Apply as an International Student
Welcome to our international community!
Monroe has worked closely with thousands of students from all over the world and we're looking forward to working with you. Once you submit your application, your personal Admissions Advisor will guide you through the admissions, visa, and registration process. The minute you enroll at Monroe, a caring team of faculty and staff will support you all the way through graduation.
It's an exciting time. If you have any questions, Gersom Lopez, Dean of International Admissions or Evan Jerome, Executive Vice President, International Admissions, will be glad to help you.
- Application. You must submit your application online at monroecollege.edu/apply. You'll first create a Monroe ID in your application portal and share key information like your areas of interest.
- Essay. The essay is your time to shine and communicate why you want to pursue a degree and how it will help you achieve your career goals. (350 words for undergraduate applicants, and 500 words for graduate applicants.)
- Please be advised that the essay is written within the online application. ESL Applicants do not need to submit essay.
- Application Fee. Fees are required. You will be able to submit the application fee online here or on flywire: $35 for undergraduate study or $50 for graduate study.
- Application Deadlines:
Winter 2023 General Admissions Enrollment Period: Sept 15 – Nov 15
Spring (April) Early Admissions Enrollment Period*: Oct 1 — Feb 10
Spring (April) General Admissions Enrollment Period: Feb 10 — April 15
Fall (September) Early Admissions Enrollment Period*: Oct 1 — Mar 15
Fall (September) General Admissions Enrollment Period: Mar 16 — Jul 1
*Early Admissions Enrollment
You should plan to complete your admission by the Early Admissions Enrollment Deadline if any of the following hold true:
- Monroe is your first-choice college/university
- You seek scholarship/grant funding from a government sponsored funding program and/or are eligible for matching funds through a collaborative funding agreement between Monroe and your Government.
- You wish consideration of a competitive academic scholarship.
- Monroe has a limited number of partial scholarships and early admissions is required.
- Priority scheduling
- In all cases, you should identify and discuss funding with your financial sponsor prior to applying to Monroe.
- We will continue to admit candidates throughout the General Admissions period until program enrollment limits are met – and/or Embassy interview wait times delay the timely processing of visas.
2. Transcript & Documentation
- Transcript. You can upload or send your high school transcript, diploma, and any applicable external exams by email to Gersom Lopez. See details on how to submit your transcript below.
- English Proficiency. If English is not your native language, please submit proof of English proficiency. Non-native English speaker proof of English proficiency
- College Credits. You can upload or send your transcript (from all institutions attended) by email to Gersom Lopez. See details on how to submit your transcript below.
- Tests. Standardized testing is not required for admission into our masters program. However, GRE may be required for the MAT program.
- Schedule your interview. Once you submit your online application, your admissions advisor's name and email will be on the portal. You have an opportunity to schedule a meeting by phone or zoom with your advisor relating to your academic and career goals.
5. Admissions Decision
- Decision. You will receive an Admissions decision from the Committee by letter to your portal once all checklist items have been submitted.
Including ESL applicants seeking Conditional Acceptance to degree programs
Including Business English and Cultural Immersion Programs
Submit proof of High School diploma
Submit $35 application fee
- Decision. You will receive a decision from the Monroe Admissions Committee promptly via email once all checklist items have been submitted. Learn more about receiving your student visa and attending Monroe after acceptance.
How to Submit Your Documents
After completing and submitting the online application, applicants will need to provide to the International Admissions office through uploading documents on the Admissions portal the following:
Undergraduate Admissions for Associate and Bachelor’s Degrees:
High School transcript and diploma
University or College transcript - Transcripts from any previous degree or diploma must be mailed directly to Monroe College’s International Admissions office to receive credits. Unofficial transcripts may be sent for admissions review. A translation must accompany non-English transcripts. We accept evaluations from the translation companies below.
Non-native English speaker proof of English proficiency
High School external exams, if applicable
Graduate Admissions for Master’s Degrees:
- Bachelor Degree transcript and diploma
- Prior Master Degree transcripts – Official transcripts from any graduate degree program must be mailed directly or securely emailed to Monroe College’s International Admissions office to receive credits. Upon approval, The King Graduate School can accept a maximum of two courses. Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to the portal for admissions review.
- Submit professional resume and two letters of recommendation. Online letters of recommendation can be accessed on the online application portal.
- Non-native English speaker proof of English proficiency
Unofficial transcripts may be sent for admissions review. For transfer credit consideration, official transcripts must be mailed or emailed directly to Monroe College’s International Admissions office. A translation must accompany non-English transcripts.
