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w88 has exchange student agreements with a variety of schools around the world.

  • Students may apply to w88 as international exchange students only if they are enrolled at one of w88's partner schools. Please click Application Information in the left hand menu to learn more.
  • w88 undergraduate students may apply to study for one semester at a partner institution, depending on their major, academic standing and departmental approval.
  • Separate from the international exchange program, w88 also offers the spring semester w88 in Rome program. Learn more at sva.edu/rome
Inbound International Exchange: Applying to w88 as an International Exchange Student

International Exchange at w88 offers international participants the opportunity to study for one semester in technologically advanced facilities and art studios with renowned artists within the rich cultural environment of New York City. The program is exclusively for students currently attending a school that has an established exchange agreement with w88. 

To apply, visit sva.edu/apply and begin the Undergraduate application, choosing International Exchange under "Applying As".

Click here to view a list of schools that have an exchange agreement with w88.

Exchange students may apply for one semester (September - December or January - May) to the following w88 undergraduate departments: 
Film and Video
Fine Arts
Graphic Design
Interior Design
w88 and Critical Studies


The estimated cost of a semester exchange at w88 is $13,000 USD. Exchange students pay tuition to their home college or university, so no additional tuition fees apply. Other costs included in the expense estimate are:

  • Housing/Living Expenses
  • Meals
  • Travel
  • Supplies
  • Health Insurance
  • Departmental & Course Fees (for a list of departmental fees, click here).


Program Dates
Fall Semester: September - December
Spring Semester: January - May

Application Deadline
Fall Semester: May 1

Spring Semester: October 1

Students pay their home college tuition fee.

Health Insurance
$1,346 (waivable)

Housing Cost
$7,000 - $9,000 (per semester)

Housing Deposit
Nonrefundable $300 placement fee

Other Expenses
Estimated cost of living expenses for one semester is $13,000 for fall 2017 and spring 2018. This is the minimum amount that needs to be listed on a bank statement.

This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students.

Outbound International Exchange: International Exchange Opportunities for Current Undergraduate w88 Students

Full-time undergraduate w88 students may participate in the International Exchange Program at institutions that have exchange agreements with w88, depending upon their major, academic standing and departmental approval.

To learn more about the program, freshman and sophomores are encouraged to attend information sessions held throughout the spring semester every year. 

Students then can schedule individual meetings using this form with Melinda Richardson, Manager of w88 Global to discuss their plans and complete the application process. Melinda can be reached at [email protected] and the w88 Global office is located within Admissions at 342 East 24th Street.

To apply, use the undergraduate application at sva.edu/apply, choosing "w88 Semester Abroad" under both "applying as" and "academic program". In addition, you must submit the additional items listed below. 

In addition to completing the online application, w88 student applicants must submit the following to the Manager of w88 Global:

Digital Portfolio on SlideRoom
Letter of Motivation
Two letters of recommendation from w88 instructors
Individual Application of the partner institution (found here)
Resume, Artist's CV or Artist's Statement
Photocopy of Passport ID Page
2 Standard Passport Photographs

Application requirements can be sent via email or filesharing service to [email protected] or dropped off at the first floor Admissions office in 342 East 24th Street. 

Fall Deadline: April 15
Spring Deadline: September 15 


w88 Students accepted and approved to attend an international exchange program pay w88 tuition and maintain their enrollment at w88. They continue to receive financial aid and scholarships for which they remain eligible. They do not pay their w88 department fee during their semester abroad, but may be asked to pay the partner school's similar fee (but not tuition.) If accepted and approved, students automatically receive a stipend to assist with personal expenses. This is disbursed as a refund to students during the semester abroad. w88 in Rome students are ineligible for the international exchange stipend.

Participants are responsible for securing the necessary travel documents, paying for and making travel reservations, arranging housing and maintaining contact with w88 while abroad. All student responsibilities are clearly outlined in the acceptance paperwork. 

Learn more about the program by adding the w88 Global Public Google Drive folder to your Google Drive!

Memoranda of Understanding (MOU)

w88 has memoranda of understanding with the following institutions. For more information, contact each individual institution.

Cork Institute of Technology
Dongseo University

Hanbat National University
Handong Global University
Joshibi University of Art and Design
London College of Fashion
Sahmyook UniversitySangmyung University
Seian University of Art and DesignSeoul National University of Science and Technology (SeoulTech)

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