Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a U.S. Immigration term that refers to temporary employment for practical training (work) directly related to the student’s major area of study. International Students at NYFA are eligible for Post-Completion OPT which takes place after you complete a one or two-year conservatory program or AFA/BFA/MFA degree program (short-term workshops are not eligible for OPT). Once you are eligible to apply for OPT (toward the end of your last semester) the International Student Office will assist you with the application process and advise you on the various rules and regulations related to OPT.
F-1 students are eligible for up to twelve months of OPT.
M-1 students are eligible for two to four months of OPT depending on the length of study.
***If you have done OPT in the past please contact the International Student Office to discuss your particular situation so that we can properly advise if you will be eligible after you complete a program at NYFA.
You cannot work while you are a student at NYFA. You must have the funds to support yourself for the duration of your studies. We do not offer on-campus employment.
If you complete a conservatory or degree program, you will be eligible to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT). Please see the next question regarding OPT.
NYFA has an extraordinary diverse student body with students from over 80 countries. The English language requirement at NYFA depends on the program level, however, there are resources for students who need additional English language support and education. NYFA offers a Pathway Program that allows students to begin earning credit toward their degree while improving their English to a required level. To learn more, visit our international page.
Yes, international students are eligible for the need based tuition assistance. Students can learn more about financial aid, tuition assistance, independent funding by visiting NYFA’s financial aid page.
During the admissions process, the international office will ensure that students acquire the proper visas and documentation to attend NYFA. To learn more, please request more information from an Admissions Representative or contact our international department directly.