International Students

Study from Anywhere in the World

Do you live outside the United States but want a degree from a well-respected American college? Empire State College provides several ways for international students to earn a degree from the State University of New York.

Review the options below to find the one which best fits you.

Please note that Empire State College is authorized under federal law to issue Department of Homeland Security Form I-20 documents to nonimmigrant students.  Empire State College limits its issuance of the I-20 document to Canadian nonimmigrant students who wish to study in the U.S. at one of our programs as border commuter students. Students who wish to travel to the U.S. to study should see other State University of New York or City University of New York options. If you have questions about your visa status or eligibility to study at Empire State College, email the International Student Services Coordinator, Erin Barrett, at erin.barrett@esc.edu or call 800-847-3000, ext. 2771.

Option one: International Distance Learning

You can earn a degree online from anywhere in the world through Empire State College's Center for Distance Learning.

To learn more about international distance learning, contact the International Student Services Coordinator, Erin Barrett, at erin.barrett@esc.edu.

Option two: Center for International Programs

Working with partners in various parts of the world, the Center for International Programs (CIP) offers programs at the following locations:

  • Tirana, Albania
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Athens, Greece
  • Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Beirut, Lebanon
  • Eskişehir, Turkey

If you wish to study in a classroom based or blended learning environment at one of the above locations, learn more about option two at: Center for International Programs.

Admission Requirements

For international students wishing to study online, please submit the following with your application:

English Proficiency

Students whose first language is not English must demonstrate that they have sufficient English proficiency to study at Empire State College. Consult our English Proficiency page for details.

Evaluation of Foreign Educational Credentials

Foreign educational documents must be evaluated by an approved evaluation service and original evaluation reports submitted directly to the college. Copies of evaluation will not be accepted. For full information see the Credentials from Non-U.S. Institutions page.

Canadian Students

Canadian students who maintain their residence in Canada and travel to the U.S. for required residencies or meetings with their mentors are considered border commuter students. See the Canadian Border Commuter Students pages for additional information about admission requirements.