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International Students

At St. Francis College, we are proud of the wide variety of cultures and ethnicities that are represented by our student body.

Our international students come from all parts of the world to study in Brooklyn, NY, one of the most diverse urban areas in the United States. In close collaboration with SFC International, we are excited to welcome, and meet the varied needs of, our increasingly diverse international students.

Meet Rochella Providence '20

Steps to Apply

St. Francis College stays committed to incoming international students by offering rolling admissions throughout the year. You can apply easily online and there is no application fee.

First Year

Applying for first year entry to undergraduate programs

  1. Complete your application here.
  2. Submit the following supporting documents to International Recruitment Specialist.
    1. Transcripts of previous studies (high school, diplomas, degrees) translated into English language. Please note that if your previous institution was outside the United States, you will be required to have a course-by-course evaluation of your transcript. It is recommended that you use the SpanTran evaluation service for this. We also accept transcripts that have been evaluated by any credential evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). View list of members here.
    2. Submit proof of high school completion - for example, your High School Diploma, IB Certificate, A Levels or equivalent. If you are currently still in high school please let us know your expected graduation date
    3. SAT/ACT scores are optional (with the exception of Nursing students, who have separate requriements)
    4. Provide TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, PTE or ITEP exam results. This requirement may be waived for students attending International schools. See below for English Proficiency requirements for undergraduate programs.
TESTUNDERGRADUATE
TOEFL iBT70
IELTS6
Duolingo95
PTE50
ITEP3.7


Scholarships Available for International Freshman Students

In addition to having very affordable tuition, St. Francis College also offers a variety of scholarships for international students to enroll and receive their college diplomas.

Total cost of tuition at St. Francis College is $27,188. The following types of scholarships are given by SFC to international students.

International-based scholarship:

Every international student at SFC receives $6,500 at the moment of acceptance.

PROGRAM OR GPA

INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPFULL TUITION COST PER YEAR*
Accounting, Economics, Finance, or IT$11,298$16,000
B Average and Above$10,298$17,000
B- Average and Below$9,298$18,000

*Tuition does not include the cost of living expenses. Refer to housing and meal plan options below.

Additional Scholarships Available:

Presidential Scholarship:

Every year incoming international freshmen students have the opportunity to enter an essay contest and be one of four to receive the Presidential Scholarship, which covers full tuition costs. At the point of application, international students who have a B+ Average or Higher Grade Point Average (GPA), will be prompted to compete for one out of the four Full Tuition Scholarships. Competition opens up in January and it is concluded in March so it is important to have your application in by the end of December the latest.

Faith-based Scholarship:

This type of scholarship is awarded to any high school graduate of a faith based institution. The scholarship is awarded upon acceptance in the amount of $1,000 and is renewable for up to four years.

Larkin Luminary Scholarship:

Up to $1,000 awarded to new full-time students who are children, grandchildren or siblings of SFC graduates. Renewable for up to four years of study at St. Francis College.

Athletic Scholarship:

Available to students who demonstrate exceptional skill and ability in one of SFC's 21 Division I intercollegiate sports. Award values vary. Contact the Athletics Department at [email protected] for details.

You are Welcome Here Scholarship:

We are proud to support the #YouAreWelcomeHere campaign. This started as a message of welcome from US higher education institutions to international students, but has turned into so much more than that. With open arms, St. Francis College has committed to participating in the #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarship program.

Starting for the Fall 2021 semester, SFC will award two annual renewable scholarships that cover a minimum of 50% tuition for international undergraduate students. Eligibility for consideration requires that students are not US citizens or permanent residents. International students graduating from either a U.S., or Non-U.S., High School are welcome to apply. To continue applying, please visit this link.


Transfer

Applying to transfer with credit for prior study

From U.S. College or University

International students applying to transfer from a U.S. institution should follow the next steps:

  1. Complete your application here.
  2. Submit transcripts from previous U.S. institution to International Recruitment Specialist, Ana Luiza Teodoro.

From an institution outside the U.S.

