Like New York City, NYU’s New York campus is home to people from all over the world. In fact, our student body is comprised of students from more than 130 countries! No matter where they apply from, every NYU applicant is held to the same admissions standards, and generally follows the same application steps.
However, there are a few things international applicants applying to our New York City campus need to know. If either of the following apply to you, please read the information on this page in detail. You are:
If you are applying to our NYU campuses in Abu Dhabi or Shanghai, you can learn more about their specific requirements on the following pages:
If you will have completed your country’s pre-university education (equivalent to U.S. 12th Grade) before arriving on-campus for the fall semester, or if any of the following apply to you, you are eligible to apply to NYU as a first-year applicant:
Transfer applicants must first meet the high school requirements above. You are then eligible to apply as a transfer student if one of the following applies to you:
*A non-degree seeking student, sometimes referred to outside of the United States as a non-award/non-study student or auditor, refers to a student who is taking a course at a host university, but does not have the right to earn a degree at the host university. But credits could be earned which are transferrable.
Our application process is the same whether you are a domestic or international student. So you’ll apply to NYU using one of these guides:
All students can apply to NYU using the Common Application. On the Common Application and any supporting documents, be sure to use your name as it appears on your passport or birth certificate.
If you’re unfamiliar with the forms and documents required by the Common Application, check out our Forms and Documents Guide with definitions of each report, and an explanation of who needs to submit them.
First-year applicants from countries where the academic calendar extends from February/March to November/December should note the following:
Your application, academic records, standardized testing results, recommendations and any supplemental materials should all be submitted by the deadlines. If your standardized testing results will not be ready by our application deadlines, your high school can submit predicted results on your behalf. Official results must be sent to NYU from or high school or the examination board as soon as they are released.
While we will attempt to consider all academic records and scores received after our application deadlines, an admissions decision may ultimately be made on your application if we are unable to wait any longer.
NYU does, in fact, award scholarships to international students submitting a first-year application. In order to be considered for scholarship, you must submit the CSS Profile successfully by the deadline.
Please be aware that scholarships for non-U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents applying as first-year students are limited and NYU will be need-aware in the application review process. Non-U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents applying for transfer admission or their second bachelor's degree are not eligible for financial aid.
For more information, including deadlines, review these Financial Aid Basics.
If you are offered admission and decide to accept the offer, you will be required to submit a certification of finances showing you’ll be able to fund your four years of study. Depending on your status, here are some things to plan for:
Applicants do not need to submit a certification of finances or begin the student visa application process. Admitted students are, however, eligible for NYU sponsorship of F-1 or J-1 student status.
All first-year students will begin in September for the fall semester. Most transfer students begin in fall semester as well, but some programs permit transfer students to begin in late January, for the spring semester.