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  • The New School is a vibrant global community that welcomes students from around the world. In fact, we have 116 countries represented in our student body. Our international student population includes students who have never been to the United States, those who currently live in the United States, and U.S. citizens who haven't called the United States home in a while. We hope you choose to apply to The New School, home to a diverse academic and artistic community in one of the world's greatest cities.

    How to Connect

    Our admission counselors and student tour guides are available to meet with you and answer your questions about the international student experience at The New School.

    See the Plan Your Visit page to:

    • Take a virtual tour, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in seven languages
    • Attend a live online information session or event, including regular student-led panels
    • Read through our many publications

    If you are interested in our Paris campus, check out Parsons Paris student-led virtual tours, online information sessions, and events.

    Our admission team participates in both in-person and virtual high school visits, college fairs, and virtual graduate school fairs around the world. If you would like to request either an in-person or a virtual visit to your high school or college, please ask your college or university counselor to email [email protected].

    How to Apply

    International applicants follow the same application process as our domestic applicants. Application instructions may vary for applicants whose native language is not English or whose transcripts are not in English. Visit the following pages to learn more:

    Students who wish to come to The New School to improve their English are invited to enroll in one of our many English as a Second Language Certificate Programs.

    Preparing for Arrival

    All new students whose native language is not English will need to take an English Language Placement Test before registering for classes. The New School uses the Duolingo English Test as our English Placement Test for students who will be enrolling in Parsons School of Design. Parsons students who submit results of the Duolingo English Test with their application for admission will not need to take the Placement Test. Results of the Duolingo English Test will determine if a student is required to take English as a Second Language (ESL) coursework alongside their degree coursework or if they will need to enroll in one of our many ESL Certificate programs offered through the Center for English Language Studies before beginning their degree program. 

    The International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office guides students and scholars through the process of obtaining an I-20 or DS-2019 in order to apply for their visas. ISSS also advises on issues such as immigration status, employment authorization, and other student and scholar visa-related matters.

    Additionally, ISSS offers international students cultural support to help make The New School feel like home. Starting with New Student Orientation, we support international students throughout their time at The New School, providing assistance and expert advice during their academic career and beyond. We invite you to follow ISSS on Instagram to learn more about programming offered.

    Financing a New School Education

    All admitted students are automatically considered for partial tuition scholarships based on a holistic review of their application, which includes the review of auditions and portfolios when required. These scholarships are merit-based and do not take financial need into consideration.

    The New School offers need-based financial aid to U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens. Most international students are not eligible for need-based financial aid.

    Please review the cost of attendance when determining if The New School is a good fit for you. Be sure to review tuition and all applicable fees, including housing and meal plan costs.

    Note: All international students must show enough funds for the the first year of study in order to apply for either the I-20 or DS-2019. To learn more, consult our International Student and Scholar Services office.

    Campus Life

    New School students are members of a vibrant campus community that extends beyond the classroom. We invite you to learn more about campus life, including on-campus housing, student activities, and health and wellness.

  • Contact Us

    Office of Admission
    72 Fifth Avenue
    New York, NY 10011
    [email protected]

    212.229.5150 or 800.292.3040

  • Take The Next Step

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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.