International Applicants

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS


Overview
Criteria
How to Apply/Application Requirements
Applying to the Honors Programs
Transferring from another University
Student Visas
Financial Aid

Overview:

For non-U.S. citizens interested in applying to Stern College for Women, Sy Syms School of Business or Yeshiva College.  Applicants interested in the Associate in Management program should click here

Criteria:

International applicants must meet the same academic standards required of freshmen and must demonstrate proficiency in the English language.  

How to Apply:

For the application to be processed, international applicants are required to submit the following items:

  • Completed Application
    • Please begin by creating an account in our online application. This will give you access to your personal portal where you will be able to submit your application and supplemental items, and check your application status. 
  • $65 Application Fee
    • Payment can be processed in the personal application portal.
  • Essay
    • Applicants must respond to one of the following prompts in 750 words or fewer.  Essays should be uploaded to the applicant’s personal application portal.
      1. Who is one person, past or present, with whom you would like to switch places for one day? Explain.
      2. Describe a time in your life when you had to decide between taking a risk and playing it safe. What choice did you make? What was the outcome of your choice? Would you have made the same decision looking back on the experience or would you make a different decision?
  • Standardized Exams
    • SAT/ACT:  The SAT I or ACT is required for any international students applying to the Honors Programs.  Yeshiva University does not require the writing section on the SAT or ACT.
      • Official scores must be sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by the testing service (i.e., College Board, ACT).
        • Yeshiva University's SAT school code is 2990                      
        • Yeshiva University's ACT school code is 2992
    • TOEFL:  International students must take the TOEFL if either of the following two criteria apply:
      1. The student is a resident of a non-English-speaking country, or the student’s first and/or dominant language is not English.
      2. The student has resided in the United States for less than three years and the student’s first and/or dominant language is not English. 
        • Yeshiva University requires a minimum score of 82 on the Internet-based test, to include a minimum score of 21 in both reading and writing.
        • Scores must be submitted directly by the testing service (YU school code 2990).  For information on the TOEFL, visit www.toefl.org
        • A qualifying score on the SAT/ACT combined with a strong academic record may exempt an applicant from the TOEFL.
    • International applicants are required to submit any standardized exams required in their countries (e.g., O/A-levels, Baccalaureates, Bagrut).
  • Official High School Transcript
    • High school transcripts must be sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by the high school administration (e.g., college guidance counselor, principal).
    • Any transcripts and copies of certificates qualifying the applicant for admission to university study that are not in English or Hebrew must be officially translated into English by WES translation services, and sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
    • Please identify two people (preferably one from a clergyman) who can help the Admissions Committee better understand why you would make a great fit for Yeshiva University.
    • Your personal application portal will allow you to send an email to the people you have selected.
  • Interview with a YU Admissions Officer
    • To schedule an interview, please call the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 646-592-4440.  See when YU is visiting your town!
    • Yeshiva University takes a holistic approach in reviewing an applicant’s candidacy.  The interview allows the Admissions officer to meet all applicants and get to know them outside of their application.

Applying to the Honors Programs:

International applicants interested in applying to one of Yeshiva University's Honors Programs should review the additional supplemental items required.  Please note that the essay prompts for the Honors Programs are different and Honors applicants do not need to respond to the prompts above.  Additionally, all Honors applicants are required to take the SAT I or ACT exam.

Transferring from another University:

International transfer applicants must have their official college transcripts sent directly to the Yeshiva University Office of Undergraduate Admissions by the original institute of origin.

Any transcripts and/or certificates issued by by foreign colleges (with the exception of Israeli colleges and universities) must be submitted to World Education Services (WES) for evaluation. That evaluation must be sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. This applies both to institutions whose instruction is in English as well as those whose instruction is in another language.  WES requires precise, word-for-word translations of academic documents not issued in English. The documents can be translated by the original institution, a certified translation agency such as University Language Services, or any other professional translation service.

Applicants who want courses previously taken at an international or U.S. school to be evaluated for possible transfer, or want pre-approval for courses they plan to take, must submit the following documents. (Yeshiva University will only evaluate transcripts and syllabi for credit after applicants have been accepted).

1. Official college transcript with course numbers and final grades for courses already completed at another institution. (If the document is in another language, the student must have it translated into English as stated in the WES statement above)

2. Full syllabus in PDF format for each outside college course to be evaluated (translated into English if needed)

Student Visas:

Accepted international students should not arrive in the U.S. until after they have received their I-20 certificate of eligibility from the International Student Advisor.  To learn more about the Visa process for accepted students, including contact information of Yeshiva University's advisors, please refer to the International Student Page.

Financial Aid:

International students interested in financial assistance can learn about the process on the International Student Finance Page.  Feel free to contact the Office of Student Finance directly with any questions at 212.960.5399 or studentaid@yu.edu.