Prospective International Students

Prospective International Students

This page is designed to provide you with useful information so that you can make the best decision for you. If you have any questions, please contact us at international@siena.edu.


How to Apply

First-Year and Transfer Students

Siena College offers merit-based scholarships for both First-year and Transfer students. Siena College also accepts the CSS financial aid form to see if students qualify for additional Siena grants. Please fill out the CSS form and send it to international@siena.edu

1. Complete an Online Application

Freshmen (first year students)- Register and complete the Common Application or Siena Fast Forward Application

Transfer Students (if you have previously attended a college/university)- Register and complete the Siena College Transfer Application

Application Deadlines
Semester Deadline
Fall Semester November 15- Priority Consideration
Fall Semester February 15- Regular Admission
Spring Semester November 1

Any applications submitted after their deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

2. Submit Official Transcripts

Send all transcripts and school results from each secondary school and post-secondary school that you have attended. For more information on AP and IB credits, please click here.

  • Transcripts must be official, containing the seal of the school
  • Transcripts should be sent by a counselor, teacher, principal, head master, etc. in order to be considered official
  • If not already in English, transcripts need to be translated into English. Many students utilize World Education Services for translating transcripts.

3. Submit an Essay

Submit a personal essay of 1-2 pages describing your interest in Siena College and your goals for studying in the United States.

4. Submit one Letter of Recommendation

A letter of recommendation is required from a teacher, advisor, headmaster, or guidance counselor associated with your school who knows you personally and can comment on your academic and extracurricular activities. This letter must be signed and written in English. 

For Transfer students, please submit the Transfer Recommendation Form. Please have a counselor, teacher, headmaster, etc. fill out and submit the form.

5. Standardized Tests

  • The SAT and ACT are optional. Click here for more information on our test optional policy.

Non-Native English Speakers:

If you do not meet the above criteria but meet our academic requirements, you can receive a conditional letter of admission and attend one of our approved partner programs. Upon successful completion of the program, you will then be fully admitted to Siena College. Please email us at international@siena.edu for more information about our partner programs and conditional admission.

*If you have attended a secondary school where the language of instruction is English, you may not be required to take an exam of English proficiency.

**Students with a TOEFL between 65 and 78 or IELTS between 5.5 and 6.0 will take an English-language assessment upon arrival and may be placed in one or more credit-bearing ESOL courses.

Visiting, Exchange and Dual-Degree Students

Visiting and Exchange Students

Siena College encourages students from our distinguished partners to enroll as Visiting/Exchange Students. Qualified students spend one or two semesters at Siena while earning credits toward a degree at their home institution. Please see below for application requirements.

The following is a list of our international partners who may send students to study as exchange or visiting students at Siena College:

Radboud University, Netherlands
Universidad Franciscana, Mexico
FAE, Brazil
Universidade São Francisco, Brazil
San Buenaventura, Colombia
IEC, Germany

Dual-Degree Students

The following is a list of our international university partners who will be able to earn a Dual-Degree at Siena College:

CEFAM, France
FAE, Brazil
Universidade São Francisco, Brazil

Application Requirements

To be considered for admission to Siena College as a Visiting, Exchange or Dual-Degree Student, please submit the following materials:

1. Application

Complete and submit the Siena International Exchange Application

2. Recommendation Letter

Recommendation for Siena International Exchange - This letter may be written in English, Spanish, Portuguese or French.

3. Official Transcripts

  • Visiting/Exchange: Visiting/Exchange students may submit a scan or copy of their orginal transcript.
  • Dual-Degree: Dual-degree students must submit an official transcript, containing the seal of the school. If not already in English, many students utilize World Education Services for translating their transcript.

4. Proof of English Proficiency

Students must submit a minimum TOEFL score of 79 or IELTS score of 6.5

Tuition and Fees

Tuition & Fees

For more information regarding the cost of attendance at Siena College, please click here. Siena College offers merit-based scholarships and accepts the CSS financial aid form.

Siena College has partnered with Flywire to make the billing and payment process easier for international students. Flywire allows you to pay in your home currency and offers excellent exchange rates, which usually saves you money as compared to traditional banks. With Flywire, you can also track your payment and will receive an e-mail confirmation when your payment is received by Siena College. To see Flywire, please visit: siena.flywire.com

International Student Support Services

International Student Support Services

Services and Programs

At Siena, we provide international students with a welcoming and supportive environment. The friendly staff of the Center for International Programs will work one-on-one with you to ensure a successful and rewarding college experience. A few examples of our services include:

  • A dedicated international student advisor (Meg Verret, Assistant Director of International Programs)
  • First-year and Transfer orientation developed specifically for international students
  • Free airport, bus and train station pick up for new incoming students
  • Free shuttle service each weekend to multiple shopping centers
  • Assistance setting up bank and cell phone accounts
  • Guidance finding campus work positions
  • Help with work authorization and social security applicaitons
  • Immigration advising
  • Academic Tutoring
  • English-language support services
  • Writing Center

For a full list of support services available at Siena College, please click here

International Student Association

The International Student Association is a student-run group composed of both international and U.S. students. Events are designed to bring students from all over the world together for fun and friendship, and to fully experience American culture in the process. Just a few examples of past events include:

  • A welcome barbeque upon arrival
  • A tour of Albany
  • Day-trip to Boston
  • Siena Basketball Night
  • International movie night
  • International Food Festival
  • Thanksgiving dinner
  • Cultural Programming (i.e. Carnival Night)
  • International student graduation party

A small number of scholarships or grants may be available for academically qualified students.

