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International Students at Cayuga
  • Applying to Cayuga
  • Applying for a Visa
  • Arriving to U.S.
  • FAQ's
  • Contact Us
  • Welcome
  • Application Process
  • Placement Testing
  • Acceptance
  • Financial Aid

Coming from Abroad?

Cayuga Community College’s mission:

Is to be academically, financially, and geographically accessible to a diverse student population. Cayuga Community College provides a strong liberal arts foundation for further study and career preparation. The College also addresses identified community needs through targeted training and personal enrichment programs. By sustaining academic excellence within a supportive learning environment, the College — a careful steward of human and fiscal resources — serves as a valuable asset to the development of our local, regional and global communities.

In this world of global education we are asking ourselves how Cayuga and other potential partners can work together to create unique opportunities of global study for students and faculty.

If you are an educator or administrator and would like to learn about collaborations, please contact Bruce Blodgett, Director of Admissions and Chief International officer at: blodgett@cayuga-cc.edu.

International students are discovering what American families already know. Community Colleges offer two types of degrees; one type is for transfer to a four year college to earn and complete a bachelor’s degree and one type for preparation and entry into the work force upon completing a two year degree. 80% of Cayuga students are enrolled in degree transfer programs, often called Junior College or the first two years of a college education in the United States of America.

By enrolling at Cayuga and completing the first two years of a four year college education, and earning good grades, students transfer the earned credits to a four year college or university to complete the final two years of a bachelor’s degree program.

Under the guidance of the international and academic advising team at Cayuga, students gain the foundation necessary to be successful in an American college or university and save finances during their first two years of college.

Cayuga is honored to enroll students from India, Brazil, Ireland, South Africa, Bermuda, England and Canada.

 

How to Contact Us

If you are an international student seeking information on attending Cayuga Community College, please contact:

Mr. Bruce Blodgett
Director of Admissions
Primary Designated School Officer
blodgett@cayuga-cc.edu

International Students Admissions Process

International student applicants need to have completed at least the equivalent of twelve years of elementary and secondary education and have successfully passed all required examinations.

Applicants for Admission must complete the International Student Admissions Packet or complete the steps listed below:

Estimated Expenses for International Admissions
  Academic Year
(9 Months)
Calendar Year
(12 Months) *
Housing ** $ 6,800 $ 8,600
Lattimore Hall Application Fee $ 200  
Lattimore Hall Security Deposit $ 300  
Mandatory Activity Fee $ 20 (per semester)  
Tuition & Fees *** $ 8,600 $ 12,804
Personal Expenses $ 1,500 $ 1,900
Transportation **** $ 200 $ 400
Books & Supplies $ 1,250 $ 1,750
TOTALS $ 18,890 $ 26,014

Please note: Please note: All international students must have health insurance that is valid in the United States. Students may either show proof of such insurance or purchase international student health insurance.

* Additional expenses for remaining in the US and taking a full-time course load in the summer (students may enroll part time during the summer, additional fees apply for online coursework), subject to change
** Based upon 2013-2014 Lattimore Hall costs, subject to change
*** Tuition and fees are based on 2013-14 costs, additional fees may apply, subject to change
**** Local bus transportation to and from college is free to Cayuga students, estimated costs excludes airfare
Including food, please note: costs may vary depending on eating habits and personal care. Students from warm climates should allow an additional $500 for purchase of cold weather clothing
This amount must be reflected in your Bank Statement and the Foreign Student Financial Statement

Send all the material listed above to:

Admissions Office
Cayuga Community College
197 Franklin Street
Auburn, NY 13021-3099 USA
admissions@cayuga-cc.edu

Information that is required upon arrival:

 


 

Application for Admission

Applicants for admissions must complete the Cayuga Community College Application Form.

 

English Proficiency/TOEFL Information

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to demonstrate an acceptable level of English language proficiency. At this time, Cayuga Community College does not offer English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. Please complete the TOEFL Information form and return to the address listed above or e-mail the form to admissions@cayuga-cc.edu.

  • TOEFL Website: www.toefl.org
    Please reference this website for important information regarding the exam and the process/timeline for forwarding your exam scores
  • The Institution Code for Cayuga Community College is 2010

 

Academic Records

Cayuga Community College advises students who wish to have their high school transcripts evaluated or to transfer in college credit to do so by an accredited organization. Please visit the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) website for more information at http://ies.aacrao.org/evaluations or the World Education Services at http://www.wes.org. Students may still enroll at the College without the evaluation, but must pass the entrance exam during their placement test.

 

Photo Identification

Provide a copy of an official government-issued form of identification, such as a passport.

