Founded in 1997, Sessions College has graduated many thousands of students from more than 90 countries.
Degree and Certificate Program Admissions
Since 1997, Sessions College (originally named sessions.edu) has been an international school. The school was founded in New York City by downtown designers from all around the world. Since then, Sessions has become an Arizona based, degree-granting institution with a growing enrollment, and a recognized leader and innovator in online education. And we are proud to say that Sessions has graduated students from more than 90 countries around the world.
On this page, we address frequently asked questions (FAQS) from international students.
What programs are offered?
Associate Degree and Undergraduate Certificate programs are credit-bearing programs. Classes are scheduled in 15-week semesters, with weekly deadlines and maximum student participation in assignments, discussions, and critiques. There are three semesters per year, starting in January, May, and August, with three Early start options in February, June, and October.
Vocational Certificate programs are offered on a continuing education basis with monthly class starts. Classes in the Professional Certificate and Advanced Certificate programs are self-paced, with a primary focus on assignments.
How does online learning at Sessions work?
Will I get feedback from faculty and students?
If you’re looking for peer-to-peer interaction, the scheduled classes in our Associate Degree and Undergraduate Certificate programs are your ideal option. They are structured around discussions and critiques that make group learning productive and fun. Our Vocational programs are more oriented to self-paced learning with plenty of feedback from your instructors.
Do I have to log in at a certain time or day for classes?
How much time do I need each week to complete a program?
Professional and Advanced Certificate programs are offered on a self-paced basis that provides more flexibility on when assignments are submitted. In order to complete their programs on time, students should allocate 15 hours per week for coursework. If you need more time to complete your vocational program, you can take advantage of our painless extension policy for up to 12 months of additional access.
I am new to design. Will these programs be too advanced for me?
I am an experienced designer. Can I transfer in credits or experience?
Certificate students with academic or professional experience in a subject may be able to substitute courses in their programs, replacing them with equivalent or higher courses.
Is Sessions College accredited?
Is the accreditation internationally recognized?
Admissions and Registration
Can I apply and register online?
When can I start?
Professional and Advanced Certificate programs start on a monthly basis. Registered students are provided immediate access to orientation and design classes.
“I already have a BFA, but earning an online certificate will add to my credentials. My primary goal of enrolling is to get solid design skills. I am a working freelancer, and new projects can kick in at any time. Allowing me to study at home at my own pace is important.”
What is the tuition?
Is financial aid available for international students?
For Professional and Advanced Certificate Programs, we offer a no-interest payment plan that allows you to pay your program tuition as you go as a series of low monthly payments.
What hardware or software do I need?
Do I have to buy textbooks?
How do I pay?
If you wish to pay by bank wire, ask an Admissions Advisor to send you bank routing information. A $25 processing fee will be charged for bank wire transfers. Depending on your background and the program to which you are applying, various forms of payment assistance may be available, including payment plans, tuition assistance, military student benefits, and more.
Am I entitled to a refund if I withdraw?
A student who cancels a Professional or Advanced Certificate program within five days of enrollment is entitled to a full refund of all fees and tuition. After five days, if a student cancels this contract, the school may retain the registration fee of $200, plus a percentage of tuition based on the number of weeks elapsed in a semester. Certificate programs are administered in 12-week semesters until contract expiration.