Welcome to the International Education Center

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.

Pre-Arrival Information

Programs of Study

Brookdale offers nearly 90 Degree and Certificate Programs along with a growing number of  Online Courses, Online ESLand Online Degree Programs that are available to students outside the U.S.

English as a Second Language (on-campus or online)

We also offer 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.

For additional information, please contact Ms. Synde Kaufman, ESL Administrator, ESL@brookdalecc.edu, or 732-224-2656. You can also visit our ESL Website.

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.

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. You can provide 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 an academic institution 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

International Students (students in F-1 status) are charged tuition at the out-of-state rate. For one academic year (2 semesters), the expected fees and expenses are the following:

Tuition and Fees $  7,645
Living Expenses $15,150
Books and Supplies $  2,000
Total $24,795
  • For each dependent, add $4,480

You will pay tuition and fees after you have arrived and registered for your classes.

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, and  Radiological Technology programs. Please email international@brookdalecc.edu 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.

How to transfer credits Internationally


Contact Us

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

phone 732-224-2799; fax 732-224-1913

E-mail: international@brookdalecc.edu