International student applicants must complete the steps listed below.

Apply to Cayuga as an International Student

Any applicant who is not a U.S. citizen or resident alien is considered an international student. Due to the length of time required to process international admissions credentials, early application is encouraged. The College must receive the necessary requirements (academic, financial, and linguistic) by August 1 for the Fall semester and by December 1 for the Spring semester.


Admissions Office
Cayuga Community College
197 Franklin Street
Auburn, NY 13021-3099 USA

Kelly Diego

Students looking at course material in the Library


Applicants whose native language is not English are required to demonstrate an acceptable level of English language proficiency. At this time, Cayuga Community College does not offer English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.

The TOEFL examination is required for all applicants in which English is not their primary language. The Institution Code for Cayuga Community College is 2010. Official TOEFL score reports must be submitted to Cayuga Community College.

Minimal TOEFL scores:

  • Paper: 500
  • Computer: 175
  • Internet: 61


Applicant must be a high school graduate. Students with foreign credentials must submit, by an organization approved by NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) or any other organization recognized and endorsed by the College Registrar, documentation showing equivalent high school graduation. Applicants must complete all applications and correspondence in English. Transfer credit for previous college level coursework should also be evaluated by an approved NACES organization, and sent directly to Cayuga Community College.


International Students must provide a copy of an official government-issued form of identification, such as a passport, to confirm identity.


New York State Public Health Law 2165 requires all college students born after 1965 and taking 6 credit hours or more during a semester, to provide proof of immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella. The law also requires colleges to distribute information about Meningococcal disease and vaccinations to all students taking 6 credit hours or more, whether they live on or off-campus.

For more information on what you will need to provide, see Immunization Requirements.


International students who wish to enroll in Cayuga Community College are required to obtain an F-1 visa. If the applicant meets all the necessary requirements above, an official letter of acceptance will be mailed to the applicant. The letter of acceptance and the I-20 must be presented to the United States Consulate or Embassy with a valid passport and all other required materials in order to obtain an F-1 student visa, which will allow the student to enter the United States.


The first semester’s tuition and fees (tuition and fee amount are determined by the prevailing rate for the term in which the student is registering) are due before the I-20 and acceptance are issued. Students may pay with cash, wire transfer, (Flywire tuition payment process that allows students to pay from any country and any bank), or a valid Visa or MasterCard.

Estimated cost of International Student attending Cayuga Community College
Cost Item Academic Year
(9 Months)
Calendar Year
(12 Months)
Housing (room and board) ** $ 9,500 $ 14,000
Mandatory Fees (estimated) $ 625 $ 937
Tuition (estimated) *** $ 9,984 $ 12,406
Personal Expenses $ 1,394 $ 2,075
Transportation **** $ 1,250 $ 1,875
Books & Supplies $ 1,250 $ 1,875
TOTALS $ 24,003 $ 33,168

NOTE: Please note: All international students must have health insurance that is valid in the United States. Students may either show proof of such insurance or purchase international student health insurance.

* Additional expenses for remaining in the US and taking a full-time course load in the summer (students may enroll part time during the summer, additional fees apply for online coursework), subject to change
** Based upon 2020-2021 Lattimore Hall costs, subject to change
*** Tuition and fees are based on 2020-2021 costs, additional fees may apply, subject to change
**** Local bus transportation to and from college is free to Cayuga students, estimated costs excludes airfare
Costs may vary depending on eating habits and personal care; students from warm climates should allow an additional $500 for purchase of cold weather clothing
This amount must be reflected in your Bank Statement and the Foreign Student Financial Statement


F-1 visa applicants are required to demonstrate that they have financial resources to cover all of their educational expenses while attending Cayuga Community College.

The Foreign Student Financial Statement must be completed and accompanied by current notarized bank statements supporting the information reported on the form. Applicants must demonstrate the financial resources to support themselves during their stay in the United States, as well as transportation expenses to return to their home country.


Cayuga Community College has NO financial aid or scholarships available for international students. Students must demonstrate ability to pay for their total educational and living expenses for their entire enrollment at Cayuga.



Please note: The first semester’s tuition and fees of $6,200 (refundable if unable to attend) are due before the I-20 and acceptance are issued. Students may pay with cash, wire transfer, (Flywire – tuition payment process which allows students to pay from any country and any bank) or a valid Visa or MasterCard.


Cayuga Community College has partnered with Flywire to streamline the tuition payment process. Flywire allows you to pay from any country and any bank. They offer excellent foreign exchange rates, allowing you to pay in your home currency (in most cases). Students can track the progress of their payment throughout the transfer process via a student dashboard and be notified via email when their payment is received.

Students need their Student ID (your C #) to submit payment to Flywire.


Once accepted for Admission, you will be notified if you need placement testing. Most students require placement testing to determine the level of math and/or English they will begin with at our institution. If this is the case, you will take the placement test off-campus, prior to registration and issuance of the I-20. See our “Placement Testing” page for more information.