We welcome your interest in attending Suffolk County Community College. We are committed to assisting you with this exciting educational journey.

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 26,000 and we offer 100 programs of study. We regard every international student as a valued member of our diverse college community.

Suffolk County Community College is a two-year institution where an associate degree can be awarded. Those interested in furthering their education can transfer to a four-year institution to earn a bachelor's degree. We have articulation and "two-plus-two" agreements with many institutions. Visit: Transfer Agreements and Transfer Is the Answer.

In addition the College offers language training through its Intensive English Program (IEP).

F-1 Student Visa and Status Overview

An F-1 nonimmigrant is a student in the United States with an F-1 status, pursuing a full-time course of study in an accredited educational program. The primary purpose of an F-1 status is full-time study. This is required for the fall and spring semesters with a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester or a certified full-time language training program. F-1 applicants are not eligible to apply for a certificate program due to course load requirements. Suffolk County Community College only admits F-1 students in the fall and spring semesters.

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 from a SEVIS school to another SEVIS school within the U.S. This document tells the U.S. government that the applicant has met our admission and financial requirements.

Change of Status

Nonimmigrants in the U.S. may or may not be permitted to study depending on their current immigration status. Those seeking a change of status to F-1 are required to 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 to seek the advice of an immigration attorney for assistance with the change of status application.

Important note:
B1/B2 (visitor) 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. Visit: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Length of program of study per education level:

Associate Degree Program - Two years.

Intensive English Program (IEP) - Language Training - One year and a half.

F-1 students who complete the Intensive English Program - Language Training can continue their education and earn an associate degree. Students must apply for a new education level. The new SEVIS Form I-20 will reflect the new length of study.

Suffolk County Community College does not have dormitories or residence halls. Applicants need to arrange their housing.

Annual Cost of Attendance for Educational Level for F-1 Students

*Total Annual Cost for Associate Degree Program in U.S. dollars:

Tuition and Fees $10,510  
Living Expenses $9,680  
Books and Supplies $1,500  
Total Annual Cost $21,690 USD

*Total Annual Cost for Intensive English Program - Language Training for F-1 students in U.S. dollars:

Tuition and Fees $3,678  
Living Expenses $9,680  
Books and Supplies $1,500  
Total Annual Cost $14,858 USD

*Additional funds may be required if you do not have a U.S. Housing Sponsor offering you free room and board and/or if F-2 dependents are accompanying you to the U.S.

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

International Student Office

Office Location:

NFL Building, Room 12
533 College Road
Selden, NY 11784-2899


Phone: (631) 451-4773
Fax: (631) 451-4708
Email: international@sunysuffolk.edu

Office Hours:

Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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