International students at Purchase College are a vibrant community of important contributors to the Arts and Sciences on campus. Nearly 10% of the student body either carries an international passport or hails from outside of the United States, and they bring their unique perspective, talents and experiences to enrich the classrooms and studios at Purchase. 

 Located in Westchester County, NY just a short train ride from New York City, Purchase attracts students from around the globe and offers a myriad of academic and co-curricular opportunities for students seeking to study outside of their home country. The many corporate headquarters, cultural organizations and biotech companies in our surrounding area offer academic internships that put our students on a path to success here and around the world. If you are accepted to the college, you will be joining a community of artists and scholars of exceptional talent, aptitude, and motivation.

However, there’s no need to take our word for it. Purchase was recently ranked as the following:

The Office for Global Education supports international students from their first interest in Purchase College through to application, enrollment, and arrival on campus.

Are you an International Student?

An international student is any applicant not holding US citizenship or Permanent Residency. But international students also come from different parts of the world, speak different languages, study in different schools, and have very different personal circumstances, which means that we will customize your application requirements to your specific circumstances.  

International students are required to submit a variety of documents as outlined below. Some  documents are required for academic review, and others for visa eligibility.

Applying as an International Student

Please review the steps below carefully and contact our International Admissions Advisor, Beatriz Martin-Ruiz, should you have any questions.

Step 1- Submit an application for admission to the College

Step 2- Once the application is processed, students will receive an email with access to the applicant portal. At this time we ask that you submit the International Supplemental Form, which allows us to customize your applicant checklist

Step 3- Mail official copies of your academic transcripts

  • International Credential Evaluation, or official transcripts from a US institution, sent to the admissions office directly from the school or agency. Transcripts submitted by the students are considered unofficial

Step 4- Submit proof of English Proficiency

Step 5- Other documents  may be required, and can be uploaded to the applicant portal, if requested. Samples of additional documents are:

Step 6- For accepted students only:  Submit Student Visa Funding Documents- only for Accepted International students who plan to obtain a Student Visa (F-1) . 

International Credential Evaluations

We require all foreign transcripts be evaluated by an educational credential evaluator. Applicants may use this Spantran- Purchase College Evaluation Application for a discounted rate. Transfer applicants only must submit a Spantran Divisional Course Analysis in order to receive college credit for prior college coursework. All other applicants must submit a course-by-course analysis. 

We also accept evaluations from World Education Services , Educational Credential Evaluators and any agency that is a member of National Association of Credential Evaluating Service (NACES) . Evaluations must be course-by-course evaluations showing all coursework and grades received. Applicants must pay all expenses incurred for this service. 

American and Canadian transcripts must be sent directly from the Registrar’s Office of the school. The submission of falsified documents will be considered grounds for rejection or reversal of an admission decision.

Official documents can be emailed to or mailed to:

International Admissions
Purchase College, SUNY
735 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577

English Proficiency

Non-native English speaking students and any applicant whose undergraduate degrees is from a country where English is not the language of instruction are required to demonstrate English Language Proficiency.

English proficiency is demonstrated by providing evidence of meeting minimum test scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)International English Language Testing System (IELTS)  or Duolingo.  Applicants must submit the completed English Proficiency Report or by meeting the requirements for TOEFL/IELTS Exemption outlined below.