International Students

International Students at GCNYC

Glasgow Caledonian New York College (GCNYC) welcomes applications from international students passionate about sustainability and business. Social responsibility and impact are a central aspect of our Master of Science degrees in business, sustainable fashion and risk management, and  our coursework is inspired by the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

Come join our community of changemakers in downtown Manhattan who are committed to sustainable innovation and creating responsible business models that operate for the Common Good.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

GCNYC will require the COVID-19 vaccination for all new and returning students who are present on campus, starting this Fall 2021.

While we are strongly encouraging all eligible international students to receive their approved COVID-19 vaccine in their home country prior to arrival, we will work closely with those individuals who are unable to do so and facilitate vaccination in New York as soon as possible.

Please note that as of April 6, individuals age 16 or older and currently living, studying, or working in New York State are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

International Student Application Requirements

Online Application
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Click the link above to start the application process. Note there is a $50 nonrefundable application fee prior to an offer of admission. Payment via credit card is strongly preferred.

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Submit an up-to-date résumé or curricular vitae for the Admissions Team to review.

English Language Proficiency
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All three Master’s programs require a solid grasp of the English language, both written and spoken. Applicants who did not complete a degree at an institution where the medium of instruction is English are required to submit IELTS or equivalent scores for the Admissions Team to review.

Minimum score requirements:

IELTS: 6.5 (no single element below 5.5)

TOEFL: 85 (school code: C614)

PTE: 59 (school code: 67L)

Duolingo: 95 – 100

The Admissions Team accepts test scores taken within the past two years. If scores are older, the test must be retaken.

Post-Secondary Institution Transcripts
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Glasgow Caledonian New York College requires all post-secondary school transcripts for admission. If your degree is from an institution outside the United States, the Admissions Team requires you to submit translated and evaluated post-secondary credentials. GCNYC recommends utilizing World Education Services, Inc. (WES), a third-party verification agency for a course-by-course evaluation for admission consideration. Other evaluation services will also be accepted for review. The Admissions Team will use the evaluation provided to determine if the degree is the equivalent of a four-year bachelor’s degree. Official, translated and evaluated transcripts must be sent electronically, via courier, or brought in person upon arrival to the College.

If you are using a courier, please send the official, translated and evaluated transcripts to:

Glasgow Caledonian New York College (GCNYC)

Admissions Team

64 Wooster Street, New York, NY, 10012

Statement of Purpose
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500-750 word statement focusing on:

  • your reasons for applying to the program and your interest in GCNYC’s Common Good mission.
  • the specific skills and attributes you will bring to the program.
  • how you believe the program will impact your future career goals and plans.


Supplemental Essay
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250-word statement focusing on:

  • an area of interest you would like to further explore within the social impact and sustainability field. 

This supplemental essay may morph into your thesis.

Two Letters of Recommendation
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The Admissions Team requires two letter of reference from current or former supervisors or by faculty members with whom you have studied, who can assess your academic work, intellectual ability, academic potential for graduate work, address your suitability for a master’s program and your passion for the Common Good.

Video Interview
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The Admissions Team requires a video interview with international student applicants once all application materials are complete and thoroughly reviewed. A member from the Admissions Team will reach out with more information.

 F-1 Student Visa Process Overview

GCNYC allows international students to pursue their Master of Science degree on an F-1 student visa. The infographic below or the official government site clearly outlines the eight steps involved in studying in the United States, including the government rules international students must follow on an F-1 student visa.

 Step-by-Step Visa Process 

  1. You apply and are accepted into one of GCNYC’s full-time Master of Science programs.
  2. The Admissions Team as the designated school official (DSO) will create your Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) record, review your International Student Financial Declaration Form and create an I-20 Form, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status”. 
  3. After receiving a GCNYC-signed Form I-20, you must go online and pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee to the U.S. government. Be sure to save your receipt, you will need it for your visa appointment.
  4. You can apply for a visa at any U.S. embassy or consulate. You must bring your Form I-20 and other required documents to apply for y0ur student visa. The process can vary by embassy or consulate.
  5. You will arrive in the United States no more than 30 days before your program start date and present your Form I-20 and valid student visa to U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the port of entry. 
  6. To maintain lawful status during your program, you must take a full course of study, not work without prior authorization and speak with your DSO if you cannot finish classes before the program end date, or have any other concerns about maintaining lawful status.**
  7. You have the option to transfer schools, or if eligible, apply to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) opportunities. 
  8. An F-1 student has 60 days to depart the United States after completion of their program of study or OPT.

**An F-1 student may work only when authorized including: on-campus, off-campus if financially needed and with authorization from USCIS, curricular practical training integral to their program of study, or OPT-related to the student’s major and with authorization by USCIS. 

Additional Resources for International Students in the United States

International Student Housing in NYC

New York City is full of opportunity, including housing arrangements. While GCNYC does not offer on-campus housing, there are many resources to find the perfect home away from home. While it is not an exhaustive list, the below will give you an idea of the types of housing opportunities available to international students: