Being a Student at NYU—an International Perspective

Being a global citizen at a global university

Author Keiarn in Washington Square Park.
Here at NYU, we call ourselves a global university. But what exactly does that mean? I believe it means something different to everyone.

My Story

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. 

To me, being at a global university means interacting with people whose lived experiences are incredibly different from your own. NYU encourages you to share these experiences in all capacities of your education whether it be in the classroom, your residence hall, clubs, or communities. Gaining a global perspective from people with such diverse backgrounds encourages you to learn about cultures that vary from your own, share what you have in common, and celebrate what makes you different. 
Two Admission Ambassadors at Weekend on the Square.

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. 

 

Coastal view of the Gold Coast.
Sunset on a beach in Australia.
Through being at NYU and living in New York City, I learned that I am unmistakably Australian. I am proud of my culture and who I am. I love that I can share my country with friends, classmates, and faculty. By being a part of this global community, I represent and share my country. I also get to learn, through others, about the rest of the world.

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!

Regional Counselors

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 admissions@nyu.edu 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 admissions@nyu.edu or calling 212-998-4500. Both current NYU students and admissions counselors are available to guide you through the application process.

A scenic view from Gramercy Green Residence Hall.
Buildings in the Flatiron District.
Finally, I want to congratulate you on beginning this journey. No matter where you are in the world, or where you are in the process, applying to university can be challenging. No matter where this journey leads you, I wish you the best of luck.