) should consider our Preparatory Quarter program.
SPRING 2019 APPLICANTS
APPLICATION DUE DATE: March 8, 2019
LATE APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED UNTIL: April 1, 2019 (Late App Fee $70)
TUITION PAYMENT DUE DATE: March 8, 2019
LATE TUITION ACCEPTED UNTIL: April 1, 2019 (Late Tuition Fee $100)
CLASSES START: April 8, 2019
FALL 2019 APPLICANTS
APPLICATION DUE DATE: September 7, 2019
LATE APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED UNTIL: September 30, 2019 (Late Application Fee: $70)
TUITION PAYMENT DUE DATE: September 7, 2019
LATE TUITION ACCEPTED UNTIL: September 30, 2019 (Late Tuition Fee: $100)
CLASSES START: October 7, 2019
PLEASE NOTE: APPLICATIONS CANNOT BE PROCESSED UNTIL THE APPLICATION FEE AND ALL SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS ARE RECEIVED.
California College of Music offers a housing placement service for students seeking an easy transition into college. Click here to read about our housing options.
OPTIONAL PRACTICAL TRAINING
Any international student who completes a one year program of study at California College of Music may apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT). Students approved for OPT are authorized to work full-time in the United States in a position related to music. Potential positions may include: touring musician, session musician, music teacher, live sound engineer for a music venue, paid/unpaid internships at record labels or publishing companies, or entry-level positions at recording studios, record stores, or musical instrument retailers.
To qualify for OPT, students must have completed one of the following programs:
Certificate in Music Performance
(4 quarters / 1 year)
Artist Development Certificate
(4 quarters / 1 year)
California College of Music is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students..
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