ESL English Language Institute (ELI) Admissions
- Submit ESL online application
- Submit proof of High School diploma
- Submit $35 application fee
Your interview with an advisor can be by phone, Zoom, and Skype. Once you submit your online application, an advisor will be connecting with you to set up an interview. For additional support, please email Jason Tannenbaum firstname.lastname@example.org
Foreign Transcript Evaluation Companies
University or College Transcript – Official transcripts from any previous degree must be mailed directly or emailed securely to Monroe College’s International Admissions office to receive credits. Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to the portal for admissions review. A translation must accompany non-English transcripts. We accept evaluations from the translation companies below.
- Institute of Foreign Credential Evaluators
- Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute, Inc.
- Center for Applied Research, Evaluations & Education, Inc.
- Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE)
- World Educational Services, Inc. (WES)
- SDR Educational Consultants
- SpanTran Evaluation Services
- Transcript Research
- NACES Members
Schedule your interview.
We want to hear more about your educational goals in the United States, your career aspirations, and get to know you better as a person. Your interview will be set up by your advisor once you submit your online application. Your interview can be done by phone, Zoom or Skype. For additional support, please email Tehelia Williams at email@example.com.
Advantages for International Students
English Language Support
Monroe’s innovative EASE (Enhanced Academic Support in English) program provides language assistance on campus, allowing students to learn English at the same time they are engaged in their studies. Students who demonstrate academic success may be selected to enter the Monroe Honors Program, which allows gifted students to participate in enhanced intellectual coursework.
All students at Monroe, including our international students, are assigned an Academic Advisor at the beginning of their studies to monitor their progress and ensure they are receiving the support and assistance they need to succeed. Our Office of Career Services is committed to working with students one-on-one to help them prepare their resumes, apply to jobs, and conduct mock interviews. Additionally, tutoring is available to every student throughout their academic career.
OPT and CPT
Practical training is a benefit available to eligible F-1 students during and after their academic program at Monroe College. As the name suggests, practical training allows students to gain practical experience by working in a position directly related to their academic program. There are two types of practical training: curricular practical training (CPT) and optional practical training (OPT).
International 2nd Master's Degree
The King Graduate School at Monroe College has been a premium choice for local and international students seeking to grow and refine their professional skills with a second master’s degree. Our program provides flexible scheduling, with a mix of virtual LIVE, on-site, and on-line modalities, as well as a 7-credit minimum full-time course load, in a supportive setting, with competitive tuition. Our professional experience track provides CPT and internship opportunities for valuable work experience at the graduate level.
J1 Visa Student Exchange Program
Monroe welcomes J1 exchange students from around the world! International students currently studying at foreign universities and institutions of higher education can study for 1-3 semesters at our New Rochelle campus. J1 students will receive up to 15 college credits in their degree program while living on campus and experiencing the cultural diversity of New York.
Au Pair Academy
We are so excited to announce the launch of our Au Pair Academy at Monroe College. We will be offering programs online through the Fall Semester. Our staff has been working with au pairs for many years and understands your academic and career needs. We look forward to welcoming you to our vibrant and supportive college community.
Are you looking to learn or improve your English and be part of a college community? Monroe's ESL program provides students whose primary language is not English with the reading, writing, and verbal skills necessary for success in the U.S. Students will become fluent in English through language instruction, cultural immersion, intensive lab experiences, and courses in U.S. culture and art such as drama, music, film, dance, and graphic arts. You will have the opportunity to learn English and meet individuals with the same goals while being part of a college campus with the potential to enroll in a full time college degree program in the near future.
Cultural– Sports Immersion Program
The New York Cultural Immersion program (NYCI) serves High School students and college students between 16 and 21 years of age. Combining ESL for business with sports and exciting sightseeing trips around New York City, NYCI students will make new friends from around the world. Students will work toward a final small group business project to present to an audience at the end of the program and earn a certificate of completion.
Register for a Webinar
Like colleges around the country, we're heeding the call for social distancing to keep everyone healthy and safe. We have moved all our admissions events to online virtual platforms and we have met terrific students this way! You can sign up for a webinar or schedule a phone call or text appointment with one of our advisors, that is customized with your interests in mind. Email our Dean of International Admissions, Evan Jerome, to schedule.
Next Steps for Accepted Students
Our International team offers specialized support for international students. We are always available to answer questions about your immigration status and your practical adjustment to the United States. Once you are accepted, you can find out the next steps to have a successful transition to Monroe’s campus.
Nearly 1,000 students come to study each year on our campuses in New York and St. Lucia, with many more taking advantage of the opportunity that Monroe Online affords to earn their degree from within their home country.