International Students

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The film and media industry is one of the fastest growing markets in the world. If you live outside the United States and are interested in expanding your skill set to become a member of a talented and growing community of film and media professionals, we encourage you to apply to Compass College of Cinematic Arts!

If you are thinking about applying to CCCA as an international student, there are a few things you need to know about the admissions and financial aid process. Familiarize yourself with the following information. If you would like to learn more or if you have questions about applying to be a student at CCCA, please contact the  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

To be considered for admission to Compass College of Cinematic Arts, international prospective students must provide the following:

1. An application form, completed and signed by the student
2. Non-refundable application fee ($25 USD)  
    Check or money order must be received in U.S. funds, drawn on a U.S. bank, and made payable to Compass College of Cinematic Arts.
3. Official high school/secondary school transcript and the results of any test required in the applicant's country. (see below)
4. College transcript(s) from previously attended colleges or 
5. Proof of proficiency in the English language (see below)
6. Two essays (250+ words each)
7. Academic Recommendation Form
8. Character Recommendation Form
9. Portfolio of creative work related to film and non-film work
10. Declaration of Finances (with supporting documents: official bank statement, affidavit of support)
11. Copy of passport or national identification card
12. A phone interview with a CCCA Admissions Representative

High School/Secondary School Transcript
A high school/secondary school transcript showing that the student has earned a GPA of 2.0 or higher (average letter grade of "C" of higher)  on a 4.0 scale is required. An approved foreign credential evaluator must validate high school/secondary school transcripts. Applicants may use one of the services listed here: National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.

Test of English as a Foreign Language 
Students must prove written and oral proficiency in the English language. International prospective students (waived for Canadian students) are required to submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) exam scores. For more information about the exam, please visit the TOEFL website

Students must authorize the testing agency to send TOEFL scores to Compass College of Cinematic Arts (school code is 5357). A score of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL or a score of 80 on the iBT is required, with no sub-score lower than 18. Students who do not score 80 or higher on the iBT cannot be granted admission to Compass College of Cinematic Arts. 

Deadline to apply for admission to Compass College: March 1
Due to the lengthy international process, only completed applications received by March 1 will be considered for the upcoming September start date. Completed application files include all 12 components listed above in the Admissions Requirements section of this page. Files received after March 1 will be held and considered for the following academic year. Any questions or concerns about this process can be directed to the  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Download the International Student Application and Application Checklist here.

The United States government requires that all international students must provide proof of sufficient funds for their first year of study before being granted a student visa. Compass College of Cinematic Arts also must have the documents proving that you and any sponsors have sufficient funds. You can show proof by sending a sponsor’s letter of support and bank statements, scholarship award letters, approved loan documents and your own bank account statements.

Download the required Affidavit of Support and Declaration of Finances forms here.

The cost of tuition, computer, camera, software and books is approximately $31,935.00 (USD). Additional expenses will be accrued for living and travel expenses. A deposit of $500.00 (USD) is required from admitted students to hold a seat in the class.

NOTE: These figures are based on 2013-2014 tuition rates and fees. These amounts may be changed, at the discretion of  the school, for the 2014-2015 school year.

Student Guide to Financial Aid 
Student Guide to Studying in the USA 
International Education Finance Corporation 
International Financial Aid 
ETS (Educational Testing Service)
Study in the States
National Association of Credential Evaluation Services
Test of English as a Foreign Language