International Applicants

Manhattan School of Music (MSM) welcomes students from over 50 countries around the globe, making the school a diverse and dynamic learning community. We’re sure you’ll feel right at home! Below are some topics on how to apply as an international student.

  •          English Assessment
  •          Transcripts, Translations, & Evaluations
  •         Information for Applicants from China (Effective Fall 2016)
  •          Audition Information
  •          Financial Aid for International Students
  •          Student Visas
  •          Exchange Program

English Assessment

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 US Citizens, Permanent Residents, and international applicants alike. 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 highly recommended.

Transcripts, Translations, & Evaluations

We recommend that you upload unofficial transcripts and proof of degree(s) to the online application for the initial phase of the admission process. You must submit your transcripts in the original language and in English. English translations must be approved and stamped by the school(s), or be provided by a professional translation service. You may also 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 sealed official and final transcripts with proof of degree or diploma that lists your degree and date of graduation. International students and students who have studied abroad must provide an official translation of all non-English documents. Your documents must be sent directly from your previous school(s) to MSM by August 1st.

All academic documents are evaluated by the MSM Office of Admissions. Completion of a degree in an international program of study does not guarantee equivalency to a degree in the United States. A professional evaluation is sometimes necessary to help MSM determine your eligibility for your desired program of study. If you are asked to complete a professional evaluation, please be aware the evaluation is due by June 1st. It is very important that we receive your professional evaluation as soon as possible and no later than June 1st. If we receive your evaluation late, you may not have the ability to complete your SEVIS I-20 and Visa process on time. If you do not complete the process, you will not be able to attend MSM.  

Please note: You should not request a professional evaluation (e.g. WES Evaluation) unless you are specifically asked to do so by an Admissions counselor.

Information for Applicants from China (Effective Fall 2016)

All Incoming Admitted Undergraduates

For General Academic High School Students

For Professional and Vocational High School Students

All Incoming Admitted Graduates

For Degree Program or a Non-Degree Program Students

Audition Information

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.

For more information regarding the USA Schools of Music Asia Audition Tour, please visit the website here. Please note: if your instrument is a prescreened instrument, your Asia Audition will only count as your preliminary prescreening materials. It will not qualify as your final audition; you will still need to audition at MSM or submit a recorded audition. If your instrument is not a prescreened instrument, your Asia Audition will count as your final audition. Please click here to find out if your instrument is prescreened.

To learn more about MSM’s audition process, please click here.

To find out if you are eligible for a recorded audition, please click here.

Financial Aid for International Students

If you have completed the financial aid section in your application and your Financial Aid application, you will be considered for scholarship at your audition. Scholarships are offered to a select group of highly qualified applicants based on the results of their audition and financial need. The Financial Aid application should be submitted as soon as possible.

Student Visas

If you are offered admission to MSM, you will receive details on how to apply for a student visa with your acceptance. 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.

Students who require additional studies in English should not apply in May, but apply for Fall 2018 instead.

If you are an international student who is not required to not attend the Summer English Study, your application deadline for the SEVIS Form I-20 is June 1st.

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. Please email Michael Lockhart, the Director of International Student Services, for more information.

Exchange Program

The deadline for applying for admission as an Exchange student is April 1, 2017.

Dates and Deadlines

May 1

Deadline for Application
Deadline for Prescreening Videos (if applicable)
Deadline for Financial Aid documents

May 8

Deadline to submit recorded auditions
Find out about eligibility

June 5

Admissions decisions made available on the Portal 

June 16

Deadline for accepted students to respond to admissions offer

August 1

Deadline for all final admissions documents