Students at SCA

As an international student, you bring new perspective to an already diverse college community. While U.S. industries and job opportunities expand, the demand for talented individuals with your diverse background will continue to grow.

Beyond providing you with a first-class education, Sage will enhance your personal growth. In small classes, you will learn from practicing researchers, authors, and Fulbright scholars who offer the individualized attention you need to succeed as a student in the U.S. If you have questions or would like helpful information regarding the United States Education System, understanding what is needed to obtain an I-20, applying for an F-1 student visa, or maintaining your status, please visit Study in the States or Education USA.

You should apply as an international student if you:

  • Wish to study in the U.S. under a student visa (F-1). Those with valid B-1 or B-2 visas, must change their status to F-1, or:
  • Currently hold an F-1, F-2, J-1, or J-2 visa

Application Procedures for International Students

How to apply:

  1. Complete an application using our convenient online application or via the Common App
  2. Send us your official transcripts(s). If your language of instruction is not English, the transcripts must be evaluated. Visit or to see acceptable evaluation services.
  3. English proficiency minimum scores accepted (required if your language of instruction is not English):
    • TOEFL (Internet-based) 85+
    • IELTS 6.5+
  4. Personal essay (You may choose your topic. Many international students write about why they desire to study in the U.S. or why they want to come to Sage.)
  5. All application and I-20 eligibility materials must be submitted by:
    • June 1st for fall semester start
    • November 1st for spring semester start

Applying for your F-1 student visa:

  1. Receive an acceptance letter from The Sage Colleges Office of Admission
  2. Submit the International Student Financial Form
    • You will need to indicate the finances available to cover the cost of attendance for one academic year (cost of attendance varies and changes per year)
    • This form must be accompanied by proof of funding and/or sponsorship
  3. A copy of your current passport
  4. Submit your enrollment deposit
  5. Receive your I-20 from The Sage Colleges
  6. Pay the SEVIS fee and complete the Visa Application
  7. Schedule and prepare for your interview with the closest U.S. embassy or consulate
    • For interview preparation, please visit this link

All application materials should be sent by mail or email. For more information, contact us:
[email protected]

The Sage Colleges
Office of Admission
140 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208, United States of America

Phone 001.518.292.1730
Fax 001.518.292.1912