Have you been accepted to NYU Shanghai? Congratulations! Read on to find out how to get your visa for Shanghai. For information on program details and living recommendations, contact the Office of Global Programs or go to the NYU Shanghai page.
PLEASE NOTE: The following resources are intended for students attending a semester or full academic year at NYU Shanghai through the Office of Global Programs or their school or division.
If you are an NYU Shanghai degree student, you will work directly with NYU Shanghai to obtain your residence permit.
ALL STUDENTS attending NYU Shanghai must have a Student Visa in order to study in China (unless you are a Chinese citizen traveling on a valid Chinese passport OR hold a valid Tai Bao Zheng or Hui Xiang Zheng).
You must receive an Acceptance letter and a JW202 produced by NYU Shanghai prior to beginning the visa application.
Please note: It is not possible to convert non-students visas (i.e. tourist or family visit visas) to student visas from within China.
The earliest time to apply for your Chinese visa is 3 months (90 days) before the NYU Shanghai program start date. The Chinese Consulate in New York generally takes 3-5 business days to process visas. If you are applying at another consulate, check their website for processing times.
If you do not have a passport or need to renew yours, use an expedited method to obtain it immediately. OGS will not be able to request the necessary immigration documents for you until you have a valid passport.
This form will be provided to you upon acceptance to the program. Complete the form with your personal information exactly as it appears on your passport.
PLEASE NOTE: If you have been admitted to study at an NYU site abroad and are in the process of changing your name, gender, or any biographical information on your passport, we encourage you to complete that process before applying for a visa. If timing will not allow for this, we recommend that you wait to formalize these changes until your program has finished. Please contact OGS if you have any questions.
Once you have your visa, you're ready to go!
If you are an F-1 student, to keep your F-1 status while abroad, you must:
If you are a J-1 student:
Are you an international student and want to study or travel outside the US for more than 5 months? Contact us.