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Manhattan School of Music (MSM) welcomes students from over 50 countries around the globe, making the school a diverse and dynamic learning community. You can find more information below on how to apply as an international student.
Please note: Manhattan School of Music does not work with any US-based or international agents or agencies during the admissions process. All information regarding applications, auditions, admissions decisions, and financial aid will be communicated to applicants directly from our office. If you have any questions regarding the origin of any notification, please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your first language is not English, you will be required to take our in-house English Assessment during audition week. This requirement applies to all applicants, regardless of citizenship status. To determine your English proficiency level, the one-hour English Assessment is comprised of 3 parts: listening, reading, and an interview. If you are eligible for a Recorded Audition, you will be required to complete the Assessment with the Director of our ESL program via Skype. TOEFL or IELTS scores are not required, but you may submit them. These tests do not replace the MSM English Assessment.
We require that you submit unofficial transcripts and proof of degree(s) by February 1. You may upload your documents through the Application Checklist in your portal or mail a copy of your transcripts to our office.
Official transcripts (showing proof of equivalency to the U.S. educational system) are only required after admission decisions are issued. If you are offered admission, you will be required to provide final, official transcripts with proof of degree or diploma that clearly states your degree and date of graduation, in a sealed, stamped envelope sent directly from the institution. If your school does not provide an English translation of these documents, you must provide an official translation.
All academic documents are evaluated by the Office of Admissions. Completion of a degree in an international program of study does not guarantee equivalency to a degree in the United States. You may be required to submit a professional evaluation to help MSM determine your eligibility for your desired program of study. If you do not complete the process, you will not be able to attend MSM.
You should not request a credential evaluation (e.g. WES evaluation) unless you are specifically asked to do so by the Office of Admissions.
All applicants who have completed their online application and passed prescreening (if applicable) must audition in order to be admitted to MSM.
IMPORTANT: You should not purchase travel tickets until MSM has notified you that your individual audition has been scheduled.
To learn more about MSM’s audition process, please click here.
To find out if you are eligible for a recorded audition, please click .
All applicants who audition are considered for institutional scholarships, as long as you have completed the necessary financial aid documents. You are required to complete the and MSM’s Financial Aid Questionnaire, located on your applicant . Scholarships are awarded based on merit and demonstrated financial need. Financial aid documents are due on February 15. For more information, please visit our Scholarships and Financial Aid page.
If you are admitted to MSM, you will be required to apply for the SEVIS Form I-20. Upon approval, you will be eligible to apply for the F-1 Student Visa. The application process for the Form I-20 and F-1 Student Visa can take several weeks, so it is extremely important for you to be prepared and plan ahead.
If you are an international student who is required to take Summer English Study, your SEVIS I-20 application deadline is May 1. If you are not required to attend the Summer English Study, your application deadline for the SEVIS Form I-20 is May 15.
Only original financial documents with official English translations will be accepted when applying for the Form I-20. No emails or faxes will be accepted. The original documents will be returned to you for use at your U.S. Embassy visa appointment after your SEVIS I-20 application has been approved.
Michael Lockhart, the Director of International Student Services
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The application for the International Exchange Program will be available on March 1, 2021, and is due on April 1, 2021. This program is intended for students who are currently enrolled in an institution of higher education outside the United States and who wish to study at MSM for one or two semesters. For more information about our International Exchange Program, please click here.
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