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
  • $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. If you could change one aspect or decision from your high school experience, what would that be and why?
  • Standardized Exams
    • SAT/ACT:  The SAT I or ACT is required for international students applying from Canada.  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 citizen 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 applicants from another university must have their official college transcripts sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by the institution itself. 

Applicants who want courses previously taken to be evaluated for possible transfer or want pre-approval for courses they plan to take must submit the following items.  Please note that Yeshiva University will only evaluate transcripts for credit after the applicant has been accepted. 

  1. Official college transcript with course numbers and final grades (for courses already completed at another institution)
  2. Full syllabus of each outside college course to be evaluated in PDF format

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.

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.