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International Students

Precollege Program

International students interested in Pratt PreCollege can call 718.399.4533, or email

Certificate Programs

The certificate programs in Creative Careers, Digital Design and Fashion New Media are full-time, in-person, NonCredit programs that support international students on an F1 student visa. Optional Practical Training (OPT) is available to eligible graduates of Digital Design or Fashion New Media who never had OPT before. Students who had OPT at any level before are not eligible.

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall term – June 1st
  • Spring term – November 1st

Tuition: Approximately $7500-$8500 per semester

For more information, contact Chris Ferrara: 212.647.7370, email, or make an appointment.

Pratt Institute is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant, international students. International students are required to maintain a full-time, in-person schedule, consisting of a minimum of 18 hours per week, during the fall and spring semesters. Optional Practical Training (OPT) is available to eligible international students, who never had OPT before, upon completion of the Fashion New Media, or Digital Design Certificate.


woman standing in front of manhattan bridge, with river behind her, woman wearing black coat and purse

Image courtesy of Aurélie Lionet

Arm yourself with the knowledge and strategies needed to succeed in a creative career. Discover career options while learning best practices in business, marketing communications, copyright law, and licensing. Hone a craft in a creative field of choice. Position yourself strategically with a professional design portfolio. Length of program: 1 semester (16 weeks).


student at desk, on a conference call, iphone in other hand, schematics on dry erase board behind him

Digital tools empower designers to blur the lines between fields. Take an interdisciplinary approach to Pratt’s Digital Design certificates. Combine elective classes across digital design fields with a foundation in graphic design to enter one of the multidisciplinary roles today’s designers occupy. Grow your network while building a professional design portfolio. Length of program: 3 semesters (12 – 18 months). 


fair skinned black woman with braids, in sheer fashionable dress

Image courtesy of Paul Sunday

Jump into fashion brand creative marketing through the first certificate program in fashion new media. Examine the new media landscape. Develop a vision. Create deliverables for target audiences. Finish with a market-ready, professional design portfolio and build your network in the world’s fashion capital: New York City (all classes are held in the Pratt Manhattan Center). Length of program: 3 semesters (12 – 18 months).

Fashion New Media is a multidisciplinary program:

  • Branding and Digital Marketing (build a brand from the ground up, or grow an existing brand)
  • Digital Fashion (unlock the potential of NFT’s, and explore what is possible in the Metaverse)
  • Graphic Design (communicate your message with typography, layout, color and image)
  • Photography and Video Production (become a photographic and video content creator)
  • Web Design (design blogs and websites)

Frequently Asked Questions:

I am coming to NYC as a tourist. Can I take classes?

International tourists who are interested in taking a course during their travels may be eligible to enroll in a short, NonCredit course. According to the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, visitor visa/status permits enrollment in a short avocational or recreational course of study, which is not for credit toward a degree or academic certificate. The schedule of study must not exceed 18 hours per week, and the course must not exceed 12 weeks in duration. Tourists are advised to review the rules of their visa before enrolling to ensure that the course doesn’t exceed the limits of their visa. For more information, contact

I need help deciding what classes to register for, who can I speak with for assistance? 

Make an appointment or contact

What documents are needed for my application to be processed? 

Students need to submit an application (see above) and a copy of their passport to

Does Pratt SCPS require a submission of scores from language proficiency tests?

International students must show evidence of English proficiency through one of the following means. 

  1. Citizen of a country where English is a nationally recognized language.
  2. A minimum TOEFL score of 500 paper-based test, 173 computer-based test, or 61 Internet-based test is required (a comparable IELTS, or TOEIC score may be accepted).
  3. An interview with an SCPS admissions counselor. 
  4. Demonstration of English Proficiency through another means, like a degree from an English-speaking school.
  5. Successful completion of ELL Portfolio, or the ELL Assessment.

How will I know if my application has been accepted?

Students will receive an official acceptance letter from Pratt SCPS.

How will I receive my I-20?

Once a student’s application is received and accepted by Pratt SCPS staff, their information is sent to the Pratt Office of International Affairs (OIA). After students are accepted, the OIA will send instructions on how to apply for the I-20. For questions, please contact the OIA by emailing

How do I register and pay for classes? 

(Students pay as they go.) Students cannot register prior to having their I-20 issued by Pratt and cannot pay until they have registered for classes. Once registration opens, students will receive a notice with instructions on how to register. Students receive a bill only after they have registered for classes.

When and where do classes take place?

Classes are held in the Pratt Manhattan Center (PMC), located at 144 West 14th Street, NY, NY 10011. Classes are scheduled 7 days a week, 9 AM-12 PM; 12-3 PM; 3-6 PM; 6:30-9:30PM. Browse courses to see specific class schedules. 

International students must be enrolled full-time in classes in order to meet the requirements of the F1 Visa. Students can expect to be in classes at least 18 hours per week for 16 weeks during the fall and spring semesters.

Does Pratt offer room & board?

Pratt SCPS students will need to secure off-campus housing. Conference housing may be available through Pratt during the summer only

Does Pratt offer health insurance for Certificate students?

Yes. Students can purchase healthcare through Pratt. While not required, we strongly encourage students to have health insurance while enrolled in a program. 

Aetna Student Health Insurance Plan

The Pratt Student Health Insurance plan is offered by Aetna Student Health and administered by our insurance broker, Haylor, Freyer & Coon, Inc. Students wishing to enroll in the student health insurance plan after the enrollment deadline must visit to complete the enrollment process. Enrollment in Aetna Student Health Insurance is for the full academic year. An insurance ID card will be available to you after your successful enrollment. For all servicing needs related to the student health insurance program, please reach out to our servicing broker, Haylor, Freyer, & Coon, Inc. at 1.866.535.0456 or