NYU wants international students

August 8, 2016

For us they are inconceivable, for the Americans a matter of course: tuition fees. While we pay our semester fee in Germany, American students have to pay thousands of dollars a year to study at a university. At New York University (NYU) these tuition fees are (tuition fees) to around $ 50,000 a year. So how do you manage that amount?

In addition to my DAAD scholarship, I was awarded a scholarship from NYU for my study visit to NYU. This covers the total tuition fee of $ 50,000. Incidentally, this makes NYU one of the three most expensive universities in the USA. Of course, it doesn't work just like that, there is also an application process behind this scholarship.

How you too can get around the tuition fees

My home university, the Free University of Berlin, offers the direct exchange program through the International Office. This means that students at FU Berlin swap places with students from foreign partner universities for a semester or an academic year. So while I'm at NYU, a NYU student is given the chance to study at FU Berlin for a year. As part of the exchange program, some partner universities offer scholarships that cover tuition fees or living costs, for example. It is therefore advisable to keep an eye on such programs at your own university. When it comes to direct exchange at the Free University of Berlin, there are several partner universities to choose from in the USA. Before you apply, you should definitely take the time to study the universities you can choose from.

I applied in November last year, at the beginning of my third semester. As with the application for a DAAD scholarship, a few documents are required for the application. I needed the following documents for the application:

  1. Certificate of enrollment
  2. Application form
  3. Tabular CV
  4. Motivation letter
  5. List of all courses attended so far
  6. TOEFL result of at least 100 points
  7. Two reports from lecturers


The application process: a conversation rather than an interview

If the written application is successful, you will be invited to a personal interview. In my case, this took place in December. As with the DAAD selection interview, I can say here that I found the interview to be extremely pleasant. It's not like an interview, but more like a conversation. You don't have to be afraid of “nasty questions”.

Important: The way it is described here, it worked out for me. The application process and the requirements can vary from year to year, which is why it is always advisable to find out the current options and conditions online.

I already came by email a week later the confirmation and of course the joy was huge when I found out that I had been accepted for NYU. The FU Berlin then nominated me as an exchange student at NYU and a few weeks later I was officially accepted by NYU. I was also awarded a scholarship from NYU to cover tuition fees of $ 50,000. In the next post you will find out how things went after the official confirmation.