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International Students – NYC Campus


International Student Enrollment at LSTFI New York City

We welcome international students and have hosted students from over 157 different countries. We will guide and assist you throughout the application process and during your studies.

ADMISSIONS: The admissions process is the same for domestic and international students with the addition of proof of English proficiency. Please apply keeping in mind allowing sufficient time for the student visa process.

We require a high level of English proficiency. If you are from a country where the official language is not English, then in your application you will submit evidence of English language proficiency such as a test score (TOEFL, Pearsons, IELTS , Cambridge) , a transcript from a school where the language of instruction was English, or other evidence may be considered. Options for proof of English proficiency include:

  1. TOEFL ibt score of 85 or equivalent in Cambridge (TOEFL School Code: New York campus: 3753, and no dept. code or dept. name)
  2. Pearsons PTE or Pearsons PTE Academic Online score of 58 or above.
  3. IELTS Academic score of 6.5 or higher
  4. Duolingo English Test (score of 115 or above. Note- we do not provide any code, applicants are responsible to pay any fees for tests)
  5. Transcript from a high school or post-secondary school, college or university where the language of instruction is English.
  6. Other language tests or ESL Certificates will be considered on a case by case basis.

Admissions Requirements

HOW EARLY TO APPLY: We have rolling admissions for all programs and accept applications up to one year prior to the desired program start date. We continue to accept appliations up to the program start date, space permitting. Programs do fill up, so it’s advisable to apply early – at least 2 to 6 months prior to start date. For students who will need to apply for a visa and enter the US, you need to allow extra time depending on the visa wait time in your country. You may find information on the website of the US Consulate in your country. As well, the US State Department provides estimated visa wait times on this site: VISA APPOINTMENT WAIT TIMES

TUITION: International students pay an additional $100 administrative fee per term, all other fees are the same as domestic students. Tuition and Start Dates

Duration of stay in the US on F-1 visa: On the F-1 student visa you may enter the US up ot 30 days prior to the session start date. You may stay in the US thoughout your studies and for up to 60 days (called the “grace period”) after your program ends.

Obtaining the F-1 Student Visa (Non U.S Citizens only)

Steps to receiving the I-20 Certificate and applying for an F-1 visa.

TRANSFERRING  FROM AN F-1 SCHOOL: If you are currently in the US on an F-1 visa then you may transfer your SEVIS record to us.  Please be sure to pay close attention the rules for transferring and deadlines so that you don’t fall out of status. 

We will provide any needed  advising throughout the process of obtaining your I-20, applying for the visa and maintaining your F-1 status while you are in the US.  


There are no work opportunities while you study.  We do not offer on-campus employment. You must have the funds to support yourself in the US throughout your studies without needing to work. 

One Year and Two Year Conservatory students are eligible for  up to 12 months of Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) after completion of studies. OPT provides work authorization  to engage in work that is directly related to the program of studies only.   

Your stay in the US is automatically extended if you are approved for OPT. You will be assisted with information on how to apply for OPT when you are eligible to do so.