Selected programs at The New School accept applications for consideration for visiting or exchange student status.
- Visiting students are degree-seeking students at another college or university who enroll at The New School for a semester but plan to return to their home institution afterward. Visiting students are charged full New School tuition
and relevant fees. Financial aid and scholarships are not available to visiting students.
- Exchange students are students whose home institution has an established exchange agreement with The New School. If you are enrolled in an
exchange partner school with Parsons School of Design or an
exchange partner school with Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, please contact your home institution for information on next steps and how to apply.
For questions about applying to and studying at The New School as a visiting or non-degree student, please email
Undergraduate Visiting Student Application Deadlines
Fall semester, New York campus (late August to mid-December): May 15 priority deadline; application closes June 15
Fall semester, Parsons Paris campus (late August to mid-December): April 28 priority deadline
Spring semester, New York campus (late January to mid-May): October 15 priority deadline—application is now closed
Non-EU citizens applying to Parsons Paris must complete their application within ten days after the priority deadline, because of French visa processing timelines. We accept applications from EU citizens after the priority deadline on a rolling basis.
Undergraduate Visiting Student Application Requirements
Submit your visiting student application. In the application, you will be prompted to upload the following:
- Statement of Purpose (150–250 words, to be uploaded to the online application form) addressing the question: Why are you interested in studying at The New School?
- Unofficial transcripts from all secondary and postsecondary institutions attended, to be uploaded to the online application form. The typical admitted visiting or non-degree student has earned As and Bs at their prior school or university.
- Parsons (all majors except Strategic Design and Management) and Parsons Paris (Fashion Design and Art, Media, and Technology majors only): Portfolio consisting of eight to 12 pieces of work, which may include drawings, paintings, photographs, digital media, or design. Submit your
portfolio as a single PDF through the application form.
- Parsons and Parsons Paris: an interview, to be scheduled by the Office of Admission after submission of the application.
- A TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or Duolingo score, required for all international applicants and for students whose native language is not English.* Please see the chart below for minimum score requirements. The New School does not require TOEFL, IELTS, PTE,
or Duolingo scores for applicants who have:
- Attended a secondary school where English is the primary language of instruction for four years
- Successfully completed two full semesters of non-ESL college-level expository writing
- Earned a four-year degree from a U.S. college or university or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction (minimum of three years’ attendance)
*Upon review of your application, the Office of Admission may require that you submit an English proficiency test score to allow for further evaluation of your candidacy.
Minimum Score Requirements
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|Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts||100||7.5||68||120||191|
|College of Performing Arts: School of Drama
|College of Performing Arts: School of Jazz and Contemporary Music||79||6.5||53||105||176|
|College of Performing Arts: Mannes School of Music||79||6.5||53||105||176|
|Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students||92||7||63||115|| 185|