The ISCOP program for 2020 has been cancelled as of April 17, 2020 due to COVID-19. Please know that this decision was made after much thought and deliberation and that our highest priority is to protect your safety and welfare. Factors, such as CDC and Department of State travel advisories, the WHO declaring a pandemic and the US declaration of a national emergency, combined with MICA policy and emergency risk management protocol all weighed into this determination. MICA hopes to resume the ISCOP program in Summer 2021. If you have any questions, reach out to the Office of Open Studies.
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What is the International Student Cultural Orientation Program?
The International Student Cultural Orientation Program is a special course for new MICA students who are
Studio Art Instruction
This component is modeled on typical MICA studio classes and is designed to assist students in developing their ability to use art vocabulary, speak about their own artwork, and participate in critiques and class discussions. Trips to Baltimore museums and galleries will offer additional opportunities to practice English in different social and practical settings.
This component is an introduction to the conventions of art education as practiced in the United States. Coursework will focus on topics of interest to art students and will include guest lectures from visiting artists. Reading, writing, listening and speaking exercises will assist students in their adjustment to the academic culture of the U.S. and MICA.
The International Student Cultural Orientation Program will take place from July 29th through August 16th. Usually, participating students will move
Housing and Meals
All ISCOP students are required to live in MICA campus housing during the entire program.
The total cost of the International Student Cultural OrientationProgram is $3000, which includes tuition, housing, meals, books and activities for the entire program. Personal expenses are not included in the cost.
The registration form and enrollment fee of $3,000 are due to MICA’s Office of Admission by early-May (for freshmen) or mid-May (for transfer students) and due to Office of Graduate Admission by mid-May (for graduate students). Please note that the enrollment fee is non-refundable.
Information on the visa requirements will be sent separately to you after your enrollment is received.