International Admissions

A world of possibility in New York

LIM College welcomes international students from across the globe. As one of the most diverse and cosmopolitan cities in the world, New York City is an ideal location to study the business of fashion. Our midtown Manhattan campus puts you in the center of the fashion industry and offers unparalleled opportunities for internships and networking.

 

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Common Questions

We define “international students” as those who require a student visa to attend LIM College and/or have attended school outside the U.S. (Chinese students should visit us on Weibo for more information.)

LIM has a rolling admissions policy. This means you can submit your application up until the beginning of the semester. However, we strongly recommend that international students submit their application as early as possible, to allow sufficient time for a visa to be issued.

 

International Admissions Checklist

  • To be considered for admission, you must submit the completed online application along with a $40 non-refundable application fee or approved fee waiver. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for regular admission.
High School/Secondary School Transcripts
  • The minimum academic requirement for admission to LIM College for an undergraduate (associate/bachelor's) degree program is the completion of high school or secondary school. High school or secondary documentation is required even if you have completed college or university work. A transcript (record of subjects/courses and grades) and verification of graduation is required. The document(s) must represent the equivalence of high school graduation in the U.S. All documents not written in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. If your degree was completed outside of the United States, the Office of Admissions may request your transcripts be evaluated by an evaluation agency approved by NACES prior to enrollment.

Please contact your Admissions Counselor for the specific documents required.

Transfer Credits
  • If you are enrolled in an undergraduate program, you must submit your official university or college transcripts for admission purposes and in order to have your records reviewed for transfer credits. If your documents are from another country, they must be submitted to an evaluation agency approved by NACES for an evaluation. All documents not written in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

*If you're currently enrolled in a degree program, you must submit a final official transcript prior to enrolling at LIM College. Please contact your Admissions Counselor for the specific documents required.

University/College Records - Graduate (Master's) Programs
  • You must submit an official transcript from the institution from which you earned your undergraduate degree. We may also request transcripts from all the other colleges or universities you attended (at the undergraduate or graduate level) to make an admissions decision. If your documents are from another country, they may need to be submitted to an education credential evaluation service to determine U.S. degree and GPA equivalency. All documents not written in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation from an evaluation agency approved by NACES.

If you're currently enrolled in a degree program, you must submit a final official college transcript outlining the degree awarded prior to enrolling at LIM College.

*Please contact your Admissions Counselor for the specific documents required according to country of study.

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

You are not required to prove English proficiency if:
  • You graduated from an American, Canadian, or British school and completed two (2) years of regular English courses.
  • You have taken at least 2 years of English Composition in an accredited institution in the United States.
  • You are from any of the following countries: American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Dominica, Grand Cayman, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Philippines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, St. Lucia, Trinidad/Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Kingdom, & U.S. Pacific Trust.
You may prove your English language proficiency by:
  • Submitting Evidence Based Reading/Writing SAT score of 530 or higher; or ACT English Language Arts score of 19 or higher.
  • Submitting a transcript from an accredited and approved institution, indicating a grade of “C” or better in English Composition.
  • Submitting an official “A” level GSCE Certificate indicating a grade of “C” or better in English.
  • Demonstrating you have earned at least 24 college credit hours or have made significant progress toward an associate degree, bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or doctoral degree from an accredited university.

All other applicants must submit proof of English proficiency via TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson's Test of English (PTE), TOEIC, and ITEP scores that meet the minimum requirement. All official scores must be less than 2 years old.

Third Party Examinations

Acceptance Level

TOEFL*

Internet- 80 Paper-550

IELTS

6.5

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE)

55

TOEIC

Listening/Reading: 700; Speaking / Writing: 7 or 270

ITEP

3.8 and above

 

*If you achieve a TOEFL score between 65 and 72, you're eligible to be admitted into the Global Pathway to Fashion program for two semesters ,or, if you achieve a TOEFL score between 73 and 79, you're eligible to be admitted for one semester. Click here to find out more information.

Our school code for the TOEFL is 2380. Scores are available as early as 15 business days from the date of testing. Please inform your Admissions Counselor if you will be taking the TOEFL or IELTS or if you will be enrolling in an English language program.

Note: student’s who are unable to sit for the TOEFL or IELTS exam can take the LIM College Language Review. This is an hour-long and consists of two parts: (1) listening and speaking and (2) reading and writing. For the listening and speaking portion, prospective students will listen to a video, respond to several questions, and engage in a short conversation with the reviewer. Prospective students are not only expected to recall content from the video but also articulate their own ideas. For the reading and writing portion, prospective students will read an article from a noteworthy publication and engage with the text by responding to the ideas and articulating their own ideas in writing. Please contact your admissions counselor to learn more.

Regardless of language proficiency, all international students are required to take a placement exam upon starting classes at LIM. Prior coursework does not preclude students from remedial language or business courses based on placement.

 
GRE/GMAT
  • In some cases, a GRE Verbal Reasoning score of 150 or greater, along with an Analytical Writing score of 3.55 or greater, can be used to meet our Proof of English Proficiency requirement, in combination with a successful Graduate Admissions Interview (via Skype/Zoom or in-person). The test must have been completed no more than two years prior to application submission and an official score report must be sent directly to LIM College. The use of the GRE score to meet our Proof of English proficiency requirement will be at the discretion of the Office of Graduate Admissions.
  • In some cases, a GMAT overall score of 556 or greater, along with a Verbal score of 27 or greater, can be used to meet our Proof of English Proficiency requirement, in combination with a successful Graduate Admissions Interview via Skype Video or in-person. The test must have been completed no more than two years prior to application submission and an official score report must be sent directly to LIM College. The use of the GRE score to meet our Proof of English proficiency requirement will be completely at the discretion of the Office of Graduate Admissions.
    • 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.U.S. citizens who have completed the majority of their coursework abroad may be considered international students for admissions purposes.
  • A personal interview is required. To schedule your interview, internationaladmissions [at] limcollege.edu (contact International 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.
  • You are required to submit one letter of recommendation from academic or work-related references. The letter 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 admissions [at] limcollege.edu and graduateadmissions [at] limcollege.edu, or submit them via our application portal.
Undergraduate

An essay is not required. All applicants must answer Short Answer questions as a part of the online application.

Graduate

Please address one of the following topics in a 350-500 word essay.

  1. Describe your specific career aspirations and your reason for pursuing a master's degree.
  2. Describe a career-related achievement or failure. How has this experience impacted your career?
  3. Discuss your commitment to, and passion for, working in the global fashion industry.
  • 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 it. You may also submit your resume in place of the Activity Sheet.
  • All F-1 students that study in the United States need a Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status.” Once accepted into a Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-certified school, international students will receive a Form I-20 from their designated school official (DSO). Click below to get more information on applying for a Form I-20.
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Global Pathway to Fashion

If you have a TOEFL score between 65 and 79, or if you simply need to enhance your English language ability, this program can be your first step toward earning a degree from LIM.

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