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Learn how to apply to Manhattanville programs

Working with our Admissions Departments

Before being admitted to the college you will work closely with one of the international specialists in either the English Language Institute (ELI), Undergraduate Admissions, the School of Business or the School of Education Admissions.

They will collect a variety of documents from you so you we can assess what visa best suits your situation. 

F-1 Visa vs. J-1 Visa

Every full-time degree student at Manhattanville College is eligible for the F-1 visa and the majority of Manhattanville international students hold this visa status.

Some students may also be eligible for the J-1 student visa, an exchange visitor option. This group of students may choose between F-1 or J-1, or be assigned based on their funding requirements. Please download details about F1 vs J1.

Before you leave home

Look to see if you can attend a pre-departure orientation in your home country.  Education USA offers short genral orientations to incoming international students that touch on culture shock, customs check, money matters and a variety of other useful topics - these are not Manhattanville specific orientations, but U.S. specific. Typically they are offered in May, June and July.

English Language Institute (ELI)

Contact the ELI directly to make an application. Email All students attending the ELI who need an F-1 student visa must attend full-time. Part-time study is not allowed under an F-1 student visa.

Undergraduate - Bachelor Degree

For August Admission: When you receive your immigration documents, you will also receive information on our Ready, Set, Go program. We give you an opportunity to meet all the other new internationals, have some fun and learn about your immigration responsibilities. The following documents will better prepare you for your stay at Manhattanville.

For January Admission: Traditionally we have a small group pre-orientation sessions. The pre-arrival information is the same.

When you arrive to campus - please visit the OISS as soon as possible - have all of your immigration documents with you (not with your parents or in your suitcase).


Transfer Students

From a U.S. High School, College or University

If you are transferring from a U.S. High School (yes, high school), College or University and in F-1 status, your SEVIS records need to be released to the college before we can create an I-20 from Manhattanville. The following form needs to be completed by you the student, then given to the International Student Advisor from your previous school. Make sure you sign the top part before giving it to your International Student Advisor. Download the Transfer Clearance Form

From an Overseas College or University

If you are transferring from an overseas college or university, you want your academic credits to transfer too. Note: a maximum of ninety (90) credits are allowed to be transferred and they must relate to your current study plan. Please bring two (2) originals with a stamp/seal and signed transcripts in sealed envelopes from your institution. Once here in the U.S. you will need to have your transcript evaluated by World Education Services (WES) for a fee. If your transcript is not in English you will also have to pay for an authorized translation. University Language Services can take care of that but also for a fee.

Graduate - Master Degree

We require travel to your home country to change status. If you are in the U.S. in another status that does not allow study and want to change to an F-1 student, you will have to travel home to make the change. We are aware that there are other avenues to make a change of status, but that is a school policy. For more information about the documented finances required for an F-1 student visa - click here .

School of Education Applicants, please be aware that permanent certification in the State of New York requires U.S. citizenship or permanent residency (green card). There is a five-year temporary certification that does not have these restrictions, but after five years, you must be permanently certified if working in NYS.

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