Students from countries other than the United States are welcome at Bank Street Graduate School of Education. International students must meet the same admissions criteria as American students. They must also provide translations of transcripts and records, and validate that they have completed the equivalent of a United States bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
Because considerable time is required for sending and processing credentials, making admission decisions, and arranging for passports and visas, it is extremely important that you apply on or before the priority application deadlines posted by Bankstreet.
International Transcripts Evaluation and Translation
All international transcripts must be translated and evaluated in order to determine whether your international academic credentials meet Bank Street's admissions criteria. A comprehensive course-by-course translation report is required to certify that you have completed the equivalent of a bachelor's degree. Bank Street accepts certified transcript evaluations from World Education Services and Education Evaluators International.
All students whose first language is not English, or who have received their prior education in a non-English-speaking university, must demonstrate proficiency in English by obtaining a score of at least 600 (paper-based total), 250 (computer-based total), or 100 (Internet-based total) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a score of 7 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Official score reports should be sent to Bank Street College. Our Institution Code is 2035.
Financing Your Education
Under U.S. government regulations, foreign students are not eligible to receive any form of federal or state financial aid (including work-study), and Bank Street does not have scholarship funds for international students. In order to be eligible for foreign student status, you must provide proof of your ability to fund your education and living expenses for your anticipated period of study in the United States. Resources that students use to finance their studies include personal savings, family income or private support. After your application has been reviewed by Bank Street College, further documentation may be required to complete the "Application for a Form I-20", which affirms that you have the financial resources to attend Bank Street.
Students planning to attend Bankstreet full-time should come into the United States on an F-1 visa. However, nonimmigrants coming to Bank Street on other visa types (except for B and F-2 visas) may pursue studies here as a "secondary activity." For additional information, visit the U.S. Department of State Student Visas page.
A Form I-20 is a government document that certifies that you are eligible for F-1 foreign student status here in the United States. Bank Street College will issue a Form I-20 to you once you have completed the admissions process and provide all necessary documentation. Certain international students who are maintaining another immigrant status in the U.S. are not required to have an I-20 and may attend school as their secondary activity.
Students may work on campus for a maximum of 20 hours per week during the school year. Students may seek authorization from the government to work off campus after they've completed their program.
Students without permanent residency or work authorization in the United States are generally not eligible for professional teacher certification in New York State, though they may be eligible for time-limited certifications such as initial teacher certification.
Applications will be reviewed after all of the supporting materials have arrived at the Admissions Office. If you have further questions concerning the international application process, you may contact the Admissions Office at 212-875-4404 or send an email to Diana Pondt, our International Student Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more advising and guidance, we recommend you visit the Education USA website.