How to Apply as an International Student

Applicants who have been educated outside the United States, including permanent residents, refugees, and students on temporary visas (i.e. F1 student visas), will file the appropriate application (Freshman or Transfer).

To be considered for admission, international students are expected to meet these general requirements:

  1. Submit proof of graduation from an accredited secondary school or a foreign equivalent,
  2. Present a complete and accurate chronological outline of their previous education and authorized school and/or university transcripts together with a certified English translation.
  3. Establish proficiency in English if from a non-English speaking country by submitting the scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL*). Currently, Queensborough requires a minimum of 475 on the paper-based (pBT), a score of 153 on the computer-based (cBT), or 53 on internet-based (iBT) test.
  4. Review and follow procedures for VISA regulations.

TOEFL is given by the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, N.J., at various testing centers here and abroad. Students who may have already taken the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) or come from an English-speaking country may submit the SAT scores instead.

Students seeking more information about applying as an international student should visit the International Student Affairs & Center for Immigration website.

Apply online directly with the City University of New York.

Application fee:
Freshman - $65.00 (USD)
Transfer - $70.00 (USD)


Students who want to be assured that their applications will receive first priority are strongly advised to meet the recommended deadline dates. Deadline dates for admission are September 15th for Spring, and February 1st for Fall admission.


New students who cannot register for the upcoming semester may file a REACTIVATION FORM for the next semester. This form is to be returned to the Queensborough Community College Admissions Office. Students who file for Reactivation early gain an advance start for advisement and registration for the following semester. There is no fee for this reactivation service. To obtain a REACTIVATION FORM, please contact the Admissions Office or submit a request by email.

Services for Students with Disabilities

If you need accommodation(s) due to a disability, please contact QCC’s office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) located in room S-132 or call 718-631-6257.

Campus Cultural Centers

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