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Meet Our International Students

Alex

Alex Guarino

Major: Business Administration
Home Country: Italy

I chose BMCC because I heard it was the best community college in New York. The people here are really friendly and helpful. My favorite class is my Speech class, because I will have to make speeches in my future career. I love English 101, too. My advice to prospective international students is to study English as much as you can back in your country, because it will be the biggest challenge. I love the energy this city has, and the feeling that if you work hard, you can achieve your dreams. My best experience has been meeting people and feeling that I am improving myself. I plan to get my Associate Degree in Business Administration as soon as I can and transfer to a senior college, such as Baruch College-CUNY, for Finance.

Alla

Alla Semenova

Major: Business Administration
Home Country: Russia

I chose BMCC because of the location and price. I like the school because of its international student support team. My favorite class is Business. My advice to prospective international students is to be patient, and to always be on top of things. I like New York because it is an inspiring city, I can meet all kinds of people and I always have something to do. After BMCC, I plan to transfer to Baruch College. However, my goal is to transfer to Columbia University, Pace University or the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Carla, Australia

Carla Costa

Major: Liberal Arts
Home Country: Australia

BMCC was recommended to me. It’s very personal, but it’s smaller than the 4-year colleges. My favorite class is English 201 - my professor is awesome. My advice to prospective international students is to have fun! I like New York because of its cultural diversity. After BMCC, I plan to continue my studies and earn a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

Chandi

Chandi Samiall

Major: Liberal Arts
Home Country: Guyana

I chose BMCC because I was enthusiastic about going to college in New York City, and I was also looking for diversity so I can meet other students who are as different as I am. I hope to transfer to Hunter College to take advantage of their dual Bachelors/Masters program in economics. When I first came to BMCC, I was lost and I wanted to go home. Lucky for me, I discovered the Peer Mentoring Program, which led me to the Office of Student Activities, the Counseling Centrer and the Learning Resource Center. These services have helped me so much that believe I am even more equipped to succeed in college and I am just passionate about my journey now.

Liana

Liana Tenorio

Major: Multimedia Programming and Design
Home Country: Brazil

I chose BMCC because my friend graduated from there and told me about the college and opportunities. I like the extra-curricular opportunities, such as the CUNY Service Corps program and student academies. My favorite class is Speech, because I get to improve my grammar and communication skills. My advice for prospective international students is to take advantage of every opportunity on campus. I like New York because of the diversity and the number of restaurants. My plan after BMCC is to transfer to New York University (NYU).

Lino

Lino Ahston

Major: Communication Studies
Home Country: Sweden

I chose BMCC because of the advantages of entering the City University of New York system. BMCC has made getting an affordable college education possible for me, and I am now ready to transfer to a four-year institution. The transition into college was smooth here. It's easy to think of community colleges as mere "commuter schools" but BMCC has an amazing student life. Its location, cost, and services is what appealed to me. The Office of Student Affairs, the ISSO, and the library all provide the necessary services for me to succeed in college. I advise other international students to take advantage the student support services available and get involved in clubs.

Lisa

Lisa (Elisaveta) Azizova

Major: Business Administration
Home Country: Sweden

I chose BMCC because of the location and affordability. I like the school motto - “Start here, go anywhere.” My favorite class is my ESL Class with Professor Beaumont, the foundation to my successful start. I also like Business Law, with Professor Lambert. My advice to prospective international students is to use the resources at the college. Get involved as early as possible in clubs, student programs, and workshops. I like New York because of its diversity, mentality, and fast-paced environment - mostly because it is an endless challenge. My best experience here has been meeting students from different countries and networking with faculty and guest speakers. My goal is to transfer to an Ivy League school.

Mohsin

Mohsin Masrur

Major: Computer Network Technology
Home Country: Bangladesh

I chose BMCC because I found it is one of the best college in New York City. The location is very accessible from any of the five boroughs. The tuition is affordable and the college is full of helpful resources. The college community is very diverse with a large number of students from more than 150 countries. It makes me feel like wherever you come from, you will find someone like you. There are so many opportunities to get involved in campus like clubs, workshops, events and so on. I’m a member of International Students Club and I work on-campus as a Peer Mentor. The professors here are very helpful. They help students outside of the classroom if needed. Also, tutoring services are free for students, which helps us to succeed in academic life. My goal is to transfer to the New York City College of Technology or New York University. After completing my bachelor’s degree, I’m planning to have my own IT business.

Pranto

Pranto Podder

Major: Computer Information Systems
Home Country: Bangladesh

"Start Here. Go Anywhere," the college’s motto says it all. BMCC has a good reputation and there are endless opportunities which made me choose BMCC. BMCC is very diverse and it has many resources for students to utilize. Receiving a scholarship was a special achievement for me, and it continues to motivate me to achieve success. I plan to transfer to a CUNY college for my bachelor’s after completing my associates here at BMCC.

Saulin

Saulin Ng Wu

Major: Business Administration
Home Country: Dominican Republic

I chose BMCC because of its good reputation among international students. I constantly find myself visiting the International Students Services Office, because the staff helps me by ensuring everything is alright regarding my international status. I also visit the Academic Advisement and Transfer Center regularly to ensure I'm on the right track to transferring to a senior college. My advice for prospective international students is to take advantage of all the services and opportunities the college has to offer. After BMCC, I plan to transfer to Baruch College in order to get my bachelor's degree.

Tamar

Tamar Mosulishvili

Major: Nursing
Home Country: Georgia

After doing a tremendous amount of research, the very first reason I chose BMCC was for the tuition. It’s an incredibly affordable college in NYC. The second reason was its location. I wanted to be in the city every day. I think BMCC is the best bridge for international students to adapt to a new culture. The diversity of students and professors makes it easier to be proud of who you are and where you come from. BMCC helps my confidence every day. It’s a solid foundation upon which to build my future academic and career success. So far, my favorite class has been Introduction to Sociology, with Professor Salam. It was very interesting to look at different social structures and environmental factors that shape us at a deeper level. My advice to prospective international students is to get involved. It might seem that there are not many things available for international students but there are. Ask around. Make at least one friend in each class. Don’t be afraid. You are not alone. I like to be exposed to many different things, cultures, and challenges. This country and city always leave extra space to push yourself, challenge your personality, and be better. I like that it’s possible to experience major shifts in my world view. My best experience here has been interacting with professors and staff because they are so helpful. They encourage me, inspire me, and make up my second family here. After BMCC, I plan to transfer to a four-year school and most likely major in Psychology and complete the Pre-Med requirements. I hope to get my MD from an American college.

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Tarekul Alam

Major: Computer Information Systems
Home Country: Bangladesh

I have found BMCC to be a good college with a lot of resources. I like this school for a lot of reasons – it is a nice campus in the city, it has a library, and the professors help you out in your subject. My favorite classes are my programming classes. My advice to prospective international students is to be conscious about selecting a college and major. I like New York City because it so friendly and nice. Also, there are so many restaurants that you can’t miss the food from your country. My best experience has been my on-campus job working with the BMCC Office of the Registrar. I am helping other students register, and it’s fun. After BMCC, I will go to New York City College of Technology-CUNY to complete my higher education studies.

tisha

Tisha Watts

Major: Health Information Technology
Home Country: Guyana

I chose BMCC as my college not only because it offers my major, but also because my major is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The college is located in a great environment and there are numerous opportunities available. BMCC is one of the best CUNY colleges, the staff and professors are helpful. Once you focus and take advantage of all the opportunities thrown at you, you will definitely have an amazing college experience.