International Admissions

Thank you for your interest in MVCC! We welcome students from all around the world and are here to assist you with any questions  you may have about the application, getting a visa, immigration processes, the College, adjusting to a new culture and community, or anything about studying and living in the United States.

It is free to apply to MVCC. If you need any help or have any questions, please contact our Coordinator of International Student Services at 001-315-792-5350 or by email at

Once the International Application is complete and we have received the supporting documentation, the International Admissions Office will issue the Form I-20 if you are eligible. Following receipt of Form I-20, you will need to apply and obtain an F-1 Student Visa from the U.S. Embassy in your country.  

New students

Admission requirements

Complete the International Application.

This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students.

There are two ways to apply to MVCC, and both are free.

Apply online at (choose the international option after creating your username and password) or download the Printable Application and email the scanned copy to

Official high school transcript and graduation certification

In order to qualify for admission to MVCC, you are required to show proof of your completion of high school or its equivalent in your home country. The documents must be official and reviewed by MVCC staff prior to enrolling in classes. If the high school graduation certificate and transcript are not in English, we will need a certified translation. If you have also completed studies in higher education (university level), please submit all official documents for consideration.

All official documents should be sent to:

International Student Services
Mohawk Valley Community College
1101 Sherman Drive
Utica, NY 13501-5394 (USA)


Upload Online: International Admission Upload Portal

Telephone: 001-315-792-5350
Fax: 001-315-792-5527

Placement tests

TOEFL and IELTS are not required for admission into MVCC. International students are required to take math and English placement tests upon arrival to the College if they do not submit appropriate TOEFL, IELTS, or SAT scores. The English and math placement tests determine the student's language and math abilities respectively, as well as placement in the appropriate English or math courses. Placement will be at the discretion of the College in accordance with each student's individual needs.

Students may be placed into college-level coursework or the English as a Second Language Program based on the results of these tests. 

Academic program/College-level coursework requirement

If English is not your native language and you would like to begin in academic classes rather than ESL language training, we will need to determine your English ability. 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 
  • Duolingo English Test: 90
  • iTEP: 3.4

Financial sponsor and verification forms

International students who are seeking admission and a Form I-20 are required by USCIS to show that they are able to afford one year of tuition, fees, and costs of living in the United States. One year of Costs and Fees can be found here: Costs and Fees. To show this, please complete the Financial Sponsor Form and  submit proof of funding with bank statements and/or scholarship awards. This form should be completed by the student as well as the financial sponsor(s). 

Health immunization records

The MVCC Health Office requires proof of student immunization records in order to comply with New York State regulations. Please download the Health Information Form and take it to the appropriate health care professional in your area to complete.  If you are not able to get the MMR immunization prior to arriving in the United States, you may get them at the Utica Health Department within the first month here.

Transfer students

If you are in the U.S. as an F-1 student already, and have maintained status you are still required to submit the international application. Once the application is complete, the transfer process will then take place. You will be required to submit the International Student Transfer Form.


If you are currently in the U.S. and are in violation of your F-1 student status, you might have to apply for a reinstatement. You will have to complete the international application and submit all necessary documentation to International Student Services. Once your application is complete and you are accepted, International Student Services will assist in the reinstatement process. Learn more about reinstatement

Change of status

Students residing in the U.S. with a different visa type may not be required to change their status to an F-1 Student Visa. Students in this situation should contact International Student Services regarding their specific situation. Learn more about Change of Status. You can also refer to the USCIS information to see if you qualify for a Change of Status.