College of Staten Island (CUNY)

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College Profile

The College of Staten Island has an exceptionally well qualified faculty, committed to both research and teaching: they create and transmit knowledge and gladly mentor students majoring in their disciplines.

The College of Staten Island combines the best features of the U.S. educational system with special support and personal attention for international students from the day they inquire about admission until the day they graduate, diploma in hand. In addition to processing all the required immigration documentation, the Center for Global Engagement provides extensive orientation, ongoing advisement, and assistance. It also overseas student activities and organizes a variety of on-campus programs throughout the year. Some of the activities include the International Coffee Hours, World on Wednesdays. Immigration 101 Workshops, and International Education Week events.

Programs We Offer


Undergraduate Biology
Computer Science
Engineering Science
Medical Technology
Graduate Biotechnology
Business Management
Electrical Engineering
Environment Science


Institution Demographics

Information for 2017

  • Total enrollment: 13,559
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 12,485
  • Graduate enrollment: 1,074
  • International Student Enrollment: 300
  • Male 44.1%, Female 55.9%
  • Faculty-student ratio: 1:26
  • Faculty: Full-Time – 351, Part-Time – 813
  • Number of countries represented on campus: 54
  • Top five countries represented on campus: China, India, Sri Lanka, Albania and Japan




English as a Second Language Program and Services

Does your institution have an Intensive English Program?

Yes, the English Language Institute offers intensive English and cultural orientation programs to international students, visitors, professionals, and local community members. The programs features:

  • 18 hours of classroom instruction in the fall and spring sessions and 22 hours in the summer sessions
  • TOEFL preparation and specialized workshops
  • Highly qualified faculty, small classes and personal attention
  • Housing assistance
  • Introduction to U.S. life, field trips to New York City cultural institutions and events

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Can your institution issue an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for F-1 Student Status to a student who has been admitted only to the Intensive English Program?

Does your institution provide courses of English as a Second Language to admitted students?

Yes. All students are required to take CUNY Assessment Tests in Reading, Writing and Mathematics for placement purposes. We offer specially designed courses in reading and writing for non-native speakers of English who fail the CUNY Assessment Test in Reading and/or the CUNY Assessment Test in Writing.

International Student Housing Options

Is on-campus housing available for international students?

Our residence halls provide students with the convenience of living in the heart of beautiful campus along with the comfort of living in a fully furnished apartment. Residential students have access to educational and social community events and on-side residence life staff. The residences also feature exclusive amenities such as our in-residence fitness center, study lounges, and social lounges. For contact information, please click here.

Collaborative programs

The College of Staten Island (CSI) offers a wide range of study abroad and exchange programs for its students. For a list of available programs, please click here  

First Year, Transfer, and Graduate Students

Admission to our various undergraduate programs and levels is based upon the academic background of the applicant at the secondary level and post-secondary level (if applicable). In addition, all applicants from non-English speaking countries must satisfy the English proficiency requirement. For more information on how to apply, please click here.

Admissions requirements for graduate studies vary by program. You may visit the Graduate Admissions page for the specific admission requirements for your program of interest.

Undergraduate International Admissions

Graduate International Admissions

Visa Information

Does your institution issue I-20 for F-1 visa status and/or DS-2019 for J-1 visa status?

Cost of Attendance and Financial Assistance for International Students

Full-Time Tuition: Undergraduate international students: $18,000 per year (based on taking 15 credits per semester)

Per credit: $600 (UG) / $830 (GR)
Fees: 279.60 per semester

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Financial Aid

Is financial aid available for international students?

Yes. The CSI Scholarship Program is based on academic excellence, extracurricular involvement, and service to the college and greater community. It requires a minimum of 90 high school average from freshman or 3.25 out of 4.0 from transfer and graduate students. The application includes a 500 word essay, a 250 word biographical profile, and two recommendations. For more information, please click here.

Student Activities and Campus Life

The Office of Student Life is always available to help students make a connection to the CSI community and enhance their educational experience. Life as a student at CSI is quite exciting and goes beyond the classroom. In addition to a top-class education, students get a chance to be a part of various fun-filled activities. Be it athletics and group fitness, exploring the sights and sounds of New York, or joining a student club; there are lots of things to do and there’s never a dull moment at CSI.

CSI students looking to explore, develop and expand their leadership skills can do so by joining the Emerging Leaders Program. ELP promotes leadership, excellence and civic engagement opportunities focused on leadership skills, collaboration and decision making, conflict resolution, cultural competency, goal setting and civic engagement and service.

The Counseling Center provides individual and group counseling for students. Be it academic counseling or emotional care and support, student-identity is kept confidential. The CSI Counseling Center is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS).

The Center for Career and Professional Development at CSI is a comprehensive career planning and placement center that uses current technology and information to teach students the skills necessary to achieve their career goals. Workshops on interview skills, resume-writing, guidance on securing internships and career-planning are some of the services that are offered.

An education at the College of Staten Island of the City University of New York is designed to create students who go on to become leaders in their chosen area of study and cherish their study experience at CSI for a life-time.