How To Apply As An International Student

How To Apply As An International Student

All International students must meet the criteria for admission based on the program for which you are applying.

Prospective International students must submit the following:

For students out of the country: 
Fall semester applicants must submit their application for admission by the first week of August to ensure that there is enough time to complete the I-20 process.

Spring semester applicants must submit their application for admission by the first week of December to ensure that there is enough time to complete the I-20 process.  

For students in the US needing to transfer their I-20:
Students who are currently in the US and need to transfer their I-20 will follow the rolling admissions policy. The I-20 can be issued up until the first day of classes. However, it is advised that you speak with Kean Hawker, International Student Advisor, once you are admitted to the college to begin your transfer of I-20. 

1. Appropriate admission application, indicating level of study (undergraduate, graduate, etc) and semester start date (Fall or Spring).

2. Letters of recommendation. Specific program requirements:

  • Undergraduate Degree Programs: One letter of recommendation from a teacher, professor, counselor or employer.
  • Graduate Management Studies Degree Programs: Two letters of recommendation.
  • Graduate Nursing Program: Two letters of recommendation (at least one letter must be from a clinical supervisor).
  • Creative Writing MFA: Three letters of recommendation from instructors or colleagues.
  • Graduate Education Programs: Three letters of recommendation (one of which must be from an academic source and one from a professional source).

3. One personal essay; details are in application.

4. English Proficiency Exam Results (for non-native English speaking students). ONE of the following is required:

  • TOEFL exam results. Minimum score of  79 on the Internet based exam OR a 550 on the paper based exam.
  • IELTS exam results. Minimum score of 6.5 required for admission.

Incoming FIRST YEAR STUDENTS ONLY may choose to submit SAT or ACT scores in place of a TOEFL or IELTS result. All scores should be sent directly to St Joseph’s College. SAT code for SJC Brooklyn is 2802 and ACT code is 2890. School TOEFL code for Brooklyn Campus is 2802. All exam scores must be less than two years old in order to be valid.

5) OFFICIAL transcripts from all former high school/secondary schools and/or colleges and universities. Applicants with transcripts from foreign institutions may be required to submit educational documents to a St. Joseph's College-approved foreign credential evaluation service for a course-by-course assessment. These applicants will deal directly with the foreign credential evaluation service and are responsible for following its procedures and paying fees for the service.

Applicants may also be required to submit a word-for-word English translation of credentials by a College-approved translation service at their expense.

When all of the documents listed above have been received, our admission staff will review your application for decision and notify you of your admission status. UPON ACCEPTANCE, students will need to submit the Application for the Form I-20, and all supporting documents, in order to begin the process of obtaining their F-1 Student Visa.