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  • Coming to The New School
  • Congratulations on your acceptance to The New School!

    The International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office is excited to have you join our community. We hope to provide you with accurate immigration advisement and help you make a smooth transition to university life in the United States.

    Important Notice to All Travelers to the United States

    Travelers entering the United States on or after January 26 are now required to have a negative COVID test.

    New Student Updates

    The New School has announced that while nearly all classes will be taught online in the spring semester, we will deliver limited in-person curricular offerings on our campus in New York City this spring semester. Please read the following information for important details.

    What is a “new/initial student”?

    For ISSS purposes, “new/initial students” are international students who have an initial I-20 or DS-2019 with a January 2021 start date. This includes students admitted for fall 2020 who did not enter the United States, newly admitted students, transfer students, and students returning from a leave of absence. 

    Mandatory 2021 Spring Plan Form

    All new students must submit a 2021 Spring Plan form in iGlobal as soon as possible. This will allow ISSS to inform you of the immigration implications of your decision in detail and will also allow us to update your immigration record as necessary to fit with your individual academic plan.

    New/Initial Student Study Options for Spring 2021

    1. Study in the United States
      • Must enroll full-time, with at least one in-person/hybrid course 
      • Must enter the United States between December 14 and January 13  
      • For late arrival (between January 14 and February 12), you must receive written approval from ISSS, as you will be arriving after your I-20 start date of January 13, 2021  
      • Review the New International Student Travel Checklist before arranging your travel
      • Complete the Spring 2021 Plan Form
      • Complete a check-in form in iGlobal after arrival in order to activate your F-1 immigration record
      • Attend the virtual International Student Orientation in iGlobal

    2. Study Fully Online
      • Must remain outside the United States, and your F-1 immigration record will be canceled. You may reapply for an I-20 four months before the semester you plan to return to the United States to take in-person classes
      • Complete the Spring 2021 Plan Form

    3. Other Options
      • Students who will not study in the United States or fully online may take a leave of absence, defer attendance, or withdraw from the university. Please schedule an appointment with an ISSS advisor if you would like to discuss these options. 

    I-20s and DS-2019 Applications

    The Applications Team have completed issuance of spring 2021 I-20s and DS-2019s. If you have been admitted and wish to come to The New School for in-person courses, you will need to submit an application for a future semester.  

    Travel Checklist & FAQs

    On-Campus Housing 

    The New School is offering reduced rates for the spring semester for students in need of on-campus housing. See details here and contact with questions.

    Please follow us on Instagram (@ISSSNewSchool) to connect with other students and international alumni and receive updates on events, Live Advising Sessions, and reminders about immigration regulations.

  • Contact Us and Office Hours

    International Student and Scholar Services
    72 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor
    New York, NY 10011

    Emergency Phone (After Hours Only)

    Remote Office Hours
    Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

    Office Closures
    January 18, 2021
    February 15, 2021
    May 31, 2021

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To apply to any of our undergraduate programs (except the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs) complete and submit the Common App online.

Undergraduate Adult Learners

To apply to any of our Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.


To apply to any of our Master's, Doctoral, Professional Studies Diploma, and Graduate Certificate programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.