 

Foreign Student Financial Statement (required for F-1 Students)

NOTE: Cayuga Community College has NO financial aid or scholarships available for international students. Students must demonstrate ability to pay for their total educational and living expenses for their entire enrollment at Cayuga.

F-1 visa applicants are required to demonstrate that they have financial resources to cover their educational expenses while attending Cayuga Community College.

The “Foreign Student Financial Statement” should be completed carefully. It MUST be accompanied by a current notarized bank statement supporting the information reported on the form. This form (FSA-4: Foreign Student Financial Statement [plus Instructions]).

Estimated Expenses for International Admissions
  Academic Year
(9 Months)
Calendar Year
(12 Months) *
Housing ** $ 6,800 $ 8,600
Lattimore Hall Application Fee $ 200  
Lattimore Hall Security Deposit $ 300  
Mandatory Activity Fee $ 20 (per semester)  
Tuition & Fees *** $ 8,600 $ 12,804
Personal Expenses $ 1,500 $ 1,900
Transportation **** $ 200 $ 400
Books & Supplies $ 1,250 $ 1,750
TOTALS $ 18,890 $ 26,014

Please note: Please note: All international students must have health insurance that is valid in the United States. Students may either show proof of such insurance or purchase international student health insurance.

* Additional expenses for remaining in the US and taking a full-time course load in the summer (students may enroll part time during the summer, additional fees apply for online coursework), subject to change
** Based upon 2013-2014 Lattimore Hall costs, subject to change
*** Tuition and fees are based on 2013-14 costs, additional fees may apply, subject to change
**** Local bus transportation to and from college is free to Cayuga students, estimated costs excludes airfare
Including food, please note: costs may vary depending on eating habits and personal care. Students from warm climates should allow an additional $500 for purchase of cold weather clothing
This amount must be reflected in your Bank Statement and the Foreign Student Financial Statement

 

Additional Information

First Semester Tuition Deposit

Please note: The first semester's tuition and fees of $4,600 (refundable if unable to attend) is due before the I-20 and acceptance is issued. Students may pay with cash, wire transfer, (peerTransfer – tuition payment process which allows students to pay from any country and any bank) or a valid Visa or MasterCard.

PeerTranser – International Student Payments

Cayuga Community College has partnered with peerTransfer to streamline the tuition payment process for our international students. PeerTransfer allows you to pay from any country and any bank. They also offer excellent foreign exchange rates, allowing you to pay in your home currency (in most cases) and save a significant amount of money, compared to traditional banks. You will be able to track the progress of your payment throughout the transfer process via a student dashboard and you will also be notified via email when your payment is received by Cayuga Community College.

 

Immunization Records

It is recommended that the form be completed before arrival to campus.

Placement Testing

International Admissions is a complex and competitive process which requires advance planning.

If you have not had your high school transcripts evaluated for transfer purposes to the United States by an organization such as WES, Cayuga offers the following process:

International Student Placement Test with essay

Following the submission of your application and the evaluation of your academic record, the Admissions Office will contact you regarding the process of taking the International Student Placement Test with essay. If you are required to take this test, you must meet minimum score requirements to be accepted to Cayuga Community College. If these scores are met, then in the process of earning a degree you will be participating in a 24 credit High School Equivalency program. The 24 credit program will provide you with the equivalent of a United States high school education prior to our granting a degree and will allow you to graduate with the desired degree from Cayuga Community College. In most degree programs the required course work is built into the degree program and requires no extra classes.

If you have had your high school transcripts evaluated for transfer purposes to the United States by an organization such as WES, and if high school equivalency is determined upon review, Cayuga offers the following process:

English/Math Placement Testing

All new students (domestic and international), without transferable college credit in English and Mathematics (or completed high school calculus) must take a placement test. The test is designed to gauge your academic skill level in reading comprehension, understanding of sentence structure, mathematical skill, and overall writing ability. These tests take approximately 2 hours to complete. The tests are Internet based and can be taken at remote locations.

Upon receipt of your application and transcripts, your academic record will be evaluated and if high school equivalency is determined, you will be informed if English/Math placement testing is required prior to registering for an English or Math course. If you have earned college credit in English or Math and believe the courses will satisfy the need to take the placement test, please have the transcripts forwarded as soon as possible.

Students, who have not previously earned college credit in English or Math, are highly encouraged to take the placement test prior to beginning their coursework at Cayuga. The placement test provides the information necessary to assure students are placed in the appropriate level college English and Math.

Please note: For students who are required to take the International Student Placement Test with essay, the results of that test will determine English and Math placement.

