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Am I eligible to be a visiting student?

If you belong to any of the following categories of students you are eligible to apply as a visiting student:

  • High school graduates who have earned a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Current undergraduates at a college/university who would like to study away for a semester
  • Post-graduate students who already hold a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university and wish to take undergraduate courses
  • Returning visiting students may re-apply for up to three consecutive semesters.

If any of the following apply to you, you should not apply as a visiting student:

Please note: Visiting students may only apply to one NYU program at a time.

How do I apply to be a visiting student?

Step 1: Complete the application
Once available for your term of interest, fill out and submit the online application. Note that this is a two part process, as submission of the initial form will create login instructions to continue. Provide a valid e-mail address on the form, as all communication regarding your application will be sent via e-mail. Please note that there is a $25 application fee.

Step 2: Submit your transcript
Send an official copy of your university transcript for your most recent college/university/institution attended.

A credential is considered official if it is emailed directly from a school administrator (with a valid school email address), arrives as a hard copy in a sealed envelope, or is transmitted directly from a transcript processing agency directly to NYU.

Official transcripts may be e-mailed to admissions.docs@nyu.edu by a school administrator, or mailed to:

NYU Office of University Programs
383 Lafayette Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10003

Please note that you must include an official English translation if any of the documents you are submitting are not in English.

Step 3: Submit Proof of English Language Proficiency [International Students Only]
If you have not completed at least 3 years of study where English is the sole language of instruction and English is not your native language you will be required to submit proof of English language proficiency. Please review NYU's English language testing options and exemption requirements.

When do I apply?

The application for each term becomes available according to the table below. We require all domestic students apply by the listed deadline to ensure adequate time to enroll in courses and prepare for your arrival to NYU. International students must submit by the international student deadline in order to ensure ample time for visa processing.

Semester
or Term
Application
Available
International
Student
Deadline
Domestic
Deadline
Fall May 1 May 15 Aug 15
January Oct 1 Oct 15 Dec 13
Spring Oct 1 Nov 15 Jan 10
Summer Feb 1 Mar 15 April 15

How are admission decisions made?

Visiting student admission decisions are based on the strength of your academic work and life experiences. Our most competitive visiting student applicants have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher, but each year, candidates may be admitted with more modest academic records if they have compelling circumstances to share in the "Additional Information" section of our application.

Please be aware that visiting student admission is for one term only and is not guaranteed for consecutive terms.

Students Affected by Natural Disasters, Political, and/or Governmental Decisions

We recognize that there are a myriad of circumstances that can affect a student’s ability to successfully complete the application process. For students and families affected by natural disasters, circumstances imposed by national governments, or any extreme extenuating circumstances, we want to be as accommodating as possible to avoid additional stress. We encourage any student in these situations to reach out to our office (university.programs@nyu.edu) to inform us of the situation so that we can provide you with a recommended course of action. Depending on your situation, you may also follow these recommendations if you intend on applying to NYU.