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International Admission

International students may apply for entry as a first-year student if they will be enrolling immediately following the completion of secondary school or as a transfer student if they have previously completed college or university level coursework after graduation from secondary school.


SUNY Application Common Application


Additional documentation required of international applicants:


Undergraduate Score (min) 

Graduate Score (min)

TOEFL (internet-based)


80 (with no individual component score < 17)


Total: 6.0 (with no less than 5 in Writing)

Total: 6.0 (with no less than 5 in Writing)

Duolingo English Test (DET)



Syracuse University English Language Institute (ELI)

Successful completion of ELI"Level 4"

Successful completion of ELI"Level 4"

Previous college-level instruction in English

Competion of at least one three-credit English course at an institution where the language of instruction is in English. ESL courses will not count toward meeting this requirement.

  • Completion of at least two years of college (academic studies, not English language instruction) at an institution where the courses were taught in English.
  • Successful completion of at least one semester at SUNY ESF

Note: SUNY ESF accepts MyBest TOEFL scores for both undergraduate and graduate admissions.

International applicants must provide complete translations into English of all transcripts required by the admissions application without any additions or deletions by the translators. Translations of documents by the applicant will not be accepted. Credential evaluator and translation services for academic documents may be found through the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

International freshman applicants are required to demonstrate the completion of a college preparatory secondary school program by submitting academic credentials translated into English. This evaluation must be completed by an approved international credentials evaluation agency.

International transfer applicants are required to submit a detailed course-by-course evaluation of all international academic credentials in English. This evaluation must be completed by an approved international credentials evaluation agency.

A copy of your passport should be submitted with application materials.

In addition to the entrance requirements for other international students, international students who are currently enrolled at a U.S. educational institution must obtain permission (usually through a Transfer-In Form) from their current educational institution to transfer their SEVIS record to ESF. Students will also have to complete a SUNY ESF SEVIS Transfer-In Form (F-1 Students/ J-1) so that ESF is aware of when your current institution will release your SEVIS record to ESF so that a new I-20 or DS-2019 can be issued for the ESF program of study. Additional information about transferring your SEVIS record to ESF is available online.

An I-20, required for the F-1 student visa application, will be issued once a student has:

  1. Been officially admitted to ESF;
  2. Submitted adequate financial support documentation for at least one year of expenses at ESF;

    In order to obtain an I-20 from ESF a potential F-1 student must submit credible documentary evidence that they have enough readily available funds to meet all expenses (tuition, fees, and living expenses) for the entire first year of study.

    Documentation of sufficient funding may come from any combination of dependable sources, including scholarships, assistantships, fellowships, sponsoring agencies, personal funds, or funds from a student's family. Documentation of scholarships, assistantships, and fellowships must be in the form of an official award letter from the school or sponsoring agency; documentation of personal or family funds should be on an official signed letter of support from the bank that includes the U.S. dollar amount of support and certified bank statements which indicate that the sponsor has sufficient funds to meet a student's first-year expenses at ESF (the bank statement does not have to show the full amount of the account).

  3. Indicate your intention to enroll at ESF through your ESF Applicant Portal by submitting the required admissions deposit;
  4. Submitted the New Undergraduate International Student Information Form;
  5. Submitted a passport copy.

Once all of the above materials have received, an I-20 will be issued and mailed to the prospective international student by the Office of International Education.

Once the application is received, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will send additional information on how to set-up your ESF Applicant Portal in order to track the submission of the documents required for consideration by the Admissions Committee.

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