Brookdale Community College is home to over 130 international students from more than 45 countries, making us one of the most diverse community colleges in the state. To learn about courses of study and the application process, please explore the tabs below. To learn about post-acceptance procedures (securing your student visa, housing, transportation, etc.) please go to the Pre-Arrival Information section of our website.
English as a Second Language (on campus or online)
We also offer an English as a Second Language (ESL) program on-campus and online. Our program is ideal for students who have some knowledge of English, but are not yet ready to be in class with native speakers. Classes range from high beginner to advanced.
Deadlines to Apply
On Campus Programs. We accept F-1 international students for the Autumn (September-December) and Spring (January-May) semesters. Applications must be submitted by July 1st for September classes, and October 1st for January classes. Late applications will be accepted on a case-by-case basis. We recommend you begin the application process at least 6 months before the start of the semester.
Online Programs. We accept students for Autumn (September-December), Spring (January-May) and Summer (May-August ) semesters. There are no set application deadlines; however, we suggest that students apply at least two weeks before the start of the semester.
How to Apply
Complete the Admissions Application and pay the $75.00 Application fee.
SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FROM ALL APPLICANTS
All supplemental documents can be uploaded to your application portal.
Academic Records. Transcripts from high school, colleges or universities attended must show courses taken, grades and/or examination results. Academic records must be accompanied by official English Translations. One such service can be found here.
If you want to receive transfer credits towards your Brookdale degree from a university you attended in your home country, your transcript must be evaluated by an approved credential evaluation agency. Click here for a list of agencies approved by Brookdale.
Proof of English Proficiency. Applicants whose native language is not English, can show English proficiency in one of the following ways:
-Emailing ESL@brookdalecc.edu to schedule a short video chat with our ESL Administrator, or
-Submitting English Proficiency Test Scores (40 minimum TOEFL/5.0 minimum IELTS), or
-Submitting a transcript from a university showing successful completion of coursework in English
Note: After arrival to Brookdale, most international students are required to take an English Placement test before registering for classes. The score received on this test determines placement into ESL or Academic classes.
ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FROM F-1 VISA APPLICANTS
Statement of Financial Support – International students are required to show they have the finances necessary to live and take classes in New Jersey for the duration of their stay at Brookdale.
Bank Statement. You or your sponsor must provide a bank statement dated no older than six months prior to the date of your planned enrollment.
Passport /Evidence of Current Immigration Status. We will need copies of all of your immigration documents including: passport biographical and visa pages, your most recent I-94, 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.
Tuition & Fees
In-Person Instruction. International Students (students in F-1 status) are charged tuition at the out-of-state rate. For one academic year (2 semesters) of full-time studies, the expected fees and expenses are the following:
|Tuition and Fees||$ 7,645|
|Books and Supplies||$ 2,000|
- For each dependent, add $4,480
Online Instruction. For one academic year (2 semesters) of full-time studies, the expected fees and expenses are as follows:
|Tuition and Fees||$4,512|
|Books and Supplies||$2,000|
Online students can study part-time or full-time.
International students are not eligible to apply for Federal Financial Aid. However, our tuition is significantly less than that of 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.
Tuition and fees are subject to change. Please be aware that fees are higher for Automotive, Culinary, Nursing, Radiological Technology, and Respiratory programs. Please email email@example.com for details.
Acceptance to Brookdale
If you meet the admission requirements, the International Education Center will send you a letter of acceptance and an I-20 form. You will use both of these documents to apply for a student visa at the U.S Embassy or Consulate in your home country, or to apply for a change of status (to F-1) if you are currently in the U.S.
For more information on how to apply for your visa, click here.