USA/International Admissions FAQs

General FAQs
  • What is the admission process at NYU Shanghai?

    Applicants will be rigorously evaluated not only on the basis of national entrance examinations, like the Gaokao for Chinese students, but through a holistic analysis of multiple quantitative and qualitative variables. All applicants are required to submit the Common Application, along with the additional application requirements outlined here. In addition to submitting the Common Application, the most competitive Chinese applicants will be invited to attend a Candidate Weekend, a unique program to determine student fit with NYU Shanghai.

  • What is NYU Shanghai looking for?

    An outstanding transcript is necessary but does not guarantee a place at NYU Shanghai; we evaluate a student’s overall abilities. First, our students must all be able to communicate in and out of the classroom. We require all students to have a strong grasp of English – listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Our classes will be conducted in English. With regard to individual characteristics, the ideal NYU Shanghai student will possess a willingness to open him/herself to new experiences, a sense of intellectual adventure, and a desire to push him/herself by learning to listen and ask questions. At his/her core, the NYU Shanghai student possesses a deep sense of curiosity, a sense of civic responsibility, and empathy. In short, we are looking for tomorrow’s inventors, entrepreneurs, scholars, and leaders.

  • What majors does NYU Shanghai offer?

    NYU Shanghai offers an array of majors and minors/concentrations, with additional options phased in over time. Initial offerings include majors in the areas of Humanities, Biology, Neural Science, Physics, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Interactive Media Arts, Business & Finance, Economics, etc. Please click here to learn more about our majors. 

  • How much is tuition at NYU Shanghai for US/International Students?

    As part of NYU’s global network, tuition at NYU Shanghai is consistent with tuition at NYU in New York, which is approximately $46,590 USD per year (excluding miscellaneous fees and living expenses). 

    For most undergraduates, eligibility for a merit-based and/or need-based scholarship is determined upon entrance to the University based on prior academic strengths, if you apply for financial aid, and your demonstrated financial need. Typically you will continue to receive for subsequent academic years the amount of scholarship you received for your first year (subject to the availability of funds), as long as the following criteria are met:

    •    You are a full-time student (12 credits or more per semester).
    •    You applied for financial aid on time.
    •    You are meeting the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards.
    •    You have approximately the same amount of financial need that you had in prior years.


  • Do I need to live on campus in the Residence Halls?

    All students are required to live in our residence halls, where Chinese and international students are paired together, during their first year. Residential life, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities are central to your experience at NYU Shanghai. Living in our residence halls is a great way to be engaged in all aspects of NYU Shanghai. In the second year, many students continue to live in the residence halls, however some participate in home-stay programs around Shanghai.

  • Does NYU Shanghai accept transfer students?

    NYU Shanghai does not currently accept transfer students, only applications from first-year applicants are currently considered.

  • What kind of degree can I obtain from NYU Shanghai?

    Students at NYU Shanghai will receive the following diploma/certificate upon the successful completion of their study:

    1. A bachelor degree conferred by New York University

    2. A bachelor degree conferred by 上海纽约大学 (NYU Shanghai)

    NYU Shanghai is recognized in China as the first China-U.S. joint university that is authorized to grant degrees, certified by China's Ministry of Education.

  • Am I able to internally transfer from Shanghai to New York if I find that NYU Shanghai is not a good match for me? What about my financial aid package?

    In accepting the offer of admission, you should be comfortable with NYU Shanghai being your home campus and the campus from which you graduate at the end of four years.  We will do everything we can to make sure your experience is both academically and socially fulfilling. Please keep in mind that during your third year, you’ll be required to spend at least one semester studying away from NYU Shanghai somewhere else in the global network (including an option to study at the NY campus during the spring semester of your third year). The granting of change of campus requests is very rare and only approved under very unique circumstances. Requests must first be discussed first with your academic advisor and then the NYU Dean of Admissions.

  • Am I eligible for additional federal funding?

    Federal aid eligibility starts with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (the FAFSA).  If you’ve already completed one for the upcoming academic year, the Office of Financial Aid has reviewed your application for additional eligibility. 

    If you have not filed a FAFSA and wish to do so, you can apply via You will be asked to identify a school/school code to which you wish to release your data for review. NYU Shanghai's school code is 002785 - the same as NYU in New York. Students should apply as soon as possible. While you can apply during the academic year, you are encouraged to file as early as possible and no later than 2 weeks before the end of your final semester for the academic year. 

  • How often do I have to complete the FAFSA?

    All US citizens/permanent residents need to complete the FAFSA form each year by May 1 in order to renew any NYU Shanghai grant (need-based grant) that was offered your first year and to be considered for federal financial aid for the following academic year.

  • I was awarded a scholarship from NYU Shanghai. If I’m eligible for federal financial aid, how will this affect my scholarship?

    In most cases your scholarship will not be affected and, if eligible, the aid will be in addition to the current scholarship amount.

    There is an exception – if your NYU Shanghai scholarship plus your Federal Pell Grant (if eligible) exceeds the total Cost of Attendance, the scholarship will be reduced. This is because you would otherwise receive more aid than the cost of attendance. If your scholarship is reduced for this reason, then it’s important to note that you are not losing funding - you’ll continue to net the same amount of aid, but you will have two sources of aid - one from NYU and one from the Federal Pell Grant (for those who qualify). Combined, it will match your final amount of scholarship previously offered and be the amount of the standard cost of attendance. The maximum Pell Grant for which a student may be eligible for the 2016-2017 aid year is $5,815 USD.

    Not all students are eligible for a Federal Pell Grant. If you’re eligible for loans, and have a scholarship, the amount of the scholarship will not be affected.


  • What other aid may be available to me?

    You may be eligible for federal student loans and/or federal parent PLUS loans. Amounts will be offered, but you can decide whether you would like to pursue those options. Instructions on how to pursue those loans, as well as detailed information about interest rates, and other loan details will be provided via your “To Do” list on Albert. Visit here for more information.  Students cannot take out more loans than their total financial aid already offered (i.e. scholarship and/or Pell Grant) minus the Cost of Attendance (for most NYU Shanghai students, the Cost of Attendance is $64,722 USD for the academic year).

  • How do I contact the NYU Shanghai Office of Financial Support?

    If you have questions or concerns regarding financial support, please contact one of our expert financial aid counselors at or by phone at +1-212-998-2838 (9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time).

  • Does NYU Shanghai offer master and PhD degree programs?

    Yes, NYU Shanghai offers various master and PhD degree programs. For more information, please visit the Office of Graduate and Advanced Education pages here. Questions about admissions for these programs may be directed to