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International Students: Your Next Steps

Congratulations on your acceptance! We look forward to welcoming you to the NYIT community.

Mark your calendar for the first day of classes:
Spring 2020: January 21, 2020

Your Admitted Student Portal
Check out the Admitted Student Portal to get content related to your major, campus, your next steps, how to register for classes, orientation, and much more. This is also where you will submit your tuition deposit to secure your spot in the class if you haven't already. You will be able to view a personalized list of your next steps in your Admitted Student Portal.

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Before you come to New York, you need to complete the following eight tasks and learn more about what it's like at NYIT.

Step 1: Set Up Your NYIT Account Online

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Please set up your NYIT account to access NYITConnect. Click on "create account/reset password" to set up your account.

  • Use NYITConnect to:
    • Pay your tuition bill.
    • Access your NYIT email, which will be used for all official NYIT notifications.
    • Accept your NYIT scholarship (if applicable).
    • View your class schedule and transcripts.

Step 2: Pay Your Deposit

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Undergraduate Students: Submit your $400 nonrefundable tuition deposit by the deposit deadline, or within two weeks of your acceptance if after the deposit deadline. This lets us know your are coming to NYIT.

Deposit Deadline for Fall: May 1
Deposit Deadline for Spring: December 1

Submit your deposit in your Admitted Student Portal.

Graduate Students:

  • If you are in any program except for the programs noted below, confirm your enrollment and submit your $500 nonrefundable tuition deposit within four weeks of receiving your acceptance package. Submit your deposit in your Admitted Student Portal.
  • If you are in the following programs, you may submit your deposit in the my.NYIT Portal using the information below.
    • Students admitted to the Physical Therapy program are required to submit a $1,500 nonrefundable deposit by January 15.
    • Students admitted to the Occupational Therapy program are required to submit a $1,500 nonrefundable tuition deposit within two weeks of the date on the acceptance letter.
    • Students admitted to the Physician Assistant Studies program are required to submit a $1,000 nonrefundable tuition deposit within two weeks of the date on the acceptance letter. A second deposit of $500 is required by July 1.
    • Students admitted to the Medical/Healthcare Simulation program are required to submit a $500 nonrefundable tuition deposit within two weeks of acceptance.
    • Students admitted to the Executive M.B.A. program are required to follow the steps to deposit outlined in their acceptance letter.

Submit your deposit.
Get instructions on how to submit your tuition deposit.

Step 3: Apply for Your Student Visa

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If you have not yet received your I–20:

  • Submit your financial documents, Affidavit of Support, and IELTS, TOEFL, or PTE score if you have not already. You may use this form to upload documents.
  • If you are currently studying at another United States institution, you must submit copies of I-20 forms previously issued and a SEVIS I-20 Transfer Form completed by the international student advisor at the school you now attend.
  • If you are in the United States on a non-student visa, you must submit proof of the visa that you hold (A-1/A-2, B-1/B-2, M, etc.) and a visa waiver form if you are changing to an F-1 (student) visa. The Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services requires that anyone who enters the United States on a B-1/B-2 (visitor) visa may not enroll or begin a course of study as a full-time student without first receiving a change of status to an F-1 visa or exiting the United States and applying for the F-1 visa from a home country. To obtain an I-20 form, contact the Office of Admissions.
  • We will begin issuing I–20s in March for the fall semester and in August for the spring semester. Please check your Admitted Student Portal to find out the tracking information for your I–20. You will receive an official acceptance and scholarship letter with your I–20.

If you have received your I–20:

  • Learn more about the visa application process and make an appointment with the nearest United States consulate to apply for your student visa.
  • If you have not yet been approved for your F–1 visa and have scheduled your interview, please review Visa Application Tips. Be sure to bring copies of all documentation to your visa appointment: passport, I–20, visa application, application fee payment receipt, photo, transcripts/diplomas, standardized test scores, and other other required items.

If you are an international student who is transferring to NYIT from another school in the United States, you will need to attend a SEVIS check–in session to pick up an I–20 form, since it is not mailed within the United States.

If you are an international student who wants to transfer out to a new university, you need to meet with the Office of International Education to complete the transfer out process. An administrative fee of $2,500 will be charged to any new student who transfers prior to their initial registration or prior to the completion of their first semester at NYIT. This is not a fee to transfer the SEVIS record. Your SEVIS record will be transferred without payment. Please know that withholding payment will cause your account to be turned over to a collection agency. Payment can be made by credit card, check, or money order to the Office of Bursar.

Step 4: Decide Where You Want to Live

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Decide if you would like to live in one of NYIT's full-service residence halls, located a short bus or subway ride away from campus. To live in an NYIT residence hall, please complete a Residential Hall Application, submit a nonrefundable $345 housing deposit, and select your meal plan.

Housing Application for new students only. Please use the same email you used to submit your admissions application to log in. Then, click to start a new housing application.

Explore Long Island housing options

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Step 5: Sign Up for International Student Orientation

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You must register for and attend International Student Orientation and SEVIS One-Stop Shop. This is where we will welcome you and get your visa information, including the SEVIS number on your I–20 form. You will learn about campus life at our new student orientation sessions. We will discuss topics, including maintaining legal immigration status while in the United States, on and off campus employment, health care and insurance, cultural adjustment, and safety.

