How to Apply

The application for the 2022 program will open in January 2022. If you are interested in potentially participating in VASI please fill out an application. If you would like to receive more information about VASI, please join our mailing list.

The application to VASI includes the following:
  • Online Application
  • A brief essay, submitted with the online application
  • $75 application fee (personal check, bank check or money order) made payable to “Boston University”.  The fee can be mailed to:

Boston University College of Fine Arts
Visual Arts Summer Institute
855 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 552
Boston, MA 02215

  • One letter of recommendation from a teacher or someone who has supervised the applicant in art-related activities or other academic work. The recommender can send their letter to the above address, or to, with the subject: “VASI Recommendation: Student Name”.
  • Scholarship applicants must meet the March 15th priority deadline and submit a portfolio and a statement of need.

Application Deadline: Priority Deadline of March 15th.

Applications are not considered complete until all parts of the application, including the application fee and letter of recommendation, are received.

International Applicants

International students are not required to provide any special paperwork or documentation to apply to VASI.  Students requiring a visa for travel to the United States are able to attend VASI on a tourist/visitor visa. For travel and identification purposes, international students should carry both their passport and visa with them while traveling and during their stay in Boston.

English proficiency test results are not required for VASI, but it is expected that students have a high degree of competency in order to participate fully in the program.  All classes and critiques are conducted in English. For reference, most academic programs at Boston University expect students to have English proficiency levels equivalent to:

  • 84-90 on the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT)
  • 7 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the VASI program, please contact us at:
617 353 3371