In addition to following all application procedures for your program and major, applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents should be aware of the following information.


All submitted application documents must be in English or accompanied by notarized English translation. Degree equivalency with the American system of education must be demonstrated.


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 proficiency: Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency. Please review our English requirement for more information about minimum TOEFL and IELTS scores and the waiver rules for students who have already been studying at an English-speaking institution.


Eligibility for I-20 and student visa: Admitted students who are not U.S. Citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents will need to obtain an F-1 student visa in order to pursue studies in the United States. To qualify for the student visa, students must demonstrate that they have the funds available to cover the full cost of attending NEC for one year, including tuition, room, board, medical insurance, student fees, and personal expenses. (The 2014-2015 estimated cost of attendance for most international students is $59,605.) 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 international students after admission and payment of the tuition deposit. NEC will process I-20 forms only after receiving a Certification of Finance form with accompanying documentation and letters of support. 


Every applicant who does not have the full financial means to cover all costs related to attending NEC should research possibilities of outisde support early in the application process. While international students may apply for NEC scholarship to help with tuition costs, NEC does not offer support to cover fees or living expenses.


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.