Admissions Procedures & Guidelines

UNIS Manhattan is located on a site overlooking the East River one mile south of the United Nations.


This campus enrolls children in kindergarten through 12th grade. UNIS Queens is located in Jamaica Estates, a suburb approximately 17 miles east of the Manhattan Campus. This campus enrolls children in kindergarten through 8th grade. At the 9th grade level, UNIS Queens students may automatically transfer to the Manhattan Campus. For specific information about either campus, click Campus Information & Map.

 The United Nations International School provides an international education that emphasizes academic excellence within a caring community. The School promotes the appreciation of the diversity of persons and cultures, provides an optimal environment for learning and teaching, and offers a global curriculum that inspires in its students the spirit and ideals of the United Nations Charter.

Provided that space is available in the relevant grades, we welcome applications for kindergarten through twelfth grade from families of the United Nations as well as those from the international and greater New York communities.  As per our mission, children whose parents transfer from abroad to work for the United Nations, Missions to the UN, and Consulates enjoy priority in terms of admission, but admission is not automatic. All children are required to be interviewed and assessed in person at UNIS so that we can determine whether our program is the right fit for them.  We can only give an admission decision after we have met with and assessed the child and have also received all the necessary documentation, including official school reports, which we should receive prior to meeting with the student.