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Purchase welcomes interest from international students. Nearly 10% of the student body either carries an international passport or hails from outside of the United States. 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.
However, there’s no need to take our word for it. Purchase was recently ranked as the following:
- Top 130 US School Best Value for Students from Outside the USA
- Top 20 US School Best Value for Students from Australia
- Top 20 US School Best Value for Students from Singapore
Applying as an International Student
An international student is any applicant not holding US citizenship or Permanent Residency. For international students, the application review process is the same as it is for domestic applicants, with a few additional requirements as described below.
Please review the information carefully and contact our International Admissions Advisor, Beatriz Martin-Ruiz, should you have any questions.
Original documents (International Diplomas, Mark Sheets, Matriculation Certificates, and/or Diplomas) issued from the applicant’s home educational system must carry the official seal, stamp, or signature of a school or government official.
Academic documents must be submitted in the original language and those which are not in English must be accompanied by an exactly worded and certified translation as well as an evaluation.
We require all foreign transcripts be evaluated by an educational credential evaluator. Our preferred credential evaluation agency is World Education Services. Evaluations of college/university transcripts must be course-by-course evaluations showing all coursework and grades received.
Foreign transcripts not accompanied by an evaluation from an approved agency may not be reviewed for admission or transfer credit award. Applicants can contact the National Association of Credential Evaluating Service (NACES) for a list of approved agencies. 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.
Completed Educational Data form (if not already submitted).
Applicants must demonstrate sufficient proficiency in English to gain acceptance. 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) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submitting the completed English Proficiency Report or by meeting the requirements for TOEFL/IELTS Exemption outlined below.
Required English Proficiency Documents
TOEFL Score Requirements
IELTS Score Requirements
Undergraduate applicants may be exempted from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement if they meet at least one of the following criteria:
Graduate and postgraduate applicants may be exempted from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement if they meet criteria above that is applicable to a graduate-level student or:
Students who do not meet minimum TOEFL/IELTS score requirement and do not qualify for an exemption may be eligible for Conditional Admission with a requirement to attend the Summer Intensive English Language Program (IELP) at Purchase.
Upon successful completion of the IELP, conditionally admitted students will be able to matriculate as full-time students.
Student Visa Requirements
Accepted international students seeking an F-1 student visa must submit the following supplemental information required to be issued the I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for Non-immigrant (F1 Visa) Student Status (required after offer of admission):
Undergraduate Students: $35,894*
All funding evidence you provide must be:
1. Less than three months old
*Whether from your own personal funds or your sponsor’s, we require bank statements from the last three months. Please note:
Copy of passport identification page (a scanned image or color copy is preferred).
Completed International Transfer Form (only for students currently in the US): Students currently attending high school, university or a language institute in the US must submit the International Transfer Form. This form should be sent along with:
English Placement Testing Requirements
|All students for whom English is a second language are required to take an English placement exam before their first semester begins at Purchase College and before advising and registration. See English Placement Policy for International Students for more information.|