  1. Complete your application here.
  2. Submit the following supporting documents to International Recruitment Specialist.
    1. Transcripts of previous studies (high school, diplomas, degrees) translated into English language. Please note that if your previous institution was outside the United States, you will be required to have a course-by-course evaluation of your transcript. It is recommended that you use the SpanTran evaluation service for this. We also accept transcripts that have been evaluated by any credential evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). View list of members here.
    2. Submit proof of high school completion - for example, your High School Diploma, IB Certificate, A Levels or equivalent. If you are currently still in high school please let us know your expected graduation date.
    3. SAT/ACT scores are optional (with the exception of Nursing students).
    4. Provide TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, PTE or ITEP exam results. See below for English Proficiency requirements for undergraduate programs.

TESTUNDERGRADUATE
TOEFL iBT70
IELTS6
Duolingo95
PTE50
ITEP3.7

Scholarships Available for International Transfer Students

In addition to having very affordable tuition, St. Francis College also offers a variety of scholarships for international students to enroll and receive their college diplomas.

Total cost of tuition at St. Francis College is $27,188. The following types of scholarships are given by SFC to international students.

Merit-based scholarships:

The SFC merit-based scholarship is offered to all eligible students, the award ranges between $3,500 and $7,500. Merit is determined by the students High School grade point average (GPA) once converted to the U.S. grading system.

International-based scholarship:

Every international student at SFC receives $6,500 at the moment of acceptance.

GPAMERIT SCHOLARSHIPINTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPAMOUNT PER YEAR
3.0-4.0$7,500$6,500$14,000
2.0-3.0$3,500$6,500$10,000
Additional Scholarships Available:
Faith-based scholarship:

This type of scholarship is awarded to any high school graduate of a faith based institution. The scholarship is awarded upon acceptance in the amount of $1,000 and is renewable for up to four years.

Larkin Luminary scholarship:

Up to $1,000 awarded to new full-time students who are children, grandchildren or siblings of SFC graduates. Renewable for up to four years of study at St. Francis College.

Athletic scholarship:

Available to students who demonstrate exceptional skill and ability in one of SFC's 21 Division I intercollegiate sports. Award values vary. Contact the Athletics Department at [email protected] for details.

Graduate

Applying for graduate studies

  1. Complete your application here.
  2. Go here to review your specific program requirements.
  3. Submit the following supporting documents to International Recruitment Specialist.
    1. Proof of undergraduate course completion (transcripts detailing undergraduate coursework translated into English of an acquired BA, BS or any undergraduate bachelors degree)
    2. Two letters of recommendation
    3. Resume/CV
    4. Statement of purpose detailing how you plan to meet the challenges of the program
    5. GMAT/GRE scores are required if you have a college GPA below 3.0
    6. TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo PTE or ITEP exam results (if applying from a non-English speaking country)
    7. If your previous institution was outside the United States, you will be required to have a course-by-course evaluation of your credits. It is recommended that you use the translation and evaluation service SpanTran. We also accept transcripts that have been evaluated by any credential evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). View list of members here.

*Additional writing requirements will be required for MFA in Creative Writing and MA in Psychology

Who is an International student

A student is considered “international” if they are not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. The term assigned to describe international students by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is called “F-1”, and is used interchangeably to describe both legal status and visa type.

An international student may apply as either a first-time freshman, transfer and graduate student. Transfer and graduate students can apply from home-country or U.S. institution depending on where they completed previous studies.

Housing and Meal Plans

Housing:

SFC provides housing for students from early September through final exams in May. Housing rates for this time are coming soon. Residents will have the option of requesting various room types with a variety of price points according to their budget and needs.

All students interested in housing are required to complete a Housing Application and pay a non-refundable $300 Housing Deposit required by May 1st.

Suite Types

One Bedroom Studio

  • Single Double
  • Full Kitchen or pantry (half size refrigerator, Cabinetry and microwave)
  • One Bathroom

Two Bedroom Suites

  • Single Double & Triple or Quad
  • Full Kitchen or pantry
  • Two Bathrooms

Three Bedroom Suites

  • Double
  • Full Kitchen or pantry
  • Two or three bathrooms

Room Types & Room Amenities

Room Types

  • Single – One student per room within a suite or a studio
  • Double – Two students per room within a suite or a studio
  • Triple – 3 students per room within a suite
  • Quad – 4 Students per room within a suite

Suite/Room Amenities/Furnishing

  • Extra-Long Twin size bed/mattress
  • Under-bed storage units or dresser
  • Cubby (hanging clothes)
  • Desk and Desk Chair

2021-2022 Room Types & Rates:

ROOM TYPECOST PER SEMESTERCOST PER YEAR
Single$9,000$18,000
Double$8,000$16,000
  • Students may request room type in the Housing Application
  • Students will be placed based on inventory availability at time of placement. Not all preferences can be accommodated.
  • Students may request each other as roommates, if both students request one another in the application.
  • The building does not have designated singles. If there is a lot of vacancies some doubles may be converted into singles. Students will be placed on a singles wait list and offered one if/when available.

