LaGuardia Community College is nationally recognized
as a leader among community colleges for our boundary-breaking success
educating students from all over the world.Through LaGuardia’s degree program, you have at your
disposal an extensive Education and Language Acquisition Department offering preparatory courses to help you read, write
and speak English proficiently in your college classes. The Writing Center and Communication Skills Department will ensure that you’re handing in your best work.For pre-college or general-purpose English study LaGuardia’s Division for Adult and Continuing Education (ACE) houses The English Language Center (TELC), New York’s largest ESL program, offering intensive or a variety of non-intensive courses; and The Center for Immigrant Education and Training, providing free educational and job training services to resident aliens, permanent residents, refugees and citizens. To assist you in exploring your eligibility, English
language requirements, academic requirements, practical training, health
insurance, housing, application entry dates, and more, the International Student Services Office is here to answer your questions and help maximize your success at LaGuardia Community College.
With160 countries represented and 127 native languages spoken by our students,
faculty and staff, there is no better place to explore, experiment, and learn.
LaGuardia will give you the inspiration and tools you need to take charge,
challenge expectations, and write your own future.
LaGuardia Community College’s
international students follow the same application process as our first-year applicants or our transfer applicants.
An international student is one who is
not a U.S. national, a U.S. permanent resident, a permanent resident of the
Northern Mariana Islands, or a permanent resident of the Trust Territory of the
As an International Student you must
submit your Test of English as a Foreign Language
(TOEFL) or International English Language Testing
System (IELTS) scores unless you are from a country where English is the
The recommended minimum scores are:
TOEFL - Score of 45 (Internet-based exam) and 450 (paper exam)
IELTS - Score of 5
If your TOEFL/IELTS score is below the
recommended minimum, then you can apply to one of LaGuardia’s English Language Center’s intensive programs.
Once you have been granted admissions into LaGuardia Community College, you will need to apply for an I-20 form. I-20 is a form by which LaGuardia Community College certifies to the U.S. government that you are eligible for F-1 student status. This is the form that you will need to take to apply for a visa to the United States. In order to obtain the I-20, students must submit the following documents:
I-20 Application Checklist:
If student is being sponsored then:
If student is being provided with Room and Board, then:
*Note-All financial documents must bedated within the last three months and written in English language oraccompanied by certified English translation.
Please submit all the documents in one complete packet to the International Students Office either via mail, fax or email:
International Students Office
30-20 Thomson AvenueRoom B117Long Island City, N.Y. 11101phone: (718) 482-5145 fax: 718-609-2021
As soon as the International Students Office receives your complete package, we can issue you an I-20. You can begin the F-1 Student visa process only after you get your I-20.
Overview of the VISA Process
Once you receive your form I-20, you need to begin theapplication for visa at a US embassy.
*Note- Besure to take all your original documents collected for the I-20 to your visainterview.
International students areapplicants who are not US citizens or US permanent residents. Admission processfor International Students at LaGuardia Community College requires students to:
First apply asa Freshman Applicant or Transfer Applicant.
Once admittedthen Apply for an I-20.
If you are ready to apply to LaGuardia’sacademic program and have not previously attended any college, universityand/or proprietary school within or outside the United States since graduatingfrom high school or secondary school, apply as a Freshman Applicant. If you have attended any college, universityand/or proprietary school since graduating from high school/secondary school,apply as a Transfer Applicant. This applies whether or not you are seeking transfer creditand/or changing a program of study. If you are interested in studying English toprepare for college, career or life in New York City, visit the Adult and Continuing Education Division website for more information on how to register.
We’reonly an email or phone call away. Send specific questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or call718-482-5000. If you would like to receive general admission information,please use the AdmissionsInquiry Form .
You are an International Student only if you hold a temporary student visa while enrolled at the College. Once you’ve fulfilled your International Student requirements, you must apply as either a Transfer Student or Freshman Applicant.If you are ready to apply to LaGuardia’s academic program and have not previously attended any college, university and/or proprietary school within or outside the United States since graduating from high school or secondary school, apply as a Freshman Applicant.If you have attended any college, university and/or proprietary school since graduating from high school/secondary school, apply as a Transfer Applicant. This applies whether or not you are seeking transfer credit and/or changing a program of study. If you are interested in studying English to prepare for college, career or life in New York City, visit the Adult and Continuing Education Division website for more information on how to register.
We’re only an email or phone call away. Send specific questions to email@example.com or call 718-482-5000. If you would like to receive general admission information, please use the Admissions Inquiry Form.