How to Apply as an International Student

Based on the latest Coronavirus guidance, the QCC Office of Admissions is working remotely. Before sending any documents to complete your application, please contact the CUNY Welcome Center as the priority processing deadline of February 1st has already passed.

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)

When to Apply

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.

Change of Plans?

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 Queensborough's Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) at 718-631-6257.

Learn from the Best

  • We are ranked among the best community colleges in New York*.
  • We are ranked one of the best community colleges in the nation (13th out of 710)*.
  • 85% of our full-time faculty hold a Doctoral or Terminal Degree - 3X the national average.

Money Matters

  • Starting your college career at a community college is a more affordable option than a four-year university.
  • An Associate's degree can significantly boost your lifetime earnings.

Scholarship Opportunities

  • Transfer scholarships to four-year colleges are available to Queensborough graduates who qualify.

Employment Opportunities

  • Students entering the workforce with an Associate's degree often find it easier to secure a job or internship while completing a Bachelor's degree.

*When compared to average US tuition and fees per year of private, nonprofit four-year colleges and universities.

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