International Students

In most cases, international students who want to enroll in NYU's Fall in New York program must obtain a student visa in order to attend. It is important to allow plenty of time between admission and the start of the program to ensure that all visa steps are completed. As such, all international students must submit their application in full, including language proficiency scores, by the May 15 application deadline. Permanent residents and individuals in the U.S. pursuant to certain non-immigrant visa categories are not required to submit visa documentation to enroll in courses. Please contact the NYU Office of Global Services (OGS) with specific visa related questions at newinternationalstudents@nyu.edu.

Application Available May 1
International Application Deadline May 15
I-20 Forms* due to OGS June 1

*I-20 Forms are sent after the application is complete.

English Language Testing Requirements:

If English is not your native language, you may be asked to show your proficiency by taking one of the following tests (results must be from the last two years):

  • TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test)
  • IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
  • PTE Academic (Pearsons Test of English Academic)
  • CAE or CPE (Cambridge English: Advanced of Proficiency)

Who is exempt from English language proficiency testing?

Exemption will be given in the following circumstances: 

  • If your native language is English;
  • If you have been studying in a school or college/university where the sole language of instruction is English for at least 1 full year at the time of your application; or
  • If your education has been completed entirely in schools/colleges/universities where the language of instruction is English.

Even if you are exempt from taking the TOEFL iBT, IELTS, or PTE Academic, you may still submit your scores to demonstrate your English proficiency. These are the only examinations acceptable for proof of your English language proficiency regardless of any other English Language testing you’ve completed. Your TOEFL iBT/IELTS/PTE Academic/CAE/CPE score will be used in conjunction with, not in lieu of, other required admissions criteria.

Do you have a minimum score requirement? 

We do not have any minimum test score requirements, but our most competitive applicants score above 100 on the TOEFL iBT, 7.5 on the IELTS, and 70 on the PTE Academic and 191 on the Cambridge English Scale.

  • The TOEFL Code for NYU Undergraduate Admissions is 2562.

Getting a Visa

Individuals who enter the U.S. on a B visa (tourist) or pursuant to visa waiver are not eligible to participate in a course of study at NYU as a visiting student. An F-1 or J-1 student is a nonimmigrant who is pursuing a "full course of study" to achieve a specific educational objective at an academic institution in the United States. Once the educational objective has been achieved, the F-1 or J-1 student is expected by the U.S. government to depart the U.S. Pursuant to these guidelines, University Programs sessions at New York University are designed to be singular academic experiences for international students. Therefore, international students are encouraged to have one such experience per year, and should not plan to apply for more than one University Programs session per year. Please contact OGS to clarify any questions related to your particular educational objective.

Arriving in New York City

All international students MUST check in with the NYU Office of Global Services (OGS) upon arrival in order to be in compliance. Visit the OGS website for a list of dates and times for visiting student check in.