International Students

A Great Choice

Macaulay Honors College welcomes applicants from New York, the US and around the world and offers them most of the same benefits that US-based students receive (as long as they meet CUNY’s New York State residency requirements). International students who are admitted to Macaulay receive the Opportunities Fund for global research, service, and internships. (Subject to the continued availability of funds.)

The application process and timetable are the same for international applicants, and CUNY costs are substantially lower than other top US institutions, making Macaulay a great choice. .

CUNY Undergraduate Tuition



International students who apply and are admitted to Macaulay Honors College receive technology support, and an Opportunities Fund to pursue global learning (study abroad) and intensive, personalized advising.

Students also receive a Cultural Passport that provides access to museums, libraries, and other cultural institutions around New York City.

Macaulay students must meet CUNY’s New York State residency requirements for in state tuition in order to qualify for full tuition scholarship; international students are not eligible.


Translating Your Application Documents


All translations must meet the following conditions:

  • Complete and literal (word-for-word) with no attempts to interpret or evaluate the credential
  • Prepared in same format as the original document
  • Typed on business or school letterhead stationery
  • Signed by a translator attesting to familiarity with the foreign language


Official translations may be obtained from the following:

  • Consulate or embassy of the country that is issuing the document
  • Translation agency
  • Immigrant or refugee association in the U.S. representing the country issuing the document
  • The institution where the student studied
  • Faculty member of U.S. high school, college, or university (must signify his/her academic department and rank)


Macaulay does not accept translations from the following:

  • The student or members of his/her family
  • Individuals not affiliated with any of the organizations listed above


Visas and International Students

Any Macaulay applicants who would need a visa to visit the US will need a student visa to attend Macaulay. To achieve this, students first apply to Macaulay Honors College. If accepted, they will be enrolled in the US State Department’s Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). CUNY then provides a Form I-20 for the student to present at the consular office during the required visa interview. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) website offers details about visa application and fees.

Students who are already in the US on an F1 student visa are considered international students, while permanent residents of the US are not. International students must submit official English translations of any documents not originally in English.


English Proficiency Requirements

If you are on a temporary visa and you were educated in a non-English speaking environment, you must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by submitting test scores from either the TOEFL or IELTS academic format test. For applicants from English-speaking countries, a Macaulay Admissions Counselor can confirm whether the test is required.

Students taking the TOEFL exam should list CUNY’s university code 2950 and scores will be forwarded to the campus you have selected on the online application.

TOEFL test dates often occur after Macaulay’s application deadline of December 1. Scores are not part of the online application requirements, so if an applicant is scheduled to take the TOEFL after the application deadline of December 1, they should complete and submit the online application and all of the other required documents by December 1st at 6 pm EST, and have the TOEFL score sent directly to CUNY (university code 2950).


2950 is CUNY’s Code

When registering for the TOEFL or other exams, CUNY’s college code is 2950.