International Students

International Students can learn more about Seattle University’s Master of Fine Arts Leadership program.


As a prospective international student, you may have questions about attending graduate school in the United States. We hope to answer some of those questions on this page or link you to the people and organizations with answers.


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International students have requirements beyond the general application. We encourage you to visit the International Admissions page for more details. You will find information about having your transcripts evaluated for coursework completed outside of the United States (this is a requirement), a chart detailing English proficiency requirements, and more. If you have further questions, please contact Graduate Admissions.

The admissions priority deadline and scholarship deadline for the MFA in Arts Leadership program is March 15, but program applications will be accepted after that date.

While you're studying in Seattle

While you're a student, you'll have university organizations available to assist you and answer questions. The International Student Center is one such group.

Students who have not met Seattle University's English proficiency minimum for regular admission and were admitted through the English Language Learning Center will have an additional requirement of ELCB (English Language Culture Bridge) classes. We encourage students required to take these courses to arrive in June so that they may complete these classes before our program begins during the Summer Quarter.

Seattle University also offers writing assistance through our Writing Center. We encourage our students to take advantage of this free program.

Working in Seattle

As a graduate student on an F-1 Visa, you may be able to work on campus for up to 20 hours per week or work off campus through CPT or OPT training. Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a paid internship that is required for your program. Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a temporary work authorization designed to give students experience in their field before or after graduation. This is only an option after you've been in the United States for one academic year and other requirements exist. If you are interested in pursuing one of these options while at Seattle University as a part of the MFA in Arts Leadership Program, we encourage you to get in touch.

Beyond the Arts

The art scene in Seattle is exciting, but there is even more to attract you to the city. For those interested in the outdoors, the Cascade and Olympic mountains serve as a beautiful backdrop for the city and offer numerous hiking and skiing opportunities just a short drive away. Puget Sound, Lake Union, and Lake Washington make Seattle a great spot for ferry rides, sailing, fishing, and other water sports. Seattle has a vibrant nightlife, history, and a diverse culture. 

Seattle University is an excellent place if you want a sense of community. Seattle University is among the most diverse independent universities in the Western United States. Our students represent all 50 US states and 77 nations. As of 2014, Seattle University had 7,273 students, 33% from ethnically diverse backgrounds and over 600 international students.

With approximately 100 clubs and student organizations, you can find a student group or organization that shares your interests. Cultural heritage, sports, academic clubs, performing, and visual arts are just a few student clubs you can find at Seattle University.

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about the program or application, we’re here to help!

Ashley Miller

Senior Admissions Counselor

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