• 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 3,500 international students, researchers, and scholars from 118 countries (approximately 29 percent of our student population). 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 1,000 students. At Mannes School of Music, nearly 41 percent of students enrolled are international.

    The New School is made up of five colleges:

    • Schools of Public Engagement
    • The New School for Social Research
    • Parsons School of Design
    • Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts
    • College of Performing Arts
      • Mannes School of Music
      • School of Drama
      • School of Jazz

    In fall 2015, the five colleges enrolled 9,722 candidates for undergraduate degrees and 3,405 candidates for graduate degrees. To learn more about the makeup of the student body at The New School, review The New School's Fact Sheet, published by the university's office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness.

  • Post-Election FAQs

    Town Hall

    While it is important to note that there are no changes to current immigration laws, International Student and Scholar Services recognizes that members of our community may still have questions following the recent presidential election. In order to answer those questions and discuss any concerns, we will host a town hall for international students with Michael Wildes, a managing partner with the leading immigration law firm of Wildes and Weinberg PC.

    The Town Hall for International Students and Scholars will be held in the University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, room 105, lower level, this Thursday, December 15, at 3:00 p.m.

    What changes are being made to international student immigration regulations and procedures?

    There are currently no changes to F-1 and J-1 visa regulations. Any changes to these regulations must go through an extensive vetting process by all three branches of the U.S. government. Since this is a long and slow process, all current international student immigration regulations and procedures will remain in place for the foreseeable future. As usual, we carefully monitor any news of changing policies for students and will notify you should we learn of any proposed changes in a timely manner. 

    Will my visa change or could I lose my visa?

    Your current visa will not be changed or lost because of the election results. Our recommendation is that you continue to maintain your immigration status as you routinely do. As always, it is important to read any messages you receive from International Student and Scholar Services and take any required action to remain in status. 

    How do I find out the status of my visa application?

    You may find out that information from the U.S. embassy or consulate that is processing your application. 

    How do I find out the status of my I-20 application?

    ISSS follows up with every I-20 application received. Please check your New School email account regularly for messages from ISSS. 

    Can I still travel outside of the United States?

    There have been no changes in what you're able to do on your current visa. As always, please make sure that your travel signature is current and consult with ISSS before exiting the United States. ISSS manages on-the-spot travel signatures at the front desk on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Outside of those hours, you can drop off your document at ISSS for processing.

    Will I have difficulty getting back into the country following winter break?

    While we recognize that there can always be individual issues with re-entry to the United States, we do not anticipate any new difficulties for international students following this winter break. 


    I have to renew my visa. Have there been any changes to the visa renewal process?

    There have not been any changes to the visa renewal process. As always, the visa adjudication is subject to the approval of the U.S. embassy or consulate reviewing your application. 

    Are there any changes to Optional Practical Training (OPT)?

    The laws that govern Optional Practical Training (OPT) have not changed. OPT, a benefit of the F-1 visa, was created by regulation and can only be changed by legislation. Again, that is a slow process. If there is an official change regarding OPT from the government, ISSS will relay that information to you.

    Are there any changes to Curricular Practical Training (CPT)?

    No. The laws that govern Curricular Practical Training (CPT) have not changed. CPT is another benefit of the F-1 visa, and was created by regulation, which can only be changed by legislation. CPT applications are reviewed by designated school officials in ISSS.

    Am I able to participate in protests?

    Please be aware that, while there are certain legal rights for everyone in the United States, serious complications could occur because of your immigration status (F-1, J-1, H-1, etc.). Please carefully review our Immigration Rights handout before participating in any protesting activities.

    What resources are available to me?

    ISSS is here as a resource for any questions or concerns you may have about student immigration and residency status. ISSS is located at 72 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor, and can be reached by email at ISS@newschool.edu and by telephone at 212.229.5592. You can make an appointment with an advisor by calling during business hours, which are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, and 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Fridays. You can also meet with an advisor during drop-in hours, which are 2:00 to 4:30 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays.


    Another resource that you may want to consult for additional information is Study in the States, at studyinthestates.dhs.gov.