International Admissions

At MVCC, we welcome students from all around the world. Our International Student Services staff is here to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have about admissions, visa and immigration issues, the College, adjusting to a new culture and community, or just anything you might want to know about studying and living in the United States.

It is easy to apply to MVCC. Just fill out and submit our free online application, and if you need any help, don’t hesitate to contact our International Admissions Counselor at 001-315-792-5351 or email Visit the International Student webpage for more information.

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) or download the Printable Application and submit it with all required documents and information to:

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

Telephone: 001-315-792-5354
Fax: 001-315-792-5527

An international student is a student who is a citizen of a country other than the United States of America who does not hold permanent residence or a valid green card within the U.S. If you are an international student who wishes to come to the United States in order to complete a college degree, you will be required to complete the International Application.

Once the International Application is complete, the International Admissions Office will issue the form I-20 to the eligible student. Following receipt of the Form I-20, the student will need to apply and obtain an F-1 Student Visa from the American Embassy in your home country. Students to whom this applies should fill out the international student application. If you have any additional questions, please contact

Official High School 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. You should be prepared to submit official documents showing proof of high school completion. These documents must be in English and in their original format. If you have also completed studies past high school or its equivalent, please submit all official documents.

All official documents should be mailed directly to:

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

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

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 to complete the Financial Sponsor Form and show sufficient proof of funding with bank statements/scholarship awards. This form should be completed by the student as well as the financial sponsor. The international application will not be considered complete until the International Admissions Office receives proof of financial sponsorship.

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.

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.