SUNY Jefferson

International Students

Our international students come from many diverse countries – from Australia, to Vietnam, to Malawi. Jefferson offers affordable tuition, a world-class State University of New York (SUNY) education, and transfer agreements with such schools as Syracuse University and Cornell as well as easy transfer to partner SUNY schools. We offer high-demand majors such as business, computer science, engineering, and nursing, and unique programs such as human services and zoo technology.

Transfer pathway to SUNY Potsdam

Our international students are guaranteed transfer to nearby SUNY Potsdam once they have at least:

  1. One semester or more of full-time study at Jefferson
  2. Minimum 2.25 GPA
  3. Completion of English 101 with a 2.0 or higher
  4. Submission of an international transfer application by the applicable deadline

ESL pathway from Syracuse University English Language Institute

Still need some time to study English before starting college classes? Jefferson Community College has a guaranteed transfer agreement with Syracuse University’s English Language Institute (ELI). Students studying at Syracuse ELI who pass level 3 (Intermediate) at ELI with a score of 70 or above can meet Jefferson’s requirement for English proficiency for admission without having to submit qualifying TOEFL or IELTS scores for admission.

Who is an international student?

An international student is someone who needs an F-1 student visa to study in the U.S. Because there is no federal or state financial aid for international students, you must show that you are able to pay for tuition, books and living expenses for at least your first year when you apply.

Checklist for International Applicants 

  1. Application Form

    Supplemental International Student Application
  2. Transcripts

    a. Copy of your high school transcript, translated into English if necessary. If our office is not able to verify your high school transcript, we may ask for an official copy and may ask for an evaluation.
    b. If you have attended college, we require an official copy of any college transcript, translated into English if necessary, and an official course-by-course evaluation if the college was outside the U.S. You can order your credit evaluation from any NACES approved credential evaluation company. Many students use World Education Services (WES).
  3. Proof of English Language Proficiency

    If English is not your native language, you must show proof that you are proficient in English. This could include:
    a) TOEFL IBT score of 61 or higher
    b) IELTS score of 5.5
    c) Proof of successful study at an English-medium school in the U.S. or another English speaking country
  4. Proof of funding

    Usually students show a bank statement in their name or their parent’s name that has enough on deposit to pay for at least the first year of tuition, books and living expenses. The bank statement must be no more than 6 months old.
  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 any plans for further study after completing your studies at Jefferson. This statement must be written by the applicant and should be in English.

How can I submit the application?

All documents (except the college credit evaluation, if you are a transfer student) may be emailed to We may request additional information or ask for original copies if necessary.

What are the next steps?

Once we have received your application, we will let you know that it is complete and give you your Jefferson student number.
Here are the next steps: 

  1. Set up your I-20 shipment
    If you are not in the U.S. or Canada, please set up express shipment for your acceptance packet. Jefferson Community College has partnered with an online service that allows students to easily set up shipping and track your package after it is sent.
    a) Go to  (works best with Internet Explorer & Mozilla Firefox browsers)
    b) Click on "Sign up" under the Students section
    c) Register for an account by completing the online form. Have the your Jefferson student number, your mailing address, e-mail address, phone number and credit card information ready.
    d) Email so we know to look out for your shipment information
    e) For any difficulties, use the “Help” link in the eshipGlobal site for step-by-step instructions
  2. Get your visa
    Once you receive your I-20, you should pay the SEVIS user fee at You can then set up a visa interview at the U.S. embassy or consulate near you. Note: Canadian students do not require a visa, but they must pay the SEVIS fee and have the proof of payment and their I-20 ready when crossing the border to begin studies.
  3. Transfer students in the U.S.
    If you are currently attending a high school or college in the United States as an F-1 student, contact your current school to request a transfer of your SEVIS record once you are admitted to Jefferson. We can then issue you a transfer I-20. You may not need to get a new F-1 visa stamp in your passport; we can guide you on this process.
  4. Send vaccination records
    Provide copies of official vaccination records from a physician or health clinic with an English translation. These records must show proof of two past measles, mumps or rubella (MMR) vaccinations. In place of a vaccination proof, lab work which shows immunity to measles, mumps and rubella is an acceptable alternative proof. These can be sent to


We are happy to help! Contact us at anytime with questions on the application process or your options for study.

Enrollment Services
(315) 786-2437
Jules Center, building 6, suite 6-010

Office Hours
Monday - Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesdays, open until 7:00 p.m.
Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.