With 150 countries represented and 98 native languages spoken by our students, faculty and staff, there is no better place than LaGuardia for you to explore, experiment, and learn.
We understand that being away from home and studying in a different country can be challenging. Our primary goal is your success. Our Office of International Student Services (ISS) will provide you with advising and support services with immigration, academic, financial, personal and cross-cultural matters to help your reach your educational goals.
International students follow the same application process as our first-year freshman and transfer applicants. Please review the eligibility & requirements below before you apply. If you are interested in taking English as a Second Language as an International Student, please visit The English Language Center (TELC) page for more information.
You are considered an international student if you have been admitted to the United States under a non-immigrant visa, either a F-1 (student) or J-1 (exchange visitor in the student category), for the purpose of enrolling in a full course of study at an U.S. accredited higher education institution. Please Note: If you are a U.S. citizen, 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, or under political asylum or a refugee, you are not considered an International student.
Once you have been granted admission into LaGuardia, you will need to apply for an I-20 form. An I-20 is a form used by LaGuardia to certify to the U.S. government that you are eligible for F-1 student status. This is the form that you will need to apply for a F-1 visa to the United States.
International students and other students who are not eligible for federal direct loans may apply for an alternative loan. Students have the right to select any lender of their choice. If you are an international student seeking help to fund your education, please look into the following: