International applicants are defined as those who hold or intend to apply for a non-immigrant visa. You must have the equivalent of a U.S. undergraduate degree, and we prefer a grade-point average equivalent to 3.0 (“B”).
If English is not your primary language, you must demonstrate that your English language skills are strong enough to complete a degree program in journalism, and to report and write in English on deadline. We use standardized test scores, samples of your work in print, radio, or television, and an interview to assess your skills. Please note that all application materials, including work samples and letters of recommendation, must be submitted in English.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
It is required that applicants who have not studied and earned a degree in the US, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand or Australia must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), administered internationally by Educational Testing Service, and request ETS to report examination results directly to Admissions, The Graduate Center–College Code 2113, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10016. Inquiries concerning this examination may be made to Test of English as a Foreign Language, Box 6151, Princeton, New Jersey 08540, U.S.A., or to most American embassies and consulates in cities outside the United States. For additional information, call 1-800-GO-TOEFL or visit www.ets.org. Please note the minimum score requirement on the TOEFL Computer-Based Test (CBT) is 260, and the Internet-Based Test (iBT) is 105.
Students are asked to review their financial situation carefully because the cost of living in New York City is high, and immigration regulations restrict employment. F-1 and J-1 status students should not expect to finance their education through work in the United States.
The Office of International Students provides information and assistance to students from outside the United States. This office issues Certificates of Eligibility and advises students regarding immigration regulations for the F and J immigration categories. Admissions candidates must submit completed Eligibility Forms and supporting documentation. Prospective international students may contact the Office of International Students for information or assistance at 1.212.817.7490 (voice); 1.212.817.1626 (fax); or via email: email@example.com.