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International Students: Your Next Steps

Congratulations on your acceptance! We look forward to welcoming you to the New York Tech community.

Mark your calendar for the first day of classes:
Fall 2020: September 9, 2020
Summer 2020: May 2020 (Check with your department for program-specific start dates)
Spring 2021: January 25, 2021

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.

See Our Response to the 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 New York Tech.

Step 1: Set Up Your New York Tech Account Online

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Please set up your New York Tech account to access NYITConnect. Click on "first-time users and password reset" to set up your account.

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

Step 2: Pay Your Deposit

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Undergraduate Students:

To help families during this time, we are still accepting deposits for the fall semester even though the deadline was extended to June 15. Additionally, we have reduced the deposit amount in half from $400 to $200. Submit your $200 nonrefundable tuition deposit today.

Deposit Deadline Extended for Fall: If you are admitted after June 15, submit your deposit within two weeks of acceptance. Contact your personal admissions counselor if you have questions or concerns about your deposit.
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 health professions, medical, and other programs noted below, confirm your enrollment and submit your $500 nonrefundable tuition deposit. We are still accepting deposits for the Fall 2020 semester. Spring 2021 students need to 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 your Admitted Student 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. Your second deposit needs to be submitted in the my.NYIT portal.
    • 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.

NOTE: If your visa is denied, the deposit, if paid, will be refunded upon proof of visa denial from the Consulate.

If you haven't already, please set up your username and password in the my.NYIT Portal. You can set up your username and password by clicking on "create account/reset password." This will enable you to create your NYIT email account, which will be used for all official NYIT notifications, and access NYITConnect to complete your next steps: confirm your enrollment, view, accept, or decline your NYIT scholarship and/or financial aid, if applicable, and more.

 

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 New York Tech 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 New York Tech. 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 New York Tech's full-service residence halls, located a short bus or subway ride away from campus. To live in a 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.

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Step 5: Sign Up for International Student Orientation

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You must register for and attend orientation. We will be offering a virtual orientation program in July. We will contact you with more information this summer. 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.

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.

New York State requires all students to show proof of immunizations prior to the first day of classes and no later than the end of the first semester. Find out how to get your immunization documents and submit them online.

Step 7: Send Us Your Final, Official Documents

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You need to submit final, official high school and/or college transcripts, test scores (if applicable), proof of graduation or degree, and all other required admission materials to the Office of Admissions prior to the start of classes but no later than the end of your first semester. Failure to provide these final documents will result in registration holds and may result in cancelation of financial aid.

We prefer to receive transcripts electronically. Submit your official transcripts through one of several electronic transcripts networks that NYIT participates: National Student Clearinghouse, Parchment Exchange, Scoir, and eSCRIP-SAFE. If your prior institution does not participate with one of our networks, they may send an electronic transcript directly to admissions@nyit.edu or 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 New York Tech 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 New York Tech. 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 the 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 New York Tech 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.

New York City Campus 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.

Long Island Campus 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. New York Tech offers Division 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 New York Tech. 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 New York Tech

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We offer 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 our 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 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.