International Students FAQ

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Japan, Cameroon, Russia, Bolivia, Vietnam, Korea, Kenya, Argentina, Spain, Italy, Ghana, Brazil, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Belarus, India, Nepal, Gambia, Germany, Canada, Norway, Sweden. Students from all countries are welcome at MVCC.

You will receive the Form I-20 when you have completed the international admissions process and have been accepted to MVCC as an international student.

** The TOEFL and IELTS tests are NOT required but if taken, results can be sent to this address above for consideration in placement:

Mohawk Valley Community College
Payne Hall, Room 101C
1101 Sherman Drive
Utica NY 13501-5394

Scores on standardized tests are valid for two years, so the test date must not exceed two years prior to the date of admission. Students will be fully admitted into college-level coursework if they submit one of the following scores:

  • TOEFL PBT: 500
  • Computer-based TOEFL: 173
  • TOEFL iBT: 61
  • IELTS: 5.5

International Student Services Coordinator
Mohawk Valley Community College
1101 Sherman Drive
Utica, NY 13501


MVCC offers more than 90 degrees and certificates. You can also check out our Academic Schools for additional information.

The College offers a complete academic certificate in English for Speakers of Other Languages. MVCC offers four levels of ESL to help improve the students’ English ability so students can begin at any level of proficiency.

  • The campus is set in a safe suburban atmosphere
  • Local homes and a grammar school in immediate area
  • The campus is equipped with security personnel to assist students
  • Campus Emergency Telephones available for student use
  • 24-hour dormitory and campus surveillance

International students can apply as a transfer student to four-year universities and colleges of their choice. As long as the student meets all admissions requirements, they can transfer from MVCC to their next university as a transfer student. There is a specialist on campus to help students with transfer applications. MVCC has 2+2 agreements with multiple SUNY and private institutions. Find out more about the State University of New York transfer program here.

You should begin your admissions application at least four to six months before the anticipated start date. This will allow you adequate time to receive your Form I-20 and apply for a student visa.