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  • Welcome to The New School. Whether as a student, scholar, or exchange visitor, you are joining a diverse and thriving academic and artistic community in one of the world's great cities. Our International Student and Scholar Services staff is dedicated to supporting your endeavors and ensuring your success at The New School. We look forward to meeting you. We provide both immigration advice and cultural support in a welcoming and friendly environment. We want The New School to be your home away from home. We are here to help you meet the challenge of stepping outside the boundaries of the world you know as you interact with other students and members of the university community.

  • Our Mission

    International Student and Scholar Services fosters international education exchange and works to enhance the intellectual, artistic, cultural, and social development of international students, scholars, exchange visitors, faculty, and administrative staff as part of the wider mission of Student Success and the university.

    We achieve this by

    • Providing expertise and support throughout the U.S. visa application process and offering advisement on the maintenance of legal immigration status, employment, reinstatement, changes of status, program changes, and other immigration-related matters.
    • Advising incoming students and scholars regarding higher education practices in the U.S. and other cultural adjustment issues
    • Supporting U.S. students seeking to study abroad through Fulbright programs
    • Providing excellent international student programs at The New School and with other institutions in New York City and in other countries

    Diversity Statement

    International Student and Scholar Services shares the university's equal opportunity, affirmative action anti-discrimination policies, including Safe Zone and the University Social Justice Committee's mission to oppose discrimination, foster inclusiveness, and respect differences within the international community at The New School and among all students, staff, faculty, and the wider New York City community. ISSS offer its services without discrimination and actively works to include differing perspectives from all regions of the world in its programs to promote intercultural understanding.

    The New School's International Demographics

    The New School currently hosts more than 3,000 international students, researchers, and scholars from 116 countries. According to the Institute of International Education, The New School ranks as one of the top five New York City metropolitan area universities with international student enrollment. The top countries of origin represented on campus are South Korea, Canada, China, India, Taiwan, Mexico, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, and Turkey. Parsons School of Design is host to the largest number of international students and scholars — more than 1,500 students. At Mannes School of Music, nearly 43 percent of students enrolled are international.

    Orientation, Workshops, and Seminars

    Make-Up Mandatory Spring Orientation

    All F-1 international students must attend an orientation. If you arrived late or missed the orientation, you must attend one of these make-up sessions.

    Tuesday, January 30, 2018
    3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
    University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, room L105

    Monday, February 12, 2018
    11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, room L105

    Friday, February 23, 2018
    1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
    University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, room L105

    Wednesday, March 7, 2018
    10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
    University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, room L105

    Thursday, March 15, 2018
    4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
    University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, room L105

    Please register at bit.ly/issmakeuporientation.

    Mandatory Optional Practical Training (OPT) Workshops

    Eligible F-1 international students may apply for OPT, which allows them to work in the United States for up to one year. In order to apply, students must attend one of the mandatory workshops listed below:

    Friday, February 9, 2018
    3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
    University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, room L105

    Wednesday, February 14, 2018
    10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
    55 West 13th Street, room 205 (Hirshon Suite)

    Tuesday, February 27, 2018
    3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
    University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, room L105

    Monday, March 5, 2018
    10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    55 West 13th Street, room 205 (Hirshon Suite)

    Employment Workshops in Spring 2018

    Preparing to intern or work in the United States? Are you an F-1 international student? This workshop is for you! Learn more about your eligibility to work, the process for applying for authorization, available employment opportunities, U.S. workplace culture, and your responsibilities as an international student working in the United States. Please note that this workshop is not the same as the OPT workshop.

    Thursday, February 8, 2018
    3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
    55 West 13th Street, room 205 (Hirshon Suite)

    Wednesday, February 28, 2018
    11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
    55 West 13th Street, room 205 (Hirshon Suite)

    Friday, March 9, 2018
    1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
    55 West 13th Street, room 205 (Hirshon Suite)

    Monday, March 26, 2018
    2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
    55 West 13th Street, room 205 (Hirshon Suite)

    Tuesday, April 10, 2018
    10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
    55 West 13th Street, room 205 (Hirshon Suite)

    Space is limited. Register at bit.ly/ISSSemploymentworkshop.

    Basic Tax Info Sessions — Spring 2018

    All international students and scholars, regardless of their employment status, are required to submit tax forms to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by April 17, 2018. These info sessions will offer basic information on how to submit your tax forms and how to use Sprintax, tax preparation software designed specifically for international students. All New School international students and scholars will be given access to this software at no charge. ISSS has also created detailed instructions and an FAQ to supplement these workshops. 

    Tuesday, February 13, 2018
    3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
    University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, room L105

    Tuesday, February 20, 2018
    3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
    University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, room L105

    Tuesday, April 3, 2018
    3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
    University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, room L105

    Wednesday, April 11, 2018
    3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
    University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, room L105

    Space is limited. Please register at bit.ly/isstaxes.

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