Welcome to the Office of International Student Services
The office of International Student Services (ISS) supports MSM’s international community as soon as a student Confirms, and continuing through their post-graduation endeavors! The majority of international students complete their education in the U.S. in F-1 status. The first step to gaining F-1 status is to apply for a SEVIS Form I-20, which is needed for the visa interview and to enter the United States.
After ISS reviews and approves your I-20 application, we will provide you with detailed instructions to schedule and prepare for your F-1 visa interview at a U.S. embassy or consulate.
When our international student community arrives on campus, we gather for an orientation session to discuss legal work and training opportunities, acclimating to life in New York City, and legally maintaining status while studying in the United States.
Throughout the academic year, ISS provides weekly office hours, Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. for immigration-related questions and concerns. Living in another country can be overwhelming… we are here to help! See our full list of services at the bottom of this page!
-Photo credit to violinist Minjoo Moon, currently earning a Professional Studies Certificate at MSM. Her photo, visible at the top of the page, depicts a green tea field near her home in Boseong, South Korea.
Meet the Team
From Around the World to MSM…
Check out where current students come from!
“The possibility to be surrounded by musicians of excellence from all around the world is the real unique value of the environment at MSM. In my experience a huge part of the growth that a musician can pursue is given by who shares our same path. And when our peers bring along their culture, the potential to create rare artistic outputs can become a reality.”
BM '22, Jazz Piano
“The office of International Student Services was one of the most important offices during my 6 years of studies at MSM. As international students, we need to do a lot of things with them, and once you are allowed to work part-time with CPT, they are the ones in charge of everything. Fortunately, Michael Lockhart and Laura Haley are wonderful and they are super attentive and efficient. They were always on time and they did everything possible even when I had a last-minute call for a concert.”
BM '19, MM '21, Classical Viola
Curricular Practical Training
After maintaining F-1 status for one year, students are eligible to apply for CPT! ISS hosts workshops to help students better understand this work/training benefit that accompanies F-1 status.
Optional Practical Training
ISS provides step-by-step video guides and one-on-one meetings with students who wish to apply for Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT).
J-1 visa-holders interested in off-campus work authorization should inquire with the ISS office about how to begin an Academic Training (AT) application!
In the spring, all students residing in the U.S. must submit tax forms to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Whether you earned income or not, we will assist you with this process!
Any students wishing to establish themselves at a local bank can visit our office for assistance. Becoming established at a local bank can help reduce international charges and fees, as well as help build a credit score.
Students interested in acquiring a driver’s license can visit the ISS office for assistance.
SEVIS Record Transfers
Are you transferring to MSM from another U.S. institution? We will work with you during the SEVIS transfer process.
Annual International Student Concert
Each spring, MSM hosts a concert in honor of you! Our international student community is comprised of dedicated individuals who have unified in New York City in pursuit of a world-renowned education at Manhattan School of Music. The richness in personality, culture, and musical background that each student brings to the School is demonstrated at this annual event. Selected musicians perform pieces composed by an artist native to the student’s home country. This magical performance summons lesser-known pieces from around the world, and invites the audience to hear music that has inspired and moved our international community throughout their personal journeys.
SLIDESHOW: Photos from International Student Concerts