Over the years, RCC has welcomed hundreds of international students from around the world. Located about 25 miles northwest of New York City, International students will find a safe and welcoming environment at our beautiful campus in New York's scenic Hudson Valley.
The International Student Services Office is here to help with your transition to the U.S., including applying to RCC, immigration questions, and any issues you may have while you are an RCC student. We look forward to helping you achieve your higher learning goals!
Submit the application form and $30 application fee. You can apply online or with a paper application.
Submit documentation that you have the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED)
The TOEFL/IELTS exam is NOT required. All students must take an English and Math placement exam upon arrival before they can register for classes. Students will be placed into ESL courses if needed based on the exam results. Students will still be enrolled in their Associates degree while taking ESL courses and will be able to take certain degree courses.
Bank statement, in English, showing a bank balance equivalent to at least $20,000 U.S.
Agreement of Financial Support signed by the sponsor(s) whose name appears on the bank statement. *not required if bank statement is in applicant's name
SEVIS I20 and Mailing Information Form: please include information on any dependents and indicate how you would like to receive your admission documents
Copy of passport information page
Proof of immunization against measles, mumps and rubella *required prior to registering for classes
If transferring to RCC from another school in the U.S., we will also need the following from you:
Copies of visa and current I-20 form
Transcripts from current school, when available. *Not required for students transferring from an English language school
SEVIS Transfer-In Form, completed by yourself and your current international student adviser
To begin this process, complete the student inquiry form on this school's profile page.
More than half of RCC students receive some form of financial assistance to attend. Find out if you are eligible for scholarships or assistance.
During 2014-2015, approximately 4,000 students at Rockland Community College shared more than $18 million of financial assistance. Many students are eligible for financial aid and all students are encouraged to apply for funds to help them meet the cost of higher education. Funds are generally available for those who demonstrate financial need.
Financial Aid personnel assist students and families and can help them learn about and apply for federal, state and local financial aid programs. Free personal financial aid counseling and technical assistance is available on a walk-in basis.
Work one-on-one with our most distinguished faculty members
At RCC, our nationally recognized Sam Draper Mentor/Talented Student Honors Program offers students the challenges and rewards of deeper discourse and a personalized mentoring relationship with your professors. Enrolling in the Honors Program enables you to save as much as $100,000 on the cost of your bachelor’s degree without sacrificing the quality of your education. More than 3,000 students have graduated from the M/TS Honors Program since its founding in 1977.
Transfer to top colleges
Students who complete the Honors Program with an academic average of 3.5 or higher have a very high rate of transferring with full junior standing to virtually any four-year college or university they choose. Ivy League and Tier One college recruiters seek out RCC honors students for transfer because of the program’s reputation for producing students with a proven ability.
A sample of colleges and universities that have accepted RCC Honors graduates includes Ivy League colleges such as Harvard, Yale and Columbia, and Tier One colleges such as Duke, Wesleyan and Stanford, as well as Cornell, Georgetown, NYU, Sarah Lawrence, Smith, SUNY and CUNY campuses, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, and many more.
To learn more about the Honors Program complete the student inquiry form on this school's profile page.