Being a Student at NYU—an International Perspective
Being a global citizen at a global university
A little bit about me: I was born and raised on the exquisite coastlines of Australia. First in Kiama, a small serene town just south of Sydney, then on the long stretch of beaches in Queensland, called the Gold Coast. Australia is, and will always be, my home. After graduating high school, and taking a gap year to work overseas, I knew I wanted to attend a university that challenged me, not only academically but also as an individual. NYU is not only a world renowned institution for its academics, but it is also unique for encouraging and accepting people from all over the world. I applied, and the rest is history.
From Australia to the United States
Transitioning to the United States from the “land down under”
After moving to New York, I honestly didn’t know what to expect. I thought I would stand out as the person with an accent they thought was British, the strange person who had vegemite on toast, someone who they also thought said, “G’day,” or rode Kangaroos to school (please note, we never say or do that). Instead, what actually happened was that I was welcomed with open arms by faculty and friends. I learned that I could trick new friends into eating a whole teaspoon of vegemite as if it was peanut butter (please note, don’t try that at home). I shared how we don’t ride kangaroos to school, but we do have koala crossings on the roads.
Rather than feeling like the odd one out, I found pieces of home throughout New York City. Whether it was the Australian cafes, hearing my accent on the street, meeting another Aussie, or ordering a flat white. Thankfully, I found parts of my culture being celebrated.
NYU Application 101
Tips and Tricks for Navigating the Application Process
I totally understand that, as an international student, the application process can be difficult to navigate. You might be scouring the internet to find out what an SAT, AP, or IB is. Maybe you’re extremely confused about what early or regular decision means. Perhaps your first language isn’t english or you’re totally overwhelmed by the Common App. I was also once in your shoes, feeling nervous, extremely confused, and excited all at the same time. But there is no need to fear, because I’m here to help!
Who is my admissions counselor?
Most countries and states have a regional counselor. This is a member of the admissions team who is familiar with the education system in said region. This includes standardized testing, policies, and curriculum. You can see the entire admissions team and the regions they represent on the NYU Undergraduate Admissions website. To assist with specific questions about your region, you can be placed in contact with your regional counselor by emailing [email protected] or calling the admissions line at 212-998-4500.
Standardized Testing and English Proficiency Examination
It is worth noting that NYU is a test flexible university. This means that we acknowledge a wide arrange of standardized testing. You can see a full list of accepted international examinations on the Standardized Testing section of the website.
Also, if your primary language of instruction at your current (or past) high school was not english, you may need to submit a form of English Language Testing. A full list of accepted exams are available on the admissions website.
Who Ya Gonna Call? Undergraduate Admissions
If you have any questions, you can contact the Undergraduate Admissions by emailing [email protected] or calling 212-998-4500. Both current NYU students and admissions counselors are available to guide you through the application process.