International Students

International Students2023-11-07T19:59:55-05:00

Make New York City your classroom.

At MCNY, you can study in the heart of Manhattan’s Financial District and earn a degree that will enable you to make a difference in the world.

MCNY is an accredited, nonprofit higher education institution where you will be part of a diverse population of unique students from over 40 countries. Here you’ll benefit from:

I Love New York

You’ll benefit from:

  • Accelerated programs that enable you to get your degree faster. Earn an associate degree in one year and four months, a bachelor’s degree in two years and eight months, and a master’s degree in as little as one year. We offer special admissions for undergraduate and graduate international students.
  • Caring faculty and staff dedicated to international students, including your own personal advisor.
  • Small class sizes, personal attention and a first rate education at a world class institution.
  • Highly qualified faculty who are respected professionals in your desired field of study.
  • Easy access to cultural, sports and entertainment centers in the heart of New York City.
  • Competitive tuition with special scholarships—up to $6,800—available to international students.

MCNY is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students and is fully accredited under the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

International Student Acceptance Webinars


We can imagine that you have many questions related to gaining admission at MCNY. We have compiled a list of the most common asked questions by incoming international students.

We suggest that you review this Q&A section before contacting an MCNY representative.

Working while you are on full time F-1 Status?2020-11-12T15:02:50-05:00

Our unique curriculum requires that, each semester, students connect learning to practice. For this reason, it is possible that students awarded the I-20 to attend Metropolitan College of New York may become eligible to work under very specific guidelines determined by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services once they are enrolled. Our philosophy of Purpose Centered Education means you learn by doing. The majority of our programs allow students to work part-time while pursuing their studies full time. Under USCIS guidelines, MCNY has the authority to grant students Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT) after students meet the eligibility requirements. The College’s Career Service Office assists students in highlighting internship, CPT and OPT opportunities throughout each semester.

Can you place me in communication with current students and faculty?2020-11-12T15:00:54-05:00

Absolutely, whenever possible, qualified applicants can be connected with current students and faculty upon request.

Are there special requirements for the MBA program?2020-11-12T15:00:06-05:00

The MBA program may require some foundation courses at an additional cost if an interested applicant has no prior business acumen that can be documented on their transcript.

Are there special requirements for the MPA Programs?2020-11-12T14:59:14-05:00

Yes, the MPA in Public Affairs and Administration and MPA in Emergency & Disaster Management programs require an interview with the dean, assistant dean or director of the program in addition to transcripts evaluated by a NACES approved agency, if a student’s schooling has taken place outside the USA. Moreover, all students interested in the MPA in Public Affairs and Administration should have the following in mind:

  • An organization with which you may want to work for or are currently working in already in mind.
  • A sense of a problem facing that organization.
  • A relationship with a qualified individual within the organization who is willing to supervise you as you research and propose solutions to a problem facing the organization.

To document the above mentioned, students will need to provide the following with their application, or (if given Dean approval) by the sixth week of class:

  • A letter of agreement documenting that 21 hours of supervision in an appropriate administrative setting will be provided to the applicant by a qualified individual within the organization. A special form to document this is available by contacting international@mcny.edu
  • A field supervisor form that documents the qualified individual has a master degree and five years of professional experience deeming them appropriate to serve a supervisory role. A field supervisor verification form is available by contacting international@mcny.edu
Are there special requirements for the MSEd Program?2020-11-12T14:57:24-05:00

Yes, the program requires an interview with the program director. In addition, students must have an IELTS or TOEFL score that meets or exceeds our minimum requirements for admission. Other substitutions will not be accepted. A writing sample will be conducted as part of your director’s interview and must be completed on site. Lastly, students must have their transcript evaluated by a NACES approved agency, such as: WES, ECE or Spantran if their schooling has taken place outside the USA.

I would like to purchase an international student Identity Card. Where can I purchase one?2020-11-12T14:56:27-05:00

We recommend ISIC. ISIC provide students with discounts at popular tourist attractions, local merchants and even allows students to load money onto their card. In order to be eligible for an ISIC, you must be a student age 12 or over, currently enrolled at an accredited institution and matriculating towards a diploma or a degree. Continuing education and language school students are not eligible. The ISIC card is valid 1 year from date of issue. Once you enroll at MCNY, ISIC Cards can be purchased online or at several STA Travel locations throughout New York City. For more information, visit https://www.isic.org

I would like to purchase international student health insurance. Do you have any recommended providers?2023-12-11T14:18:29-05:00

Student health insurance is not required, but if desired, you can purchase international student health insurance in your home country or use one of our approved international student insurance providers like ISO Student Health Insurance.

