Graduate Application Guide

Special Instructions for All International Applicants

NYU Steinhardt welcomes applications from international students for admission to our graduate programs. We enroll students from 67 different countries, and nearly 1,000 of our students come from countries outside of the US. Learn more about our international student community and find out about resources and events

Here are a few things to keep in mind if you're an international applicant. 

Transcripts and Degree Information | Proficiency in English | Financial Aid | Visa Information

Apply On Time

Because additional mailing time and processing are required for international credentials, you should have all application materials in our office by the appropriate application deadline.

Transcripts and Degree Information

You must have the equivalent of a US bachelor's degree to be considered for admission. Candidates holding an artist diploma may be considered for the music performance, music theory, or composition programs.

As part of your application, you are required to submit one transcript in the original language and one notarized English translation for each post-secondary school attended.

In determining what items to submit, please understand that the Admissions Committee must be able to review four elements related to your prior studies: (1) the courses taken as part of your studies; (2) the grades received for those courses; (3) the actual degree or title conferred; and (4) the date the degree was conferred or awarded.

Due to accrediting and internship requirements, applicants to the MS in Nutrition and Dietetics (HOND) who have non-US credentials must present a course-by-course evaluation of their international credentials along with their completed application. To do this, NYU Steinhardt recommends using World Education Services (WES)

Proficiency in English

Your ability to speak, write, and read effectively in English is crucial to your success at NYU Steinhardt. We expect all students to be proficient in English at the time of admission to NYU Steinhardt. We verify your English proficiency in two stages.

Stage 1: The Graduate Application Process - Academic and English Language Screening 

Steinhardt requires official test scores from:

    • Applicants whose native language is not English and who did not receive the equivalent of a four-year US undergraduate education from an institution where English is the sole and official language of instruction.
    • Applicants holding or completing a graduate degree from an English-speaking institution are still required to submit official exam scores if their graduate education was fewer than four years in duration.
    • The Admissions Committee reserves the right to require any candidate, regardless of country of citizenship or prior college experience, to submit results from an English language exam prior to rendering a decision if it believes the applicant’s proficiency in English may not meet admissions standards.

Official Tests and Minimum Scores

NYU Steinhardt requires official scores from one of the following English language exams to be received in the Office of Graduate Admissions by the application deadline.

  • Test of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TOEFL): Successful candidates typically score a 100 or higher on the Internet-based exam or 600 or higher on the paper-based exam.

  • The International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Successful candidates typically achieve a band score of 7 or higher.

  • Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic): Successful candidates typically score a 68 to 70 or higher.

Official scores are valid for two years from the date they are taken. If you submit scores from more than one of the exams, all of your scores will be available to the Admissions Committee, although committees typically consider your highest score.

The English proficiency exam requirement cannot be waived. If your scores have expired before you apply, you must retake the exam.

Submission of English Proficiency Tests Results

TOEFL: Send official scores from ETS to NYU Steinhardt using institution code 2556. A department code is not required. Please ensure 2556 is listed as your "Designated Score Recipient". 

IELTS & PTE (Academic): Send official scores to NYU Steinhardt by selecting New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development as a score recipient.

  1. An official score report must be sent to Graduate Admissions from the testing agency

  2. A copy of your score report must be uploaded into the online application. Since this is an unofficial report for informational purposes only, web printouts or screenshots can be uploaded, as long as we can read the scores, exam date(s), and your name.
Stage 2: Pre-Admission Review using NYU English Language Proficiency Assessment

Graduate Admissions will notify you if you progress through the application review process to Stage 2.

The Admissions Committee will undertake a preliminary, holistic review of your application and the English proficiency test scores you submitted with your application.

Based on that preliminary review, the Office of Graduate Admissions may ask you to take NYU’s English Language Proficiency Assessment. This assessment is a diagnostic tool that supplements the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic score and helps us determine if you are ready to participate in graduate study at NYU Steinhardt. It is a two-part exam and consists of an online test and an interview.

Typically, you will be required to complete Stage 2 testing if you score below 110 on TOEFL, below 8 on IELTS, or below 76 on PTE Academic.

The NYU Steinhardt Admissions Committee will receive the results of your exam after you complete both parts. Applicants who do not meet NYU Steinhardt’s English language proficiency standards will not be admitted for graduate study.

NYU’s English Language Proficiency Assessment is administered by the American Language Institute at NYU. More information on the test is available here. The fee for the test is $150.

Financial Aid

NYU Steinhardt encourages international applicants to investigate scholarship support offered by their home country to support their studies at NYU.

Master's and advanced certificate applicants who are not US citizens or permanent residents are not eligible for federal financial aid and typically do not receive consideration for school-based financial aid.

Full-time doctoral applicants, regardless of country of citizenship, will receive consideration for scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships.

Visa Information

Once you are admitted, you will apply for an I-20 to receive an F1 student visa with your acceptance package. Financial documentation is necessary when applying for a visa. Financial documents should NOT be submitted with your application for admission.

All international applicants wishing to obtain an F1 student visa should list "New York University" as the "expected visa sponsor" on your graduate admissions application. When completing your application, please be sure to use your full, legal name as it appears on your passport. The use of any other names, such as nicknames, will cause serious delays in applying for your US visa. All international applicants must have an international address as their permanent address. The US government mandates that you include a permanent, international address to receive your visa.

Please be prepared to pay additional fees for processing your I-20 from NYU and your student visa from the U.S. government. Heightened security measures may result in delays in processing your I-20 and your student visa requests. Please apply for these credentials as soon as possible, using overnight and express mail wherever possible.

More information on what you should do after being admitted to NYU is available on the Office of Global Services Pre-Arrival website.