How to Apply - International Education

The following list will help you organize your application and the supporting documentation required for timely consideration of your application. Please read all the instructions carefully.

  • Application for Admission: Applicants can apply online by clicking the "APPLY NOW" link. The application fee is $50.00 USD.
  • Applications for the Fall 2024 term are open.
  • Applications for the Spring and Fall 2025 terms will open on August 1, 2024.
  • Application deadlines are June 1 for Fall admission and November 1 for Spring admission. 
  • Please note deadlines for complete applications. 
  • Academic Records: Official secondary school and post-secondary records must be submitted in original language along with certified translation. Farmingdale requires that documents are translated and evaluated by a member of NACES. applications lacking a NACES evaluation will not be reviewed for admission. Preferred evaluation agencies:
  • English Language Proficiency: Applicants whose native language is not English must submit an official score report from one of the following tests to demonstrate English language proficiency or submit an official transcript from an accredited U.S. college with a grade of C+ or better in a college-level writing course.
  • SUNY Autobiographical Essay : The personal essay is to be written in English by the student. It is recommended for the applicant to include why they wish to attend Farmingdale State College along with a description of their future academic and career goals. 
  • Passport: Photocopy of the passport page that includes your identification photo (U.S. Visa page and home country’s page).

*Indicate on the application your curriculum choice exactly as listed to avoid a delay in processing, which could jeopardize your opportunity for admission. You may apply to only ONE program. The academic year at Farmingdale State College begins in August and ends in May. All programs accept new students for the fall semester.

**Dental Hygiene and Nursing applicants must be U. S. Citizens or Permanent Residents in order to be considered for admission with the exception of the Online RN to BS completion program. Visit the Nursing website for more information.

*Decisions on applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis; therefore, it is to your benefit to mail all materials immediately upon completion, since programs fill up quickly. To ensure adequate time for the processing of International Student applications, please note the Admissions Office must receive the completed applications by June 1 for FALL admissions and November 1 for SPRING admissions.

After Acceptance - Obtaining the Form I-20

Students must meet financial requirements established by the College. 

Below is a list of Financial Documents required before issuance of the I-20 Certificate of Eligibility.

The I-20 is needed to apply for and obtain the F-1 Student Visa

Financial Documents

In order to ensure timely processing of your application, please read the financial requirements carefully. Financial aid and scholarships are not available to international students and proof of funding is a requirement for I-20 issuance. 

To be issued a Form I-20, the student must meet financial requirements established by the College. Students that plan to live on campus must provide proof of funding of $35,000. Students who will not reside on campus and have a local sponsor must provide proof of funding of $25,000. Students enrolled in the Aeronautical Science: Professional Pilot program have additional tuition fees estimated at $9,000/semester.

Please visit International Students - Tuition and Fees for an estimated breakdown of costs.

Copies of these forms and documents can be uploaded to your RAM portal.

International Student Financial Statement

  • This form must be completed by the student who is applying to Farmingdale State College and signed by the financial sponsor (if applicable) and bank official. Attach statement of accounts on official bank letterhead or with official signature/seal.  Attach multiple bank statements if more than one financial institute is verifying funding. If the student has more than one sponsor, a form must be completed by each sponsor providing financial support.

Affidavit of Support

  • If funds are being provided by a family member/sponsor, each sponsor must complete an affidavit of support. For students who will not be residing on campus, a local sponsor must also complete an Affidavit of Support answering questions 7 & 8 and provide copy of driver’s license, bank statement, or utility bill verifying address. This form must be notarized.

Bank Letter or Statement:

  • An official bank letter or statement must be provided for each sponsor. Bank letters and statements must be in English and must be current within 6 months of initial enrollment. The bank letters and statements must show the actual amount in the account and the U.S. dollars equivalency.

Letter of Employment or Pay Stub:

  • Letter of employment or pay stub must be provided by each financial sponsor confirming financial resources will be available to fund each year of attendance.

International Students Already Studying in the US

Current students studying in the United States on an F-1 Student Visas must also provide the following information:

  • Photocopies of all Form I-20s
  • Photocopy of current I-94
  • Photocopy of the passport page that includes your identification photo (U.S. Visa page and home country's page)
  • International Students Transfer Form completed by your current school's Designated School Official (DSO) or International Student Advisor

Note: Transfer students with fewer than 24 post-secondary credits must supply an official secondary school translated transcript and meet the English language proficiency requirement.

Document Checklist

  • Passport
  • Permanent Address in Home Country
  • Autobiographical Essay
  • Official Transcripts
  • Course-by-course evaluation from a member of NACES
  • English Language Proficiency

Financial Documentation

  • Signed financial statement form FSA-4
  • Copies of bank statements
  • Affidavit of Support (for each sponsor - local and financial)
  • Letter of employment or pay stub from sponsor(s)
  • Copy of Driver's License or Utility Bill from local sponsor (if not residing on campus)

For Applicants Currently Studying in the US

International Student Insurance - Mandatory for all students from countries other than the United States

Students from countries other than the United States are required to be covered by the SUNY International Student and Scholar Health Insurance Program, and will have the charge added to their bill.


International Education & Programs Events

Name Date Time Location
F1 New International Student Orientation 8/30/24 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM Laffin Hall
J1 New International Student Orientation 9/6/24 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM Laffin Hall

International Education & Programs

Laffin Hall, Room 320A
Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm


James Hall
Acting Director


Jeannette Sinnott
Assistant Director of International Programs


Stephanie Williams
Administrative Assistant 1

Last Modified 3/29/24