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International Student Admission

At ESF, we value the global perspectives that our international students bring to the classroom and campus. We’re proud that international students from more than 40 different countries are currently enrolled here. 

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.



Why ESF?

ESF is consistently ranked highly for its outstanding academics, unwavering commitment to sustainability, global impact, and affordability. All international applicants are considered for merit-based scholarships upon acceptance. All the degree programs offered are designated by the Unites States Department of Homeland Security as STEM programs. As such, F1 student visa holders are eligible for up to three (3) years of Optional Practical Training (OPT) work authorization in the United States after degree completion.



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In addition to the admission requirements that all prospective students must meet, international applicants must provide the following documentation:

  • Evidence of satisfactory proficiency in the English language
  • Transcripts and international academic credentials
  • Copy of photo page of passport
  • Documented evidence of ability to meet the financial obligations

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The Office of International Education (OIE)

OIE is the primary on-campus immigration resource available to the ESF international student community. In addition to assisting currently enrolled international students on campus, they are a great resource for prospective international students.  |  +1 (315) 470-4754

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Hear from a Mighty Oak

Being part of ESF’s close-knit community has helped me build strong relationships with students, staff, and faculty. The endless research opportunities here have opened doors to a multitude of career paths that I can pursue.
Abhinaya Polaka, Environmental Science

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Office of International Education 
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