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  • International Student

    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.

  •  Apply to LaGuardia as an International Student

    LaGuardia Community College’s international students follow the same application process as our first-year applicants or our transfer applicants.  

     Eligibility and Requirements

    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 Pacific Islands.
     

    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 official language.
     

    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.

     Applying for I-20

    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:

     

    Financial Documents:

    • Bank statement showing the total amount of $67,672 if student is sponsoring himself/herself.

    OR

    If student is being sponsored then:

    • Sponsor’s signed Affidavit of Support
    • Sponsor’s Bank statement/or bank letter indicating a minimum of $33,836
    • Sponsor’s most recent Income Tax Return
    • Employment letter from sponsor’s employer, indicating how much the sponsor makes in a week or a month.
       

    If student is being provided with Room and Board, then:

     

    • Affidavit of Support for Room & Board provided in Section 4 & 5 of the I-20 Application must be signed by the provider, notarized by Notary and accompanied by a copy of the lease or deed.

    *Note-All financial documents must be dated within the last three months and written in English language or accompanied 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 Avenue Room B117
    Long Island City, N.Y. 11101
    phone: (718) 482-5145
    fax: 718-609-2021
     

    Email: fsinformation@lagcc.cuny.edu 

        

    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 the application for visa at a US embassy. 

     

     

    *Note- Be sure to take all your original documents collected for the I-20 to your visa interview. 

     

    International students are applicants who are not US citizens or US permanent residents. Admission process for International Students at LaGuardia Community College requires students to: 

     

    First apply as a Freshman Applicant or Transfer Applicant.  

    Once admitted then Apply for an I-20.  


    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 admissions@lagcc.cuny.edu or call 718-482-5000. If you would like to receive general admission information, please use the Admissions Inquiry 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 admissions@lagcc.cuny.edu or call 718-482-5000. If you would like to receive general admission information, please use the Admissions Inquiry Form.  

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