NCCC welcomes students from across the globe to study on our campus! We offer more than fifty (50) programs of study and on-campus housing. International students are attracted to our academic reputation, small class size, affordable tuition, and excellent transfer opportunities. In return, your presence enriches our college environment and contributes to the promotion of international understanding.
NCCC looks forward to assisting you in achieving your educational and career goals. There is a dedicated International Admissions Advisor available to assist you with application requirements and maintaining compliance.
NCCC is conveniently located to Toronto, Buffalo, and Niagara Falls.
NCCC requires the items listed below for admission to the College. International (F-1 visa) students must be full-time with a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester and must be officially accepted (matriculated) into a degree program. (Canadian students can attend less than full time.)
International students (with the exception of Canadian students) entering the US for the purpose of study must obtain a student visa from a US Embassy or Consulate. Your acceptance letter and I-20 provided by the College, your passport, along with any other necessary materials must be presented to obtain your F-1 student visa, which will allow you to enter the United States.
Prior to applying for your visa, it is required that you pay a $200 SEVIS fee (Form I-901) to the US Government. (Canadian students must pay the fee but no visa is required). You will be required to present a receipt verifying payment of this fee prior to your documents being processed and entry to the US is granted.
For additional guidelines regarding SEVIS requirements, it is recommended you refer to the following link: . This will provide you with information regarding the payment of the SEVIS fee, SEVIS frequently asked questions, and preparing for your F-1 visa interview.
Express Mail Shipment of I-20
The Admissions Office at Niagara County Community College is pleased to make available an express mail service that allows students overseas that are applying for F visas to receive their initial attendance I-20 documents through FedEx, UPS, or DHL in 3-5 days. This is an optional service available at the student’s own expense. I-20 documents are usually sent out through regular mail and can take several weeks for delivery.
This express service must be paid by credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover cards only) at the time of your request. To request mailing of your documents, go to the following secure website: (works best with Internet Explorer & Mozilla Firefox browsers)
- You must use the website above (do not contact FedEx, UPS, or DHL directly)
- You must create a log in and password if this is your first time using this service
- Enter your name as it appears on your passport
- Select Admissions Office as the sender’s address
- Student ID field: leave blank. This is an optional question
- Upon completing the request, eShip will send you an email that includes a tracking number so you can track the delivery of the package
Please be careful when submitting your information since incorrect credit card information or incomplete address information will result in a delay of your I-20 being mailed.
If you’re a Canadian student, you’ll have to pay the SEVIS fee, but you don’t need a visa to enter the United States for study. You must, however, have proof of Canadian citizenship and your acceptance letter and I-20 from NCCC. If English is your first language, TOEFL scores are not required. Other admission requirements still apply.
Acceptance into a degree program is based on the following items:
- Completed online NCCC application
- Official High School (Secondary School) transcript in certified English translation with proof of graduation
- (Enter 777777 for high school code if yours is not listed)
- All International college/university transcripts must be sent to a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). This service will evaluate transcripts and provide the American grade and course equivalencies. For more information, go to: www.naces.org/members.
- Copy of passport identification pages.
- Proof of immunization for measles, mumps, and rubella. A meningitis vaccine is optional, but must be acknowledged by a signature on the Health Form in our Wellness Center.
- Written autobiography essay highlighting the student’s goals and reasons he/she is seeking admission to NCCC. () Form must be used.
- Completed financial document () form indicating financial support of $19,000 minimum ($10,000 for Canadian commuter students). Form must be used.
- A certified bank statement confirming the amount noted on the FSA-4 form with the appropriate bank signatures and listed acceptable documentation is also required.
- TOEFL score; ibT(61) or paper (500). Go to for more information.
- Assessment for placement in reading, writing, and math. NCCC uses Accuplacer testing instrument. A student may be able to test prior to arrival on campus. Arrangements for a proctor and access to the assessment will be scheduled on a case by case basis. Contact 716-614-6728 if interested in this option. If the student is able to visit NCCC prior to their enrollment period, the assessment may be conducted at that time. It is important to note that you must be accepted into NCCC before scheduling placement tests (except for those programs, including allied health programs, which require testing PRIOR to acceptance).
The application deadline for the Fall semester is July 15, and for Spring semester is December 1. Please remember to allow as much time as possible due to consulate/embassy holidays, vacations, and the increased review of student visa applications. Canadian students do not need to schedule Consulate/Embassy visits as they are exempt from that requirement.
Please mail all forms / contact for more information:
International Admissions Counselor
Niagara County Community College
3111 Saunders Settlement Road
Sanborn, N.Y. 14132 USA