Apply as an International Student

F-1 Students

Please visit the F-1 site for more information

Questions or comments with respect to the information presented on this webpage should be directed to Christopher Laudando or Graduate Admissions.

International applicants to the graduate program are those who, regardless of immigration status, have authenticated international academic credentials and are otherwise eligible to apply.

1. Applying to the Graduate Program is essentially the same for international and domestic applicants.  Exceptions are as follows:

  1. Applicants who have not studied in English-speaking countries are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), administered by the Education Testing Service (ETS).  John Jay College’s TOEFL code number is 2155-01.  The minimum acceptable score is 550 for the paper-based test, 213 for the computer-based test, and 79-80 for the internet-based test.

  2. All copies of post-secondary transcripts (and/or credentials) must be sent directly from the college/university attended to the Graduate Admissions Office in a sealed school envelope. In addition, where appropriate, an English translation is required from a reputable source (i.e. World Education Services or Globe Translation Services or some U.S. Embassies).


2. Accepted Graduate Applicants who require an F-1 student visa (or intend to continue maintaining F-1 status) will be contacted by the International Student Advisor/DSO in the Admissions Office by mail, e-mail, or both, within two weeks of receiving an acceptance package from the college. Visit here for more information.

3. Applicants with detailed questions regarding international credentials or acceptance may contact the Associate Director of Graduate Admissions, Fay Williams at 212.237.8164 or at

4. International students should apply for the Fall term by April 1st and by November 1st for the Spring term.  All supporting documentation should be in the Graduate Admissions Office at this time so that application review may proceed in a timely fashion, particularly for those needing early appointments with Embassy/Consulate officials.