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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:
- 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
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- Upload other required documents to the applicant portal
- Educational Data
- English Proficiency Report
- Letters of recommendation- one required, additional letters are optional
- Copy of passport identification page
- Copy of visa, if applicable
Step 5- Submit proof of English Proficiency
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 Student Financial Statement
- Official financial documentation
We require all foreign transcripts be evaluated by an educational credential evaluator. Our preferred credential evaluation agency is World Education Services and we will also accept evaluations from approved agencies that from the 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 Admissions@purchase.edu or mailed to:
Purchase College, SUNY
735 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577
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.
Accepted international students seeking an F-1 student visa must submit the supplemental information below required to be issued the I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for Non-immigrant (F1 Visa) Student Status (required after offer of admission)