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2021-2022 Meal Plans & Rates:

MEAL PLAN 1:
GOLD
MEAL PLAN 2:
SILVER

MEAL PLAN 3:
BRONZE

Per Semester: $1,900Per Semester: $1,400Per Semester: $800
Per Year: $3,800Per Year: $2,800Per Year: $1,600

All-Inclusive Prices for Incoming SFC International Students:

SFC offers a very special all-inclusive plan to international students which include tuition, housing and meals. The price for the all-inclusive plan ranges from $37,500 to $39,500 per year.

Tuition Scholarship Tuition Housing, Meals, Insurance, Books All-Inclusive Program
$27,298 $11,298 $16,000 $21,500 $37,500 Accounting, Economics, Finance, and IT
$27,298 $10,298 $17,000 $21,500 $38,500 Non-Accounting A Student
$27,298 $9,298 $18,000 $21,500 $39,500 Non-Accounting B Student


If you are looking to live a 5-minute walk from campus in one of the safest, historic neighborhoods in Brooklyn and at our affordable all-inclusive plan, please contact the Admissions Office.

Popular Programs for International Students

Some of the most popular programs and majors between SFC's international students are:

  • Accounting
  • Management and Information Technology
  • Economics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Communication Arts
  • Biology
  • Criminal Justice

It is also important to mention that most of the international students are making the most out of their college experience by double majoring or majoring and minoring in different areas. Here is a complete list of Undergraduate, Graduate programs offered by St. Francis College.

In addition, international students can also apply for our Honors program. With classmates as intellectually curious as yourself, you'll have the opportunity to complete enriching projects and dive deep into a subject that matters to you. Honors programs students can partake in field trips, Study Abroad programs, and have the option to present your Honors Thesis at regional Honors Conferences. Please see all program requirements here.

U.S. (DHS) Approved STEM Programs at SFC

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) STEM Designated Degree Program List is a complete list of fields of study that DHS considers to be science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) fields of study for purposes of the 24-month STEM optional practical training extension described at 8 CFR 214.2(f). The STEM designated courses at St. Francis College are listed below:

  • Bachelor of Science in Biology
  • Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts (Digital Media concentration only)
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology
  • Dual degree in Bachelor of Arts/Masters of Arts in Psychology (4+1 combined degree only)

International Admissions and Student Services

St. Francis College fully complies with the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), which operates under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. As an SEVP-certified school, the College is authorized by federal law to enroll non-immigrant F-1 students for the purpose of completing a degree.

After you have been formally accepted into the college, your focus should now shift towards obtaining lawful F-1 status and a visa if you are applying from outside of the United States.

Before reviewing the requirements to be considered for F-1, you should familiarize yourself with the difference between the terms status and visa.

  • "Status" refers to the amount of time granted to you to participate in an activity; in this case, it is the amount of time given to you to complete a degree.
  • "Visa" refers only to the document (a sticker or "foil") placed into your passport which allows you to lawfully travel to the United States.

Think of the student visa as the key to your house: you need it to enter, but once inside, it serves no purpose. This applies to the status/visa relationship, with the visa being secondary to status. F-1 students must observe all regulations associated with international study to remain in lawful, good standing, or “in-status.” The document which demonstrates F-1 status is called the Form I-20.

Form I-20 is the next document you will need after you have been accepted. It allows you to apply for a student visa at the U.S. embassy in your country.

To obtain Form I-20, you must view the checklist titled "Documents required for an I-20" and submit it with the necessary information. You will find helpful instructions on each form's instructions.

Once this is completed, St. Francis College will send you your original, signed Form I-20 to the address you provided on the International Student Information Sheet.

If you are already enrolled in a high school, college, or university in the U.S. as an F-1 student, you will need a Form I-20 from St. Francis College. To do this, your current international student advisor would need to transfer your SEVIS record to us.

