Pre-Arrival and Arrival Information

Welcome to North Central!

Greetings and welcome to the North Central College (NCC) family! As you begin your personal and educational exploration here, you will find a safe and welcoming environment that values the perspectives of differing backgrounds and viewpoints. We are excited that you have chosen NCC as the place for you to learn more about yourself, the world, and your role in it.

The Center for Global Education (CGE) is here to assist you in all aspects of your adjustment to living and studying in the United States. We can help you with questions about academics, immigration procedures and regulations, housing, employment, and community life. Make sure to take advantage of our International Student Handbook to prepare you for your upcoming experience at NCC. We also have an active International Club that organizes several events throughout the year in addition to those hosted by the CGE.

Chat with a Global Cardinal! 

O'Hare Terminal 5

Arrival to Campus

Housing and Meals

Academic Calendar

Health Insurance


International Engagement Opportunities 

International Club

Friendship Family Program

Clubs & Activities


Fall 2022

The Center for Global Education will notify all students if there are any changes to the arrival schedule due to COVID-19.  Travel safely!

Arrival Day - Unvaccinated Students: Thursday, August 11, 2022

*Unvaccinated students will be required to quarantine for 7 full days. North Central College will provide a space to quarantine and meals.  Students are expected to provide their own bedding, towels, toiletries, and any other items needed during the quarantine period.

Arrival Day - Vaccinated Students: Wednesday, August 17, 2022

*Students must self transport to campus on the day they arrive. 

Mandatory International Student Orientation:  August 18-19, 2022

* International Student Orientation will be conducted in-person.

Classes Begin: August 24, 2022.

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.  North Central has partnered with flywire to offer convenient international payment options for students with non-U.S. bank accounts.

    Once we receive your documentation, your I-20 will be sent to you with tips for paying your SEVIS fee and applying for your visa

    Welcome Week and International Student Orientation

    Fall 2022 Students

    You will receive a detailed schedule for International Student Orientation (August 18-19, 2022) via email and again when you arrive to campus on August 17th. Know that the Center for Global Education Team is hard at work this summer planning awesome activities and scheduling important sessions so that you are prepared and well-adjusted when classes begin!

    If you are curious about the Welcome Week schedule and all that NCC has planned, check out the Welcome Week page here.

    We look forward to welcoming you to the North Central community!