International Students

In most cases, International students who want to enroll in NYU Spring in New York 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 November 10, 2017 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 October 1
International Application Deadline November 10
I-20 Forms* due to OGS November 15

*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:

How do I know if I need to take a language proficiency test?
You do not need to if:
  • Your native language is English;
  • You have been studying in a school or college/university where the sole language of instruction is English for at least 3 full years at the time of your application; or
  • Your education has been completed entirely in schools/colleges/universities where the language of instruction is English.
When do I need to take one of these exams?
Exams should be completed before the application deadline, and results cannot be more than 2 years old by the application deadline. While we will consider scores received after the application deadline, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to wait for those scores to arrive before making an admissions decision.

What do I need to score on one of these tests? 

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.

How do I submit my results to NYU?

For the TOEFL iBT, use NYU's code 2562.

For the IELTS Academic, search for "New York University" and release results to Undergraduate Admissions as opposed to one of our school or colleges. Similarly, for the PTE Academic, C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency, select "New York University" as opposed to one of our specific NYU schools or colleges. Searching for "NYU" will not return any results; you must search using our official name. 

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. 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.