International Students: Your Next Steps

Congratulations on your acceptance. Once you have submitted your financial documents, you will receive an official acceptance and scholarship letter with your I-20.

Mark your calendar for the first day of classes:

Fall 2018: September 5, 2018

For everything you need to know, including detailed information regarding your arrival at NYIT, please review Getting Started: Your Quick Guide to Coming to New York Institute of Technology. For more detailed information, view our complete arrival guide, available in English, Arabic, Hindi, and Mandarin.

See NYIT Response to U.S. Travel Ban

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 online by the deadline listed below, 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 2018: May 1, 2018

Graduate Students: Confirm your enrollment and submit your $500 nonrefundable tuition deposit within four weeks of receiving your acceptance package.

We will contact you via email when you can deposit for the fall semester, unless you are in one of these programs.

  • Students admitted to the Executive M.B.A. program are required to follow the steps to deposit outlined in their acceptance letter.
  • 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 $1,000 nonrefundable tuition deposit within two weeks of acceptance and then an additional $500 nonrefundable deposit by March 1.
  • Students admitted to the Physician Assistant Studies program are required to submit a $1,500 nonrefundable tuition deposit within two weeks of acceptance.

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.
  • We will begin issuing I–20s in March for the fall 2018 semester. Please check your NYIT account 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.

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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.

We'll let you know when it's time to register for Orientation and SEVIS One-Stop Shop.

Step 6: Send Us Proof of Immunizations

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NYIT requires all students to show proof of immunizations before beginning classes. Please complete the Student Immunization Form, which shows that you have received vaccines for specific diseases prior to registering for classes. If you are under 18, you MUST have a parent sign the form or you will be unable to register for classes. Send it to NYIT's Office of Wellness Services, P.O. Box 8000, Old Westbury, NY 11568 USA. The forms are also included in your acceptance package.

For more information, please email the Office of Wellness Services at: ows@nyit.edu or call 516.686.3705.

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, 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 Manhattan or Old Westbury 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 (Manhattan) or 1.516.686.7585 (Old Westbury).

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 (Manhattan) or 1.516.686.7789 (Old Westbury) 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–Manhattan is located in the heart of New York City, one of the world's most international cities. The campus included 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–Old Westbury 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—Old Westbury or Manhattan—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 three years are required to take an English placement exam.

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. You will be notified when it is time to register.

  • Fall 2018 Students: Registration will open in June for the fall semester. We'll let you know when it's time to register.

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. You will be notified when it is time to make an appointment.

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 are required to login and complete Part I of AlcoholEdu/Haven, our online alcohol education and sexual assault prevention programs. You will be notified about this program.