Prospective International Students

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Application Procedures

Brookdale admits F-1 international 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. Late applications are considered on the case by case basis. We recommend that you 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

In order to get admission to Brookdale, please submit the following items to the International Education Center:

Application Forms

Submit the Online Admissions Application. This will allow you to upload most of your supporting documents.

Or, you can submit a paper-based Admissions Application. You will be required to mail all of your supporting documents to the International Education Center.

Application fees total $75.00 ($25/Application + $50/I-20 processing fee).

Immunization Record Form or other proof of your immunizations.

Also submit Request for I-20 form.

If you are applying through an agent or if you would like Brookdale to discuss your application with someone else, please complete the Authorization to Communicate with Agency or Sponsor Form.

Official Academic Transcripts or Records

Official transcripts must list courses taken and examination results. These documents 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.

If you have attended university in your home country, your university transcript must be evaluated by an approved credential evaluation agency.  Brookdale accepts evaluation/translation services provided by one of these approved International Academic Credential Evaluation Agencies.

Proof of English Proficiency

You are encouraged to submit TOEFL or IELTS test results. A minimum of 40 TOEFL or 5.0 IELTS is required. 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.

Proof of Financial Support

You are required to demonstrate proof of financial ability to support your educational and living expenses while at Brookdale. Please send Statement of Financial Support and accompanying financial documents to the International Education Center. Financial documents must be original or certified statements.

Evidence of Current Immigration Status

Send us copies of all of your 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.

If you are currently attending a U.S. institution, you must also submit the F-1 Student Transfer Form

More resources for Transfer Students can be found on the Recruitment Services website.

Additional Information

Cost of Attendance

Students in F-1 status are assessed tuition at the out-of-state rate.

Tuition and Fees $  7,624
Living Expenses $15,150
Books and Supplies $  1,500
Total $24,274

For each dependent, add $4,420.

Tuition and fees are subject to increase without notice. For Culinary Program tuition and fees, please email

Programs of Study

Brookdale offers nearly 90  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

Brookdale offers English as a Second Language (ESL) classes in two levels of instruction: 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.

Acceptance Information

Upon receipt of all the above-noted items, the International Education Center (IEC) 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, your admission is not complete until you receive an official letter of acceptance from the International Education Center, signed by an IEC staff member. 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.


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 American Homestay Network,  IHPS Homestay Program, or Sara’s Homestay for placement with a local family. 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.

Room/apartment rentals:
Additional info about renting:

What about Financial Assistance?

Brookdale does not have international student scholarships and F-1 students are not eligible to apply for Federal Financial Aid. But, our tuition is significantly less than a four year college or university. This allows you to save a lot of money during the first two years of your university education in the U.S.

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