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International Student Information

Are you an International student interested in registering for an online course(s) or degree program?
We've created this section to help answer some of the most frequently asked questions.

1. How do I enroll in an online course(s)?

International students who would like to register for a course(s) as a non-matriculated student (one who is not enrolled in a degree program) can register for courses three different ways:

  • By Advisement: Call (518) 629-7338 or e-mail coned@hvcc.edu to speak with an academic advisor. We will help you make the right choices.

  • By Phone: Call (518) 629-4560 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Advisement is not available. You will need to know the course title and CRN (course registration number) to register by phone.

  • Online: Click here to register yourself via the Web site. You will need an AVN (advisement verification number) to register. Please call our office at (518) 629-7338 or e-mail us at coned@hvcc.edu for an AVN.

2. How do I apply for an online degree program?

International students should request application forms well in advance of the time they plan to attend Hudson Valley Community College; this will allow for the exchange of correspondence and the evaluation of necessary documents. International students must present a translated, notarized copy of their academic credentials when they apply for admittance to the college.

Students who are applying to enter into a degree program must display proficiency in English and are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum TOEFL score of 500 is required on the paper-based test, and a minimum score of 173 is required for the computer-based test to gain admittance to the college. An Advanced Placement International English Exam (APIEL) with a minimum score of "3" will be accepted in place of the TOEFL.

To request an application packet, e-mail International Student Advisor Jay Deitchman at j.deitchman@hvcc.edu, or download an application packet using the following link: International Student Admissions Application

3. Am I required to take the TOEFL Exam?

International students who are applying to enter into a degree program must display proficiency in English and are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum TOEFL score of 500 is required on the paper-based test, and a minimum score of 173 is required for the computer-based test to gain admittance to the college. An Advanced Placement International English Exam (APIEL) with a minimum score of "3" will be accepted in place of the TOEFL.

International students who wish to take individual courses without enrolling in a degree program are not required to take the TOEFL Exam. It is strongly suggested that you display the same level of proficiency in English as those applying to enter into a degree program to ensure you receive the maximum educational benefits to your academic coursework.

4. Do I have to take the Hudson Valley Community College's Placement Test?

International students who enroll in an online degree program may be waived from the Placement Test. This decision is made on an individual basis and is at the discretion of the coordinator of placement testing. In this case, academic advisors will work with students on an individual basis to assess proficiencies in the basic skill areas: writing, reading, and mathematics. Students will work collaboratively with their advisors to schedule their first semester classes based on high school and college transcripts combined with any additional information provided by students.

International students who are interested in taking a placement test are encouraged to call or e-mail the Placement Testing Office to discuss possible options.

If you have questions about Placement Testing, please e-mail testing@hvcc.edu or call (518) 629-7255.

5. Am I required to submit immunization records?

International students who register for online courses with no on-campus requirements and who will not be coming to the campus because they live outside of the area will be waived from college immunization requirements.

6. What kind of support services can I expect as an online student?

The college offers a variety of support services for all online students, including services through the Learning Assistance Center (LAC) and the Library.

7. Do I have to come to campus to complete any course requirements?

Although most course work can be done from home, some courses may have required labs or other on-campus meetings. A few courses may also have mid-terms or finals on campus. See the chart below to identify which course sections are offered entirely online, have proctored exam requirements, or have on campus meetings. As an International student, it is recommended that you not register for courses with on campus meetings.

Instructional Method:

Description:

Section Number:

Online: Blackboard

Offered in a Web-based format delivered entirely through the Internet.

300-319, 420-429, 620-629, 820-829, 920-929

Online: Blackboard

Offered in a Web-based format delivered entirely through the Internet. These sections also have proctored exam requirements.

320-329, 630-639, 830-839, 930-939

Presentation/Exam On Campus

Offered in a Web-based format through the Internet. These courses also have limited meetings on campus (finals, presentations, specialized software).

340-349, 650-659, 850-859, 950-959

Hybrid

Offered as a hybrid course, which include a combined structure of required on-campus classroom contact and instruction that is delivered via a Web-based format.

360-369, 670-679, 870-879, 970-979

8. How do I order textbooks?

Click here for information about how to order textbooks for your online course(s).

9. How much does it cost to take an online course(s) or enroll in an online degree program?

The current tuition rate for online learning international students is the same as tuition for in-state residents (see Tuition and Fees). All online learning students will also be charged the mandatory Technology Fee. This rate is for international students that are residing and taking the course(s) from outside the United States.

For more information about online learning, contact Sue Gallagher, distance learning director, at (518) 629-7070 or e-mail dlhelp@hvcc.edu.

For more information about international student services, contact Jay Deitchman, international student advisor, at (518) 629-7567 or e-mail j.deitchman@hvcc.edu.