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LIM College welcomes international applicants from across the globe. As one of the most diverse and cosmopolitan cities in the world, New York City makes an ideal location to learn the fashion industry. The LIM College campus in Midtown Manhattan puts students in the heart of the fashion business and offers unparalleled opportunities for internships and networking.

LIM College defines international students as students who require a student visa to attend LIM College and/or have attended school outside the United States. Chinese students should visit LIM College on Weibo for more information.

LIM College has a rolling admissions policy allowing you to submit your application up to the beginning of the semester. We strongly recommend international students submit your application as early as possible to allow sufficient time for a visa to be issued. The visa process begins upon acceptance to LIM College. Applicants receive an admission decision by email on LIM College letterhead within four to six weeks of completing the application process.

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In a 300-500 word essay, please describe the most significant experience, accomplishment, risk you have taken, moral dilemma or personal triumph you have faced and its impact on you.

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To be considered for admissions, you must submit an online or paper application along with a $40 non-refundable application fee or approved fee waiver. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for admissions.  

Mail materials to:

LIM College
Undergraduate Admissions
12 East 53rd St.
New York, NY 10022


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Letters of Recommendation

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Applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendations from academic or work-related references. The letters of recommendation should demonstrate insight into your teamwork, leadership, communication, intellectual and interpersonal skills and abilities; as well as your level of maturity, strengths and weaknesses.

Send your letters of recommendation to and, or submit them via our application portal


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English Proficiency

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All non-native English language speakers must demonstrate English language competency.

Not required to prove English proficiency if:
  • Native language is English and have taken at least three (3) years of English Language and/or Composition (English as a Second Language courses are not applicable).
  • Students who completed at least three (3) years in a school or college or university where the language of instruction is English and submit SAT, ACT, GCSE or IB testing.
Prove language proficiency by:
  • Critical writing SAT score of 460 or higher; or ACT English score of 19 or higher.
  • A transcript from an accredited American university indicating a grade of “C” or better in one semester of English composition.
  • An official “A” level GSCE Certificate indicating a grade of “B” or better in English.
  • Students earned at least 24 college credit hours from an accredited U.S. college or university. English as a second language courses do not apply.

All other applicants must submit TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson's Test of English (PTE) scores and meet the minimum requirement.

Test Minimum Score
PTE 58
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  • SAT Code: 2380
  • ACT Code: 4807

U.S. citizens who have completed the majority of their coursework abroad may be considered international students for admissions purposes.

All instances that do not fit within these specified criteria will be judged on a case-by-case basis. After review of your application, the Office of Admissions reserves the right to request additional documentation and/or translation of materials to support your application.

Graduate Students

International students, for whom English is not the primary language, must take the TOEFL exam and provide an official score report showing a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test; 213 on the computer-based test; or 80 on the internet-based test.  An official score report of the IELTS test may be provided that shows a minimum score of 6.5. Official scores from the Pearson Test of English (PTE) may be provided that shows a minimum score of 54. All official scores must be less than two years old.

TOEFL, IELTS or PTE score reports will not be required of applicants who have earned or have made significant progress toward an associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or doctoral degree from an accredited university in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the Bahamas, Bermuda or Canada. All applicants educated in all other countries must submit proof of English proficiency. All instances that do not fit within these specified criteria will be judged on a case-by-case basis. After review of your application, the Office of Admissions reserves the right to request additional documentation and/or translation of materials in support of your application.



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High School

LIM College requires official high school or secondary school transcripts to be considered for admissions. If your transcript and supplemental documents are not in English, you must provide a notarised and word-for-word translation along with the original documents. After enrollment, students must provide proof of high school graduation. All final transcripts must include your graduation date. International students, except those listed below, must submit a credential evaluation performed by any NACES accredited evaluation services, such as World Education Services (WES). 

American High Schools: Students who attend American model schools abroad that are taught solely in English.

IB Schools/Dipolmas: Students who attend International Baccalaureate schools that are taught solely in English and/or obtain an International Baccalaurate diploma.

General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE/IGCSE): Applicants must submit at least five (5) test scores.

Canadian Schools: Students are not required to submit a credential evaluation if taught primarily in English, but if a student's is taught in French a credential evaluation is required.

College or University

International transfer applicants must also submit official course-by-course credential evaluation for college and university courses taken at schools within and outside the United States. Applicants may be asked to submit translated course descriptions or syllabi with exact course names and numbers for all post-secondary academic work attempted so it can be evaluated for possible transfer credits. 

Official transcript evaluations are accepted by any NACES accredited credential evaluation service, such as World Education Services (WES). Reports can be combined with high school transcripts. Canadian students who attended schools taught primarily in English are not required to submit a credential evaluation, but for those taught in French a credential evalution in required.

Graduate Students

Candidates are required to hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in the U.S. or an equivalent undergraduate degree from a foreign country. If the undergraduate degree was completed outside of the United States, the Office of Admissions requires that your transcript be evaluated by World Education ServiceAACRAO International Education Services, or another evaluation agency approved by NACES if you intend to apply to the MBA program. The Office of Admissions may request a transcript evaluation for MPS applicants in certain cases.


All students who are not required to submit a credential evaluation, must forward official documents directly to the Office of Admissions. Official documents must be signed and sealed in original packaging and issued from the institution and are certified, notarized or attested.

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Activity Sheet

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The activity sheet gives us a deeper understanding of your work and volunteer experiences, extracurricular activities and awards and achievements. It is not required for admissions consideration, but we strongly encourage you to submit an acitivity sheet. You may submit your resume in place of the activity sheet.

Activity Sheet

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A personal interview is required by LIM College for international graduate students. To schedule your interview, contact Graduate Admissions.

After reviewing your application, the Office of Admissions reserves the right to request additional documentation and/or translation of materials in support of your application.


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Regular Admissions



Early Action Admissions 

November 15


Graduate Dates

Spring Priority Deadline

November 15


Fall Priority Deadline

March 1


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