Transfer Guide to Becoming an F-1 International Student
You already possess a current & valid Form I-20 from another Service approved institution.
Listed below are the required steps and documents needed to apply to Medgar Evers College and Transfer your F1 status. Review each step carefully.
STEP 1. Applying for Admissions
STEP 2. Getting Accepted/Following Up
STEP 5. Have your Transcript Evaluated
STEP 7. Register for Classes.
If you wish to be a matriculated student (pursuing a university degree):
You must apply for admission to the college as soon as possible and not beyond the following deadlines:
Fall semester: March 15
Spring semester: October 1
Applications received after these dates may be considered for the following terms.
To be considered, please submit the following documents:
A completed Transfer application for admissions.
A $70.00 processing fee in the form of a money order, personal or bank check in U.S. funds:
All fees should be made out to “University Application Processing Center” or “UAPC”.
Official transcripts or certified copies from all secondary schools and universities attended. Records must include the subjects studied, grades/marks attained, and an explanation of the grading system on the official letterhead of the institution. Also accepted would be:
A university issued “mark sheet” (Bangledesh, India, Pakistan)
An “indeks” (Poland)
A prilozhenie k dyplomu [addendum to the diploma] (Russia and the other former Soviet Republics)
A “releve de notes” (France)
A “Statement of Academic Record” or a “General Certificate of Education Examination” (United Kingdom and other Commonwealth countries)
A “Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate” [CXC] (Caribbean countries) [photocopies accepted]
A “West African Examinations Council” notification of result slip (African Countries)
External examination results and school leaving certificates must also be included. If not in English, records should be submitted in the original language and be accompanied by a literal translation. Records will not be returned, therefore, for countries that issue only one certificate for your lifetime, please request an official certificate of completion from your school or Ministry of Education instead.
If you are not sure what document would be comparable as proof of having completed secondary school, please contact CUNY at 1-800-CUNY-YES or email@example.com.
It is not necessary for you to have your school records evaluated by a third party. The City University of New York and Medgar Evers College will evaluate your records.
English proficiency is required. If English is not your native language or if it was not your language of instruction, you must register for and pass the Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of:
|52 or better (New Internet Based Test)|
|150 or better (Computer Based Test)|
470 or better (Paper Based Test)
Request that your official scores be sent to UAPC’s code of 2950.
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT I) and ACT test scores would be accepted, but are not necessary.
You may use code 2460 to have your SAT I scores sent directly to Medgar Evers College.
To ensure the timely processing of your application, please submit all required documents and fees at the same time to the University Application Processing Center at the address listed below:
The City University of New York
University Application Processing Center (UAPC)
P.O. Box 359023
Brooklyn, NY 11235-9023
Kearney, Richard. Designing sound rules for documenting foreign study. WENR. Volume1, Issue 4, Page 8.July/August 1998.
The application process usually takes from four to six weeks. Within this time period, check the status of your application, by contacting UAPC at (212) 997-2869 or via email at inquireCUNY@mail.cuny.edu
Once your application has been reviewed and approved by UAPC, your information will be electronically forwarded to the Office of Admissions at Medgar Evers College. We will then forward a letter of acceptance to you along with documents to obtain a certificate of Eligibility (I-20).
It is only after you have been accepted to the institution that your immigration process may begin.
Once you have been accepted to the college and have received the acceptance letter, you will then need to prove to the United States government that you can meet the financial obligations of pursuing a full course of study here for at least one academic year. Proof of your financial ability is documented in the form of a Certificate of Eligibility, also known as the Form I-20.
In order to obtain a Form I-20 you will need to submit the Application for the Form I-20, with the Statement of Financial Ability, supporting financial documents (not older than three months from the date of submission) and the Affidavit(s) of Financial Support including the Affidavit of Free Room and Board (food & lodging), if necessary.
Please note that all I-20 applications and supporting financial documents must be dated less then six months prior to your planned date of enrollment at Medgar Evers College. In addition, all supporting financial documents must be stamped and signed by either a notary or bank official.
Important Note: Students on F-1 visas are not eligible for U.S. federal or state financial aid.
Once you have received your acceptance letter, you must forward a Transfer Verification Form to your International Student Advisor at your current school so that your SEVIS record may be electronically transferred to Medgar Evers College.
If there is a problem and your SEVIS record cannot be transferred electronically, please contact the International Student Advisor, Ms. Julie Augustin at 718-270-6021 or by email at F1_Inquiry@mec.cuny.edu as soon as possible.
Once you have been accepted to Medgar Evers College, your college transcript (s) should automatically be evaluated for credit toward your MEC degree.
As a matriculated student at Medgar Evers College, it is mandatory that you attend the new international student orientation. Failure to attend will result in a block of your ability tot register for classes.
Once you have been accepted to Medgar Evers College, you will need to submit your immunization documents to the Health Services Office and you will need to take the CUNY Placement Skills Assessment Test. Once your test has been graded, you will be assigned an Academic Advisor who will register you for your classes. You must register for a minimum of twelve equated credits every Spring and Fall semester in order to maintain F-1 status. Failure to do so is a direct violation of your non-immigrant F-1 status.