How to Apply
Applying for SAE programs is a straightforward process involving only a few simple steps. An admissions representative will guide you through the process and identify the best course options for you. We have multiple start dates throughout the year and flexible study options to suit your schedule.
Admission to SAE Institute of Technology is open to any individual who is seriously interested in creative media industries and meets all necessary entrance requirements. No previous experience is required.
Prospective students may begin their admissions process in person, by mail, or online at usa.sae.edu. Those enrolling in person may make an appointment to visit the SAE Institute of Technology campus of intended enrollment during regular office hours. Out-of-area prospective students must contact the SAE Institute of Technology campus of intended enrollment.
To apply for any program at SAE, all you need to do is complete all the steps in our enrollment checklist:
- Fill out an application and return it with your enrollment fee.
- Provide a copy of your high school diploma, G.E.D., or sealed high school transcript.
- Undergo an interview with an Admissions Rep
- Pass the entrance exam.
- Meet with your Financial Aid Administrator.
- Sign an Enrollment Agreement.
- Optional: Visit Free Application for Federal Student Aid website to complete an application for Federal Aid. Find your SAE Campus Code.
Remember, you can call our Admissions team on 1-800-872-1504 or contact your nearest campus should you have any questions or need further assistance.
Below is an overview of the International Admissions process. Visit My Student Visa for more information on how to apply for admission to SAE and the appropriate visa.
Submit a copy of your passport, valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of intended stay in the US.
Submit an application for your desired campus.
Students applying with a High School Credential earned outside the United States must have their transcript(s) evaluated by a member of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), the Association of International Credentials Evaluators (AICE) or the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) to determine the equivalency with a United States high school diploma. Proof of graduation in languages other than English must be translated into English.
English language requirements
SAE Institute campuses in the U.S.A. require all students to be proficient in English, both spoken & written. Applicants to SAE Institute from the following English-speaking foreign countries do not need to demonstrate English language proficiency: Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Holland, Jamaica, Norway, United Kingdom, Bahamas, Belize, Fiji, India, New Zealand, St. Lucia, US Virgin Islands, Barbados, Canada, Finland, Ireland, Nigeria, Sweden, or South Africa.
Applicants from all other countries not listed above must demonstrate English language proficiency by taking the TOEFL exam and scoring a minimum of 61 on the internet-based test, 173 on the computer-based test, or 500 on the paper test or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.0. All other regulations and requirements regarding International Students still apply. Please contact the Admissions Office for complete information.
SAE Institute requires all applicants to successfully complete the Wonderlic SLE to enroll into a program. An applicant taking the Wonderlic SLE who does not meet the minimum score of 14 (18 for a bachelors degree) on the first attempt may retake the exam one hour after the first attempt. If the second attempt does not result in the minimum score of 14 or higher, a third attempt may be made one week after the second. If the third attempt does not result in a minimum score of 14 or higher (18 for a bachelors degree), a fourth attempt may be made three months after the third.
We highly recommend that applicants take the Wonderlic SLE at the SAE Institute campus of intended enrollment. However, it is possible to arrange for this evaluation to be taken at any SAE Institute campus worldwide. Please contact the SAE Institute Admissions Office for details.
Submit a recent bank account statement in order to meet USA Embassy Visa requirements.
If accepted, you must then sign an enrollment agreement and pay the entrance costs.
If you have any questions regarding International Admission procedures, please get in touch with Jesse Fagerhaugh, our International Admissions Coordinator, or visit this website.
Transfer to SAE Institute
Students who formerly attended a post-secondary institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education may be granted transfer credit for equivalent courses taken at the previous institution.
Students must arrange for official transcripts from all previous institutions forwarded directly to the Student Services Coordinator's office at SAE Institute. The official transcript(s) must be received as soon as possible after the student has enrolled so the student can receive a correct schedule.
The decision to award transfer credit is at the sole discretion of SAE Institute. SAE Institute will determine if courses completed at previous institutions are sufficiently equivalent to courses in the student's program of intended enrollment. Only courses with passing grades of "C" or better will be taken into consideration for transfer. Other factors used to determine transfer of credit include but are not limited to the number of course credits earned, objectives and descriptions of previous courses, length of time passed since courses were completed, and the academic level of previous courses. Students may be required to provide a course catalog or syllabus from the previous institution in order for SAE Institute to make a fair assessment. Courses that are approved to be awarded transfer of credit will show on the student’s transcript as "TC."
Students who receive transfer credit will have the tuition charge for the program prorated based upon the remaining number of credit hours the student must earn in order to graduate. Students must complete at least 50% of their coursework at SAE Institute.