International Students

Ithaca College encourages applications from international students and values the cultural enrichment they bring to the campus community. The Office of International Programs provides cultural adjustment advice, an orientation on maintaining legal student status, and other support services.

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit official results of a test of English proficiency. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is the most frequently submitted. However, applicants may also submit test results from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Our recommended scores are 80 or higher on the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) and 6.0 or higher on the IELTS. Applicants who have previously attended a high school, college or university for at least two years, where English is the principal language of instruction and have earned passing grades in English courses are exempt from an English proficiency exam. Please contact the Office of Admission for further information about language-fluency certification.

Before an international student may enroll at Ithaca College, his or her visa eligibility and financial status must be reviewed by the Office of International Programs. A financial statement and supporting documentation must be received by the Office of International Programs. These documents must show that all educational expenses for the duration of the student's stay in the United States -- including tuition, fees, room, board, books, health insurance, and personal expenses -- can be fully met by the student, his or her family and/or sponsor, and other sources of financial assistance. An I-20 form, which is required for the application for a student visa, is issued to candidates who have been offered admission, who have submitted their enrollment confirmation and advance deposit, and who have provided the requisite financial documentation.