International Students

International Students

Welcome!

Hwangyong-hamnida! HuanYing! Youkoso! Bienvenidos! Bienvenue!

 

Leaving home to pursue an exemplary education in the United States can be both exciting and overwhelming. At Five Towns College, the administration strives to ensure that students are comfortable living on campus and excelling in their studies while learning from our outstanding faculty. There is a warm and congenial atmosphere intended to help students achieve educational and professional goals.

Many international students who enroll at Five Towns College are interested in the diversified undergraduate degree programs in audio recording technology, business management, film/video, jazz/commercial music, music education, music business, and theatre arts. Five Towns College graduate degrees in music are recognized throughout the region. Located on Long Island, there is easy access to the cultural capital of the world, New York City, where concerts, Broadway shows and museums abound.

Tuition is affordable, compared to other private colleges, and international students may qualify for scholarships.

The Five Towns College International Student Advisor will help guide students through the admissions process, as well as handle student visas and help one to obtain the I-20 to make the transition to Five Towns College as seamless as possible.

Please contact the Five Towns College International Student Advisor at international@ftc.edu or by calling (631) 656-2107 and/or contact admissions@ftc.edu or call (631) 656-2110 with any questions about applying or to learn more about the college degree programs.

We hope that you choose to apply to Five Towns College and look forward to you joining our College community.

 

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The Admissions Process

In order for your application to be reviewed, you will need to submit the following documents:

Admissions Application

Please complete and submit the entire online application.

 

 

Transcripts

Submit all High School and College transcripts. They must be translated into English by a recognized course and credit evaluation agency and should include an explanation of the grading system. We prefer you consider using World Education Services (W.E.S) at https://www.wes.org/students/ for these evaluations.

Letter of Recommendation

Undergraduate students must submit one (1) letter of recommendation in English from a school official, teacher, employer or a member of your community. Graduate students must submit two (2) letters of recommendation. Doctorate students must submit three (3) letters of recommendation using the Doctoral Recommendation Form.

Download Letter of Recommendation Forms for Doctoral Candidates:
http://www.ftc.edu/forms/Admissions_GraduateDMARecommendationForm.pdf

Audition

Students interested in the Film/Video and Interactive Computer Graphics program may need to submit portfolios. Students interested in the Jazz/Commercial Music and/or Theatre Arts programs may need to schedule auditions. For more info about the Audition/Portfolio Requirements for these programs, click here.

Immunization Records

Submit Immunization Records from your school or doctor showing proof of two (2) MMR’s (Measles, Mumps & Rubella) and the completed Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccination Response (MMVR) form upon acceptance to the College. If you are planning to live in our residence halls, you must show proof of Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccination as well as Covid-19 proof of vaccination, in addition to the online Student Housing Application.

The Online Student Housing Application is here.

English Proficiency

You must submit proof of English proficiency, such as taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum TOEFL iBT score for undergraduate students is 70, while the minimum score for graduate students is 80. The TOEFL school code for Five Towns College is 3142. Students taking the IELTS must achieve a minimum band score of 6.0 for undergraduate study and 6.5 for graduate study. Email: international@ftc.edu or admissions@ftc.edu

Skype telephone interviews may be given to students who do not meet these minimum English-language requirements and/or further concerns will be addressed by the International Advisor.

Funding Verification

The United States Immigration and Naturalization law requires proof of adequate funding for your educational and living expenses for the duration of your degree program. You must provide documents that will show the government that you have immediate funds to pay for your first year of study at Five Towns College and sufficient and dependable resources to cover each additional year. Please complete the required Financial Affidavit and submit it to the International Student Advisor along with copies of your bank statement.

Click Here to Download the Financial Affidavit

Upon Acceptance to the College

Enrollment Deposit

A $200 (USD) enrollment deposit must be paid within 30 days of acceptance, to hold a place in the entering class. This money will be applied to your first semester’s tuition. Please wire, mail or call the bursar to pay via credit card at 631-656-3173 or email to bursar@ftc.edu.

Passport

Students must provide a photocopy of their most recent passport to the International Student Advisor.

I-20s

Five Towns College will issue I-20s to each new accepted international student once their enrollment deposit is paid and financial clearance has been issued.  If you have attended a previous school, we will need a copy of your previous I- 20’s. F-1 students will need to submit an International Student Transfer form that must be completed from another SEVIS program or from the current Optional Practical Training (OPT) program.

Important Information

I-20 and Embassy Instructions

When you receive your I-20, please print your name and sign your name on page one of the I-20. Make your appointment with the U.S. Embassy and remember to take all original documents with you, such as your acceptance letter, bank statements, affidavits, passport, etc. The Embassy officials will ask for the endorsed I-20 and all documents translated in U.S. dollars. (USD) The required information can be found on https://visaguide.world/us-visa/nonimmigrant/study-exchange-visas/f1/.

The College will enter your information into the U.S. Immigration Departments’ database, SEVIS. The U.S. Embassy requires you pay an online processing fee (I-901) of $190 (USD) at least 3 days prior to your visit to the Embassy.

The SEVIS website is www.ice.gov/sevis/i901 .

If the I-20 is approved, you will be issued an F-1 Student Visa, which will be stamped into your passport. The Visa gives you permission to enter the United States as a full-time student at Five Towns College. You are permitted to enter into the United States up to 30 days prior to your “report date.” listed on your I-20.

You should schedule your air flight and notify the college International Student Advisor, as well as the international advisor of your scheduled arrival date and time.

Health Insurance

All international students are required to show proof of medical coverage accepted in the United States of America. If you have no medical coverage, you will be required to purchase health insurance and provide proof to the College.

Residence Halls and Food Plans

Our modern residence halls feature private bathrooms, internet access, cable TV, as well as in-room air-conditioning and heating. In order to live on campus, you must complete a housing application, a medical clearance form indicating that you have received the meningitis vaccination as well as documentation of all the required immunizations. Please complete the forms and send them to the college once you have been accepted.

All students living in the residence halls are required to have a meal plan, which consists of three meals from Monday to Friday, and two meals each day on weekends.

Click here for the Online Student Housing Application and read about the other required documents here.

 

International Student Advisement

All international students are assigned to our International Student Advisor who can be contacted at international@ftc.edu. You are required to meet with her to discuss your academic progress, and consult with her regarding any personal or immigration concerns you may have, while attending the College.

Scholarships and Working Opportunities

International students are eligible to receive scholarships once accepted to the College. Opportunities to work are limited, however, you are only authorized to work on-campus, part-time (maximum 20 hours per week) during the school semester. You can only work-off-campus when authorized by Federal law under three cases; Pre-completion before Graduation after the first year, After Graduation in an Optional Practical Training program or if there is Financial Hardship, which requires proof of your loss of financial support.

Tuition and Fees

Please click here for information about tuition, fees, room and board.

We hope that you consider Five Towns College as your first choice! We are as passionate as you are about your future and the success you will achieve if you attend Five Towns College!

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