International Students

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Parsons Summer Intensive Studies welcomes students from around the world. We value cultural diversity in our student body as well as the unique talent and perspective each student brings to the program.

Language Requirements

Students whose first language is not English must provide a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score when they register. The minimum score for admission is 79 on the Internet-based TOEFL or 6.5 on the IELTS. The TOEFL requirement may be waived at the discretion of Parsons if the prospective student provides equivalent documentation of English language proficiency.

registration deadlines and Visas

Parsons The New School for Design is authorized by law to enroll non–immigrant alien students. Registered international students receive information about applying for an I-20 (F-1) or DS-2019 (J-1)  from our office of International Student Services in their course confirmation letter. To allow sufficient time to complete the visa application process, international students must act quickly and register by the following dates:

   >March 15 for Summer Intensive Studies: New York Session I

  • April 1 for Summer Intensive Studies: New York Session II, Summer Studies in Constructed Environments, and Summer Intensive Studies: Paris*

Once you have received your I-20 or DS-2019 and additional instructions for applying for a student visa, you should apply for the appropriate visa from the U.S. embassy or consulate in your home country by the following dates:

  • April 1 for Summer Intensive Studies: New York Session I
  • April 15 for Summer Intensive Studies: New York Session II and Summer Studies in Constructed Environments

*U.S. citizens visiting France for less than three months are not required to obtain a visa. However, citizens of countries other than the United States and European Union member states are responsible for obtaining appropriate visas to study in France.


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