The New School

The New School is a university in New York City, located mostly in Greenwich Village.  The university is renowned for its teaching and its open intellectual environment. The New School's curriculum is considered highly experimental and innovative. The New School is divided into autonomous colleges called "divisions”. Among them the following:

Parsons, The New School for Design

The New School for Drama

The New School for Public Engagement

The New School enrolls 10,000 degree-seeking students in more than 130 undergraduate and graduate programs focused on collaborative, project-based, interdisciplinary learning. Education is driven by open discussion in small classes and a human-centered approach to problem solving, combining design thinking and social research to address the complex issues of current time.

Parsons, The New School for Design (For Business Students)

Parsons The New School For Design is a private art and design college of The New School university, located in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Lower Manhattan. With more than 25 undergraduate and graduate programs, Parsons is widely recognised as one of the most prestigious art and design universities in the world.

Parsons is a member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD).

The New School of Drama (for Film, Media and Performance Students)

The New School for Drama is home to a dynamic group of young directors, writers, actors, creative technologists, and award-winning faculty. With a core belief in rigorous creativity and collaborative learning, the programs embrace civic awareness across performance disciplines to create work imbued with professionalism, imagination, and social context. Offering a shared graduate and undergraduate faculty and learning environment in the historic Westbeth Artists complex in Greenwich Village, access to top design, music, liberal arts, and social science divisions across the university, and connections to excellent downtown theater companies, The New School for Drama offers unparalleled opportunities for courageous and engaged theater artists and performers. At The New School for Drama, the instinct to create is revered. The actor is encouraged to stretch the fabric of his or her talent through a combination of techniques.

The New School for Public Engagement (for Business Students)

It is registered as a Bachelor of Business Administration through the New York State Education Department (NYSED) and listed as Bachelor of Business Administration in Design and Management by The New School. 

It is an innovative urban college offering undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs in liberal arts and social sciences, art and design, management and policy, and performing arts.


Students wishing to apply for study abroad at the New School must meet the requirement of 65% grade average in each semester prior to going abroad.

Campus facilities


Investment has been put in to create extensive computer labs. The largest lab is Arnold Hall which is spread over four floors providing state-of-the art technology. While on campus, students can take advantage of the university wireless Internet network. Digital projectors, surround sound, and active white boards feed into equipment racks that enable presentation of all media types in the classroom.


Resident students in the Loeb, Stuyvesant Park, and 20th Street residences are automatically provided with $286.00 in Dining. Dollars each semester.

Resident students in the 13th Street Residence Hall are automatically provided with $1935.00 in Dining Dollars each semester.

You have the flexibility to use your meal card at all dining facilities on campus.  Your meal card works much like a debit card - the cash value of each item purchased is deducted from your account at the register. 

Food locations dotted across the various residence halls/campuses these include- Res Hall, Lang Café, Starbucks, Library Café, Café 55.

The Office of Recreation and Intramural Sports offers many opportunities to get active and meet students from across the university.

A few weekends each semester the University sponsors outdoor recreation programs within the city limits and beyond. Students can enjoy hiking, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, and skiing.

Every semester we offer various group classes including yoga, Pilates, salsa, zumba, and dance.

Academic calendar

Autumn Semester: January - May (exam period included)

Spring Semester: August - December (exam period included)


Academic life

The New School’s academic programs are designed to prepare students to be productive citizens in the 21st century. In addition to mastery of discipline-specific competencies, the university expects all of its graduates to be able to demonstrate the capacity to think critically; to analyse quantitative and/or scientific constructs; to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; and use appropriate technologies as tools for collecting information.

Course descriptions contain prerequisite and corequisite information as well as any other restrictions that apply. Course descriptions are published in the University Course Catalog:

In seminars and lectures, including those paired with discussion sections, one semester hour of credit equals one hour of class instruction and at least two hours of work outside of class for 15 weeks.

In studios, one semester hour of credit is equivalent to one, one and one-half, or two hours of class instruction as is appropriate to the course. Required hours outside of class are established in proportion to hours of class instruction; for example, a 6-hour, 3-credit studio has a 3-hour out-of-class requirement, whereas a 3-hour, 3-credit studio has a 6-hour out-of-class requirement. In all cases, there must be a 3-hour envelope per week for each semester hour of credit.

Grade Reporting

Faculty members determine the grades that each student will receive for work done under their instruction. Grades are recorded for all students registered in a course for credit. They are generally posted within two weeks of the end of the course. Students can access their grades and view their academic transcript through MyNewSchool. The university does not automatically mail paper copies of grade reports.Students who need an official grade report for the current term can request it through MyNewSchool.

Numerical values of grades are as follows:

A = 4.0 B+ = 3.3 C+ = 2.3 D = 1.0

A– = 3.7 B = 3.0 C = 2.0 F = 0.0

B– = 2.7 C– = 1.7 WF = 0.0





Acting and World Theatre Students:

You must choose a minimum of 3 courses or equivalent of 12 US credits from the courses approved by your Head of Programme.

International Business or International Events Management Students:

You must enrol 15 US credits (approx. 4 – 5 courses).

The courses you choose must be approved by your Head of Programme.

  • If you intend to take any other courses which have not been approved you must email your Head of Programme.

  • No credit will be given to any courses taken without the approval of your Head of Programme.

  • All questions regarding your courses should always be directed first to your Head of Programme.

  • You must submit your Learning Agreement with the courses you have registered for no later than three weeks after your arrival at the host institution.

Passing requirements

Acting and World Theatre Students:

In order to pass your SPA semester you must obtain a pass in all the courses you registered for.

International Business or International Events Management Students:

In order to pass your SPA you must obtain a pass in 12 US credits.

All students:

Students must sit all the exams for the courses they have registered for. Students are permitted to take resit exams on SPA at the host institution.

Students who fail to pass all their courses will be required to make up the missing SPA credits.

Please contact the Outbound Unit ( for more details.

Disability provisions

Please contact the IPO for more information regarding the support services at the New School for students who have disabilities.


New York is the epitome of a global city, reflecting the world in its expansive diversity of cultures, ethnicities, and ideas.

New York itself does not need much of an introduction, being one of the most famous and iconic cities in the world but MoMA, the Public Theatre, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, New Museum, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, Eyebeam, and the New York Historical Society, are just a small sampling of the cultural offerings in New York City—the global nexus of art, design, and business.

Public transport


If you’re going somewhere too far to walk, the subway is the way to go. Most subway lines travel up and down Manhattan, while buses travel across. Subways run 24-hours a day 7 days a week and cost $2 per ride no matter how far you are going. A one week Unlimited Metrocard for the subway costs $25. One day’s unlimited travel costs $7.50. Ticket machines in subway stations accept both cash, credit and debit cards. Subway maps are free.


You can hail a yellow cab on almost any street corner. Taxis are inexpensive and an easy way to travel. The meter starts at $2.50 and increases fare in increments of $0.40. There are nighttime and rush hour surcharges. Remember to leave a tip. Manhattan has very long streets and avenues. It’s important to know both the address and the cross street of your destination. A taxi is free if the yellow light on top of the car is completely lit.

Leisure activities

You’ll never run out of things to do in New York. Hitting all of the major sights in one trip requires ambition. Choose between visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a stroll in Central Park or a trip to Ellis Island tosee the Statue of Liberty.


New York may possibly be the best shopping city in the world. Every major chain and label has an outpost here, and there are so many small designers and flea markets, you are guaranteed to bring home much more than you bargained for. Shopping in New York is retail heaven! For more detailed shopping information download our special New York shopping guide at:


Each of our residences is unique and provides something for everyone. The strong and very active residence life staff gives students exceptional programming and close personal attention in all of our residence. The Greenwich Village residences—Loeb Hall, 13th Street Residence, and Stuyvesant Park Residence  — find themselves close to Union Square, Astor Place and Washington Square Park. Our 20th Street Residence  is found in the heart of Chelsea, a wonderful neighbourhood with a rich history. While returning students mingle with freshmen at the Village residences, other returning students join graduate students at the William Street Residence  where they enjoy the sights and sounds of the South Street Seaport and the historic Wall Street area.

On campus

Stuyvesant Park Residence- This 12-story suite-style residence opened in August 2009. The newest and largest residence, Stuyvesant Park Residence, is nestled in the Greenwich Village/Murray Hill neighbourhood, with wonderful views of Stuyvesant Park and easy access to campus buildings. With an abundance of large rooms and common spaces, including a main lounge, study room, gym, art room, and music practice space, Stuyvesant Park Residence is perfect for the first-time freshman.

Loeb Hall- Loeb Hall opened its doors in August 1989 and is the first residence hall owned and operated by The New School. An energetic and passionate residence life staff makes Loeb Hall ideal for college students looking for a strong community and active programs and events.

13th Street Residence Hall- This facility is located in a seven-story New York City landmark building on one of the most beautiful streets in Manhattan. Designed as a traditional residence hall, the 13th Street Residence is great for first-time college students who want to be close to campus.

20th Street Residence Hall- The 20th Street Residence Hall is located in the historic Chelsea district, which has long been a bastion of artists, writers, and intellectuals. Designed for independent, suite-style living, the 20th Street Residence is home primarily to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students. World-class art galleries, restaurants, and music venues have turned the Chelsea area into a major centre for the arts and entertainment.

William Street Residence- William Street residents enjoy proximity and quick access to the New York City waterfront, many tourist attractions, and music, dance, and culture in Manhattan's downtown financial district. This neighborhood been transformed in recent years to include a bustling and elegant residential community. Nearby attractions include the South Street Seaport, Battery Park, City Hall, Trinity Church, Chinatown, Soho, Governor's Island, Wall Street, and other historical landmarks and neighborhoods. The South Street Seaport and Battery Park play host to numerous outdoor music concerts . There is a full range of shopping venues and restaurants. All major subway lines are within a two- to three-block radius of the residence hall, making it easy to get anywhere in the city within minutes.

