Visiting and Exchange Students

nift studentsAt FIT, our visiting and exchange students enhance our campus and add to the intercultural environment. For one to two semesters (based on the agreement type), these students come to us from all over the world to join classes in a variety of departments. Visiting students are one-way inbound students and exchange students are bilateral, in that we send and receive students.

Students must be nominated by one of our international partner institutions. If you are interested in studying at FIT, but your institution does not have an agreement with FIT, please have your home international office reach out to Dr. Helen Gaudette, Assistant Dean for International Education, to discuss the possibility of becoming partners.

Incoming students at FIT must be nominated by the partner institution. Nominations do not guarantee participation in the program and must first be confirmed by the FIT host department.

  • Fall semester (August - December): nominations due early March
  • Spring semester (January - May): nominations due early October

Once nominated, you will receive the link to register in our application system from the relevant OIP Coordinator. The initial registration does not include all of the visa documentation, but you should begin to collect those materials to submit (see next section).

  • Fall semester (August - December): application due mid-March
  • Spring semester (January - May): application due mid-October

We welcome two types of students: 

  • Visiting students (inbound only): receive F-1 visas and are fee-paying students
  • Exchange students (bilateral program): receive J-1 visas and pay their home institution tuition and fees, aside from the mandatory health insurance

The documentation needed for the visa will be requested within the registration/application portal. However you can expect to prepare the following:

  1. Original Academic Transcript (in English)
  2. English Proficiency Report, tests accepted/scores required if applicable
  3. Scan of valid passport
  4. International Student Financial Statement Form (ISFS), located in portal
  5. Bank letter, if applicable per #4
  6. DS-2019 Request Form (J-1 exchange students only)
  7. Digital Portfolio (link or PDF), if design students

Though the Office of International Programs (OIP) facilitates the application process, the International Student Services (ISS) staff are the experts. Specific visa questions should be addressed to them

Upon receipt of all correct documentation, ISS will send you information about applying for your visa.

Estimated expenses can be found here. Note that the top section is what is billed to your FIT Student Account and the bottom section is just to assist with your personal budgeting.

Contact Us

Office of International Programs

Room B119
+1 (212) 217-5380