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. All applicants from countries in which the official language is not English, are required to submit official language scores. This requirement applies to all applicants from Bangladesh, Burma, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Latin America, the Middle East, Israel, the Peoples Republic of China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, and most European countries and non-English speaking countries in Africa. The language tests are not required of permanent residents of the U.S. or individuals who have been granted official refugee or asylum status by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The language tests are not required of students from countries where English is the official language, or by students that have studied full-time at a university for at least two years at an institution in a country where English is the official language. Applicants who attend a university in a foreign country where English is the medium of instruction are NOT waived from this requirement. 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.