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.
If you want to start the process of changing your F-1 status, you must be accepted to LaGuardia first.
Once accepted, if you enter the United States under a non-immigrant visa, different than F-1 or J-1, and you want to change the purpose of your visit while in the United States, you must file a request with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) before your authorized stay expires.
In general, you may apply to change your nonimmigrant status if: you were lawfully admitted to the United States with a nonimmigrant visa, you have not violated the conditions of your status, and you have not committed any crimes that would make you ineligible. Please consult with an international student advisor if you are eligible to apply.
As an International Student you’ll need to submit your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores unless you are from a country where English is the official language.
The recommended minimum scores are:
If your TOEFL/IELTS/PTE score is below the recommended minimum you can apply to one of our English Language Center’s programs designed to help you improve your English skills.
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:
International students are eligible to apply for LaGuardia Community College Foundation Scholarships after the first complete semester (session 1 and session 2) at LaGuardia – awards range from $500 and up.
For more information and to fill out an application, please visit LaGuardia Community College Foundation Scholarships, call (718) 482-5010, or email FoundationScholarship@lagcc.cuny.edu, if you have a question about the status of your scholarship application.
You can search and apply for private scholarships on the following sites:
For additional help, see the eduPass smart guide for attending college in the United States.
LaGuardia makes college more affordable through tuition payment plans. Tuition is divided into 6-payment options to lower monthly installments. Log into CUNYfirst Self-Service to enroll. For more info, visit www.laguardia.edu/Financial-Aid/Tuition-and-Fees or contact the Bursar’s office (Room C110) at 718-482-7226 or firstname.lastname@example.org.