Each year the Center for Global Education welcomes students from overseas institutions to complete one to two semesters of academic study at North Central College. Exchange students have the opportunity to participate in campus life and be immersed in American culture. Please see the information below regarding visa information specific to exchange students, as well as a list of our global partners. 

Exchange Student J-1 Visa Information

The DS-2019 form is used to obtain a J-1 visa and must be in the possession of the student at the time of entry into the U.S. The student must also pay the I-901 fee prior to applying for the visa. To pay the I-901 fee, go to the U.S. Immigration and Customs website. The DS-2019 form is dated for the academic semester(s) the student plans to attend. Students may enter the U.S. up to 30 days before the start date listed on this form and may stay up to 30 days following the expiration date of the DS-2019.

Maintenance of J-1 Status:

SEVIS Validation

  • An exchange student's SEVIS record must be Validated no later than 30 days after the program start date. All students are required to report to the Associate Director, International Student Services and Engagement within the first week of classes at the beginning of every fall term.

Maintain required documents

  • Exchange students are at all times expected to maintain a:
    • Valid DS-2019
    • Valid passport
    • I-94 marked D/S (As of April 30, 2013 Chicago O'Hare international airport will no longer issue a paper form I-94. New students will be advised on how to print their I-94 record during orientation.)

Duration of status

  • D/S stands for "duration of status" and refers to the program period listed at item 3 on the Form DS-2019. The definition of J-1 "duration of status" is the period specified on the Form DS-2019 "plus a period of 30 days for the purpose of travel and departure from the USA".

Engage in appropriate activities

  • A student is expected to carry a full-time course of study (12-15 credit hours per semester) and maintain "good" academic standing. No student may drop under the full course load requirement under any circumstances unless otherwise advised by the Associate Director, International Student Services and Engagement. Exchange students may not count online courses towards their fulltime requirement.

Be employed only with authorization

  • Unauthorized employment is a violation of program status. An exchange student's participation is subject to termination when he or she engages in unauthorized employment. Exchange students are not allowed to take any part in any off-campus employment. Students can seek guidance from the Associate Director, International Student Services and Engagement regarding on-campus employment opportunities. Exchange students may work up to 20 hours per week during the academic year. Government sponsored students are not allowed to work on campus as mandated by their program.

Carry health insurance

  • Every exchange student is required to purchase health insurance through GeoBlue regardless of whether or not they have coverage in their home country. This insurance must be maintained throughout the entire program participation period.

Passport Renewal - Your passport must be kept valid for a minimum period of 6 months into the future.

Use this link for additional Immigration Resources.

Global Partners

  • Australia - La Trobe University in Melbourne
  • England - University of Birmingham
  • England - University of Leicester
  • England- Canterbury Christ Church University
  • France - Université Catholique de Lille
  • France - Université Catholique de L'Ouest in Angers
  • Germany - University of Erfurt
  • Greece - DEREE (The American College of Greece in Athens)
  • Japan - Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo
  • Japan - Iwate University
  • Japan - Kanda University of International Studies in Chiba
  • Japan - Kyoto Gakuen University in Kameoka
  • Japan - Nagoya Gakuin University in Nagoya
  • Northern Ireland - Study USA (British Exchange Initiative)
  • South Korea - Yonsei University in Seoul
  • Spain - Pablo de Olavide University in Seville
  • Sweden - Linnaeus University in Vaxjo and Kalmar
  • Taiwan - Tunghai University in Taichung