International Students

International students should follow the graduate admission instructions and also submit this additional material:

  • English language test results — either TOEFL* (minimum score 79), IELTS (minimum score 6.5), Duolingo English Test (minimum score 105), or PTE Academic (minimum score 56) — or successful participation and testing in City College’s English Language Institute. This is a firm requirement for non-U.S. citizens/non-permanent residents whose previous education was not in English. Conditional admittance is not available.
  • Evaluation of non-U.S. credentials by an authorized agency is highly recommended. CUNY’s preferred agencies for this purpose are ECE, Evaluation Service Inc., Josef Silny & Associates, and Transcript Research. The evaluator may submit the evaluation directly to the Spitzer School Graduate Admissions Office. Applicants with design backgrounds (architecture or landscape architecture) should request a course-by-course evaluation. Applicants without design backgrounds should request a general evaluation with GPA.
  • Authorized English translations of non-English transcripts and recommendations, along with copies in the native language, if not provided with the credential evaluation.

After acceptance, in order to be approved for a student visa, international students will be required to submit a financial statement showing sufficient funds for living and studying here. International students are not eligible to receive U.S.-government issued financial aid, however, they are welcome to apply for scholarships and loans from outside sources.

Please see the CCNY Admissions International Applicants page, CUNY Financial Resources for International Students, and Graduate Financial Aid page for more details.

* The ETS Institutional Code for City College is 2083; City College does not use department codes.