International Students

A very warm welcome to our international students!

You’ve shown ambition and courage by coming to a new country to pursue your dreams, and we are very glad you came.  We know that along with the many opportunities at NYU and in New York City come many challenges. We can answer your questions about visa regulations, English language proficiency and support, career development, opportunities for meeting other students, and more. Our goal is to make your time at NYU fulfilling and pleasurable.

Here are just some of the resources available to you.

Office of Global Services

If you have questions about your visa status, work permission, applying for a social security number or any other immigration-related question, the Office of Global Services (OGS) can help. OGS holds walk-in advising hours, so drop by if you need any help or simply have a question.

American Language Institute (ALI)

The American Language Institute (ALI) at New York University offers part-time and full-time study in English-language instruction.  As a new international student, you may be asked to take an English language proficiency exam at ALI.  This is an online test that is administered before your program begins.  Learn more.

Writing Center

If you are looking for assistance in writing, the NYU Writing Center can help you.  Bring in a draft version of an assignment and sit down one-on-one with one of their writing tutors.  You may schedule an appointment online at (Washington Square campus) or (Brooklyn campus).

Tisch Office of Career Development

If you have questions related to finding a job or internship, interviewing strategies, resume development or any concerns related to your career development, the Tisch Office of Career Development team can help you.  Come in during walk-in hours or schedule an appointment for one-on-one support.

Becoming Comfortable in New York

The Tisch International Student Arts and Cultural Activities Group (ISACAG) is led by Dan Sandford, co-international student advisor, and presents a welter of activities, mostly in late summer and early fall, where the cultural aspects of New York City's five boroughs are explored and discussed in a group setting.  Some of these activities have included:

  • Gospel Choir Church Service in Brooklyn with lunch at Junior's Restaurant.
  • Visit to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) followed by a picnic and discussion in Central Park
  • Ride on the Staten Island Ferry, followed by a Staten Island Yankees minor league baseball game
  • Walk on the High Line, followed by a visit to select Chelsea galleries with lunch at a local Chelsea eatery
  • Tour of Little Mexico in Jackson Heights, Queens.

International Student Coffee Hour

Join us at Tisch Student Affairs every Thursday at 3:00pm for our weekly coffee hour.  This is a great opportunity to meet other international students from other departments and Student Sffairs staff members who are excited to meet you.  Open to all students.  

Contact us

Do you have additional questions about any of the above or other concerns? Reach out to Anita R. Gupta or Jean Chen-Villalba, Tisch International Student advisors at or