International Students

As a creative hub for electronic music located in the heart of New York City, we have received a lot of interest in our classes from students around the world. If you’d like to come study at Dubspot and you are a citizen of another country, this page will answer some important questions you may have.

U.S. Visa Information

Many non-U.S. citizens need a visa to enter the United States to visit, work, and live. Below is some information for students traveling and living abroad.

What is a Visa?

Nonimmigrant visas allow non-U.S. citizens to travel to a U.S. port-of-entry (i.e., the airport) and request permission from the Department of Homeland Security immigration inspector to enter the country. A visa does not guarantee entry into the United States. Based on your circumstances, you may qualify for different types of visas.

Do I Need a Visa?

In some cases, the U.S. allows certain travelers entry into the U.S. without a visa, for example citizens of countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program as well as citizens of Canada and Bermuda.

What Kind of Visa Do I Need?

Because our classes are for personal enrichment and are less than 18 hours a week, international students coming to the U.S. primarily for tourism may be allowed to visit the U.S. on a visitor (B) visa and take our courses during their stay. Please note that we are not able to offer educational visas.

For more information, please visit the U.S. Department of State website.

Courses and Programs

We have many courses that fit the needs of students here for a short stay. Our most popular course program, the DJ/Producer Ableton Program, can be completed in three months depending on the schedule you choose. Our Music Production programs in Ableton or Logic Pro run for three months and meet twice a week. We also offer DJ courses designed to fit the needs of foreign visitors that run for three months or less.

We have other courses and workshops ranging in length from a single weekend to six months, so however long you are staying we have a course that can fit your schedule.

Important: We will not be able to issue a letter to confirm that you have been accepted to a course until you have paid your course fees. The best way to pay is online via a credit card. If you’d like to pay with an international wire, please email us at info@dubspot.com for instructions. If for any reason your visa application is denied, you will not get a refund: it is your responsibility to obtain a visa and arrive in time for your course(s).

Housing: Apartments, Hostels, and Hotels

If you need to find a place to stay in New York City, Craigslist NYC is a good place to look for inexpensive accommodations. In the “Housing” section search within the “rooms / shares” or “sublets / temporary” depending on whether you would share a place or you’d prefer your own.

Another more affordable alternative is to stay at a hostel. HI-New York is an affordable hostel located on the Upper West Side and their website has a lot of information about other New York hostels as well.

Of course there are also plenty of hotels in and around New York City if you prefer. Priceline and Kayak are both good resources for finding affordable hotels.

Also, keep in mind that there is no need to limit your housing search only to Manhattan. Dubspot is easily accessible from any of the other NYC boroughs (Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, Staten Island) as well as New Jersey (check Hoboken and Jersey City), Long Island, Westchester or even Southern Connecticut. For details on how to get to and from Dubspot from those locations, see below.

Getting Around Town

You will probably want to take public transportation to get to and from school as New York City traffic and parking can be problematic. To see how far Dubspot is from anywhere in New York City, including all five boroughs, reference the New York City Subway map. The closest subway stop to Dubspot is at 14th Street and 8th Avenue, where you can access the A, C, E and L lines.

From New Jersey, you would want to take the PATH train to 14th Street and 6th Avenue, which is just a few blocks from Dubspot. You can also take the NJ Transit commuter train from New Jersey to Penn Station.

From Long Island you can take the Long Island Railroad commuter train, which comes into Manhattan at Penn Station (34th Street and 7th Avenue), and from Westchester and Southern Connecticut. you can take the Metro North commuter train to Grand Central Station in Manhattan (42nd Street and Lexington Avenue). From both Penn Station and Grand Central, you can get to Dubspot via a short subway ride.

What to Do in New York City

So what is there to do in New York City when you’re not producing tracks and working on mixes? In short: anything and everything. The “Big Apple” is a playground for music, nightlife, culture, sports and anything else that suits your fancy. A few resources that may help you explore the city include Flavorpill, TimeOut NYC, Fusicology, CityPASS and Resident Advisor.

If you have any other questions, feel free to email admissions@dubspot.com or call 1.212.242.2100.