For more information about the I-20 process, click here or contact:
Elizabeth Baldwin
International Student Advisor & Designated School Officer
Room 2302
[email protected]
718.489.2067

Mandatory Health Insurance for Foreign Students

SFC International Announcement: Health Insurance is Mandatory for All International Students

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Francis College is requiring insurance for all international students. Students must be covered by their own Personal Medical Insurance (PMI) plan if they are coming to New York for the Fall 2021 Semester.

For those international students coming to New York in the Fall who will not have health insurance, it is strongly recommended that they apply for a PMI plan with an insurance company we have partnered with called Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI). For more information, and to apply for coverage, please click here or visit the CISI website. CISI offers a quality insurance policy with broad and affordable coverage for international students. Student athletes will also receive information about CISI insurance through Athletics. Please reach out to the Athletic trainers if you need more information.

Students planning on coming to New York and remaining on the insurance plan from their home country are allowed to do so, but proof of insurance coverage will be required in order to allow students to participate in classes. International students and their parents are encouraged to contact their medical insurance company prior to their son’s or daughter’s arrival at St. Francis College to ensure that medical coverage is extended to “out of network” coverage during their duration of study at St. Francis College. Since St. Francis College’s partnership with CISI has been recently finalized, we will also accept proof of coverage for alternative US based group health insurance plans you may have already made on a case-by-case basis.

It is the responsibility of the international students and their parent(s)/guardian(s) to understand the conditions that apply to their medical insurance policy and comply with any requests for information from their home insurance company.

Please note: we strongly recommend enrolling with CISI as the coverage they offer is far broader than the one you may be bringing from home.

Proof of your PMI plan must be provided to us and kept on file with the SFC International and Registrar’s Offices prior to September 08, the beginning of the Fall semester. If you will “waive” or decline CISI coverage because you are bringing a plan from home, or have already secured an alternative US-based group health insurance with comparable coverage, please complete the St. Francis College Health Insurance Waiver for Academic Year 2021-22.

St. Francis College is not responsible for any medical bills incurred by international students. Illnesses, injuries and other health issues will not be covered by St. Francis College. Therefore, we kindly ask you to make sure you have some form of acceptable personal medical insurance as we welcome you to SFC campus for an exciting academic year!

The Admissions and SFC International teams are ready to assist and support you however we can. Please let Elizabeth Baldwin, International Student Advisor, know if you have any questions or concerns at [email protected].

Arrival at St. Francis College

Each student’s academic and immigration situation is unique. Therefore, it is recommended that you schedule an appointment with the International Student Advisor & Designated School Officer so your questions can be addressed as accurately as possible. To better assist you in maintaining your status, here are some general points of responsibility to which you must adhere in order to stay “in-status.”

  • You must report to the International Student Advisor immediately upon arrival. Please bring a color copy of your passport identification page, color copy of your student visa, and a copy of your Form I-20.
  • For your first entry for initial school attendance, the school listed on your visa and your Form I-20 must be the same, and that is the school you must attend.
  • Each academic semester (fall/spring) you are required to register for a full course of study, which is a minimum of 12 credits. The only exceptions are during the winter/summer semesters or if you have been approved in advance by the International Student Advisor for a reduced course load.
  • Make satisfactory progress towards completing your course of study by completing your program before the end date listed on your Form I-20.
  • Refrain from off-campus employment unless authorized by International Student Advisor.
  • Ensure the program completion date on your Form I-20 accurately reflects the date you are expected to obtain your degree.
  • Keep your Form I-20 valid by following proper procedures to change your education level, program of study, extend your stay, and/or transfer to another school.
  • Report a change of address within 10 days of the change so your record in SEVIS can be updated. Failure to do so could result in your SEVIS record being terminated.
  • After you have completed your studies, you are authorized to remain in the U.S. for no longer than 60 days. This grace period does not apply if you have followed the correct procedures to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT), advancing to the next higher education level, or have initiated a school transfer.
  • Ensure you follow any special reporting requirements requested by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
  • Ensure that your passport and Form I-20 remain valid at all times.
  • Speak with the International Student Advisor about any concerns you may have regarding your immigration status. We are here to help!

For help with international applications, contact: [email protected]

For help with your I-20 after admission, contact:
International Student Advisor / DSO

Jim Baker

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