Students Educated Outside the U.S.
At CUNY - the City University of New York - you are considered a student educated outside the U.S. if you have received part or all of your secondary education in a country other than the United States. We provide unique opportunities to students educated outside the U.S. Since its beginning in 1847 as the Free Academy, CUNY has continued its committment to providing first-rate academic opportunities for students of all backgrounds. CUNY students are remarkably diverse, tracing their ancestries to 205 countries. Of first-time freshmen, 37 percent are born outside the U.S. Learn from CUNY students educated outside the U.S.
A CUNY education = a global experience.
Whether you are applying as a first-time freshman or seeking to transfer from another postsecondary institution, CUNY offers you unmatched opportunities, cutting-edge research, state-of-the-art technology, 21st-century facilities, and internationally renowned faculty. Choose from over 1,750 academic programs and more than 230 majors leading to associate and baccalaureate degrees. Train for high-demand jobs in the sciences, technology, math, teaching, nursing and other critical and growing fields.
But your experience at CUNY is by no means limited to the classroom. The 18 undergraduate colleges of CUNY are dispersed throughout the five boroughs of New York City. Each college provides you with a unique opportunity to navigate the vast resources of “The Big Apple.” The city offers endless possibilities for volunteer work, films and events, restaurants, theatrics, convenient transportation, museums and other culture centers. At CUNY, you will experience a college education that is melded and enriched with all of the resources New York City has to offer.
Please visit our Explore CUNY section to see all that CUNY has to offer. Once you have decided to apply to CUNY, go to our Prepare to Apply section to view deadlines and find out what is needed to submit an Admission Application. CUNY generally requires the same credentials that you would need to attend a university in your home country. After you have submitted your application, read through the After You Apply section for instructions on how to send supporting documents, check your application status and view the different types of admission decisions you should expect to receive.