International Admissions Requirements

We are proud of our diverse community of both students and faculty at NewSchool of Architecture & Design. Our International Enrollment Team is here to walk you through every step of the application process, from your first questions to your first day of class. Feel free to contact us as you begin your application by email or call (619) 684-8882.

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements (Bachelor’s Degrees)

First-Time Freshmen

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee: $75 (non-refundable)
  • International Transcript Evaluation Fee: $125
  • Official High School Transcripts & Diploma
  • Minimum GPA: 2.5
  • Language Requirements: TOEFL iBT 70 (TOEFL Minimum Sub scores Reading = 10; Listening = 9; Speaking = 16; Writing = 19); IELTS 6+ (IELTS Minimum Subscores 5.5+)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Portfolio

Transfer Students

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee: $75 (non-refundable)
  • International Transcript Evaluation Fee*: $125 *If transferring from a college outside the US
  • Official College Transcripts
  • Minimum GPA: 2.5
  • Translation of Course Descriptions for advanced studio placement
  • Language Requirements: TOEFL iBT 70 (TOEFL Minimum Subscores Reading = 10; Listening = 9; Speaking = 16; Writing = 19); IELTS 6+ (IELTS Minimum Subscores 5.5+)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Portfolio

Graduate Admissions Requirements (Master’s Degrees)

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee: $75 (non-refundable)
  • International Transcript Evaluation Fee: $125 (non-refundable)
  • Official College Transcripts
  • Minimum GPA: 2.7
  • Translation of Course Descriptions
  • Language Requirements:TOEFL iBT: 79 (TOEFL Minimum Subscores Reading = 16; Listening = 16; Speaking = 18; Writing = 22), IELTS: 6.5 (IELTS Minimum Subscores 6+)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Portfolio

Documents for Students VISA F1

Students outside the US

  • Copy of Passport (page with the picture)
  • Verification of Finances Form (form provided by NewSchool)
  • Bank Statement (showing at least the amount written on the Verification of Finances Form)
  • Proof of financial support for one year (sponsored students only)

Students already in the US

  • Copy of Passport (page with the picture)
  • Copy of I-20 from current/previous school
  • Verification of Finances Form (form provided by NewSchool)
  • Bank Statement (showing at least the amount written on the Verification of Finances Form)
  • Proof of financial support for one year (sponsored students only)

NewSchool of Architecture & Design is approved by the Immigration and Naturalization Service to admit international students who require an F-1 student visa. The recently issued Executive Order entitled “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry into the United States” addresses standards for immigrant, nonimmigrant, and refugee entry into the United States from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, Chad, North Korea and Venezuela (certain government officials). The U.S. Supreme Court has allowed this version of the Executive Order to go into effect immediately, which could impact a student traveling from these countries to the United States. With the exception of nationals of North Korea and Syria, students entering the United States on F Visas may be exempt from the ban. As the requirements of the Executive Order are subject to change, there is no guarantee that students from any of the banned countries will be able to enter the United States. Affected students are advised to contact immigration resources in their area for specific information on how the Executive Order may apply to their individual situation.