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International Students

In most cases, international students who want to enroll in NYU Precollege 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 March 15th 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 February 1
International Application Deadline March 15
I-20 Forms* due to OGS April 1

*I-20 Forms are sent after an admitted student has accepted their spot.

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)
  • C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency (Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency)
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery)
  • iTEP (International Test of English 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 3 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.

How do I submit my results to NYU?

We do not have any minimum test score requirements, but competitive applicants will receive:

  • 100 and above on the TOEFL iBT
  • 7.5 and above on the IELTS Academic
  • 70 and above on the PTE Academic
  • 191 and above on the Cambridge English Scale
  • 84 and above on the MELAB
  • 4.5 and above on the iTEP

Do you have a minimum score requirement?

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.