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

Please note that international students who already have an F-1 or J-1 visa valid for study in the U.S. through the end of the Fall term do not need to meet the international student requirements detailed on this page. However, we recommend working with the institution issuing your student visa to confirm any enrollment requirements they may have. 

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

*I-20 Forms are sent to applicants after they are admitted and confirm their spot in the program.

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

NYU requires international students enrolling in courses to be in a status that permits study, such as F-1 or J-1 immigration status. It is against immigration regulations to enroll in a course of study on a tourist (B-1/B-2) visa or on a visa waiver (ESTA). International students who are admitted and confirm their spot in the program will receive further information via email about securing an F-1 or J-1 visa.

Please note that as part of the requirements of the student visa, students must enroll in a full course of study, defined as a minimum of 12 credits/units per semester or at least 18 hours of class time for non-credit courses.

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.