With regards to the immunization card, do I have to fill out the specific form on the application or can I simply send a copy of my immunization card?2020-11-12T14:53:37-05:00

You can either send a copy of your immunization card, submit the MCNY immunization form or have your physician provide proof of vaccination history. We need two proofs of measles, one proof of mumps and one proof of rubella. A combo shot is indicated as MMR in your records. All documentation must be officially stamped. You need at least one proof of MMR in your home country prior to New York City arrival. If you need a 2nd MMR after you arrive, we can arrange that at no cost to you.

Can I have my TOEFL score results sent directly by ETS?2020-11-12T14:52:51-05:00

Yes, our ETS code is 2157

Can I send an official copy of my IELTS score through the British Council?2020-11-12T14:51:47-05:00

Yes, you can have the Cambridge ESOL, the British Council or IDP:IELTS Australia send it directly to us.

If I want to send my SAT results to MCNY, what is the code required?2020-11-12T14:50:17-05:00

Our CEEB code is 009769

I understand that MCNY does not offer on campus housing but do I still need to show that I can provide for housing on my own?2020-11-12T14:49:07-05:00

Yes, in order to be issued an I-20 to apply for a student visa in your home country, you will need to show proof that you can cover tuition expenses as well as the estimated expenses for housing and other fees. Although, MCNY does not directly charge you for these estimated expenses, all students should be able to demonstrate adequate funding for living and personal expenses apart from the cost of attending MCNY.

Does the Norwegian 13th year of schooling exempt me from my first year at MCNY?2020-11-12T14:48:13-05:00

Yes, in most cases credits can be given for the 13th year of schooling in a Norwegian curriculum. This will depend on your courses and results. Courses will be evaluated upon review of your admission materials. Official examination results/scores should be sent directly from the official testing headquarters to the MCNY Office of Admission.

Can I receive credits for A-levels, IB and AP?2020-11-12T14:47:24-05:00

Yes, in most cases credits can be given for certain IB, A-level and AP courses. Courses will be evaluated upon review of your admission materials. Official examination results/scores should be sent directly from the official testing headquarters to the MCNY Office of Admission.

What is a cohort model?2020-11-12T14:46:37-05:00

The unique interdisciplinary course of study integrates the College’s Purpose-Centered System of Education that links theory to practice at each stage of the learning process. Through a cohort model, students are organized into peer learning communities to develop knowledge, skills and understanding. A cohort program groups students into the same program with the same classes. The number of grouped students can vary from degree program. These cohorts build strong relationships because they start the program and graduate from the program at the same time. This format of learning is team-based and is an invaluable skill set in today’s workplace.

Do you have an ESL program?2020-11-12T14:45:41-05:00

No, at this time we do not but we do have two of our partner institutions, ELS and LSI located in the same building. We offer conditional admission for students who are enrolled in these programs and who have completed the required levels before gaining full admission.

Do you offer academic support services for students?2020-11-12T14:44:47-05:00

Yes, we have a dedicated team of professionals ready to assist students at our Learning Enhancement Center. LEC specialists are able to assist students with improving their writing, reading and math skills and a variety of other helpful skills like time management.

Is there a deposit I need to make if I am accepted?2020-11-12T14:44:00-05:00

Yes, in order to ensure your enrollment and placed in the semester you are applying for, a $300 deposit will be required before your arrival to New York City. Deposits can be made online, by wire transfer, certified bank check or money order. Notification will be sent to all accepted students in their acceptance packet. The $300 deposit will be credited to your first semester registration.

Is there an application fee?2020-11-12T14:43:10-05:00

No, MCNY does not have an application fee.

What should I bring from home to the United States?2020-11-12T14:42:11-05:00

Your necessities should include any prescription medicine, eyeglasses, or other medical supplies that may not be available in the States. You will need warm clothes for the winters in NYC, although these can be purchased once you arrive. Most of this information will be sent to you via email, shortly after your acceptance and visa issuance has been confirmed.

