International Students

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We are proud of our diverse student population.

Our student body reflects the cultural diversity for which NYC and NYU are known. Every year, the NYU School of Professional Studies welcomes a diverse group of intellectually curious and highly motivated students from around the world, all of whom are at different stages of their academic journey and their professional career. From the recent graduate to the accomplished professional, NYU School of Professional Studies degrees provide students with theoretical and practical knowledge as well as the skills, the networking opportunities, and the academic support services that empower them to achieve their educational and professional goals and objectives

Admissions Criteria

TOEFL/IELTS

Applicants who did not complete an undergraduate or graduate degree in an institution where the medium of instruction is English are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.

International Transcript Evaluation

Applicants are required to submit a course-by-course evaluation of all transcripts. course-by-course evaluation will translate courses and grades to U.S. equivalency.

Pearson VEPT

Online English language proficiency exam. Applicants who do not meet the minimum recommended scores outlined for TOEFL/IELTS are required to participate in the VEPT exam.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is limited for international students but resources do exist. Many international students find funding opportunities in their home countries.

What To Do Before You Arrive

1. Get an NYU I-20 or DS-2019 for your student visa.

  • If you’re a new student, see our information on getting a US Visa.
  • If you’re transferring to NYU from another school in the US, review the transfer process.
  • If you’re already in the US in another immigration status, review the information on changing to F-1 or J-1 status.
  • If you’re planning to bring a spouse or children with you, see this overview of bringing family. 
  • Resource needed for this step: determine your estimated expenses at NYU and understand what financial documentation you need to show to apply for your needed visa documents.

2. Understand and review the fees that apply to international students at NYU.

3. Plan your trip.

Tip 1: Enter the United States no more than 30 days in advance. 

Tip 2: Have your needed documents when arriving into the US.

Tip 3: Know how to get from the airport to your NYC destination.

4. Find a place to stay in New York

Planning to live off campus can be overwhelming--New York has so many neighborhoods to choose from. Keep in mind that because apartments and rooms move quickly it’s best for you to start researching as soon as you know you’re coming to NYU so that once you arrive in New York you can find the right place sooner.

5. Pack for New York.

Wondering what to bring with you to New York? New York is hot and humid in the summer and below freezing in the winter. June, July and August are the hottest months and December, January and February are the coldest months. New York is also one of the rainiest cities in the US.

6. Understand healthcare in the US.

Healthcare in the US can be confusing. While you’re a student at NYU, you should consider the NYU Student Health Center to be your first source for health information. The Student Health Center is at 726 Broadway in Manhattan and 6 Metrotech in Brooklyn to help you feel your best so you can do your best.

7. Get tips and resources for living in New York.

8. Get resources for academic and cultural adjustment.

Adjusting to life in New York and at NYU can be a challenge. The city itself can be overwhelming--more so when you’re new. Know that you’re not alone. Students from both within and outside of the US can feel the stress of adjusting to New York. Keep these resources in mind so you can grow as you move through your transition to NYU.

9. Learn what you need to do as soon as you arrive at NYU.

Step 1: Complete Immigration Requirements

Step 2: Attend International Student Orientation

Step 3: Understand Your Legal Requirements as an F-1 or J-1 International Student at NYU

Other Resources

Here are some other resources available to you on behalf of NYU and the School of Professional Studies.