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International Students

Welcome to SUNY Schenectady

SUNY Schenectady County Community College (SUNY Schenectady) welcomes international students. We believe in a diverse student population and encourage international students to join our community through the wide variety of courses and activities offered in and out of the classroom!

The College accepts applications for admission from international students for the Fall and Spring semesters. Students attending the College on a student visa (F1) as authorized by an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility are considered to be international students. Applicants who are permanent residents of the United States should follow the normal admissions procedures and are not considered to be international students. Acceptance of international students is based on the following factors:

  1. Either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required prior to Admission. The minimum acceptable score on the computer based TOEFL is 213. The minimum acceptable score on the internet based test is 79. These are equivalent to the paper based TOEFL score of 550. The minimum score for the IELTS is 6.5. The testing requirement may be waived for students from countries where English is the primary language or when a student has successfully completed English Composition courses at an accredited U.S. college.
  2. Students must have academic credentials at a level appropriate for entrance in college level study. The Full Opportunity Program regarding admission to the College does not apply to international students.
  3. Application Deadline for International Students - Due to the amount of time required to process international student applications and evaluate academic credentials, applications should be processed as early as possible to insure adequate time for acceptance to the College. For international students, the application process should be totally completed with all documentation prior to July 15th for the Fall semester and December 1st for the Spring semester.
  4. In order to verify that a student meets the admissions requirements of the college, the admissions office requires that an evaluation agency such as WES World Education Services, ECE Educational Credentials Evaluators, or Joseph Silny and Associates verify your secondary school records. Either equivalency to a U.S. secondary school graduation (completion of U.S. 12th grade) or completion of the equivalent of a U.S. college degree must be shown. The evaluation report, along with an official copy of the transcript must be in your file by the international student deadline. If the student holds an associates or bachelors degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, an official copy of the transcript sent directly from the college to SUNY Schenectady will substitute for the above.
  5. Students must be able to certify the availability of $24,700 (U.S. currency) per each 12 month period to support their cost of tuition, fees, books, room, board, and other living costs while in attendance at the College.
  6. Health insurance coverage is required, and the cost of the premiums will be added to your student account. The fee schedule for the 2021-2022 school year is:


    Cost to Participant











    Short Term (Up to 16 days)


    If you already have purchased comparable insurance, please submit proof to the Admissions Office. The College will then determine if your existing policy is comparable. If your policy is deemed to be comparable, then you will not be assessed the above charges.
  7. International students are not eligible for any form of financial aid for attendance at SUNY Schenectady. Students attending the College on a student visa must pay non-resident tuition (double the resident tuition) regardless of the length of time that they have resided in New York State. (See section on Tuition and Fees in the catalog).
  8. International students who entered the country with an F-1 Visa or who changed their immigration status to F-1 while in the United States are strongly recommended to report to the Division of Student Affairs (E222) every semester to assure maintenance of status. All F-1 students who transfer to SUNY Schenectady must also apply for an SCCC I-20 (certificate of eligibility) within 15 days of registering for classes.
  9. Students are responsible for the SEVIS fees for F-1 students.
  10. International students must supply proof of all required immunizations. To learn more about our immunization requirements, visit our Immunization page.

Students who are permanent residents, or in the United States on certain visa types, do not need to follow international student admissions procedures.

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