How to Apply

Welcome International Students!

Come Study at CNM

As the largest community college in New Mexico, CNM brings students from around the world to study in Albuquerque. By working together to make Albuquerque an increasingly global city, we can enrich lives and build new connections, skills, and opportunities for students and for our community.

Visit EducationUSA to find out more about studying in the United States.

The deadline for application for the Fall 2018 term was June 1, 2018. The Spring 2019 application will be available after July 6th, 2018. The deadline for application to the Spring 2019 term will be November 1, 2018.



1. Complete an Online International Student Application

Online International Student Application

CNM offers three admissions applications to meet the needs of your educational intent and status in the United States. Feel free to email  or  if you need assistance deciding which application is for you.

International New Students

If you will require an F-1 visa to study in the United States, please choose the International New Student Application.

International Transfer Students

If you currently have an F-1 or M-1 visa to study in the United States and are interested in transferring your visa to CNM full-time, please choose the International Transfer Student Application.

International Students who are Concurrently Enrolled at Other US institutions

If you currently have an F-1 or M-1 visa to study in the United States and are interested in taking only one or two courses at CNM, please choose the International Concurrent Student Application and inform your home institution.

Dependents in the United States on an F-2 visa may also apply using the International Concurrent Student application.

If you have any visa type other than F or M, please contact 

2. Pay Non-refundable Application Fee ($75)

Pay by phone at (505) 224-3471.

Pay online.


3. Send Academic Records 

Send the transcripts and/or the diploma you received from the high school and college (if any) that you attended. If you would like credit for prior coursework, those transcripts must be translated and course-by-course evaluated through a NACES approved company and sent directly to CNM. Verifications times vary. Send transcripts to a NACES company early. This has to be done prior to submitting your transcripts to the Records Office. There is a fee for services sought through NACES, for which you will be responsible.

If your former school(s) prefer to mail your official transcripts, they may be sent in a signed, sealed envelope to:

Central New Mexico Community College
Admissions Office
525 Buena Vista Drive SE
Albuquerque, NM  87106

Your former school(s) may also email transcripts to:

Hello - English
4. Verify English Proficiency

Take one of the following English exams and have the scores sent to CNM:

TOEFL (you must achieve a minimum score of 61) School ID: B444
IELTS (you must achieve a minimum score of 6.0+)
CEFR (you must achieve a minimum score of B2)

Please note that we will not accept TOEFL scores older than 2 years.

Only after you are accepted to CNM may you begin the visa application process.

If you have taken the SAT or ACT, please also submit these test results to, as it will help your advisor recommend the best course levels for you.

World Guy

Provide Supporting Documents for I-20

Once you are accepted to CNM, you will be prompted to provide:

Then, 1. Register with eShip Global so that you may have your I-20 and acceptance letter mailed to you. 

If you have documents at the Global Education Office which you are not able to collect in person, we can send your documents by express mail. Your credit card will be charged upon requesting the service.

  1. Access the secure website
  2. Create an account.
  3. Select Central New Mexico Community College as your school.
  4. Enter your mailing address.
  5. In the Reference/Comments field you must specify what document you are requesting to be mailed (For example, Initial I-20, USCIS Mail, Reprinted I-20, etc).
  6. Review your address and payment information. Errors in the information submitted will delay the shipping of your I-20.
  7. Place your order.

2. Complete an online Visa Application

  • Pay SEVIS I-901 Fee and print the receipt
  • Schedule an appointment with your nearest US Consulate
  • Go to your visa appointment and bring all documents your consulate requires

3. Notify your adviser at CNM that your visa has been approved.

More information about the student visa application process.

Guidelines for Submitting Proof of Financial Support

The U.S. government requires that all international applicants provide proof of ability to pay tuition and living expenses for themselves and their dependents (if applicable) before an I-20 can be issued.

All Financial Documents Must Have:

  • Current date (no earlier than 6 months before the start of your first term)
  • Account holder’s name
    • Documents for banks, scholarships, etc. must be on official letterhead and include signature/stamp of an administrative officer or official
  • Must state the available final balance/total scholarship amount
  • Certified, professional translations for all financial documents not issued in English
  • If account holder is someone other than student, include Sponsorship letter OR Affidavit of Support. The letter must state the account holder’s and student’s name, current date, and relationship between student and sponsor.

Types of Financial Support that are Normally Accepted*

  • Bank letters/statements from savings and checking accounts (if a monthly bank statement is provided, only the closing balance of the most recent date will be counted)
  • Funds in investment accounts
  • Approved educational loans
  • Employer and government sponsorships/scholarships

Types of Financial Support that are NOT Accepted*

  • Tax returns
  • Salary/Payroll statements
  • Chartered Accountant portfolio
  • Pending or provisional educational loans or scholarship documents
  • Retirement funds, pension, life insurance policies
  • Investments in fixed assets such as property, mortgages, automobiles, etc.

 *These are the most commonly submitted documents. The Global Education Office will make the final determination as to what constitutes an acceptable financial statement.