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Universities in NY for International Students

written by: Mihir Shah•edited by: Amanda Grove•updated: 6/20/2011

In this article, research multiple New York universities that cater to the international population. Learn about the programs offered and the admissions process for these universities.

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    New York Colleges

    There are many prominent universities in New York for international students. It goes without saying that New York City is the epicenter of cultural diversity. With top ten universities such as Columbia, which features a top four earth science program, and prestigious colleges like New York University and Marymount Manhattan University, the city is a haven for international students.

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    Columbia University

    Columbia University generally finds itself in the top ten of major rankings. However, its strongest undergraduate programs are in the field of creative writing, business, and the sciences. International students are required to supply the university with original records from their respective country, along with an English translation. In addition, a transcript detailing grades or marks received and classes attempted is mandatory for prospective admission. Since English may not be the first language in many foreign countries, international applicants are required to take the TOEFL exam, which stands for "Test of English as a Foreign Language." Like all applicants, the international student will submit a personal statement along with references to be considered for admission.

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    New York University

    New York University, better recognized as NYU, is, "home to over 7000 international students" spanning 130 different countries. Keeping the international flavor in consideration, NYU organizes numerous activities and programs catering to the needs of international students. For example, the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) dedicates an entire week to international students, giving rise to International Education week. NYU's strengths are in the arts, sciences, and liberal studies. The university features an undergraduate dentistry, business, sports management program and a variety of different programs to suit the necessities of international students.

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    Marymount Manhattan College

    Marymount Manhattan College is a close-knit community that recruits students from the United States and foreign countries. Despite the relatively small size of the school, international students from thirty-six different nations worldwide are enrolled at the university. International admission requirements consist of transcripts to report to the World Education Services, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), two letters of recommendation from academic sources, and a personal statement ranging from 250-500 words. The international applicant must fill out the I-20 application and provide a proof of immunization. Ultimately, Marymount Manhattan college is a school for liberal arts majors. As such, its strengths are in the creative writing and fine arts, although business management programs and a variety of other programs are offered.

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    Since the city of New York is a mixture of cultural identities, international applicant should feel confident regarding their assimilation into their respective college and culture. Columbia University, New York University, and Marymount Manhattan College are regarded in high esteem in academia worldwide, catering their programs to both the national and international college student.