Admitted International Students
Congratulations on your offer of admission!
In order to accept your offer, you will need to:
- Pay your tuition deposit ($100).
- Pay your housing deposit ($100) and submit your Housing Application (if you will live on campus).
Deposits can be paid by cash, check made out to North Central College, wire transfer or credit card using the Credit Card Payment Authorization Form. Contact your admission counselor with any questions.
Students entering in Winter (January) 2015 should submit a Course Request List to their admission counselor. The course schedule for 2014-2015 is available on our website on Merlin. Download a Freshman Registration Guide or Transfer Registration Guide for information about how to choose classes. Please submit your course request list as soon as possible, as classes do fill. Students entering in Fall (September) will receive information about choosing classes in May 2015.
Make arrangements to have your official final transcripts, including any current course work, sent to North Central before your first term at North Central begins.
If you have submitted your housing deposit and completed Housing Application & Roommate Questionnaire, you will be notified of your placement in December (Winter starts) or July/August (Fall starts) once housing has been finalized. Contact your roommate/s! Getting in contact before you arrive helps make your first days on campus much easier! For detailed information about what to pack for arrival and check-in, meal plans, the residence hall calendar and more, check out our International Transfer Housing Packet or our International Freshman Housing Packet.
Think about what meal plan you will choose at orientation. All meal plans cost the same - but you can find information about the different options here.
Medical History and Immunization Records
Get any necessary immunizations and complete your Medical History and Immunization Form for North Central's Wellness Center. You will need your college id number to complete the forms. Call the Wellness Center with any questions, +1-630-637-5550.
Note: Please be aware the State of Illinois has very specific immunization requirements as outlined in the medical forms. If these requirements are not met, you will not be able to register for your second term classes. Please contact Megan Otermat with any questions about these requirements. Although you can get missing immunizations after arriving at North Central, it is usually MUCH less expensive for you to get the required immunizations before you leave home.
- Purchase insurance for all months you will be in the U.S. Use the address: North Central College, 30 North Brainard Street CM#276, Naperville, IL 60540. Blanks asking for ID numbers can be left blank. Print and bring your receipt and medical card to orientation.
International student athletes who will be participating in intercollegiate sports will need to submit additional medical forms and purchase an additional insurance policy as well. Contact your coach for details. Let your admission counselor know if you are interested in participating in any athletics or other student activities on campus, so you can arrange to start practice or rehearsal on time.
Arrival and Airport Pick-Up
Arrange for your flight to arrive at Chicago O'Hare International Airport on Friday, January 2, 2015 for Winter (January) Entry, and provide your Admission Counselor with your flight details no later than Monday, December 29th, so the Office of International Programs staff can meet you at the airport and bring you to campus (students who will be living on-campus).
Students arriving on other dates may need to arrange their own transportation to campus. Please be aware that F-1 visa regulations do not allow for arrival in the U.S. more than 30 days prior to the first day of classes; this means students arriving in the U.S. to start classes on January 5, 2015 cannot enter the U.S. in F-1 status until Sunday, December 7, 2015. Students arriving in the U.S. to start classes on September 14, 2015 cannot enter the U.S. in F-1 status until Sunday, August 16, 2015.
Due to recent changes in U.S. regulations, please be sure to book your flights to allow at least three (3) hours between connecting flights if your first entry to the U.S. will be at an airport other than Chicago O'Hare. (An example of this would be if you were to fly into Miami or Los Angeles to change planes before flying to Chicago.) You will have to go through immigration and customs when you first land in the U.S. Allowing less than three hours between flights could mean that you miss your connecting flight in the case of delays going through immigration.
Paying Tuition and Fees
Consider how you plan to pay your first term tuition. Your electronic invoice will be available to you in your Merlin account; as part of our efforts to be environmentally friendly, North Central does not issue paper invoices. There is a three-week payment grace period for all international students in their first term, to allow sufficient time for wire transfers to clear, etc.
Applying for an F-1 Student Visa
If you will need an F-1 student visa to study at North Central, please submit the following as soon as possible to ensure an I-20 form (Visa Eligibility Document) can be issued:
- Documentation of sufficient financial resources. This includes:
- A completed and signed Declaration of Finances & Affidavit of Support. For students entering in Fall (September) 2015, the 2015-2016 form will be available in January 2015.
- A Bank Letter for each sponsor that includes an original signature on bank letterhead with the bank's contact information. It must be dated within the past six months and include the name of the account holder and the amount in the account. It must also specify the type of account (e.g., savings, checking, time deposit, etc.) and the currency. Please be sure the amount in the account is at least equal to the amount pledged to the student by the sponsor, and that the account is in the sponsor's name. North Central accepts original letters or color scans of original letters. For a sample bank letter format, click here.
- A color copy of your passport identification page.
- A Transfer Verification Form and copies of your current I-20 form and I-94 record, if you are currently in the U.S. in F-1 status.
Welcome Week and International Student Orientation
Required International Student Orientation is scheduled to start:
on Saturday, January 3, 2015 (Winter)
on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 (Fall)
During Orientation, you will have the chance to get your student ID, tour campus, meet with your faculty advisor, open a bank account, visit a local store (to purchase items you just couldn't fit into your suitcase), participate in social events, and much more. In the weeks prior to arrival, you will receive more information about what the Office of International Programs has prepared for you.
Please note that international student orientation is required for all new international students - even those who have attended another U.S. institution in the past. Plan to be on campus on Saturday, January 3, 2015 (Winter) or Wednesday, September 9th through Friday, September 11th (Fall). (Weekend events scheduled for September 12th -13th are optional - but most students choose to participate in these as well).