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Non-degree Program for International Students Seeking F-1 Visa

International students can attend Pace University for one semester or two and obtain an F-1 visa for pursuing a non-degree program. International students can take a variety of classes without being admitted to a degree program. Due to the F-1 visa restrictions, participants in this program are required to take a full course load (UG level courses 12-15; GR level courses - minimum of 9 credits) and have the opportunity to transfer these credits to their home university. Access the Pace class schedule to see what courses are available. Once accepted to the non-degree semester at Pace program, students are guided through the course selection process, as well as practical matters, such as getting your visa and housing. Once at Pace, students participate in a specially designed orientation and have continued supported throughout their time at Pace.


Benefits of the Program

  • Take up to 5 courses
  • Transfer credits to home institution
  • Attend classes with Pace students
  • Be eligible to apply for F-1 visa
  • Receive on-going support/advising throughout the semester
  • Experience all NYC or Pleasantville has to offer

Who can Apply?

  • High School graduates on a gap year
  • Undergraduate students enrolled in a Bachelor's degree at another institution abroad
  • Graduate students enrolled in a Master's degree at another institution abroad

Admission Requirements

  • High school transcript; or
  • University/college transcript (if attending or previously attended another university/college)
  • Proof of English Proficiency

English Proficiency Requirements

Students whose first language is not English must present proof of English proficiency by submitting scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Pearson PTE academic:

TOEFL: Minimum score of 550 (paper-based version), 213 (computer-based version) or 80 (internet-based version)
IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5
Pearson PTE academic: Minimum score of 54
**Scores more than two years old will not be accepted

The TOEFL codes for Pace University are as follows:
New York City Campus: 2635
Westchester Campus: 2685


How to apply

To submit an application, please visit ISS Connect to create an account, and submit the "Initial I-20 Request for F-1 Non-degree Students"