Questions? Please contact Meg Verret,, Assistant Director for International Programs, at +1(518)786-5047.

Regional Information

Regional Information

Nestled between the Adirondack Mountains and scenic Hudson Valley, and only 2.5 hours from Boston and New York City, the Capital District offers a stunning landscape that provides the perfect backdrop for outdoor activities, including skiing, snowboarding, boating, hiking, biking, swimming and running. The region also boasts numerous parks, concert halls, theaters, museums and shopping venues.

Albany is also nationally recognized as #4 in the Midsize Metropolitan category for top job destination for college graduate. As a center of technology innovation and manufacturing, as well as New York State government, education and healthcare, the Capital District is home to numerous private and public organizations. In addition to providing internships, many of these companies actively recruit Siena graduates as top choice to work in their organizations.

Would you like to become a travel expert just like our current international students? Check out our Travel Tips and Information page!

Do you have additional questions about life in the Capital District? Contact international@siena.edu to learn even more.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Where is Siena College Located?

Siena College is located in the eastern part of New York right outside of Albany, the capital of New York State. Siena is a 2.5 hour train or bus ride to New York City and Boston and about 4 hours to Montreal, Canada. This means that you can arrive right to Albany International Airport or to one of the New York City airports and take a bus or train up to Albany where we will pick you up for orientation.

2. Do I have to take the TOEFL, IELTS or any other English Proficiency exams?

It depends! If you live in a country where the official language is English (i.e. England, Canada, Australia, etc.), then the answer is no. Also, if you are attending a school where the language of instruction is English, then the answer is also no. If you live in a country where the official language is not English and your secondary education was in a language other than English, then we require you to submit a TOEFL or IELTS exam.

Minimum TOEFL Score: 65
Minimum IELTS Score: 5.5*

*If you receive a TOEFL of 79 or higher or an IELTS Score of 6.5 or higher, then you will not take an English language assessment upon arriving to campus.

3. Does Siena College offer scholarships and financial aid for international students?

Yes! International students qualify for our merit-based scholarships which range from 10,000USD/year to 20,000USD/year.  Our merit-based scholarships are based on your average from high school as well as your SAT/ACT Score if you submit one- you can still qualify for our merit-based scholarships without an SAT/ACT. We also have scholarships for international transfer students that range from 7,000USD/year to 14,000USD/year.

We will also review you for additional need-based financial aid if you fill out and submit the CSS Profile by Collegeboard. To submit your CSS profile, please use code 2814.

4. Do I have to fill out a FAFSA?

No- as an international student, you do not qualify for federal financial aid, so you do not need to fill out a FAFSA. To see if you qualify for additional financial aid, please fill out the CSS Profile by Collegeboard and submit it to Siena using code 2814.

5. Do I have to get my transcript evaluated by WES or another credit evaluator?

It is not necessary to have your transcript evaluated by credential evaluation services organizations as that is done in house at Siena College. As a transfer student, we may ask you to submit a transcript evlauation (you may want to consider using WES  or ECE) in order to ensure that you are getting the transfer credit you deserve.

6. Can I receive credit for my IB, AP and A-level courses?

Yes you can! You will receive college credit for Advanced Placement Exams if you receive a score of 4 or 5. You can receive credit for receiving a score of 5 or better on the International Baccalaureate Higher Level Exams. A-level exams are reviewed by each department and you may receive college credit based on the grade you receive on your exams. 

For all exams, you must submit official scores to Siena prior to enrollment in order to receive credit. 

7. How can I send the required documents to Siena College?

You can have your documents sent via mail or email to Siena College.*

Mailing Address:   

Center for International Programs                                        

Siena College
515 Loudon Road
Loudonville, NY 12211

* Please note that documents are considered official (i.e. transcripts) only when they come from a counselor, teacher, principal, headmaster, etc.

8. How do I obtain a visa to enter the USA?

After submitting your deposit, the International Student Advisor, Meg Verret will begin communicating with you regarding the necessary documents for a Form I-20. You will use the Form I-20 you receive at your visa interview for your F-1 Student Visa.

9. Can I work when I arrive in the USA?

Your F-1 Student status permits you to work on-campus. You must maintain F-1 status to be eligible for this employment benefit; maintaining status means that you are full-time registered student in good academic standing with a valid I-20. When school is in session, you can work 20 hours per week. For more information click here.

10. Where will I live as a Siena student?

As a Siena student, you will live on campus for all 4 years, unless you apply as a commuter. There are a variety of dorm options and you can find more information here. You also have the option as you reach your Junior and Senior year to live in the Townhomes on campus.