To provide a smooth transition for the international student, Erie Community College provides an International Student Advisor, whose office is located at the North Campus in Williamsville, New York. Prior to class registration, the advisor will guide the student through the ECC application requirements and U.S. F-1 visa processes, including the issuance of the I-20 A-B Certificate of Eligibility. Federal regulations pertaining to international student admissions, as outlined in Erie community College’s Chart I-17, are summarized below:
1. English Language Proficiency: Prior to an international student’s acceptance at the college, the applicant must demonstrate English proficiency by taking the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), and scoring a minimum of 48 internet-based (460 paper-based or 140 computer-based).
2. Required English Classes: All students with a TOEFL score less than 79 internet-based (550 paper-based or 213 computer-based) are mandated to take EN132 Reading/Writing III and EN142 Oral/Aural III during the first semester at ECC.
3. Matriculation: All F-1 international students must be admitted into an academic degree or certificate program.
4. Financial Responsibility: International students must prove that they can adequately finance their stay in the United States. Financial information is required on the ECC application and for the U.S. Embassy when applying for an F-1 student visa. Financial aid is not available for international students.
5. Tuition and Fees: The international student can expect to pay approximately $4000 per semester, plus books and insurance.
6. Mandatory Health Insurance: All F-1 international students will be billed for health/repatriation insurance offered through the college. The cost is approximately $600 per year and is billed per semester.
7. Full-Time Enrollment: All F-1 international students must maintain enrollment of at least 12 credit hours continuously throughout each entire semester. At least 9 credit hours must be in regular seated courses (not internet, hybrid, or telecourses).
8. Student Housing: Erie Community College does not have on-campus student housing. A list of available nearby housing options can be obtained through the Dean of Students Office or through an internet search.
9. Deadlines: All original application materials and official documents must be sent to the International Office at ECC by postal mail, courier service, or in person. Copies, faxes, and computer downloads are not acceptable and will delay application processing. To allow sufficient time for verification, processing, and issuing the I-20 Certificate of Eligibility, the following are the preferred deadlines:
- Fall (September) Semester – June 30*
- Spring (January) Semester – November 30*
These deadlines allow applicants who are out of the United States additional time for the delivery of the I-20 Certificate of Eligibility and time to make an appointment at the US Embassy if they do not have a valid F-1 visa. Applications received after the preferred deadline will be processed on a rolling basis, that is, if there is enough processing time prior to the start of the semester. Applicants who are in the United States and have a valid F-1 visa may not need as much processing time. All applications are treated equally according to order of receipt. Applications received after the preferred deadline may not have sufficient processing time for the preferred semester.
* Some academic programs such as Health Sciences (Dental Hygiene, Nursing, etc.) require advance submission of completed application. These programs are competitive, have limited enrollments, and may require pre-requisites. Acceptance is based on criteria such as grades and courses already taken. The International Office does not guarantee acceptance into these programs. It is important to understand the conditions, dates, deadlines, and additional requirements for competitive, limited enrollment programs. Check under the Academics tab for more information on Majors and Programs.
10. All original application materials and official documents must be sent to the International Office at ECC by postal mail, courier service, or in person. Copies, faxes, and computer downloads are not acceptable and will delay application processing. The address is:
Erie Community College, North Campus
International Student Office
6205 Main Street, G-128
Williamsville, New York 14221-7095