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International Students

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.

It is extremely important that you apply on or before the priority application deadlines posted by Bank Street because considerable time is required for sending and processing credentials, making admission decisions, and arranging for passports and visas. For more information, you can access our resource guides on the bottom of this page.

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 evaluation 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.

English Proficiency

All students whose first language is not English, must demonstrate proficiency in English by obtaining a score of at least 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 you may use to finance your 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.


International students planning to attend Bank Street full-time must come into the United States on an F-1 visa. For additional information, visit the U.S. Department of State Student Visas page.

Form I-20

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. 


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.

Health Insurance

Bank Street strongly recommends that international students obtain health insurance that will remain valid through the entirety of your graduate study.  If the health insurance plan in your home country does not cover you in the US or while you travel, you can obtain a health insurance plan here.

Teacher Certification

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.

Resource Guides for Applicants and Students

1) Applying to Bank Street and Obtaining your I-20

2) Applying for your Student Visa and Arriving in the United States

3) Maintaining Status and Guidelines for Traveling

4) Completing your Program and Beginning Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Full Resource Guide (including all 4 sections)

Further Information

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 Melissa Nathanson, our Assistant Director of Admissions at For more advising and guidance, we recommend you visit the Education USA website