Prospective International Students

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Admission Steps for Prospective International Students

Brookdale admits F-1 students during the Autumn (September-December) and Spring (January-May) semesters.

Deadlines for submitting applications and all supporting documents are June 1 for September classes, and October 1 for January classes. We recommend that prospective students begin the application process at least 6 months prior to the expected date of enrollment. This will ensure adequate time to prepare and submit supporting documents, receive the I-20 form and apply for a student visa or change of status to F-1.

If you wish to submit your application in person, please schedule an appointment with a member of the International Education Center Staff by calling 732-224-2799 or email us at


Applying to Brookdale

In order to gain admission to Brookdale, prospective F-1 students must submit the following items to the International Education Center:

The online Admissions Application or the pdf/paper Admissions Application; both require a $25 application fee.

The Request for an I-20 Form.

Official academic transcripts/records. These must list courses taken and examination results, and must be sent from the secondary school, university and/or examination board to Brookdale. Fax and electronic copies are not acceptable. Photocopies are only acceptable if the copy has an original notary stamp and seal. Foreign credentials must be accompanied by an official evaluation and translation into English.

Brookdale accepts evaluation/translation services provided by one of these approved International Academic Credential Evaluation Agencies.

Evidence of English Proficiency  

Applicants are encouraged to submit TOEFL or IELTS test results. If you didn’t take these tests, you can arrange a Skype interview with Ms. Synde Kaufman, ESL Administrator, or 732-224-2656. After arrival to US, all international students will be given an English Placement Test at Brookdale’s Testing Center before registering for classes.

Evidence of Financial Support

All international applicants who are requesting an I-20 form (Certificate of Eligibility for F-1 status) are required to demonstrate evidence of financial ability to support their educational and living expenses while at Brookdale. The Statement of Financial Support and accompanying financial documents must be completed and submitted to the International Education Center. Financial documents must be original or certified statements. Photocopies or print-outs from the web are not acceptable.

The estimated cost of attendance for the 2014-2015 academic year, based on 12 credits hours per semester, is:

Tuition & fees:  $7,199*
Living Expenses:  $15,150
Books & Supplies:  $1,500

TOTAL:  $ 23,849
(For each dependent add $4,060)

* Please note that tuition & fees are subject to increase without notice. For tuition and fees of our Culinary Arts program, please e-mail

Evidence of current immigration status

Provide copies of all immigration documents including: passport biographical and visa pages, back and front of I-94 card or print from, any previous I-20 forms, any previous DS 2019 forms, and any EAD cards.

Students currently attending a U.S. institution, must also submit an International Student Transfer Form.  More resources for Transfer Students can be found on the Recruitment Services website.


Upon receipt of all the above-noted items, the International Education Center will determine your eligibility for admission as an international student.

If you meet admission requirements, the International Education Center will send you a letter of acceptance and an I-20 form.  Although you may receive a general letter of acceptance from the Brookdale Admissions Office, you should consider your application still pending until you receive an official letter of acceptance from the International Education Center, signed by the IEC Coordinator or Director. These documents can then be used to apply for a student visa at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your home country, or to request a transfer of your SEVIS immigration records, or apply for change of status if you are currently in the U.S.

Programs of Study

Please note that the College offers a number of Degree and Certificate Programs. Federal regulations require students in F-1 status to be enrolled full-time (12 credit hours) each semester. Therefore, applicants requesting an I-20 form for F-1 status will only be admitted to academic degree programs where the full-course of study requirement can be met.

English as a Second Language

The College English as a Second Language (ESL) classes in three levels of instruction: beginning, intermediate and advanced as well as oral skills courses. For additional information about our ESL classes, please contact Ms. Synde Kaufman, ESL Administrator, or 732-224-2656, or visit ESL Website.


Most international students reside with family members in Monmouth County. Applicants who do not have a local resident who can provide room and board may apply to IHPS Homestay Program, or Sara’s Homestay for placement with a local family. Both of these organizations can also arrange airport pick up.  It is advised that you arrange housing at least 4-6  weeks prior to the date you will need it.

Students can also choose to rent an apartment using one of the search engines below. Should you choose this option, you should plan to arrive a few weeks early and have a car at your disposal to visit potential properties.

Financial Assistance

Brookdale does not have international student scholarships and F-1 students are not eligible to apply for Financial Aid.

Contact Us

International Education Center
Brookdale Community College
765 Newman Springs Road, MAC 114
Lincroft, NJ 07738

phone 732-224-2799; fax 732-224-2980