International Students

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At BMCC, international students get an excellent, affordable education in one of the world’s premier locations, downtown Manhattan. Over 800 students from over 112 different countries study at BMCC, adding to an already incredibly diverse student body.

You will get the personalized attention you need, as well as being part of the City University of New York (CUNY) system. International students participate in a wide variety of clubs, extracurricular activities, volunteer opportunities and career development. You will also have opportunities to apply for scholarships after the first semester. There are many student support services to help you along the way.

To apply, the first step is to submit an online CUNY application and your academic documents.

Priority Deadlines:

  • Spring semester: September 15
  • Fall semester: February 1

CUNY will consider all applications received after these dates on a rolling basis.

What is a Community College?

BMCC is a community college. Many students in the United States complete their first two years of college at a community college and earn an Associate Degree (usually 60-68 credits). Then, they transfer to a senior college to complete their bachelor’s degrees (usually 120-130 credits, depending on the school). Community colleges are affordable, inclusive, and a smart way to begin your college experience.

Did you know that 45% of undergraduate students in the U.S. are enrolled in community colleges? Read more about community colleges in the U.S. here!

What is an international student?

When we refer to “international student”, we mean a non-immigrant with F-1 status.

If you are in the U.S. on another type of non-immigrant status (such as A, B, G, H, J or M) and want to study at BMCC, or if you are not sure about your status, please contact us at!

Note: If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you are not considered an international student.

About English Testing

If you are admitted to BMCC, you will have to take the CUNY Assessment Test (CAT) on campus before you can register for classes.

The CAT measures your reading and writing levels, along with your ability in mathematics. If you do not pass a section/sections of the test, you will have to do remedial (developmental, 0-credit) classes. Another option is intensive English study in BLIIS (BMCC Language Immersion for International Students).

Reminder: Test scores are required in order to register, so we recommend taking the CAT at least three weeks before the first day of class.

Housing Options

BMCC is located in the neighborhood of TriBeCa, in downtown Manhattan. It can be difficult to find inexpensive housing in TriBeCa, so most of our students do not live within walking distance from the school. They live throughout the five boroughs of New York City. Some live in New Jersey. Like the majority of people in this city, many of our students commute. In New York, a normal commute is 30-60 minutes by subway and/or bus.

One accommodation option is a residence hall. BMCC is a City University of New York (CUNY) school, so our students can stay in any CUNY residence hall located on another CUNY campus.

However, many students find their own accommodation, such as subletting a room in an apartment. For more information, please explore the following links:

Scam Awareness

Our Public Safety Department will help keep you safe when you are on the BMCC campus. They have compiled some information about scams under “Updates” on their website; the links there will provide you with more information to keep in mind as you negotiate housing and other issues after you arrive in the United States.