Q. What is the deadline to apply for international students?
A. For Fall Semester admission, completed applications must be received by May 1.
For Spring Semester admission, completed applications must be received by August 1.
Be aware that the deadline to apply for international students is much earlier than for domestic students, because of the added processing time.
Q. Can I apply during summer sessions?
A. International student applications are not accepted during summer sessions. International students with F-class visas may not take classes during the summer semester.
Q. What English proficiency scores do I need to be eligible for admission?
A. The minimum required score varies depending on the type of test. Any of these tests are admissible, as long as the minimum score is met.
TOEFL Minimum Scores
Required IBT (Internet-Based Test) score: 65
Required paper test score: 513
IELTS Minimum Scores
Required overall band score: 5.5
Q. Can I be admitted without taking either test?
A. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for students who:
- have already completed a non-developmental English composition course from a regionally accredited U.S. college/university with a C grade or better, or
- have an SAT score of 540 or higher in Critical Reading (old score), or a score of 500 in Reading and Writing (new score).
Q. Do you issue Form I-20 for ESL Studies?
A. You must submit your application for Form I-20 to ECC when you apply. However, ECC DOES NOT issue the form – you will receive it from an immigration official at your port of entry.
Q. I have more questions. Who can I ask?
A. You can contact an International Student Advisor by calling (973) 877-3207 or (973) 877-3154.