Eligibility for the International and Chinese Admissions Processes
In order to apply through the international admissions process, applicants must be non-Chinese citizens and possess a valid foreign passport (or be eligible to apply for one).
If you are a citizen of China (including Hong Kong, Macao or Taiwan), or hold dual citizenship with China (including Hong Kong, Macao or Taiwan) and another country, your application must be submitted through the Chinese admissions process, regardless of where you currently live or where you attended high school. Click here for more information.
Which Application Process is Right for You
If an applicant has acquired foreign citizenship at birth and one or both of the applicant’s parents hold Chinese citizenship (including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan), the applicant must satisfy both of the following requirements to be eligible for the international admissions process:
(i) have held a valid foreign passport or certificate of nationality for at least four years upon application to NYU Shanghai; and (ii) during the most recent four years (up to April 30 of the year of enrollment at NYU Shanghai) have lived outside of Mainland China/Hong Kong/Macao/Taiwan for at least two years (subject to the entry and exit record, if a student has stayed outside of Mainland China/Hong Kong/Macao/Taiwan for nine months or longer period during one year, it is equivalent to one year).
If an applicant was a resident of Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao or Taiwan and has acquired foreign citizenship through an immigration process, the applicant must satisfy both of the following requirements to be eligible for the international admissions process:
(i) have held a valid foreign passport or certificate of nationality for at least four years upon application to NYU Shanghai and can provide documentation of cancellation/rescission of his/her Chinese citizenship; and (ii) during the most recent four years (up to April 30 of the year of enrollment at NYU Shanghai) have lived outside of Mainland China/Hong Kong/Macao/Taiwan for at least two years (subject to the entry and exit record, if a student has stayed outside of Mainland China/Hong Kong/Macao/Taiwan for nine months or longer period during one year, it is equivalent to one year).
Applicants who do not meet the requirements for the international admissions process must apply using the Chinese admissions process.
If you are uncertain about your nationality, contact the Chinese National Immigration Administration to verify relevant information. For all other questions regarding eligibility, please contact email@example.com.
Applying to Multiple NYU Campuses (Chinese National Students Only)
If you are a Chinese citizen (including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan) applying to NYU Shanghai through the Chinese admissions process, you may also request to be considered for the New York and/or Abu Dhabi campuses within the same application cycle.
Please note the following:
- Chinese applicants to NYU Shanghai must follow the Chinese application process. Chinese applicants interested only in NYU New York and/or Abu Dhabi should complete the Common Application as detailed here.
- You may be asked to provide different or supplemental information to support your application to the various NYU campuses. Please carefully read all of the emails you receive from the application review teams and follow their specific instructions. Applications that fail to meet the specific requirements for any particular NYU program/school will no longer be considered for admission to that program/school.
- Applications to multiple NYU campuses will only be considered for Regular Decision.
- Applicants will receive one admission decision from NYU for all campuses and will be notified by April 1.
Instructions for Applying to Multiple NYU Campuses
Applicants must register their interest in being considered for multiple campuses by completing this form. A Supplemental Application Form will be provided upon receipt of the interest form and your completed Chinese application package.
Step 2: Complete the Supplemental Application Form by January 5
Step 3: Gather and Submit Necessary Documents as required by the New York and/or Abu Dhabi campuses
You will need:
- Contact information for the counselor or other school representative who will complete your Common Application School Report and submit your official high school transcript.
- Contact information for one teacher (or two, maximum) who will complete the Teacher Evaluation form.
Depending on your educational background and the program you are applying to, you will need to provide the following in English (or with an English translation):
- English language testing if you have not completed at least 3 years of study where English is the sole language of instruction at the time of application submission and English is not your native language.
- Official score reports (see NYU’s standardized testing requirements).
- An audition or portfolio for specific artistic program applicants to the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and Tisch School of the Arts.
- Official records of all college work that you have received academic credit for. In some cases, you may be invited to complete a Self Reported Academic Record (SRAR) to fulfill this requirement.
- Updated academic record if mid-year grades are available. This should show your first semester senior year grades.
Instructions on how to submit high school credentials and letters of recommendation will be included in the Slate Supplemental Application Form.
Instructions on Submitting Evaluation Credentials
English Language Testing
English language testing, completed no earlier than 2 years prior to the application deadline, is required if you have not completed at least 3 years of schooling where English is the only language of instruction at the time of application submission and English is not your native language.
Which English Language Test Should I Take?
- TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test). We will accept results from the in-person version or the iBT Home Edition.
- Duolingo English Test
- IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
- PTE Academic (Pearsons Test of English Academic)
- C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency (Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency)
- iTEP (International Test of English Proficiency). We will accept results from the in-person or online version.
Please note that we do not accept results from the IELTS Indicator, the TOEFL ITP Plus for China, or TOEFL Essentials.
How Do I Submit My Results to NYU?
For the TOEFL iBT, use NYU's code 2562.
For the IELTS Academic, search for "New York University" and release results to Undergraduate Admissions as opposed to one of our schools or colleges. Similarly, for the PTE Academic, C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency, select "New York University" as opposed to one of our specific NYU schools or colleges. Searching for "NYU" will not return any results; you must search using our official name.
For the Duolingo English Test, please follow the instructions outlined in Duolingo's "How do I send my Duolingo English Test results to institutions?" documentation to send your score to NYU for free.
After you receive your login information, you will have access to report your courses and grades. You will need access to your transcript from your school in order to complete this requirement. More information can be found here.
You may also submit your official transcript to NYU by requesting your school email the document firstname.lastname@example.org. The email must come from an official and verifiable email address. The transcript can also be mailed to us at:
New York University
383 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10003
Your recommendation letters from one teacher and one school official can be emailed to us at email@example.com or mailed to the address above.