Taking the Test

  • If a student is unable to take the English/Math placement test or International Student Placement Test with essay on the Cayuga Community College campus, the test may be taken online. If taken online, the student must locate an appropriate testing environment and an acceptable Proctor. Proctors can be Educators, Teachers, Administrators, Managers, Counselors, or others in a position of responsibility willing to administer the test in a secure environment (quiet space with no distractions or interruptions) with access to a computer work station connected to the Internet. Examples include a Library, school, college or university, learning center or other educational setting. Unacceptable sites include, but are not limited to, a parent's office, an Internet café, or a computer kiosk in a mall, airport or other public setting.
  • Students must contact Bruce Blodgett in the Admissions Office by e-mailing blodgett@cayuga-cc.edu or by phone (001) 315-294-8544 if s/he is planning on taking the test online. In addition, an e-mail must be sent to blodgett@cayuga-cc.edu with the following information: the name of the Proctor, job title, location of the test administration, and the Proctor's e-mail address. This information will be provided to Vicki Hamberger in the Center for Academic Success (CAS). The CAS will then contact the Proctor to provide the secure web address for a training manual as well as access to the testing website, once the Proctor and test site are approved.
  • The Proctor then downloads and prints the Training Manual and test information for the student.
  • The Proctor administers the test and contacts the Admissions Office when the test sequence has been successfully administered.

The Acceptance Process

Once all the required documents are received by the Admissions Office, the applicant will be evaluated for admission to the College. The College must receive all necessary requirements — Academic, Financial and Linguistic must be received by August 1 for the Fall semester and December 1 for the Spring Semester. Any documents received after these date may prevent enrollment for the particular semester.

If the applicant meets all the necessary requirements – an official letter of acceptance will be mailed to the applicant.

The letter of acceptance and the I-20 must be presented to the United States Consulate or Embassy with passport along with all other required materials in order to obtain an F-1 student visa, which will allow the student to enter the United States.

Registration for classes can be done either in person upon arrival at the college, or over the telephone once all of the above steps have been completed.

To obtain an F-1 visa, the student will be required to pay a $200 fee for the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). This is separate from the visa fee. Details are published at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement website at www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/faq.htm.

Cayuga Community College has NO financial aid or scholarships available for international students. Students must demonstrate ability to pay for their total educational and living expenses for their entire enrollment at Cayuga.

An international student may be eligible for International Student Loans if they have a cosigner who is a US citizen or permanent resident (green card). For a comprehensive explanation on the costs of investing in an American education and how to begin your international student financial aid search, we encourage you to visit the following helpful site, produced by the US Department of State.

Applying for Nonimmigrant Visa (Student Visa)

The following links will provide you with detailed information regarding the process of applying for a nonimmigrant visa:

F-1 students:

 

Visa Interview Process

An interview with the American Embassy or Consulate is a required component to the visa application process. The following information regarding required documentation which was retrieved from the travel.state.gov website:

Required Documentation

Each applicant for a student visa must submit these forms and documentation as explained below:

  • Form I-20A-B, Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status-For Academic and Language Students or Form I-20M-N, Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (M-1) Student Status for Vocational Students. You will need to submit a SEVIS generated Form, I-20, which was provided to you by your school. You and your school official must sign the I-20 form. See the previous section for SEVIS information.
  • Online Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application, Form DS-160. Visit our DS-160 webpage to learn more about the DS-160 online process.
  • A passport valid for travel to the United States and with a validity date at least six months beyond the applicant's intended period of stay in the United States (unless country-specific agreements provide exemptions). If more than one person is included in the passport, each person desiring a visa must complete an application.
  • One (1) 2x2 photograph. See the required photo format explained in Photograph Requirements;
  • A MRV fee receipt to show payment of the visa application fee.
  • The SEVIS I-901 fee receipt.

All applicants should be prepared to provide:

  • Transcripts and diplomas from previous institutions attended;
  • Scores from standardized tests required by the educational institution such as the TOEFL, SAT, GRE, GMAT, etc.;
  • Financial evidence that shows you or your parents who are sponsoring you has sufficient funds to cover your tuition and living expenses during the period of your intended study. For example, if you or your sponsor is a salaried employee, please bring income tax documents and original bank books and/or statements. If you or your sponsor owns a business, please bring business registration, licenses, etc., and tax documents, as well as original bank books and/or statements.

