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


We would 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.


International Student of the Month for December 2019  Oleksandr Kozlenko of Ukraine

December Student of the Month

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

My home country is Ukraine. I am studying Computer Science.

Tell us your best moments of studying at City College of New York as an international student​ so far.

The best moments of studying at City College of New York as an international student has been my experience as a research assistant and great number of different events.

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

There were couple times in my academic career that I thought that I would fail. Every time I had a thought like that, I took a minute, assessed a situation and devised a plan how to overcome whatever challenge I had. It is important to keep going forward no matter what.

What motivates you?

My goals and a thought of a successful future motivate me.

What book and/or movie inspires you and why?

The book that inspires me is “Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future” by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters. Its main idea is going from nothing to something. The idea of constant growth with innovation in its core.

What do you think are the skills or habits needed to get to where you want to go (in your studies, in your career)?

I believe the skills that are needed to get where I want to go is: strong knowledge of fundamentals of my major, strong analytical thinking, and perseverance.

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

The U.S. is a technology hub of the world. The latest innovations are developed here. I wanted to be in the center of all of it.

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

We all face obstacles here and it is important to remember that they are not here forever. Never give up, look for a solution to a problem instead of being upset about it. Socialize with your peers, it will make an adaptation process much easier and help improve your English.

Who is your greatest inspiration and why?

My family is my greatest inspiration. They believe in me and support me every step of the way. Seeing how hard they worked and keep working to achieve their goals makes me want to move forward as well.

What is your favorite quote or words to live by?

“Do what you can, with all you have, wherever you are” – Roosevelt

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

Please include any of your personal recommendations for fun and interesting things to do in or around the city (favorite restaurants, coffee shops, parks, museums, galleries, etc.)

I love the multicultural aspect of New York. I can go to a neighborhood and experience the culture of people who live there. My favorite neighborhood is Brooklyn Heights and everything around it. Places like Brooklyn Bridge Park and small authentic brunch places and coffee shops around the area.

What are your best study tips?

My best study tip is to come up with a detailed study plan. Try to study and prepare in advance.

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

It is hard to choose just one person. I would like to mention the staff of the International Student Office. The staff is incredible. Every single question that I have is always answered and if I have any issues everyone is always there to help me. The staff is extremely professional and very knowledgeable about the issues that international students may encounter.

What’s next? Tell us how you envision life moving forward after CCNY.

I will continue to grow as a professional. Hopefully, one day I will be able to make a meaningful contribution to a field of computer science and community using technology.


Maribel Morua

North Academic
Center Room  1/107
160 Convent Avenue New York, NY 10031

p: 212.650.8106/8107
f: 212.650.5833
e:  oisss@ccny.cuny.edu