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259 Adams Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Melany Chavez Ordonez
Student Life International Student Advisor


Room: Office G516 and G510

Phone: 718-260-5391

International Students Resources

Currency Exchange

XE Currency Exchange Rates


Banking services and fees vary from bank to bank. It is important that you research different banks in your area to meet your individual needs. In some cases, banks may require you to provide documentation to open up an account. Some of this documentation may include the following:

  • Proof of Identification (Unexpired Passport)
  • Proof of Address (Utility Bills, Apartment Contract…)
  • Electronic Printout of I-94
  • I-20 or DS-2019
  • Letter from the current school/School ID
  • Social Security Card

Questions to Ask When Deciding on a Bank:

  • Does the bank provide any special student accounts?
  • What are the monthly fees?
  • Is there a minimum balance needed to maintain the account?
  • Does the bank charge any extra fees for the use of ATMs that are not their own?

Also consider:

  • Debit Cards and Credit Cards
  • Credit History, Credit Rating and Credit Checks
  • Tipping Guide


IRS Information for Foreign Students and Scholars

Helpful Video on Tax Preparation

Applying for a Social Security Number

International Students And Social Security Numbers

Applying for a NYS ID

New York State Department of Motor Vehicles

SEVP - Applying for a Driver’s License/State Identification Card

Medical Insurance

Insurance for International Students

Student Resources

Current Students

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

Education USA

J-1 Program Overview

Visa Denials