How do I obtain a visa to study at MCNY?2020-11-12T14:41:07-05:00

After completing your application and submitting all the admissions requirements, you will be issued an acceptance letter and the I-20 form with specific instructions on obtaining a visa.

How do MCNY students spend their free time?2020-11-12T14:40:10-05:00

At MCNY, there are abundant opportunities to have fun and get involved in different activities sponsored by the Student and Career Service Offices not to mention the wealth of activities New York has to offer. From restaurants, theatre, recreational and social leagues, students never find a dull moment in NYC. Many of the international students end up creating social networks of their own and with their cohorts.

What are my housing and boarding options?2020-11-12T14:39:10-05:00

MCNY does not provide room and board for students. We do partner with nearby housing facilities like https://www.studenthousing.org which provides many campuses in the area quality student housing near campus. Students are required to find their own housing whether it be through our partner housing companies or through other methods. All students are still required to demonstrate adequate funds for room and board through their affidavit of support and supporting financial documentation.

What can I do to prepare for my departure?2020-11-12T14:37:44-05:00

We encourage you to attend an EducationUSA pre-departure session. It is not mandatory for incoming international students, but we feel these sessions are very valuable to incoming international students and parents. EducationUSA centers are the U.S. State Department’s network of more than 400 advising centers in 170 countries designed to assist local students find the appropriate college or university in the United States. We have excellent relationships formed with EducationUSA officers throughout the world. Please visit https://educationusa.state.gov for more information about pre-departure sessions.

What scholarships are offered for international students?2022-04-21T11:03:30-04:00

Scholarship consideration is based on merit, test scores, recommendation letters and other criteria. Consideration will be given to all applicants who submit all required materials before application deadlines.

Does MCNY offer scholarships covering full tuition or full rides?2020-11-12T14:35:30-05:00

MCNY does not provide full scholarship support for international students. However, students who demonstrate the highest academic potential and bring significant co-curricular interests to our campus will be considered for scholarships. Scholarship amount will vary depending on graduate or undergraduate degree. Students earning a GPA above 3.0 can also qualify for acceptance into selected MCNY honor societies, which may offer additional financial support.

Can I apply with my O-Levels only?2020-11-12T14:30:28-05:00

Yes, we can accept students after they have completed their O-Levels. Students will, however, be required to take the ACT or SAT. A TOEFL or IELTS score may not be substituted. Students wishing to use their O-Levels for entrance must meet the minimum ACT or SAT requirements.

Can I apply as a transfer student?2020-11-12T14:27:43-05:00

Yes, official transcripts (certified and translated to English) are required from each college or university you have attended. In most cases, an external evaluation by a NACES approved agency, such as: WES, ECE or Spantran may be required for Universities in non-English speaking institutions or institutions deemed necessary for evaluation by the Office of Admission.

How does MCNY review International Baccalaureates, WAEC/WASSCE and my foreign university transcript?2020-11-12T14:26:47-05:00

The Office of Admissions has experience in reviewing IB program credentials, and a variety of other scholastic systems from various countries including some undergraduate degrees for those pursuing graduate programs. African students who have taken the WAEC/WASSCE should submit both their transcripts and WAEC/WASSCE results slips, along with scratch card information so that we can verify their results. Visit www.waecdirect.org for more information.

How selective is MCNY? How are admissions decisions made?2020-11-12T14:24:50-05:00

While a solid GPA is important, it is not the sole criteria for acceptance. MCNY looks at the overall application when making an admission’s decision, including recommendation letters and submission of a personal statement/essay. We look for students who complete applications that are on time, thorough and meet all the required requirements for admission in their chosen degree. In addition, we enjoy students who communicate regularly with their Admissions Counselor.

How successful are MCNY graduates?2020-11-12T14:24:00-05:00

MCNY prepares all of our students with goals they choose to pursue after graduation by providing a solid academic foundation. We also offer career services which help guide many of our students to find employment opportunities upon graduation. Many of our graduates advance in their current profession, others take their Constructive Action Project and create lucrative business models. Many become leading educators, enter non-profit organizations and become agents for change.

