International Students

Welcome to GCNYC!

Glasgow Caledonian New York College (GCNYC), located in one of the greatest business and fashion capitals in the world, welcomes applications from passionate international students who wish to join our community of changemakers looking to transform lives, communities, and businesses through education and to serve the Common Good.

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 (payment via credit card only).

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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 via courier or brought in person upon arrival to the College.

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.
  • an area of interest, as it relates to profitability and sustainability, you would like to further explore during your studies.


Supplemental Piece
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250-word statement focusing on:

  • an area of interest, as it relates to profitability and sustainability, you would like to further explore during your studies.

This supplemental piece 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 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.

Visa Process Overview

GCNYC allows international students to pursue their Master’s degree on an F-1 student visa. The infographic below 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

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The following provides a step-by-step guide on obtaining an F-1 student visa.

  • You are accepted into one of GCNYC’s full-time Master’s of Science programs.


  • The Admissions Team will review your International Student Financial Declaration Form and create an I-20 Form, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status.”
    • Please make sure to use Form I-20 signed by GCNYC.


  • 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.


  • After paying the I-901 SEVIS fee and getting a receipt, you can apply for a visa at any US Embassy or Consulate.
    • There are several steps to apply for a visa. The order of these steps and how you complete them may vary by Embassy or Consulate.


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New York City is full of opportunities, including housing arrangements. While GCNYC does not offer on-campus housing, there are partners and 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:

General Searches:

  • Education Housing Services (EHS)
    • Convenient and safe housing options throughout the city.
  • Outpost Club
    • All-inclusive and affordable housing options (i.e. gas, water, electric, WiFi).
  • 4Stay
    • Platform geared toward students to search for medium to long-term furnished rentals.
  • International House
    • Independent non-profit organization that is home to over 700 resident members from over 100 countries. Private dormitory-style bedrooms, suites, and apartments.

Roommate Searches:

Additional Resources

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