International Students Admissions

International Student Services for Canadian Border Commuter Students

Empire State College is authorized under federal law to issue Department of Homeland Security Form I-20 documents only to Canadian citizens who wish to study in the U.S. at one of our center-based programs as border commuter students.

To study totally online through our Center for Distance Learning (CDL), apply as an out of state resident. Canadian CDL students are not considered border commuter students.

Canadian border commuter students are:

  • not eligible for financial aid, college-sponsored scholarships or employment while attending Empire State College
  • always considered nonresidents for tuition purposes
  • not allowed to establish a residence in the U.S.

For more information on Canadian border student admissions requirements, visit Canadian Border Commuter Student Admissions.

For general application and admissions requirements, visit Associate and Bachelor’s Admissions or Graduate Admissions.

For visa or international student questions, contact:

Melanie Kaiser, PDSO
international student liaison (ISL)
518-587-2100, ext. 2447

All documents should be mailed to

Attention: International Student Liaison
Admissions Office
2 Union Ave.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-4390