Center for International Affairs, Immigration & Study Abroad

Our Mission and Goals

Mission Statement

The Center focuses on the academic, social and professional development of F1 visa students, Dream scholars, and Global Citizenship Alliance study abroad participants.  The Center assists students in achieving their academic goals while maintaining their legal status during their course of study at Queensborough Community College.  The Center provides F1 visa students with professional development workshops and opportunities for intercultural exchange in classrooms and communities throughout the year.  The Center assists DREAM scholar recipients in achieving their academic goals and engages them in professional development and community building activities.  The Center promotes CUNY study abroad programs and scholarship opportunities, and provides study abroad program advisement and application assistance.  We promote and administer the Global Citizenship Alliance (GCA) study abroad and leadership program.   We also develop the comprehensive pre-departure training course for the GCA program.  The Center also organizes immigration events for the campus and local community.               


Department Goals

1. Improve student readiness for academic excellence and rigor of the college experience.
2. Support curricular innovation and strive for better alignment with baccalaureate programs and the demands of a dynamic workforce.
3. Leverage best practices and technological solutions to provide personalized advisement and comprehensive support (academic, personal, financial) for degree completion.


If you are applying for an F-1 visa to attend Queenborough for the Spring 2019 semester, please note that the last date to take the CUNY entrance exams in math, reading, and writing is January 23, 2019.

If you cannot enter the U.S. in time to take the CUNY entrance exams, please contact our office to defer your attendance until Fall 2019. 

The Fall 2019 I-20 application window for overseas students opens June  1, 2019 and closes July  1, 2019. Late/incomplete applications will NOT be accepted.

Dear Queensborough Student:

As President, I have the privilege of serving one of the most diverse colleges in the nation. For more than 50 years, our community has been strengthened and enriched by the contributions of all of our students, faculty, staff and alumni. We proudly stand by CUNY Chancellor James B. Milliken’s statement that there are few institutions that have done more to help this country benefit from immigration than The City University of New York.

Since the signing on Friday of the President’s Executive Order restricting entry to the U.S. by citizens of seven foreign countries, I have been working with my colleagues from across the university and beyond to determine how best to assist those students, faculty and staff impacted by this action.

Our commitment to protecting and supporting our students, regardless of their immigration status, is unwavering and includes the following:

  • CUNY will take no action to assist in the enforcement of the immigration laws except as required by law;

  • CUNY will protect student record information in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act;

  • CUNY will not turn over student information to immigration enforcement authorities except pursuant to court order;

  • CUNY will not request or gather information about students’ citizenship or immigration status in the course of providing educational or other services or in connection with public safety activities except as required in connection with tuition or financial aid eligibility; and

  • CUNY will not permit immigration enforcement officials to enter its campuses except to the extent required by a warrant or court order.

  • Additionally, CUNY’s Citizenship Now! (CN!), the largest university-based legal assistance program, is ready to respond to the concerns of our campus community with free legal advice and assistance.

  • For those who are detained trying to enter the United States, or are still abroad and needing guidance, please contact CUNY CN! attorney Isabel Bucaram, Esq. by text, phone call or WhatsApp at 646-860-5678. Affected students, faculty and staff abroad may also send an email to

  • For affected students, faculty and staff here in the U.S., regardless of immigrant status, the best advice remains not to travel abroad if at all possible until we have more clarity about ongoing developments.

  • CN! plans a Facebook Live session and a Facebook page for students, faculty and staff to share information and have their questions answered.

  • Students, faculty and staff can contact CN! at with questions.

  • CN!’s director, immigration attorney Professor Allan Wernick, will be a guest on NPR’s Brian Lehrer Show today at 11:30 AM to answer questions and offer guidance.

Additional information and a complete list of available legal and education services are available. If you have any questions or require any additional information, please contact Queensborough Community College’s CUNY CN! Coordinator, Ms. Lampeto (Bette) Efthymiou, at or 718-631-6611.

I also share with you these FAQs prepared by the CUNY School of Law’s CLEAR (Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility) project. This important resource aims to address the unmet legal needs of Muslim, Arab, South Asian, and other communities in the New York City area that are particularly affected by national security and counter-terrorism policies and practices.

Dr. Diane B. Call



To become an F-1 student, one must first apply to CUNY. After an applicant is accepted, s/he must obtain an I-20 before applying for an F-1 visa.

Under the direction of Ms. Lampeto Efthymiou, DSO/Manager of International Student Life, the Queensborough Community College (QCC) Center for International Affairs, Immigration & Study Abroad is a multi-service office for the purposes of providing the following:

CUNY's International Student Guide

Center for Immigration

Study Abroad

The Center for International Affairs, Immigration & Study Abroad is located in The Library Building, Room 431, and can be reached by:

Telephone: (718) 631-6611
FAX: (718) 281-5140
Library Bldg. Room 431

Queensborough Community College
222-05 56 Avenue, Bayside, Queens 11364

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