Find dates and register for orientation for fall students.

Step 6: Send Us Proof of Immunizations

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New York State Public Health Laws §2165 and §2167 requires all students enrolled for at least six (6) semester hours or equivalent per semester, or at least four (4) semester hours per quarter to provide written proof of immunization against Measles, Mumps, and Rubella, and a Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccination Response. All F1 and J1 visa students arriving within the last five years from the countries listed on the Student Tuberculosis Testing Form must submit proof of Tuberculosis (TB) testing. This testing must be done within the last six months before classes start.

NYIT requires all students to show proof of immunizations before beginning classes. Submit proof of immunizations online.

For more information, please contact Adelaide Marciano at amarcian@nyit.edu or 516.686.7976 (Long Island campus) or Yahaira Ruiz at yruiz@nyit.edu or 212.261.1770 (New York City campus).

Step 7: Send Us Your Final, Official Documents

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After your first semester, you can only enroll in NYIT classes once you have submitted final, official test scores, official transcripts for high school and/or college level coursework, and proof of graduation or degree. NYIT prefers to receive transcripts electronically. Submit your official transcripts through one of several electronic transcripts networks that NYIT participates: National Student Clearinghouse, Parchment Exchange, and eSCRIP-SAFE. If your prior institution is unable to send materials electronically please mail to: Office of Admissions, P.O. Box 8000, Old Westbury, NY 11568 USA.

Step 8: Plan Your Trip to New York

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As an international student with an I–20, you can only enter the United States 30 days or less before the first day of classes.

Make sure you arrive in time to attend SEVIS check–in and Orientation. There, you will meet with your designated international student advisor in the Office of International Education and present him/her with your I–20, your visa, and I–94 card.

If you are an international student who is transferring to NYIT from another school in the United States, you will need to attend a SEVIS check–in session to pick up an I–20 form, since it is not mailed within the United States.

If you are an international student who wants to transfer out to a new university, you need to meet with the Office of International Education to complete the transfer out process. An administrative fee of $2,500 will be charged to any new student who transfers prior to their initial registration or prior to the completion of their first semester at NYIT. This is not a fee to transfer the SEVIS record. Your SEVIS record will be transferred without payment. Please know that withholding payment will cause your account to be turned over to a collection agency. Payment can be made by credit card, bank check, or money order to the Office of Bursar.

Arriving in New York

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Plan to arrive in New York before the semester starts so you can get to know your way around and feel at home before classes begin.

Traveling to NYIT
The fastest (though more expensive way) to get to NYIT's New York City or Long Island campus from New York area airports is by taxi. Follow the signs for taxis at the airport and make sure you take a licensed yellow taxi. Less expensive public transit options, including train or subway, are also available.

In Case of An Emergency
If you are detained at a United States point of entry during regular business hours (9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday–Friday), call NYIT's Office of International Education at 1.212.261.1514 (New York City) or 1.516.686.7585 (Long Island).

If you are in an emergency situation and NYIT's Office of International Education is not available, call NYIT Security at 1.646.273.7789 (New York City) or 1.516.686.7789 (Long Island) and explain your situation.

Living in New York

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We want to help you feel comfortable living and studying in New York. It takes time to adjust to life in a new culture, even if you have visited the United States before.

NYIT–New York City is located in the heart of Manhattan. The campus includes five building and is within walking distance of Lincoln Center and Central Park, easily accessible via subway and bus, and close to the city's best concert halls, theaters, museums, libraries, and restaurants.

NYIT–Long Island is located in a quiet setting on Long Island about 53 kilometers outside of New York City. Classroom building are connected by wooded and tree–lined walkways. NYIT offers Division I and II athletic teams at this campus, including baseball, basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball.

Although you chose a primary campus when you applied—Long Island or New York City—you can take classes and participate in activities at both campuses while you are at NYIT. If you want to change your primary campus, email the Office of Admissions at admissions@nyit.edu.

Learn more about our international student support services

Studying at NYIT

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NYIT offers lectures, labs, fieldwork, and studio courses.

Registering for Classes
You can register after you submit your final, official documents and complete SEVIS check–in, immunization clearance, and academic advising.

If your English proficiency scores are below NYIT requirements, you will need to meet with an English Language Institute (ELI) advisor when you come to campus. ELI will contact you to set up an advisement meeting.

Undergraduate Students
Students in specific majors are required to take a math placement exam. Students with English scores below the required minimum for full admission or who have studied high school in the United States for fewer than four years are required to take an English placement exam.

Find out about placement exams and advisement or check your Admitted Student Portal to learn more. You will receive an email notification confirming if you need to take placement exams. When you register for placement exams, make sure to pick a date when you will be on campus.

Graduate Students
Meet with a graduate advisor in your program when you arrive on campus. You will be advised on the courses you need for your first semester, and then you can register for them.

Paying Tuition
After you register for classes, you will need to pay your tuition bill and accept your scholarship, if applicable. If you wish to have a payment plan, enroll online through NYITConnect.

Learn more information about tuition and fees and how to make payments.

NOTE: All first-year and transfer students for fall 2019 are required to login and complete Part 1 and Part 2 of AlcoholEdu and Part 1 and Part 2 of Sexual Assault Prevention online education programs. Learn more.