International Student & Scholar Services



The City University of New York (CUNY) is home to approximately 8,000+ international students in F and J immigration status representing more than 100 countries.  CUNY values its diversified student population and is committed to helping international students to adjust to new cultural and academic practices in a supportive environment. The office is instrumental in paving the way for globally competent students and future world leaders.


The CUNY Office of International Student and Scholar Services leads the university community in providing services and programs that facilitate the transitioning, integration, and retention of international students and scholars.  Our intention is to make sure that we graduate global citizens, who are fully equipped and prepared to work wherever they choose to live.


The office strives and works in tandem with campus administrators and faculty to ensure University compliance with the federal regulations, and; to provide critical support services that directly enhance students’ academic success. This office is dedicated to deliver student centered services that promote the integration of intellectual development, personal growth, and overall sense of well-being of the international students and scholars. 


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



More events coming soon


The 2014 International Student
Academic Excellence Award Ceremony Event Flyer <pdf>

International Education Week

CUNY International Education Week Events Calendar <pdf>  

ISSS Fall 2013 Events <pdf>  

CUNY Student Forum on Innovation & Constructive Entrepreneurship Event Flyer     <pdf> 

Navigating Careers in the Global Economy Conference