International Students

International Undergraduate Applicants

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International Student Application Process

Learn all you need to know about how to apply to earn your Bachelor's Degree at North Central. 

International Students - How to Apply

Admitted International Students

Congratulations! Learn how to pay your deposit, choose classes, apply for your visa, make travel arrangements, get connected, and attend orientation.

Information for Admitted International Students

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International Undergraduate Scholarships

International Student Scholarships

Affordability is an important part of choosing where to continue your education. North Central is pleased to offer a variety of scholarships for international undergraduate students.

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International Student Services & Engagement

North Central's Center for Global Education offers ongoing support in areas like academics, immigration procedures and regulations, housing, campus employment and community life.

Tuition and F-1 Visa Information

Tuition and F-1 Visa Information

The F-1 student visa is designed for international students who plan to enroll in a full-time course of study. Learn how to document your financial support.

English Language Institute

English Language Institute at North Central

North Central's English Language Institute offers year-round intensive English programming to prepare students for degree study. Conditional admission and summer programs are also available.

A Location That Offers the Best of Both Worlds

Explore Naperville

North Central is a nationally-recognized liberal arts university near Chicago, Illinois. Learn more in our international brochure or our international quick-facts sheet.

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Walk to downtown Naperville and to the train—and be in Chicago in about 30 minutes.

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Be part of an active international community, supported by the award-winning Center for Global Education, where your perspective is valued and connect with a local Friendship Family and a student mentor at orientation.

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Conduct hands-on research and participate in national conferences and be considered for international scholarships of up to $29,000 per year.

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Transition easily from the on-campus English Language Institute into your degree program.

Where is North Central?

Naperville, Illinois is a safe, friendly city of 150,000 ranked as one of the "best places to live" in the United States by Money Magazine. North Central's beautiful 68-acre residential campus is just a two-minute walk from downtown's stores, banks, restaurants, parks and coffee shops. Easily reached by car, train or airplane, Naperville is just 45 kilometers from downtown Chicago (30 minutes by train) and only 30 minutes from Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

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Explore Chicago

Home to three million people from around the world, Chicago offers practically unlimited cultural opportunities - from world-renowned museums and theaters to annual events like the Chicago Jazz Festival. Students can participate in Chicago Term courses and internships as well as outings to Chicago's neighborhoods, sporting events, festivals and theaters. 


International Undergraduate Application

Admission Timeline

North Central makes admission decisions on a rolling basis starting on October 1 for the next academic year. While there is no set deadline, we recommend the following priority deadlines for full consideration and to allow time for visa processing:

  • May 1 - for the semester beginning in August
  • October 1 - for the semester beginning in January. 

Our academic year calendar consists of two semesters, and you can start your program in August or January. Most new students begin in August.  

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Application form

Choose one of the following options:

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Official Transcript(s)

All Applicants: Official high school transcripts/records and certification of graduation. These should include all grades earned in the most recent three (3) academic years.

We only accept electronic transcripts that are sent directly to North Central College by the issuing institution through the following sources:
Credentials eScrip-Safe
National Student Clearinghouse
Parchment (formerly Docufide/Avow)

If your school or Ministry of Education does not use any of these sources, you will need to request they send an official transcript in a sealed envelope via postal mail to our office at:

North Central College
Office of Admission
30 North Brainard St.
Naperville, Illinois 60540

Transfer Applicants

Applicants who have attended university-level classes should also submit official transcripts/mark sheets for all university-level course work. Course descriptions are also required for any university-level courses taken at institutions located outside of the U.S.

  • Click here for a Transcript Request Form.
  • Please noteNorth Central does not consider emailed transcripts to be official transcripts.
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English Proficiency

Applicants must demonstrate English proficiency in one of the following ways:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): North Central requires an official TOEFL score of at least 79 (Internet-based test) or 550 (paper-based test).  (Our institution code: 1555)
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): North Central also accepts official IELTS overall scores of 6.5 with sub-scores of 6.0 or higher.
  • ACT or SAT: Students may also submit official SAT or ACT scores in place of the TOEFL.
    • Most successful applicants choosing this option have earned at least a 500 on the EBRW section of the SAT or at least a 19 on the English section of the ACT. 
    • Our institution codes are: 1555 (SAT) and 1096 (ACT).
  • EIKEN - Students may submit official EIKEN results with a minimum Grade Pre-1.
  • Successful completion of the Advanced Level of North Central College's full-time English Language Institute (ELI)
  • Transfer Students: Students applying for transfer from a U.S. college or university who have completed English composition courses with grades of C or higher are considered to have met the English proficiency requirement.

Conditional Admission Option

Students who meet all academic requirements for admission but do not have the required level of English proficiency may be considered for conditional admission and enroll in North Central's English Language Institute. Simply:

  • Complete the free online undergraduate application and mark that you would like to be considered for conditional admission
  • Submit official transcripts, and:
  • Submit a $100 English Language Institute deposit using the Credit Card Payment Authorization Form or flywire.
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Optional Documents

(Not Required)

  • A personal statement (1-2 pages) describing your degree and career plans and how North Central can help you achieve them. This can be mailed with your application or emailed to International Admissions. (Be sure to include your complete name and the semester for which you are applying.)
  • One letter of recommendation from a teacher or instructor.

Once your application is complete, we can review your file and let you know your admission status and scholarship eligibility within approximately two weeks.

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Visa Information

Students who will need an F-1 student visa to study at North Central will also need to submit:

  • A 2021-2022 Declaration of Finances & Affidavit of Support Form.
  • bank letter certifying the amount of funding available for the first year of studies. Here's a sample bank letter format.
  • Transfer Verification Form only if transferring from another U.S. institution in F-1 student status.

Please Note: All admissions documents become a part of a student's official file and cannot be returned to the applicant or forwarded to another institution.

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Additional Resources

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