Admissions Procedure for International Students
Xian Yun Academy of the Arts California welcomes students from all over the world with any type of background and aspirations to be part of the Xian Yun community. Prior artistic training is not a prerequisite for admission, but valuing the arts is required. Students who are seeking to be challenged to do and be their best are strongly encouraged to apply.
Transcripts must be translated into English before submission. Other information, such as English as Second Language (ESL) test scores, that may be helpful in determining the grade and academic course level placement at Xian Yun Academy, should also be included.
Upon arrival, all students whose native language is not English are given a test to assess their fluency for placement into the ESL Program. ESL students are tested each year and placed in the appropriate level until they test out of ESL and can take regular courses with native English-speaking students.
When an international applicant is accepted by Xian Yun Academy and is issued an I-20, the student must visit the U.S. consulate in his or her country so the consulate can confirm through SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) that the I-20 the student is carrying is a valid document. If everything is in order, the consulate will issue a student visa. A USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Service) officer at the airport will confirm through SEVIS that the student’s enrollment in Xian Yun Academy is valid, and will issue the student an I-94 form. It is important that the student keeps good records of these documents and pays attention to their expiration dates.
The following are the general steps a foreign student will go through when applying and attending Xian Yun Academy:
- Xian Yun Academy determines if the student fully meets admission requirements and has the financial ability to pay for the education and living expenses.
- Upon acceptance, Xian Yun Academy will send an acceptance letter, a signed copy of the I-20 form, and the SEVIS I-901 receipt to the student.
- Non-immigrant students who are not in the U.S. must apply to their local U.S. consulate for an F-1 visa.
APPLY FOR ADMISSION
Applicants are required to select an area of art study at the time of application. Areas of art study include Dance or Visual Arts. Upon receiving your application, we will contact you within a week to schedule an interview.
I. COMPLETE AND SUBMIT OUR APPLICATION FORM
II. PAY A NON REFUNDABLE APPLICATION FEE OF $100
III. EMAIL/FAX APPLICANT’S PREVIOUS YEARS’ REPORT CARDS AND TEST SCORES
IV. PREPARE FOR AN INTERVIEW
Xian Yun Academy begins mailing decision letters for the upcoming school year around mid-March. For completed applications received after mid-March, we will mail decision letters within two weeks after the interview.