Admission to the International Exchange program is highly selective. An extremely limited number of spaces per university is available each year. 

The application review is a holistic process that considers the complete academic record, unique program requirements, and student essay. It is suggested that applicants have earned a GPA of 3.0; students with lower GPA's are encouraged to provide insight to their academic goals in the personal statement.

Eligibility & Requirements

  • Undergraduate students must have completed at least 64 credits since matriculating at NYU by the time you study away
  • Graduate students must have completed their first year before applying
  • Suggested GPA of 3.0 or higher; students with lower GPA's are encouraged to provide insight to their academic goals in the personal statement
  • Students currently on leave of absence, academic probation or disciplinary probation are generally ineligible; exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis
  • Stern students are only eligible if the partner school is not a member of IBEX


1. Review Partner Schools

Read about each school and visit their websites. Decide on an institution and make an appointment to discuss your plans with an advisor. 

2. Research the Courses

Follow the links on the Partner Universities page to your desired host university's course listings. Just like at NYU, not every course is offered every semester. Be sure to pay attention to semesters and course levels. In some cases, certain courses are only available for a full year. Talk to a Global Programs advisor if you need assistance deciphering course offerings.

3. Meet with Your Academic Advisor

Confirm with the advisors in your school and department that the courses you intend to take through the exchange program will be appropriate for your academic plan. Keep in mind courses cannot be guaranteed ahead of time. It is best to approve more than you need to give you flexibility. Complete the Advisor Approval Form and have your advisor sign the form as well. Please attach this form to your application.

4. Letter of Recommendation

A letter of recommendation from a faculty member is required for a completed application. Letters of academic recommendation should be on letterhead and include an original signature. In your application, you will be able to input your professor's email and they will be sent a link to upload their letter to be attached to your application.

5. Apply to be Nominated by NYU 

Current NYU students from any undergraduate college/school may submit an application. 

  • Log into the application using your NYU net ID and password.
  • Select the term you would like to study away. Students interested in a spring only option, should select the "Start International Exchange: Spring 2024 Program Application"
  • Submit all required sections of the application
  • Receive a confirmation email to access your indvidualized Enrollment Portal. It will take about 15-30 minutes to receive access to this page.

A complete application will require*:

  • Course Preferences
  • Personal Statement (250 - 500 words)
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Advisor Approval Form
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Citizenship Details
  • Emergency Contact Information

*Some specialized programs will require additional information

* Personal Statement: This is your opportunity to explain your motivation and academic rational for the exchange program. What motivated you to apply? Why you have applied or expressed interest in the particular school, country, as well as courses you intend to enroll in? How will this impact your career goals? What will this program provide you that you can't obtain through an NYU study away site?

6. (If you are nominated by NYU) Apply to Partner University

Most partner institutions require applicants to complete a version of their exchange student application once they have received your initial application materials and have approved of your nomination. If your school's application form asks for an application fee, please double check with NYU Global Programs to see if it is truly necessary (it is usually not). If your school requires any hard-copy application materials submit these the Office of Global Programs before the specified application deadline. We will submit all application materials on your behalf.


Fall/Academic Year Final Deadline: Feb. 15

Spring Priority Deadline*: Feb. 15

Spring Final Deadline: Sept. 15

*Students considering spring exchange programs are highly encouraged to apply by the priority deadline with our partners in Japan and South Korea being the most competitive*

(The International Exchange Program does not operate during the summer term.)

First your application materials are reviewed by an NYU committee to determine if you will become an NYU nominee. Students who are chosen as nominees must then abide by additional application deadlines set by the partner institutions; there is very little flexibility with deadlines.

NYU Global Programs will process your application materials. If approved, you will be nominated for the program and your application materials will be forwarded to your selected university. The partner university will likely require you to complete a version of their exchange student application form once they have received your initial application materials and have approved of your participation. Some universities have an application form available for you to complete ahead of time, but most will invite you to complete an application only after successful review of your Student Data Form and supporting materials.

Further information about applying can be found in individual partner university descriptions. Email with any questions you have about applying to the International Exchange Program.