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Audio Technology Program (ATP)

900 Clock hours – 9 months

SAE’s audio course was first offered in 1976 and has since been perfected into the Audio Technology Program.  SAE has thousands of graduates working in the audio industry all over the world including Oscar and Grammy Award winners.

ATP is a 9-month full time course taught Monday to Thursday with workshops on Fridays consisting of 25 hours a week of class and studio time.

General Enrollment Procedures

  1. Provide a scanned copy of your passport and visa.
  2. Provide proof of English ability.
  3. A copy of your bank statement as required by the USA Embassy.
  4. Pass an online entrance exam.
  5. All students that have attended high school outside of the USA must have their transcripts evaluated by a NACES approved evaluation company.  We recommend using  Please visit their website for individual country instructions.  Generally, all documents can be submitted by email.
  6. Sign and return an application and enrollment agreement.
  7. Make a down payment to be issued an I-20 in order to obtain a student visa from a USA Embassy.

Please download the International information PDF; it contains all the information you need regarding visa requirements, planning your arrival, and the letter of financial support.

For more information please email:

Jesse Fagerhaugh or Jorge Perez

International Student Health Insurance

For more information on Health Insurance please visit this site.

Campus Life

SAE Institute New York will welcome you into a diverse, multi-cultural environment. Our student body ranges from New York residents and out-of-state American students to international students from several continents. New York City has been known as a world cultural melting pot, and this is an aspect that SAE New York is proud to embody in its educational facility.


While SAE New York does not offer campus housing, we do have some solid recommendations to aid in your search: - an educational housing service website that makes the search relatively easy, with buildings scattered throughout New York; the facilities offer convenient locations, rooms that come fully furnished, as well as 24-hour security - this is a more open-ended forum for searching; you can often find better bargains, while searching in specific neighborhoods, or for apartments that already have inhabitants but are in need of a roommate

Manhattan can be expensive, so exploring other boroughs is often wise and beneficial in reducing the cost of living. The New York MTA is quite reliable, so a commute from another borough (i.e. Brooklyn or Queens) is feasible and affordable. Fortunately, the SAE New York campus is conveniently located in Chelsea, in close proximity to many of the major public transportation routes, in addition to Penn Station, the Port Authority Bus Terminal and PATH.

Monthly passes are available for public transit, which is another money saver.