 

You may view the typical wait times for receiving a visa interview appointment as well as the typical time it takes for your visa to be processed by referencing the following link:

Visa Wait Times- for Interview Appointments and Processing

PLEASE NOTE:

Visas cannot be issued earlier than 4 months before your program state date which is listed on the Form I-20 (Your Form I-20 will be sent to you from Cayuga Community College.) Also, students can't use their visa to enter the United States more than 30 days before the program start date listed on the Form I-20.

EducationUSA Guide: If You Want to Study in the United States: Getting Ready to Go

Arriving to the United States:

The following links will provide you with information regarding your arrival to the United States.

Below are some of the most common questions that international students have. If your question isn't answered below, please contact us.

Can I apply while waiting to take the TOEFL exam?

Yes, we will begin the application process with the information you send us. As soon as we have your TOEFL exam, if that is the last item we are waiting for you will be accepted.

What is your institutional code so that TOEFL can send Cayuga Community College the score directly?

2010

Can I transfer after Cayuga Community College?

Yes, we will help you to transfer to the college of your choice following Cayuga Community College. However we make no guarantees concerning what college will accept you.

What is the deadline to apply?

Cayuga Community College does not have a specific deadline to apply, however because you will need to make an appointment with your Embassy, and make flight arrangements we suggest you start sending me information 6 months before the start of the semester you are interested in. That way if there is anything that needs to be updated for your file or if the information you have sent is not correct (i.e. bank statement); there will be time for you to mail these things to us (mail time could take 2-6 weeks). The College has to receive the necessary requirements (Academic, Financial and Linguistic) by August 1 for the Fall Semester and December 1 for the Spring Semester.

What are the estimated expenses for International Admissions?

 

Estimated Expenses for International Admissions
  Academic Year
(9 Months)
Calendar Year
(12 Months) *
Housing ** $ 6,800 $ 8,600
Lattimore Hall Application Fee $ 200  
Lattimore Hall Security Deposit $ 300  
Mandatory Activity Fee $ 20 (per semester)  
Tuition & Fees *** $ 8,600 $ 12,804
Personal Expenses $ 1,500 $ 1,900
Transportation **** $ 200 $ 400
Books & Supplies $ 1,250 $ 1,750
TOTALS $ 18,890 $ 26,014

Please note: Please note: All international students must have health insurance that is valid in the United States. Students may either show proof of such insurance or purchase international student health insurance.

* Additional expenses for remaining in the US and taking a full-time course load in the summer (students may enroll part time during the summer, additional fees apply for online coursework), subject to change
** Based upon 2013-2014 Lattimore Hall costs, subject to change
*** Tuition and fees are based on 2013-14 costs, additional fees may apply, subject to change
**** Local bus transportation to and from college is free to Cayuga students, estimated costs excludes airfare
Including food, please note: costs may vary depending on eating habits and personal care. Students from warm climates should allow an additional $500 for purchase of cold weather clothing
This amount must be reflected in your Bank Statement and the Foreign Student Financial Statement

Is there any financial aid available for international students.

No.

Are there scholarships available?

There is very little financial aid for foreign nationals to study in the US, with the possible exception of citizens of Canada and Mexico. Most grants, scholarships, and loans from public and private sources are restricted to US citizens. As a result, international students will find very little information about financial aid for international students. US students interested in obtaining funding for study abroad should see Study Abroad and Foreign Study Programs section.

Is there housing available?

Lattimore Hall, a privately owned and managed apartment building in downtown Auburn, was designed specifically to house Cayuga students from out of the area. With a capacity of approximately 90 students and on-site professional staff, Lattimore Hall offers 3-, 4-, and 6-bedroom furnished suites with phone, cable, and internet access.

International students interested in Lattimore Hall should contact (001) 315-294-8544.

After arriving in the USA, how do I get to Cayuga Community College?

Once you have arrived at your port of entry you must have a connecting flight to Syracuse, Hancock International Airport. If your flight is scheduled to arrive in Syracuse between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, you may contact the International Office at Cayuga to arrange transportation to Cayuga Community College or Lattimore Hall. Please contact (001) 315-294-8544.

How do I complete the I-94?

You can download and fill out this I-94 form.

Where can I find additional information?

The International Student Guide to the United States of America is an education resource guide for students worldwide who are planning to study in the United States. Students can find American colleges and universities, plan an academic program in the United States, and learn about American culture.

What form does my current college have to complete if I wish to transfer to Cayuga?

Download the Visa Transfer Form.

If you are an international student seeking information on attending Cayuga Community College, please contact:

Mr. Bruce Blodgett
Director of Admissions
Primary Designated School Officer
blodgett@cayuga-cc.edu
(001) 315-294-8544

 

Questions? Please call (001) 315-294-8544