Off campus

The Office of Student Housing and Residence Life will assist you in your search for off-campus accommodation should this be your preference. The office maintains a list of apartments for lease, sublet, or share from people who have contacted the office.

Students who choose to live off campus prefer living as close to the Village/Chelsea area as possible for quick access to classes and try to remain on Manhattan island, but many migrate to outer Burroughs like Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx where rentals are more plentiful and affordable. Students have found that the East Village, Lower East Side and Inwood seem to offer the most affordable housing in Manhattan. Some students also choose to live in New Jersey particularly along the PATH train lines in places like Hoboken and Jersey City, with commute times of about 20 minutes. Within a 20 - 30 minute ride on an express train (4 or 5) the Upper East Side provides larger well-priced apartments.

In Brooklyn, Williamsburg offers lower priced apartments and falls along the path of the L train, affording students a 15 - 20 minute subway ride to the Union Square area. Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, Fort Greene, and Greenpoint are all popular Brooklyn neighborhoods among our students. In Queens, Long Island City and Astoria are often sought-out.


Cost of living

You will need to bear in mind the basic expenses you will incur whilst studying at Parson New School of Design. In order to adapt your budget accordingly we have provided a list items and their approximate cost to give you an idea and comparison.

Cost of living


The average cost for a furnished shared apartment in the New York City area generally range from $900 - $1800/month per person. Furnished studio apartments can start at $2000/month. It's possible to find less expensive options if you are willing to live further away. The deposit amount varies based on length of stay. Hostels and hotels are available for short visits $80 and up per night.


Subways and buses are $2.50 per ride or a Metrocard can be purchased for $104 for 30 days of unlimited rides.


Expect to spend $150-250 and up per week for food - may vary depending on eating habits.

Grocery Shopping in New York is expensive compared to anywhere else in the US due to space restrictions, especially on Manhattan Island. Here is a list of prices to give you an idea (estimated):

Minced meat (454g/1lb): $10

Loaf of Sliced Bread: $3

Pint of milk $1.50

Potatoes (per kg)$0.75

Eggs (dozen)$1.50

Cost of Socialising

Drinking in New York City is a heavy-priced pastime as far as global cities go. An average bar will set you back $7/8 for a bottle of beer and $12 for a glass of wine. It is customary to pay at least one or two dollars in tips per drink at a bar. Get started on drinking and night-life in New York, with our guide.

Dining in New York can be as reasonable or as opulent as you like. A pizza will cost you $18 at an average restaurant.

You can save a significant amount on top attractions in New York City by purchasing a New York Pass.


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Students who have been nominated to study at Parson's will be sent an application pack via email the semester before they are due to start their SPA.

Health Insurance 

You must provide evidence of having an appropriate health insurance. This is usually required at the time of submitting your application.

If you come from an EU country, remember to apply for a European health insurance card (EHIC) before leaving.

Medical care in the US is of an extremely high cost. It is essential that all students have the appropriate health insurance for the duration of their time in the US.

Below are several companies offering student insurance. All students are required to have health insurance coverage.

United Health Insurance -

Telephone: Customer Service: 1-800-767-0700
Address: Plan Administration UnitedHealthcare StudentResources 2301 West Plano Parkway, Suite 300 Plano, TX 75075
Mail your claims to: UnitedHealthcare StudentResources P.O. 809025 Dallas, Texas 75380-9025

Visa requirements

For visa requirements please contact (insert Embassy/immigration department)

International students accepted into on-campus degree programs at Parsons receive I-20 visa application materials and instructions with their acceptance letters. Parsons recommends that students complete the visa application process as early as possible to avoid any complications. Completed I-20 applications must be submitted to the Office of International Student Services with the required financial documents and affidavits of support. Students are eligible for an I-20 visa only if they are enrolled in a full-time, on-campus degree program.

For more information, visit the International Student Services website.

As an international student, you will be required to complete the I-20 visa application. You will have access to these forms ONLY if you are admitted to Parsons The New School for Design. The web link to these forms will be included in your acceptance letter. The Office of International Student Services will assist you with the visa process. Please be advised that as an international stu­dent, you cannot work off-campus.

You can contact the Office of International Student Services at:

Office of International Student Services79 Fifth Avenue, 5th floorNew York, NY


The New School of Public Engagement

International students accepted to The New School who need the I-20 or  DS-2019 form to obtain a visa will receive a link to the online International  Student Application Packet in their acceptance letters. The packet is also accessible through the Accepted Student tab in This Web page includes information about  applying for the I-20 or DS-2019, guidelines for providing financial documents,  instructions and procedures for F-1 transfer students, and other important  forms and information. For more information, visit the International Student Services website. For questions regarding the visa application process, contact International Student Services at


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Country: USA
Language of tuition: English
Level of study: Undergraduate

Applicable Regent's programmes for a study period abroad:

  • Acting & World Theatre - BA (Hons)