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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. In addition, ESL support services are available for those international students who may require assistance in their academic classes.
Please contact the Five Towns College International Student Advisor, Ms. Maureen Reiser at Maureen.Reiser@ftc.edu or by calling (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.
The Admissions Process
In order for your application to be reviewed, you will need to submit the following documents:
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.
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:
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. Click here for more info about the Audition/Portfolio Requirements for these programs.
Submit Immunization Records from your school or doctor showing proof of two (2) MMR’s (Measles, Mumps & Rubella) upon acceptance to the college. If you are planning to live in our residence halls, you must complete a health clearance form, submit the Meningitis Response form, in addition to a Residence Life Application form.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
A placement exam and skype or telephone interview will be given to students who do not meet these minimum English-language requirements. Students who do not meet these requirements may be placed in English-Speech Language (ESL) support classes which are offered throughout the year and during the summer. These classes will provide support services to improve your English language skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking and every day conversation.
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.
Upon Acceptance to the College
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 Karen.Freidrich@ftc.edu.
Five Towns College will issue I-20s to each new accepted international student once their enrollment deposit is paid. 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.
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.
There is no socialized medicine, as in many countries, and medical care is expensive in the United States. Therefore, 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 from the College’s health insurance plan. The cost of health coverage is approximately $3000 per year.
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.
These non-credit classes are designed to improve your English-language skills in the areas of reading, grammar, listening, speaking and writing. You may be assigned to one or more of these classes depending on your TOEFL or IELTS scores or based on your classroom experiences while at the college. If you are below the minimum acceptable level, you may be placed in an ESL support class to insure your academic success at the College.
THE SUMMER ESL 8 WEEK PROGRAM is offered prior to the start of the fall semester. These classes will be held from July 3 to August 29, 2017. These classes will focus on improving your English-language skills, as well as taking one or more regular classes; if qualified. The cost for the ESL program with housing and food would be $9,000(USD).
These ESL support classes are also offered throughout the year to assist all international students and to help them throughout their academic studies.
All international students are assigned to our International Student Advisor, Ms. Cindy Catalano, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
The Undergraduate tuition for the 2016-2017 school year is $18,980 (USD) or $9,490(USD) per semester. All international students must pay their tuition and fees in full for the first semester they enroll. Fees are determined by the degree program that you are enrolled in, and range from $200 (USD) to $1,000(USD) per semester.
Graduate tuition is $15,000(USD) per year, or $7,500 (USD) per semester, and special fees range from $200 – $1,000 (USD) per semester.
Residence Hall fees are $3,600 (USD) per semester for a double occupancy room, while the food plan is $2,500 (USD) a semester. Students who commute are not obligated to pay for a meal plan, but are encouraged to discuss the various options with the International Student Advisor.
Degree programs are described in more depth in the College catalogue, both at the Undergraduate and Graduate level. The following is an outline of the degree programs that are available at Five Towns College.
- Associate in Arts (A.A.) – Liberal Arts
- Associate in Science (A.S.) – Business Administration
- Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) – Business Management
Concentrations are offered in Audio Recording, Music Business, Business Management
– Jazz/Commercial Music
- Bachelor of Music (Mus.B.) – Jazz/Commercial Music — Concentrations are offered in Performance, Audio Recording Technology, Composition/Songwriting, Music Education, Music Business and Musical Theatre/Vocal.)
- Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) – Film/Video Production — Theatre Arts
- Bachelor of Professional Studies (B.P.S.) –Business Management — Concentrations are offered in Audio Recording, Music Business and Business Management.
- Bachelor of Science (B.S.) – Mass Communication — Concentrations are offered in Broadcasting and Journalism.
- Master of Music ( M.M.) – Jazz/Commercial Music — Concentrations are offered in Music Technology, Performance, Music History and Composition/Arranging.
- Master of Music (M.M.) – Music Education
- Master of Science (M.S. Ed.) – Childhood Education
- Doctoral of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) – Jazz/Commercial Music — Concentrations are offered in Performance, Composition and Arranging, Music History, and Music Education.
Five Towns College is accredited by the following Organizations:
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (M.S.C.H.E.)
The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (N.C.A.T.E.)
All academic programs are registered by the New York State Education Department.