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International Students

If you are not a citizen of the United States, you must study at the College under an F-1 non-immigrant student visa. If you are a permanent resident of the United States, you are not considered an international student and you may follow the normal admissions procedures.

As an international student, you should complete admissions materials from Jefferson Community College at least 3 months prior to the start of the semester for which you wish to enroll. You must complete all steps listed below before your application can be reviewed and an admission decision can be made. Canadian applicants do not require a student visa so they may apply up to 3 weeks prior to the start of classes.

The recommended application deadline for the Fall admission is June 1st. For Spring admission it is November 1st. Canadian applicants Fall admission deadline is August 11.  For Spring admission it is January 11.

Upon acceptance, an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for non-immigrant (F-1) students will be issued concurrent with an official acceptance letter to the College.

International Student Admissions

  1. Complete the International Student Supplemental Application (ISSA)
  2. Provide a copy of your TOEFL scores. A score of 61 is required for admission* An IELTS score of 6 is also acceptable.
  3. Submit a translated copy of all your academic records including any post-secondary courses
  4. Send all documents to the JCC Admissions Office:
    • Email:
    • Fax: 315-786-2459
    • Mail: Admissions Office, Jefferson Community College, 1220 Coffeen Street, Watertown, NY 13601

Checklist for International Applicants

  1. Application Form: Supplemental International Student Application
  2. Academic Records: Official secondary school (high school) and any post-secondary school records (transcripts). Your academic records should include the grades/marks of all subjects completed and the results of any external examinations. Your records should also indicate any diplomas, degrees or certificates earned. If your academic records are not in English, a word-for-word translation should be attached to the official copy of the academic document being translated.
  3. Demonstration of English Language Proficiency: If your native language is not English, you must demonstrate an acceptable English Language Proficiency to be considered for admission. This requirement can be met by submitting a minimum TOEFL score of 61or higher on IBT or IELTS score of 6.  A placement test is given upon arrival at the College to determine the appropriate English and Math course level to enroll.
  4. Financial Documentation: (Required for F -1 Student Applicants) If you plan to attend JCC on an F-1 Student Status, you must demonstrate that you have the financial means/support to cover your educational and living expenses while attending the College. Appropriate financial documentation is required.
  5. Autobiographical Statement: Enclose a statement that describes why you wish to study in the United States and more specifically, at Jefferson Community College. Also, indicate reasons for selecting the field of study that you have chosen and plans for further study or employment after completing your study at Jefferson. This statement must be written by the applicant and in English.
  6. For F-1 Transfer Students only: If you are currently attending a college or university in the United States on an F-1 student status and wish to transfer to Jefferson Community College, you will need to obtain a new I-20 issued by our college and fulfill transfer eligibility requirements. Your current International Student Counselor will need to complete a Transfer Eligibility Form.

Applying for the Visa

When you receive your acceptance letter and the I-20 from the College, you will be able to go to the consulate or embassy to apply for the F-1 Visa. You are expected to make an appointment in advance in most countries. You may need to apply for the Visa first and then call for an appointment.

  1. Students should visit the consulate or embassy with the following documents:
    1. I-20 A & B (School copy – Student Copy)
    2. Valid passport
    3. Financial statement
    4. Letter of admission from the college
  2. The student will then complete the visa application.
  3. Every American embassy/consulate works from the same set of regulations and laws but may adapt different procedures for their location. Some require a person to have a personal interview; some give an appointment and ask the student to come back with documentation; some conduct the entire process by mail. The visa is a stamp in the passport indicating where the visa was issued, the date the visa was issued, the date of expiration, the number of entries, the type of visa, the visa number and in the F-1 case, the school the I-20 was issued from. The visa gives you permission to lawfully enter the United States.
  4. You will need both copies of your I-20 and your passport with the visa stamped inside to enter the U.S. as an F-1 category student.

Frequently Asked Questions: International Students

Who is an International Student?

Any student who is not a citizen of the United States, and wishes to study at the College under an F-1 nonimmigrant student visa is considered an international student.

What is the Time Line for Admissions and application for International Students?

International Student applicants should complete the application process by June 1 for the fall semester (September) or November 15 for the spring (January) semester, except in the case of Canadian Applicants.  Canadian students do NOT need a student visa, so the deadline is 3 weeks prior to the start of classes each semester. The JCC application and international student applications must be completed before an admission decision can be made. An I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for non-immigrant (F-1) students will be issued concurrent with an acceptance letter to the College.

Does an International Student have to attend full-time?

Yes, international student must maintain full-time status. If a student drops below full time attendance they are considered “out of status”.

Can an International Student enroll in online coursework?

The intention is for international students to enroll in campus based coursework.  At least 9 credits MUST be campus based.

Does an International Student need health insurance in order to attend JCC?

Yes, an international student must verify they have valid health insurance in effect and must provide proof prior to admission.  Insurance is available through:

How much will it cost to attend Jefferson Community College?

Estimated annual educational and living expenses associated with attending JCC is $22,750, U.S currency.  International students are required to submit certified documentation showing financial support to cover educational expenses for one year. All documentation must be dated within 6 months of the date of application.

Is there Financial Assistance available for International Students?

International Students are not eligible for financial assistance or scholarships while attending JCC.

Can International Students work while attending college?

International Students entering with an F-1 visa are allowed to work on-campus. The student must obtain an employment opportunity through student aid funds and request employment permission through the International Student Advisor. 

What other fees are associated with attendance?

The U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) require a SEVIS-I-901 be collected from international students.  SEVIS, the Student Exchange Visitor Information System, is a complex database controlled by the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE.). SEVIS is designed to collect information from schools, INS ports of entry, and even the U.S. State Department relating to foreign students and scholars. SEVIS tracks and monitors the movement of F-1, M-1, and J-1 international students. The SEVIS I-901 fee must be paid and fully processed prior to entering the US for study. For more information on the payment of this fee electronically, go to:

What Information Does SEVIS Track and Monitor?

Jefferson Community College must report to SEVIS all the information found on an I-20 including personal data, program of study, funding information, certification for travel abroad. 

  • SEVIS requires that every semester Jefferson Community College must report student enrollment.
  • SEVIS requires JCC to report when a student completes a program, is terminated or withdraws from a program, transfers in and out of the college, receives a program extension, or address change.


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