international students

The New York Conservatory welcomes students from around the world. In any year, around 15% of our student body are non-resident international students. Our international admissions team works closely with each student on the admissions and visa process, and Student Services and our international student community help each international student settle in and feel at home in New York City.

virtual workshop

Understanding Immigration: Workshop and Q&A on I-20 and F-1 Student Visas

Join us for an interactive webinar on how to navigate the process of becoming an international college student in the U.S. Learn how to apply, and have your questions answered!

admissions process

what our international students say

The teaching is amazing, but also the administrative part, because the international students have to deal with a bit more. I felt really comfortable just asking questions all the time.

Elizabeth Maille - France

The amount of things that are put into the Musical Theater curriculum, like actor's lab to Meisner to Improv, I just figured this is where I really need to be because they're going to teach me everything I need to know to put myself in the industry.

Adwoa Duncan-Williams - UK

international application requirements

Students whose country’s native language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency by providing one of the following:

  • Scores from the TOEFL or its equivalent (IELTS, Cambridge, etc.) Minimum TOEFL scores required of any one test:

iBT (internet-based): Reading – 15, Listening – 22, Speaking – 26, Writing – 17
PBT (paper-based): Reading – 50, Listening – 56, Structure (writing) – 55, TSE Speaking score – 45
CBT (computer-based): Reading – 17, Listening – 22, Structure (writing) – 22, TSE Speaking score – 45

  • Transcript with cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above showing that you studied one academic year at a secondary or post-secondary institution where all course work was taught in English.
  • Under certain circumstances, the successful completion of an admission interview designed to evaluate English language skills will satisfy the English language proficiency requirement.

Prior to completing enrollment, all international transcripts must be provided with a credential evaluation and English language translation. The evaluation must indicate that the student has received the equivalency of a U.S. high school diploma and must show a course by course evaluation and GPA.

Applicants can use any of the following credential evaluation services:

World Educational Services (WES)
Global Credential Evaluators (GCE)
Academic Evaluation Services, Inc.
A2Z Evaluations, LLC
Center for Applied Research
Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
Educational Records Evaluation Service, Inc.
Evaluation Service, Inc.
Foundation for International Services, Inc.
Global Services Associates, Inc.
International Consultants of Delaware, Inc.
International Ed. Research Foundation, Inc.
Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
SpanTran Educational Services, Inc