What special admissions requirements are there for international students?You must have the equivalent of an American bachelor's degree to be considered. (For example, the 4-year bachelor's degree from Japan, the Republic of Korea and Taiwan are generally considered equivalent. The master's degree from India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka is generally considered equivalent to an American bachelor's degree, etc.) Two (2) transcripts in both the original language as well as two (2) English translations are required to be submitted with your application.
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is mandatory for all applicants whose native language is not English and who did not receive a bachelor's degree at an English-speaking college or university. The TOEFL test cannot be waived, and the official scores must be in our office by February 1 for the fall semester and by November 1 for the spring semester. Regardless of the TOEFL score, all accepted applicants whose native language is not English will be required to take a placement examination, for an additional fee, at New York University's American Language Institute (ALI) upon arrival. Depending on your performance on this examination, you may be required to take non-credit remedial English course work before or while you are taking regular academic course work. Such remedial course work may lengthen the time and expense of graduate study and should therefore be taken into account by students and their funding sources. Also, please note that the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development does not offer financial assistance to international students.