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 should note the information on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A score of 550 (213 for the computer version, 80 for the Internet-based [iBT] version) or better is required for admission.
The TOEFL "Bulletin of Information" and registration forms can be obtained in many cities outside the United States. They often are available at American embassies and consulates, offices of the U.S. Information Service, U.S. educational commissions and foundations, and binational centers.
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 and the Office of Admission. A financial statement and supporting documentation must be received by the admission office at least eight weeks before the semester for which the applicant is seeking admission. These documents must show that all educational expenses for the duration of the student's stay in the United States -- including tuition, room, board, books, and international travel -- 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.