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Outbound Students

Application Procedures & Timeline For Otis Students


STEP 1: Meet with your Department Chair
Students should meet with their advisor or department chair, or both, to determine which semester would be ideal to be away from the college.


STEP 2: Complete and Submit your Mobility or Exchange Application

Download a Mobility APPLICATION.

Download an Exchange Application for BEZALEL, or BEAUX-ARTS

Submit: Completed applications may be submitted via email to international@otis.edu (put the program destination and your name in the subject line), or in person to the Center for International Education, Ahmanson Hall 215.  

In addition, students must provide one copy of the following items for each school applied to:

  • detailed proposal of the work to be accomplished while abroad
  • portfolio (10-15 slides of their work on CD/DVD or other format)
  • faculty recommendation on Otis letterhead
  • current Otis transcript

Portfolios should be labeled with student's name, title of the work, medium, and dimensions. We cannot guarantee the return of portfolios, so please make sure all included images are duplicates—not the originals.


STEP 3: Course Enrollment
Your application will be reviewed by the Host School and if nominated you will receive a notification email with course enrollment instructions, payment process procedures, and next steps to assist you with pre-departure planning.

Being accepted for an Exchange Study program is an important milestone and achievement! However, it is just the beginning of the process and you will be expected to take responsibility for knowing what steps you need to take to prepare for your departure. Click the link to download a pdf version of the Student Travel Resource Guide.


Important Application Deadlines

November 1 for spring semester Exchange/Mobility programs
April 10 for fall semester Exchange/Mobility programs



Students who wish to study for a semester must:

  • be current, degree-seeking, full-time students
  • have a minimum 2.0 grade point average (GPA)
  • be a junior
  • have completed at least two semesters at Otis
  • otherwise meet the eligibility requirements of their specific program
  • Students need to be proficient in their media and independently motivated
  • Students with a disciplinary action or placed on probation in the year preceding the intended year of travel are ineligible to participate


Tuition & Fees

Tuition is payable to Otis. A voucher indicating that tuition has been paid is issued by Otis and must be presented to the Host School at registration. The student may receive a regular financial aid award, if any, to which they are entitled as participants in the Semester Abroad program.

While at the host school, the student is governed by the academic regulations in effect at the host school. Students in the program are ineligible for student aid or employment from the host school.

Laboratory fees, student service fees, or other fees may be charged to the student by the host institution. Such fees are billed to the student and payable directly to the host institution. Policies on these fees vary by institution and program, but they are typically quite minimal.



While at the host Housing is the responsibility of each student. Host schools have no obligation to provide housing and their dorms are often full. A student wishing to live in a Host Schools’ dorm should make this know at the time of application. Fees for Room and Board are billed by and payable directly to the Host School. If dorms are full, off-campus housing information may be obtained from the student services or housing office of the Host School. Students should plan ahead and investigate all housing options at the time of application. 



Grades received from the Host School during Mobility study will become a part of the student’s official record at Otis. Outgoing exchange students are registered in a block of 15 units to be distributed by the advisor in the application and following the student’s portfolio review upon return to Otis College of Art & Design.

Students are responsible for providing Otis with an official academic transcript from the host school. Exchange units will be recorded as Pass/Fail on the student’s permanent record.