• International Students

    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.

  • Apply to LaGuardia

    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.

  • Eligibility & Requirements

    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.

    Changing F-1 Status

    Please contact LaGuardia’s International Student Services office at fsinformation@lagcc.cuny.edu.

    Please note that we no longer process requests for change of status to F-1 students within the United States. If you are a potential F-1 student, we can explain the process to change your status leaving the United States and applying for an F-1 visa at the American Embassy. Potential F-1 students must be careful when they decide to apply for change of status within the United States, as rules and regulations have changed and you could compromise your current Non-Immigrant status.

    English Test Requirements

    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:

    • TOEFL - Score of 45 (Internet-based exam) and 450 (paper exam)
    • IELTS - Score of 5
    • Pearson Academic (PTE)- Score of 53

    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.

  • Applying for I-20

    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.

    I-20 Application Checklist:

  • Contact Us

    Office of International Student Services
      Room: B-Building, B-117
      Phone: (718) 482-5145

    Larisa Lerner
    International Student Services Enrollment Coordinator
    Paula Ramirez
    Lania Mok Fung
    Marisela Ng Lin