International Students

Welcome to Glasgow Caledonian New York College!

As part of its Common Good mission, GCNYC seeks to create a culture of diversity and inclusiveness. Thus, we welcome eligible and qualified students from around the world. Our first intake of International Students will be in September 2019; however, you can also begin applying now for the January 2020 and April 2020 terms. 

In order to attend GCNYC as an International Student, you will have to complete the following process:

International Applicants

  • Attend a Skype Interview (a member of our team will reach out to you after you fill our the Pre-Application)
  • Submit your WES Evaluation
  • Submit your IELTS Score (or comparable English Language Qualifications based on the chart at the bottom of this page)
  • Complete GCNYC online application, submit a copy of your transcripts (a WES Evaluation is required for non-U.S. students), write a Statement of Purpose (a short written piece on why you would be well suited for GCNYC, and your alignment with our mission "For the Common Good"), and pay a $50 USD application fee. 


GCNYC has a limited number of partial scholarships. To apply for these, you will need to attach two letters of recommendation and a copy of your CV/resumé to your application. 

Once our admissions office has granted you acceptance, our International Advisor will contact you about any additional information required to complete your I-20. 

Please note, the I-20 is a document to support you in applying for your Student Visa. You are responsible for acquiring your Visa. Full information can be found at


Q & A with the Admissions Team

Q: Is there an International Student Orientation?

A: Yes. GCNYC will be offering pre-sessional inductions for the September 2019 term. Once you have been accepted, the admissions team will provide you with information on which session they recommend you attend. 


Q: What kind of Visa am I eligible for?

A: GCNYC will issue an I-20 for F Class Visas only.


Q: How soon should I apply?

A: Given the time required to obtain your Visa, as well as the time required to mail you any appropriate documents, it is recommended that you apply at least 90 days before the start of the term. Kindly note that these times may differ from one home country to the next.


Q: Can I go to school part time and work?

A: No. International Students on F Class Visas at GCNYC are required to be full-time students. Additionally, as our programs should be completed in one year at full-time, and the F Class Visa does not allow you to be employed off campus in a first year, there is no opportunity for outside employment. 


Q: Does GCNYC provide housing?

A: GCNYC recommends Educational Housing Services (EHS).


Q: Who can I contact if I have questions?

A: International applicants should contact Dominique Studer, for questions about the application process.

For all other inquiries or any further questions, please reference Study in the States for official processes and information.

Open House - October 17 (960)


Total Tuition for the program is $34,650 USD.

Cost of Living

The estimated cost of housing, food and incidentals in New York for the duration of the year is $30,000 USD.


GCNYC is proud to offer the Common Good Scholarship. To apply, students are invited to write an essay on the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their relationship to industry and business. Scholarship recipients will be awarded either a Bronze, Silver or Gold level scholarship that will be applied to their tuition. For more information on how to apply, please contact our Director of Recruitment and Admissions at

  • Gold Award $15,000
  • Silver Award $10,000
  • Bronze Award $5,000

The scholarship is applied during the second and third trimesters of the program; The student must receive a passing grade in all courses in order to maintain eligibility for the scholarship. 


Where We Are

GCNYC is located in the heart of SoHo, downtown Manhattan (Pictured below). Visit NYC's official guide to SoHo to learn about the neighborhood's history, fame and attractions!



GCNYC is proud to partner with Educational Housing Services to offer housing in New York City. 

Follow the hashtag #StudentLivingEHS to see how much current students enjoy their EHS experience, and see photos from the residences below! 

Check back here for a GCNYC x EHS landing page - coming soon.






Arriving in the United States

You must email and check-in with GCNYC within 24 hours of arriving in the United States (coming through customs and entering the country). 

Academic Prerequisites

Test Scores: All international applicants to GCNYC must prove their level of English language proficiency.  Applicants can meet the English language requirements through a Secure English Language Test (SELT) or another qualification which is recognised as equivalent. Please note—these are minimum scores required to be considered for admission.  Providing these scores does not guarantee or warrant admission to GCNYC. Accepted English Language Exams include: IELTS, Pearson, Cambridge, TOEFL IBT, University of Michigan (MELAB, ECPE)


Minimum IELTS score is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no single element below 5.5.  We cannot accept:

  • General Training IELTS
  • IELTS older than two years old
  • Any element below 5.5


For programs requiring IELTS score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5 we accept:

Overall 54 or above

  • Listening 51
  • Reading 51
  • Speaking 51
  • Writing 51


We accept Cambridge tests which are:

  • less than two years old; or
  • more than two years old but applicant has undertaken bachelor degree taught in English (not necessarily a majority English speaking country, as defined by UKBA).  We would require evidence showing their degree was taught in English (e.g. certificate / transcript which states this, attestation, letter of reference). (Maximum two years between completing Bachelor degree and commencing PG study)


For programs requiring an IELTS score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5 we accept:

Overall: 78 with the following minimum element scores:

  • Listening 17
  • Reading 18
  • Speaking 20
  • Writing 17

University of Michigan English Test

We accept two of the many tests offer by University of Michigan providing they are less than two years old.  Please note we require the certificate and transcript to show the level at which the applicant has passed.


IELTS 6.0 n.b. 5.5

IELTS 6.5 n.b. 6.0


Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE)




Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)





Majority English Speaking Countries

Nationals of a majority English-speaking country are exempt from the English language requirement.  Providing education took place in a majority-English speaking country these applicants would meet GCNYC requirement. The majority English-speaking countries are:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago