Students from around the world enrich the educational experience of all students. In a typical year, Kishwaukee College has the honor of having approximately 20 to 30 students from other countries attend. Most of these students are attending under an F-1 Student Visa while others study under some other type of Visa.
Recent International Students Have Come From:
- Central and South American Countries
- The Ivory Coast
- The Philippines
- Saudi Arabia
- South Korea
About Kishwaukee College
Kishwaukee College is an accredited State of Illinois public community college that awards two-year associate degrees. These degrees prepare students to transfer to a college or university to complete bachelor's degrees.
The college is located in Malta, Illinois just six miles west of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois and 70 miles west of Chicago. Kishwaukee College is authorized by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) to enroll non-immigrant alien students.
Housing and Transportation
As a community college, Kishwaukee College does not have any on-campus housing for students. Most international students live in DeKalb, Illinois in apartments located around the Northern Illinois University campus. The DeKalb community offers a variety of restaurants, cultures, and activities, many of which are centered around the university.
Students who do not own a car travel to Kishwaukee College by bus. A bus schedule and bus pass will be available at the time of registration. A directory of apartments in DeKalb is also available from the Admissions, Registration, and Records office.
Kishwaukee College has an International Student Organization that helps support foreign students while enrolled at the college. This organization provides information to international students about the college and organizes trips to historic and recreational areas around northern Illinois and Chicago.
Admission Requirements for International Students
Kishwaukee College is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students. Applicants who are citizens of non-English speaking countries are eligible for admission to the College upon their completion and review of the following requirements:
- Complete and submit an online or paper New Student Information Form for admission to Kishwaukee College with a non-refundable $15 processing fee.
- Make arrangements to send or request official copies of your academic records, both high school and college, must be translated into English prior to it being sent to the College. Evaluations can be performed by one of the following accredited organizations: ECE (www.ece.org), ACEI (www.acei-global.org) or WES (www.wes.org).
- Applicants from non-English speaking countries must provide proof of written and oral English competency by submitting official copies of scores from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). Kishwaukee College requires a score of 500 on the paper version of the TOEFL (computer-based = 173; internet-based = 61). Alternative options for non-English applicants for admissions would be the successful completion of an intensive English training program at any of the following locations: Northern Illinois University, ESL Center, phone: 815-753-4600, Internexus English Language Center, Rockford, IL, phone: 815-226-4114, ELS Language Center, River Forest, IL, phone: 708-448-5010. Applicants who attend one of these centers to gain English proficiency, upon completion, must provide evidence of English proficiency at level 109 or above to be considered for admission to Kishwaukee College.
- In addition with the other required documents, all applicants must submit an International Student Statement of Finances to demonstrate that you have adequate financial resources to meet your educational expenses. Kishwaukee College requires that all F-1 visa status applicants submit evidence of adequate financial support to cover costs of attendance for at least one full year of studies. This support may be provided through any combination of personal or sponsored funds.
If supported by personal and/or family funds, submit signed International Student Statement of Finances and original bank statement reflecting an available bank balance equal to or greater than $29,000 for Fall 2015-Spring 2016. Personal bank and sponsor letters should be signed or stamped by the sponsor/bank official and can be sent by mail, fax, or email. These documents cannot be older than ninety (90) days from the initial term start date. Financial materials sent to Kishwaukee College will not be returned. Students should not expect to be able to find a job off campus and are not eligible for grants or scholarships.
- All international students who are transferring from a College or University, within the United States, must have the International Transfer to Kishwaukee College form completed by the institution last attended. This form is required to be completed as a part of the enrollment procedure.
You can mail a completed application, official transcripts, language test scores, bank statement and proof of support to:
Admission, Registration and Records Office
c/o Records Analyst
21193 Malta Rd.
Malta, IL 60150-9699
- Once students receive their I-20 from Kishwaukee College, they must obtain an I-901 form and pay the SEVIS fee at www.ice.gov/sevis prior to embassy appointment to obtain a student visa.
- To enter the country you must have a valid passport and your current I-20. You will receive an I-94 card upon your arrival.
- If you are a transfer student from a college, university or language center, you must also present a copy of your current passport, I-20 and I-94 documentation. A Kishwaukee College I-20 will not be issued until all forms have been received and evaluated.
- If you need an I-20 sent by Federal Express, you must pay the cost. Kishwaukee College cannot be responsible for paying this expense.
- The New Student Information Form and all required materials must be completed and received in the Admissions office by the following deadlines:
- Fall Semester (beginning in August) - June 15th
- Spring Semester (beginning in January) - November 15th
- Transfer students or F-1 Students already in the United States have until July 1st or December 1st.
Any international student must register for a minimum of 12 semester hours credit each semester.
The 2014-2015 tuition rate for international students holding F-1 visas is $473.00 per semester hour. There are additional charges for registration and course fees.
Citizens of foreign countries who are currently attending another U.S. college or university and wish to transfer to Kishwaukee College will be required to submit evidence of proficiency in English (former TOEFL scores or other earned English proficiency test scores and transcripts of English grades earned at other U.S. colleges or universities). In addition, students wishing to transfer to Kishwaukee from another U.S. college are required to arrange an interview with the International Student Advisor at least one month prior to the semester in which they wish to enroll. Students wishing to arrange such an interview should contact the Office of the International Student Advisor, Kishwaukee College, 21193 Malta Road, Malta, Illinois 60150; Telephone: 815-825-2086, ext. 2450.
Final approval for admission of international students rests with the Office of the Vice President of Student Services. Questions on the International Student status? Contact the Admissions, Registration and Records Office
Phone: 815-825-2086, ext. 2740