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Paralegal Studies


International Students

Queens College/PCS Paralegal Program welcomes students from all over the world.
For international students, this full-time, 20–hour-per-week program meets the requirements for an I-20 certificate of eligibility and allows students to apply for an F-1 student visa.
We offer two options: 1-Paralegal Program Direct and 2-Joint Program (Paralegal Program and ESL).

  • F-I student visas can be issued only to paralegal students enrolled in the full-time Accelerated Day Program. Part-time programs do not qualify.
  • Students must apply to the paralegal program first and get accepted before applying for an F-1 visa.

    Option 1: Paralegal Program Direct – English Proficiency met

    STEP 1:
    Applications for admission include the following items:

    *A completed paralegal application with a nonrefundable $60 application fee.
    *Credentials translated and evaluated on a course-by-course basis to confirm a minimum of 60 US credits, of which 18 must be in liberal arts subjects spread over three different disciplines. Contact wes.org or aacrao.org for evaluations (agencies charge a separate fee).
    *TOEFL score required. Minimums as follows:
    Internet-based total 61
    Computer-based total 173
    Paper-based total 500

    Click here for application

    **If you fall below this language requirement, see Option 2.

    STEP 2:

    *After acceptance into the paralegal program, click here for the Application for Full-Time International Students (I-20 Form).
    Contact inga.mezale@qc.cuny.edu or call 718-997-5718 for further information.
    *You will be notified within one to two weeks after your application has been received whether you have been accepted. We will EXPRESS MAIL your official I-20 Immigration and Naturalization Certificate of Eligibility and your notice of admission.

    You must present our I-20 and financial documentation to the American consular officer when you apply for your student visa. Once you arrive in the United States, you must register at the PCS office in person and pay the semester's tuition in full, plus the nonrefundable registration fee. Please note: We cannot accept tuition through the mail, nor do we accept electronic transfers.

    Estimated expenses for Paralegal Accelerated Day Program (based on 6 months).
    Note: Expenses are subject to change.
    Tuition: $5,820.00
    Books:

    $1,000.00

    Living expenses: $8,700.00
    TOTAL: $15,520.00

    Option 2: Joint Program: Paralegal Program and ESL

    International students who meet all of the academic credentials, but whose English language proficiency is not sufficient for the Paralegal Program, may enter the Joint Program by taking up to a year of English language training at the English Language Institute and then continuing on to the paralegal program.

    STEP 1:
    Applications for admission include the following items:

    *A completed paralegal application with a nonrefundable $60 application fee.
    *Credentials translated and evaluated on a course-by-course basis to confirm a minimum of 60 US credits, of which 18 must be in liberal arts subjects spread over three different disciplines.
    Contact wes.org or aacrao.org for evaluations (agencies charge a separate fee).

    Click here for
    application

    STEP 2:

    *After provisional acceptance into the paralegal program, click here for the Application for the Full-Time International Students (I-20 Form). Contact inga.mezale@qc.cuny.edu or call 718-997-5718 for further information.
    *You will be notified within one to two weeks after your application has been received whether you have been accepted. We will EXPRESS MAIL your official I-20 Immigration and Naturalization Certificate of Eligibility and your notice of admission.

    You must present our I-20 and financial documentation to the American consular officer when you apply for your student visa. Once you arrive in the United States, you must register at the ELI office in person and pay the semester's tuition in full, plus the nonrefundable registration fee. Please note: We cannot accept tuition through the mail, nor do we accept electronic transfers.

    Estimated expenses for ESL (based on one year).
    Note: Expenses are subject to change.
    Tuition and fees for two semesters
    $5,400
    Living expenses for one year
    $15,548

    Books

    $300
    Total
    $21,248
     
     
    Spouse: add
    $7,500
    Child: add
    $5,000

    STEP 3:
    Attend the English Language Institute.

    STEP 4:
    Upon reaching English proficiency by passing the ELI examination along with a certificate of attendance, students then register for the Paralegal Day Accelerated Program.
    *See Option 1 for additional 6-month expenses.
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    Sharon Shulman, Esq.
    Program Director, Paralegal Studies

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