Am I eligible to be a visiting student?

If you belong to any of the following categories of students you are eligible to apply as a visiting student:

  • High school graduates who have earned a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Current undergraduates at a college/university who would like to study away for a semester
  • Post-graduate students who already hold a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university and wish to take undergraduate courses
  • Returning visiting students may re-apply for up to three consecutive semesters.

If any of the following apply to you, you should not apply as a visiting student:

Please note: Visiting students may only apply to one NYU program at a time.

How do I apply to be a visiting student?

Step 1: Complete the application
Once available for your term of interest, fill out and submit the online application. Note that this is a two part process, as submission of the initial form will create login instructions to continue. Provide a valid e-mail address on the form, as all communication regarding your application will be sent via e-mail. Please note that there is a $25 non-refundable application fee.

Step 2: Submit your transcript

Update for January/Spring 2022 applicants: We anticipate, and have experienced, disruptions in students being able to send us transcripts now that most schools are working remotely or closed. Beginning immediately, NYU will be accepting unofficial or official transcripts from applicants to complete their application.

Transcripts can be uploaded directly to the application on the Academic History page, uploaded after submission through the applicant portal, or emailed to admissions.docs@nyu.edu.

Please note that you must include an official English translation if any of the documents you are submitting are not in English.

Step 3: Submit Proof of English Language Proficiency [International Students Only]
If you have not completed at least 3 years of study where English is the sole language of instruction and English is not your native language you will be required to submit proof of English language proficiency. Please review NYU's English language testing options and exemption requirements.

When do I apply?

The application for each term becomes available according to the table below. We require all domestic students apply by the listed deadline to ensure adequate time to enroll in courses and prepare for your arrival to NYU. International students must submit by the international student deadline in order to ensure ample time for visa processing.

or Term
Fall 2021 May 1

May 15 (if taking in person classes)


Aug 20 (if taking only online classes)

Aug 20
January 2022 Oct 1

Oct 22 (if taking in person classes)


Dec 13 (if taking only online classes)

Dec 13
Spring 2022 Oct 15

Nov 19 (if taking in person classes)


Jan 10 (if taking only online classes)

Jan 10
Summer 2022 Feb 1


March 18

May 9
(Session I);
June 22
(Session II)

How are admission decisions made?

Visiting student admission decisions are based on the strength of your academic work and life experiences. Our most competitive visiting student applicants have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher, but each year, candidates may be admitted with more modest academic records if they have compelling circumstances to share in the "Additional Information" section of our application.

Please be aware that visiting student admission is for one term only and is not guaranteed for consecutive terms.

Students Affected by Natural Disasters, Political, and/or Governmental Decisions

We recognize that there are a myriad of circumstances that can affect a student’s ability to successfully complete the application process. For students and families affected by natural disasters, circumstances imposed by national governments, or any extreme extenuating circumstances, we want to be as accommodating as possible to avoid additional stress. We encourage any student in these situations to reach out to our office (university.programs@nyu.edu) to inform us of the situation so that we can provide you with a recommended course of action. Depending on your situation, you may also follow these recommendations if you intend on applying to NYU.