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International Students

  • The New School's international reputation for academic excellence and its location in New York City's Greenwich Village make our university appealing to students from around the globe. According to U.S. News and World Report, The New School has a higher percentage of international undergraduates than any other college in the United States. Many international students attend our renowned graduate programs as well.

    If you are an international applicant (not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident), you will receive information about obtaining a student visa after you are admitted to a program of study (see below). In addition, the following special requirements may apply to you.

    International Transcripts

    All applicants submitting a transcript from a secondary school, college, or university outside the United States must provide an original official transcript along with a certified English language translation of any transcript not written in English. Applicants who wish to transfer academic credits earned at institutions outside the United States must also have their transcripts evaluated by World Education Services (WES), our preferred provider, or another member of the National Association of Credit Evaluation Services (NACES). A course-by-course evaluation report must be prepared for each transcript. Note also that an admission committee may require a transcript evaluation even if an applicant is not petitioning to transfer credits. If you request your evaluation on the WES website, search for "New School Bachelors" or "New School Graduate."

    Proof of English Language Proficiency

    Applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States must demonstrate their ability to understand and communicate in English by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) examination, or the Pearson Test of English (PTE).

    The TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE must have been taken during the past two years. The TOEFL score report must be submitted directly to The New School by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) using the institution code listed below.

    Graduate Program Applicants

    TOEFL score code: The institution code for graduate applicants is 2554.
    Minimum TOEFL score: 100 on the internet-based test
    Minimum IELTS score: 7.0
    Minimum PTE score: 68

    Undergraduate Program Applicants

    TOEFL score code: The institution code for undergraduate applicants is 2572.
    Minimum TOEFL score: 88 on the internet-based test
    Minimum IELTS score: 6.5
    Minimum PTE score: 59


    The TOEFL/IELTS/PTE requirement may be waived for applicants who have earned a 4-year degree from a U.S. College or University, or for citizens of the following countries whose native language is also English: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, or Common Wealth Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago).

    Student Visas

    International students accepted to The New School who need the I-20 or DS-2019 form to obtain a visa will receive a link to the online International Student Application Packet in their acceptance letters. The packet is also accessible through the Accepted Student tab in This Web page includes information about applying for the I-20 or DS-2019, guidelines for providing financial documents, instructions and procedures for F-1 transfer students, and other important forms and information. For more information, visit the International Student Services website. For questions regarding the visa application process, contact International Student Services at

    Financial Aid and Scholarships

    International students who have been admitted to the undergraduate degree program can submit the New School's International Student Scholarship Application.

    International students who have been admitted to a graduate degree program will be considered for merit-based scholarships as part of the application review process. For more information, visit the Student Financial Services website.