International Student & Scholar Services



The City University of New York (CUNY) is home to approximately 11,000+ international students in F and J status representing more than 100 countries.  The University values its diversified student population. As a result, CUNY is committed to assist international students in adjusting to the academic requirements and to the cultural practices of the University by creating a supportive environment that is conducive to the students’ needs. The area of International Student and Scholar Services strives to position CUNY as a “World-Class” institution.  The goal and objective of this office and in alignment with the CUNY Master Plan, is to work in tandem with campus administrators and:

  • Ensure the University's compliance with all international student immigration regulations as mandated by the federal government, including SEVIS - Student Exchange Visitor Information System requirements, and;

  • Help international students overcome any academic, personal development,  and cultural barriers by creating a supportive environment.

The staff also initiates, coordinates, and sponsors student development activities around issues that will enable them to become effective global citizens in the current global environment.



CUNY's International Student Guide website contains important information that will help you transition into life as a CUNY student. If you have any additional questions, you should call or visit your college's international student office.

News & Updates

Insurance for International Students 

Whether you are a J-1 student who is required to maintain insurance coverage or an F-1 student who wants access to comprehensive and affordable medical care, you may choose to apply for insurance coverage through this plan.

Click here for more information about insurance requirements for international students.


for International Student Advisors >>


Financial Resources


Student Visa Application Info

Waiver of 212e

SEVIS Information

NSEERS Information                                                

Social Security Administration

Internal Revenue Service

U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions

NYC Metropolitan Transportation Authority

New York State Department of Motor Vehicles  

Immigration Classifications and Visa Categories

Contact Us

Central Office of Student Affairs (COSA)

555 W. 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
Phone: 646-664-8800

Student Affairs Staff


The 2014 International Student
Academic Excellence Award Ceremony

Picture1Thursday, May 1st, 2014 
10:00am – 2:00pm

John Jay College
524 W. 59th St.
2nd Floor
East End of Dining Hall

By invitation only.

Event Flyer <pdf>