Admitted International Student Information

Passports and Visas

Entry into the United States

Generally, as an international student, you must obtain a passport from your government and a visa from a United States Consulate or Embassy to be eligible to enter the United States. After receiving an acceptance letter, you must provide a registration deposit before a Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20) can be issued by the college. This form is needed to apply for a student visa (F-1).


Note: You will also need these documents (passport, I-20, financial documents) at the U.S. port of entry. Make sure they are easily available to you as you enter the U.S. Do not leave them in your luggage or in your home country.


You are strongly encouraged to apply for a U.S. student visa as soon as possible after you have received your I-20 from SUNY Cobleskill. Please note that a fee must be paid before a required visa interview can be scheduled. The fee is called a "SEVIS fee," and the SEVIS number on your I-20 must be provided to pay the fee. It may take significant time for visa processing. Please allow sufficient time to plan for your travel to the United States. You should plan to obtain your visa and arrive in time to attend the International Student Orientation program in mid-August.


Please note that you are not permitted to enter the United States more than 30 days before the start date in Item 5 of your I-20 form.


Reminder: Please keep your I-94 card (which you will receive when you enter the United States) in your passport. This is an important document and is expensive and time consuming to replace.

Travel to Cobleskill, New York

If you are coming to the United States for the first time, you will probably arrive by air. The closest international airport is Albany International Airport. If you arrive at JFK International Airport in New York City, you can take a connecting flight to Albany. Taxis and rental cars are available at the airport. SUNY Cobleskill is approximately one hour from the airport.



SUNY Cobleskill offers an international student orientation prior to the start of each semester. There is also orientation for all new students that follows the international student program.


Required Health Form

All new international students are required to complete a Health and Immunization form, which is available online prior to arrival at SUNY Cobleskill.


Recommended Arrival Dates

New international students are encouraged to arrive in Cobleskill just before international student orientation (refer to your acceptance materials for dates). Should you need to arrive at an earlier date, please contact the Office of International Education.


Financial Arrangements


Pre-admission Deposit

A $50 pre-admission deposit is required of most full-time candidates receiving an acceptance letter. This deposit must be submitted within 30 days from date of acceptance and is applied toward the semester bill. A deposit made for fall admission is refundable if requested prior to April 30.


Housing Reservation/Room Rental Pre-payment Deposit

All resident students are assessed, as authorized by the State University of New York, a residence hall deposit of $100 per academic year. This $100 deposit serves both as “reservation” and “room rental pre-payment.” The housing reservation/room rental pre-payment deposit is fully refundable if a written request to the Director of Residential Life is received by July 1 prior to your fall semester arrival or by January 1 prior to your spring semester arrival.


Basic Expenses

You will need approximately $14,000 per semester to cover all costs.

To have money immediately available, you may arrange with your bank to cable, in U.S. dollars, to a New York bank. This transaction usually takes five or fewer days. You can also use U.S. traveler's checks and credit cards with international privileges. Carrying large amounts of cash is not advisable because of a risk of loss or theft.


Health Insurance

To help manage the high cost of health care in the United States, the State University of New York has required that all international students have adequate health insurance. The University has arranged for comprehensive health insurance for international students through the HTH Worldwide insurance company. All international students are expected to purchase HTH Worldwide medical insurance coverage each semester (approximately $500 US) at the Student Accounts Office.