In addition to following all procedures described in the General Instructions and Specific Instructions, applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must submit the information outlined below. No offer of full admission will be made until the Office of Admission receives all required materials. All documents submitted must be either in English or original language accompanied by notarized English translation. Degree equivalency with the American system of education must be demonstrated at the time of application. Applicants who are presently living in the U.S. and hold either a visa or permanent residency card should submit copies of the pertinent documents.


English Requirement: Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency. Please review our English requirement for more information about our minimum TOEFL requirements and the exemption request process for students who have already completed four years in an English-speaking institution.


Eligibility for I-20 and student visa: Admitted students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents will need to obtain an F-1 student visa in order to pursue studies in the United States at NEC. To qualify for the student visa, students must demonstrate that they have the funds available to cover the full cost of attending NEC, including: tuition, room, board, medical insurance, student fees, and personal expenses for one year. (For 2012-2013 the estimated cost of attendance for international students is $54,450 for all programs except the Graduate Diploma. The international student estimated cost of attendance for the Graduate Diploma is $51,150.) Funding may be combined from several sources. If a student is awarded NEC scholarship assistance, this award may be counted toward the cost of tuition.


Students do not need to show documentation of funds at the time of the application. Instructions about how to obtain the I-20 and F-1 visa will be sent to all international students at the time of admission along with the Certification of Finance form which must be completed and returned. Once the student has submitted a tuition deposit and returned the Certification of Finance form with accompanying documentation and letters of support that document his/her financial ability to cover all costs for one year, NEC will send the I-20 form needed for the student's visa application. 


Every applicant who does not have the full financial means at his/her disposal to cover all costs related to attending NEC should research all possibilities of support early in the application process. While international students may apply for NEC scholarship to help pay for tuition, NEC does not make scholarships available to cover fees or living expenses. We encourage every applicant to consider the full cost of attendance before submitting an application.


Visitor visa for live audition: To attend a live audition at NEC, many international students will need to obtain a B-1 visitor visa. Please contact the U.S. embassy or consulate in your area for information about the requirements.


For a list of questions frequently asked by international applicants, please visit the International Students section of our FAQs.


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