Overview of International Students at CCNY

Welcome to the International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS). The Department of International Student & Scholar Services provides services and advocacy for the international students and scholars who are not permanent residents of the United States. Additionally, it provides pre-semester orientation programs and semester long workshops that assist with adapting to life in the United States while pursuing their education. Professional counseling assistance is available for students with immigration concerns, or academic and personal difficulties.

CUNY International Student Guide


Happy International Education Week! 

International Education Week 2019 is happening all week long at the Department of International Student & Scholar Services. Take a look at how you can participate in this weeks festivities. 

International Education Week events




















This week we would also like to take the opportunity to highlight our former International Student of the Month (May 2019) Shuaijun Li. Take a look at the video below.



Make NAC 1/107 your first stop! 

All new International Students are required to report to our office and fill out a contact sheet. Students must also bring in copies of their passport, visa, and a printout of the I-94. The form I-94 is available by inputting your visa information in the link below.




Also, in order to maintain matriculation you must be physically present within the United States


Immigration Updates  

Immigration tips in times of uncertainty 


For DACA students who have reached our page, please click on this link for information specific to your status.






November Student of the Month















International Student of the Month for November 2019

       Paniz Peiravani of Iran

What is your home country and what are you studying here.

My home country is Iran. I am currently undecided about my major, but I am very interested in Engineering.

What are your success habits or qualities you admire about yourself? ​

Organize and update your schedule weekly.  This will allow to prioritize tasks and not to fall behind the deadlines.

When was a time when you thought that you would fail and how did you overcome that? 

Everybody feels down at times, that is all right, it is life. The secret is always finding a way to stand up again and keep trying.

What motivates you?

My Family, my goals and building successful future keep me motivated. I want to make my family, and myself, proud and happy.

What made you decide to study in the U.S.? Upon reflection, what were the immediate challenges and rewards of this decision?

Studying in the United States, especially in New York City, has always been my dream. New York City gives you plenty of opportunities to grow as an individual and in many other aspects of life. However, the biggest challenge for me has been, missing my family. Longing to be with them sometimes can be overwhelming, but I know that all this effort will pay off and that we will be together again.

What piece of advice you would give to a new international student coming to study here?

You will face many problems; everyone does, but always remember that these problems are temporary. You will eventually get used to them, learn to overcome them and then move on. Although, I would highly recommend taking English classes before moving or studying to the United States.

Who is your greatest inspiration and why?

My parents, who have always encouraged me and never doubt that I will be able to overcome any problems that might cross my path. The kindness and warm-heart of my mom and hardworking dad has always inspired me and has made me look up to them.

What is your favorite quote or words to live by?

I use so many inspirational quotes in my life; some of my favorite English quotes are,

“The people that say, your dreams are impossible have already quit on theirs”.

“You cannot change how people feel about you, so do not try. Just live your life and be happy”.

What do you love about living and/or studying in New York City? 

New York City is a multicultural city. Every day you have the opportunity to learn about new cultures and find little notches of your own culture that will transport you home within the city. For example, every year New York City throws cultural parades for countries all around the world, I always try to go to the Persian parade in April.

Talk more about a notable staff and/or faculty member that helped you during your studies who'd you'd like to mention here.

The CCNY staff member who has helped me the most has been Ms. Maribel Morua. She is very kind, empathetic, caring and an extremely nice person. She knows well about all of the international student struggles and always does her best to help them as much as she can.

Any other words or something else that you would like to share?

Never forget, that family always come first in life.


Maribel Morua

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