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International Students

Overview

For applicants graduating and graduated from high schools outside of the United States applying to Stern College for WomenSy Syms School of Business or Yeshiva College.  Applicants interested in the Associate in Management program should click here.

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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:

  1. Completed Application
    Applicants should please begin by creating an account in our online application. This will give them access to their personal portal where they will be able to submit their application. Once the application is submitted, the supplemental items will be populated based on the applicant’s admission type. The applicant will be prompted to upload their essay and resume. The applicant will also be able to submit the names and contact information of their recommenders, who will receive a link to upload their letters of recommendation directly into our system. The applicant’s high school transcripts must be sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by their high school administration.  College transcripts must be sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by the institute itself.  The applicant’s ACT/SAT (Yeshiva University is test optional for 2021 high school graduates) and TOEFL/Duolingo English Test official score report must be sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by the testing service. Finally, we require an interview for every applicant.  Please contact yuadmit@yu.edu to schedule an interview. Applicants can always check their application status or the status of their items by logging into their portal.
  2. $65 Nonrefundable Application Fee
    Payment can be processed in the personal application portal.
  3. Essay
    For Fall 2021 Applicants: Please respond to the following prompt in either 500-750 words or if preferred, applicants can address the prompt in another medium such as art, music or poetry accompanied by a 300 word narrative. Responses should be uploaded to the applicant’s application portal in either PDF or Word format:
    If you had the opportunity to do over a moment in your life and change how you acted, what moment would you choose? Explain why you have chosen this moment. In what ways have you changed since that original moment that would influence how you would respond or react today.
    For Spring 2022 and Fall 2022 Applicants: Please respond to the following prompt in 500-750 words:
    Essay Option 1: What lessons have you learned from high school that you have applied in your life?
    How have these lessons further defined your values and character?
    Essay Option 2: Character, values, leadership, and potential: these are characteristics that we are looking for at YU.  Please provide examples from your life, your experiences, or your aspirations and how they will be further defined, enhanced, or developed at YU.
    Essay Option 3: As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to reflect on the past while focusing on hope, happiness and ways to express Hakarat Hatov (gratitude). Please highlight an example where you, your family members or friends have exemplified Hakarat Hatov and the impact it has had on you on a personal level and/or within your community, whether COVID related or not.
  4. Resume/Extracurricular Activity List 
  5. Please upload a resume or extracurricular activity list that details your extracurricular involvement, internships and work experience at school and in your community.  
  6. 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). As a result of the challenges students face in fulfilling the requirement of submitting standardized test scores due to COVID-19, Yeshiva University will adopt a one year test optional policy for 2021 high school graduates and first time applicants applying to the university. This will be true for both general admission and Honors applicants. Students applying early admissions will still be required to submit scores.
    • Yeshiva University's SAT school code is 2990
    • Yeshiva University's ACT school code is 2992
  7. English Proficiency Exams
    International students must take the TOEFL (IBT) or the Duolingo English Test (DET) if either of the following two criteria apply: Please note that general admissions applicants, graduating from high schools outside of the United States, do not require the SAT/ACT. However, a qualifying score on the SAT/ACT combined with a strong academic record can exempt an applicant from the English proficiency exams and increases eligibility for merit based scholarships.
    1. The student is a resident of a non-English-speaking country, or the student’s first and/or primary language is not English.
    2. The student has resided in the United States for less than three years
    • TOEFL http://www.toefl.org
      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).
    • Duolingo English Test - https://englishtest.duolingo.com
      The Duolingo English Test combines an English proficiency test with a brief video interview. Duolingo’s technology and format allows applicants to complete the test at any time or place with internet access. Yeshiva University requires a minimum overall score of 110, with equivalent minimum subscores in each category (literacy, comprehension, conversation, production) for admissions consideration. Official scores must be reported directly to Yeshiva Undergraduate Admissions by the testing service.
  8. 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 and evaluated by a NACES approved agency, and sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
  9. 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.  
  10. Interview with a YU Admissions Office
    To schedule an interview, please call the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 646-592-4440.

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

Official college transcripts must be sent directly from the granting institutions to the Yeshiva University Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Any transcripts and/or certificates issued by foreign colleges (with the exception of Israeli colleges and universities) must be submitted to a NACES approved agency 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. 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 NACES 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

Yeshiva University is committed to creating a financial aid package that will make this extraordinary education a reality. To learn more about financing your education or the financial aid application process, please visit www.yu.edu/osf or contact the Office of Student Finance directly at 212.960.5399 or studentaid@yu.edu.

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