International Admissions

We welcome your interest in attending Suffolk County Community College, the links on the left will provide all the information you will need to begin this exciting educational journey with us!

Suffolk County Community College is one of the 64 colleges and universities that make up the State University of New York (SUNY) educational system. We are proud to say that we are the largest community college in the state of New York, with three campuses located on Long Island (Selden, Riverhead, and Brentwood). Our student population is approximately 26,500 students and we offer 100 programs of study. Our current international student community comes from many different countries. We regard every international student as a valued member of our diverse college community and we are committed to working with each student in order to help them reach their goals.

Suffolk County Community College is a two-year college where an associate's degree can be awarded. Students starting at Suffolk County Community College can transfer to a four year institution to earn a bachelor’s degree. Suffolk currently has articulation, and "two-plus-two" agreements with many institutions.
Please visit: Transfer Agreements and Transfer Is the Answer.

Length of study at Suffolk County Community College is two years for academic programs, or three years if English language training is required and the applicant enrolls in the English as Second Language (ESL) Intensive English Program (IEP).
Suffolk County Community College does not have dormitories or residence halls. Applicants or their sponsors must arrange proper housing.

Cost of Attendance

Total Costs per Academic School Year:
Tuition and Fees $9,530
Living Expenses $7,410
Books and Supplies $1,500
Total Annual Cost $18,440 USD

If you do not have a Housing Sponsor in the United States offering you free room and board, you must arrange your own housing; add the housing cost of $11,000 dollars to the total annual cost.
The Total Annual Cost is $29,440 dollars per year.

Applicants must submit evidence they have immediate available funds to them to pay their tuition and living expenses.

Suffolk County Community College has a tuition payment plan (TPP) that allows students to pay their tuition and fees in three installments.
Please visit: Tuition Payment Plan.

F-1 Student Visa and Status Overview

An F-1 Non-immigrant is a student with an F-1 status, pursuing a program of study in a United States college or university. The primary purpose of the F-1 student status is full-time study, which is a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester or a certified full-time language program. Suffolk County Community College only admits F-1 students in the fall and spring semesters. Full-time study is required of F-1 students both semesters. Enrollment for the winter and summer sessions are optional for F-1 students. Credits taken during the winter and summer sessions cannot be used to reduce a full-time course load for the fall and spring semesters.

New students, who are eligible, will receive a SEVIS Form I-20 from Suffolk County Community College. The SEVIS Form I -20 is an important document that tells the U.S. government that an applicant is eligible to apply for an F-1 student visa. It certifies the applicant has met the admissions and financial sponsorship requirements at Suffolk County Community College. Applicants will need a SEVIS Form I-20 to apply for an F-1 student visa, apply for a change of status, or to keep lawful F-1 status when transferring schools within the U.S.

On the SEVIS Form I-20, applicants will be given two years to complete a degree program; applicants in the Intensive English Program (IEP) will be given three years to complete the language and degree program.

Change of Status

Non-immigrants in the United States seeking a change of status to F-1 must contact the International Student Office for more information regarding their current status and eligibility to change to an F-1 status. It is highly recommended prospective applicants seek the advice of an immigration attorney for assistance in determining eligibility to change their current status to an F-1 and the change of status application process.

Non-immigrants in the United States may or may not be permitted to study under their current immigration status. B1/B2 status holders are prohibited by United States law from pursuing a full-time course of study prior to approval of a change of status to F-1.
Please visit: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Important Notices

If any document in a language other than English is submitted, the applicant must include a full English language translation. The translator must certify that the translation is complete and accurate, and he or she is competent to translate from the foreign language to English. The applicant must submit the foreign language original document along with the translation.

All documents must be originals, unless noted on the list of requirements that a copy can be submitted.

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