Application Process

You must be nominated by your home university in order to study at NYU Stern on exchange. Contact your school’s exchange office for information on how to apply.

Step 1: Submit the following two documents via email to

  • One copy of your official or unofficial transcript in English that includes ALL university-level coursework, including the most recent semester
  • One passport-sized digital photo of yourself (for our office use only)

Step 2: Complete the University Programs Application

  • The link will be sent to you directly via email after you are nominated by your home university. This application is required to officially matriculate you as an NYU student.

Step 3: Receive your Acceptance Letter and Visa Sponsorship Instructions (via email). 

  • Your NYU NetID and N Number (Campus ID) are found at the top of this email and will allow you to activate your NetID/NYU Home account. This letter is emailed to you automatically within a few weeks after you submit the University Programs Application in Step 2.
  • Complete all steps in Step #3 before taking action on the Visa Sponsorship Instructions! 
  • The Acceptance letter will show your 2 NYU IDs at the top of the email
    • NYU N# is the letter N with 8 numbers following it.  (i.e. N12345678)
    • NYU NetID is 2 or 3 letters (your initials) followed up 2 – 4 numbers (i.e uc123)
  • Activate Your NetID/NYU Home account - IMPORTANT
    • Visit the NYU Start page
    • Input NYU NetID and follow the prompts to create your password and activate your NYU Home account.
  • Activate Your NYU Email
    • Your NetID is the base of your NYU email address. For example, if your NetID is uc123, then your NYU email will be
    • To activate your NYU email account, go to, log in with your NetID and password.  You should be able to access and set up your NYU email from there. 
    • You will receive information about your email address at Orientation. You will be responsible for checking both your and email addresses once the semester starts.

Step 4: Apply for a DS-2019 (Certificate of Eligibility for a J-1 student visa)

Apply through NYU’s Office of Global Services by following the instructions in the Acceptance Letter & Visa Sponsorship Instructions. You will need to activate your NetID/NYU Home account before you can complete the E-FORM application


English Language Ability (for Step 4)

All courses are conducted in English and involve discussion, group work and presentations that require strong English speaking and listening skills.

  • If you are from a partner university in Australia, the United Kingdom, Singapore, or from Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, you do not need to submit any proof of English language ability.
  • If you are in a degree program taught entirely in English, you must provide a letter on official letterhead, dated, and signed by your international office. It must describe how this English language ability was determined for entrance into the home university program.
  • If you do not fit into one of the two categories above, you must provide an approved English Proficiency Test with a score that meets these minimum requirements:
    • 100 and above on the TOEFL iBT (Home Edition Accepted)
    • 125 and above on the Duolingo English Test
    • 7.5 and above on the IELTS Academic
    • 70 and above on the PTE Academic
    • 191 and above on the Cambridge English Scale
    • 4.5 and above on the iTEP

Required Funding (for Step 4)

For the 2021/2022 Academic Year, students will be required to show the following funding amounts:
Semester 1 (Fall)
Living Expenses: $10,605
Health Insurance: $1,566
Total: $12,171
Semester 2 (Spring)
Living Expenses:  $10,605
Health Insurance: $2,487
Total: $13,092
Full Academic Year
Living Expenses: $23,862
Health Insurance:  $4,053
Total: $27,915

Important Dates

Fall Semester (September 2 - December 22, 2021)

  • March 1st (Exchange Application)
  • Mid-April (Course Registration and Visa Application)
  • Mid-May (Housing Application)
  • August TBD (Mandatory Orientation Program) 
  • ​​​​​August 29 (Expected Arrival Date)
Note: Visa documents (to obtain student visa) will be returned to you by late May

Spring Semester (January 24 - May 17, 2022)

  • September 1st (Exchange Application)
  • Early November (Course Registration, Visa Application, and Housing Application)
  • January TBD (Mandatory Orientation Program)
  • January 23 (Expected Arrival Date)
Note: Visa documents (to obtain a student visa) will be returned to you in November