How many students attend MCNY?2020-11-12T14:20:55-05:00

Total enrollment at MCNY is about 1,100 students. Our student body represents a diverse student population which includes students from over 40 countries.

What makes MCNY unique?2020-11-12T14:19:58-05:00

MCNY’s academic curriculum blends the latest educational pedagogy with real world practical training. This combination allows students to develop analytical skills that prepare them for a successful and meaningful career. Our innovative curriculum is friendly to current working professionals and in fact, many of the professors at MCNY are leaders in the profession of a student’s chosen course of study. MCNY is also located in the heart of lower Manhattan, minutes away from some of the world’s most famous attractions. Our campus is a cultural melting pot and very indicate of the cultural diversity represented in our great State of New York. MCNY is considered a modern urban campus.

What is the difference between a college and a university?2020-11-12T14:18:46-05:00

College or university follows after high school, or secondary school. A college in the U.S.A. is not a high school or secondary school. College and university programs begin in the thirteenth year of school, usually when a student is 17 or 18 years old or older. A two-year college offers an Associate’s Degree. A four-year college or university offers a Bachelor’s Degree and many offer graduate degrees. MCNY offers Associate, Bachelors and Master’s degrees. You can earn a Bachelor’s Degree at either a college or a university. However, students in the U.S.A. prefer to use the word “college” rather than the word “university” when they talk about the four-year undergraduate program and the Bachelor’s Degree. They say “going to college” and “a college degree” when they talk about undergraduate programs at either a college or a university.

What is purposed-centered education?2020-11-12T14:17:36-05:00

The MCNY tradition ensures a breadth and depth of inquiry by allowing students to do a Constructive Action Project that they start during the first semester and complete upon graduation. Many of these projects lead students to employment opportunity and recognition from the private and public sectors. This allows all of our students to develop the tools and skills that allow lifelong learning. Top corporations and graduate schools agree that the best preparation for a professional career is a purposed centered education.

Where is Metropolitan College of New York located?2020-11-12T14:16:48-05:00

MCNY is located in lower Manhattan at 60 West Street and Rector Street. There are several subway stops near the campus and our students are minutes away from some of New York’s most famous attractions. The nearest airports are Newark, JFK and LaGuardia.

Do I have to take the TOEFL or IELTS?2020-11-12T14:15:59-05:00

Students whose native language is not English are required to submit the results of one of the approved English Language Assessments found on the undergraduate and graduate admission links for international students. Citizens of Canada, Australia and the UK may be exempt from the English language testing requirements.

How can I get a student VISA?2020-11-12T14:15:11-05:00

After you meet all the admission criteria, the Office of Admission will issue you a Form 1-20 which will allow you to apply for a visa at your local United States Embassy. For more information about student visas, visit the following website: https://travel.state.gov/

I am a current international at MCNY, can I get authorization to work?2022-03-21T17:45:05-04:00

Our philosophy of Purpose Centered Education means you learn by doing. While we do not offer on campus employment for students, MCNY has the authority to grant undergraduate students CPT (curriculum practicum training) after their 2nd semester. Graduate students can apply for CPT in their 1st semester. The College’s Career Service Office assists students in learning about internship opportunities. This becomes possible because of the strong educational relationships the College develops with employers. OPT (Optional Practical Training) allows students to work full time for a period of 12 months upon graduating from a degree program.

Is there an application deadline?2020-11-12T14:13:17-05:00

Yes, April 1 for summer admission, August 1 for fall admission and December 1 for spring admission.

Can I apply to MCNY online or is there a special application for international students?2020-11-12T14:12:38-05:00

You can easily apply online at the MCNY website and click “Apply” on the banner. The entire application process should take no more than 10 minutes. Please note that there is no international student application fee.


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English Language Training and Preparation

Do you need more English preparation before starting your degree?

MCNY has agreements with the following language centers that specialize in instruction of English as a second language. If you complete ELS 112 or the Advanced Level of Kaplan or LSI, submission of the TOEFL or IELTS score may be waived. Students need to gain admission with one of our approved language providers before gaining conditional admission to MCNY. All of the approved language providers have a liaison that works with students wanting to gain conditional admission to MCNY.

ELS Language Centers (ELS)

Language Studies International (LSI)

Kaplan International Language Schools