International Students

Ithaca College welcomes international students for the three-week Summer College for High School Students program!

As an international student at Ithaca College you will be supported by the Offices of International Programs and Extended Studies. Please read through the following important information before you apply.

Visa Requirements
Most international students will need an F1 student visa to study at Ithaca College. The F1 student visa requires that international students studying in the United States be fluent in written and spoken English. This proficiency is also critical to your success in the program. In addition, you must be enrolled in at least three credits for the duration of your program.

Obtaining your visa will take several weeks; therefore, we ask that you apply early and that you submit your I-20 Request Form, along with a copy of your passport, as soon as you learn of your acceptance into the program.

Language Requirements
If your first language is not English, and you've taken the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS), you need to have received the following scores to attend the summer college program:

  • a TOEFL score of at least 80 on the Internet-based test or 600 on the paper test or
  • an IELTS score of at least 6 on the IELTS.

These scores reflect the minimum level of English proficiency you need to take courses at Ithaca College.

Adequate command of written and spoken English is critical to your success at Ithaca College. Courses are taught in English and you must be able to effectively communicate with faculty members, fellow students, your roommate, and others to succeed at summer college.

Enrollment Steps
Please put together the following items and mail them to: Ithaca College, Office of Extended Studies, 953 Danby Road, Ithaca, NY 14850.

  • The I-20 Request Form or a letter that states your date of birth, country of birth, country of citizenship, course you've been accepted into (you must be enrolled for at least three credits in a three-week session), and source of financial support;
  • a copy of your passport; and
  • a copy of the letter of award if the source of funds is a scholarship or grant, or
  • a current statement from a bank guaranteeing sufficient funds to cover the cost of the program if personal funds are being used. The amount must be shown in U.S. dollars and must be equal to the cost of the program.

Upon receipt of the I-20 Request Form or letter and appropriate documents, the International Programs Office will issue an I-20 form (Certificate of Eligibility for F-1 Student Visa). You may then take the I-20 form to the U.S. Consulate in your home country and apply for the F-1 student visa.

Program Fees
The cost to attend the 2015 Summer College for High School Students three-week session is US $4,980. This fee includes room and board in an Ithaca College residence hall, a campus meal plan, and all required activities. (Certain expenses such as textbooks, are not included in the cost of the program -- these additional expenses come to approximately US $250.)

Payment in full is due by May 15. We do not offer a payment plan, nor is financial aid available.

You will not be officially registered for your course until you have been accepted into the program, paid the program fee, and returned all required forms.

Required Forms
Upon acceptance, you will be provided with a link where you can download several forms required for participation in the Summer College for High School Students. All forms must be completed, signed, and returned by May 1. We cannot register you in your course without them.

Upon Your Arrival at Ithaca College
Students must report to the Office of International Programs on the first business day of the program with your passport and the I-94 card issued at the U.S. port of entry. The international programs office is required to check these documents and confirm your status in the United States. The international programs office will provide you with important information regarding your legal stay in the United States, and is a good resource for international students in general.