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Elgin Community College

1700 Spartan Drive
Elgin, IL 60123-7193



International Admissions:

Elgin Community College is committed to diversity and welcomes applications from students outside the United States who are interested in furthering their education. Please allow ample time for application processing. Once all documents are received and verified, the turnaround time for an acceptance decision is seven (7) business days. Please apply to the college in a timely fashion to allow for visa processing.

Initial (New) & Transfer Students

If you are applying from outside the U.S. as an initial (new) international student or as a transfer student, please submit the following:

  1. International Student Application: English

    • Complete all required fields and sign the last page. 

    • Include the address, if known, where you will reside while attending ECC. If you are participating in the International Student Homestay Program, leave the address blank.

  2. International Student Financial Agreement

  3. Non-Refundable $50 Processing Fee

    • Submit cash or a check/money order payable to Elgin Community College.

  4. Evidence of Financial Support 

    • All prospective F-1 students must submit financial documentation certifying access to funding for the duration of their studies pursuant to 8 CFR § 214.2.

    • Students must submit an English language, official, original bank statement or letter on bank letterhead certifying the account holder’s name, type of account, current balance, and date of statement.

    • Certification must show available funds of $21,000 for first-year expenses at ECC, exclusive of travel expenses.

    • Certification of funds must be dated within six months of issuing the I-20. Tuition may increase annually.

  5. Affidavit of Sponsorship: International Student Affidavit of Sponsorship

    • All sponsors contributing financially to your education must complete an Affidavit of Sponsorship.

    • Please reference the International Student Financial Requirements (page 16) for complete details.

  6. Proof of English Proficiency

    • Students who need English language instruction do not need to submit proof of English proficiency.

    • Students not yet proficient in English will be tested upon arrival at ECC and placed into the appropriate level in the Intensive English Program.

    • Students who believe they satisfy the English language proficiency requirement as required by federal law must present proof of such proficiency by submitting one of the following:

      • Minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based) or 79 (internet-based);

      • Minimum International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall band score of 6.5;

      • Proof of graduation from a high school where English was the language of instruction; OR

      • Successful completion of college-level English composition where English was the language of instruction.

      • Additionally, all students are required to complete ECC’s placement tests upon admission. The tests determine placement into proper academic courses.

  7. Statement of Purpose

    • All applicants must submit a typed, one-page statement describing their educational goals while attending ECC.

  8. Certified Transcripts from All Secondary and Postsecondary Institutions

    • Students must submit official, original, certified, English-translated copies of high school and college academic transcripts.

    • Translation or evaluation services may require an additional fee to an outside credential evaluation service.

  9. Photocopy of Passport and Visa(s)

    • Submit a copy of your biography page and identity page with photograph from your passport.

    • If you are currently in the U.S., please include a copy (front and back) of your hard copy I-94 card or a printout of your electronic I-94 record (available at and current visa or visa stamp.

    • If you have applied for a change of status, please submit a copy of any I-797 forms received from USCIS.

    • Students must show proof of age in the form of a valid birth date on their passport.

    • Students must be at least 17-years-old by the start of classes to be issued an I-20 by ECC.

  10. Transfer Release Form (if applicable): International Student Transfer Release and Verification

    • If you are transferring from another U.S. school, you must have your school complete the transfer release form.

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Levels of Degree or Certification Offered

Associate's Degrees


Elgin Community College awards associate degrees upon completion of a two-year program of study. An associate degree enables you to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree or begin a career immediately with a vocational degree. Choosing to continue your education in a "2+2" program saves you money.

Elgin Community College offers the following popular degree programs designed for transfer to four year institutions:

Associate in Arts Degree: Art, Behavioral Sciences, Communications, Criminal Justice, Education, Foreign Languages, Consumer and Family Studies, Humanities, Liberal Arts, Music, Pre-Law, Social Science and Theatre

Associate in Science: Business, Computer and Information Sciences, Engineering, Health Sciences, Math, Physical Education, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Dentistry, and Science

Associate in Fine Arts: Music Performance, Visual Art

Associate in Engineering Science: Engineering, Pre-Engineering

Associate in Liberal Studies: For students desiring a highly individualized degree program. Limited transferability.


Elgin Community College also offers the following degrees and certificates for those wishing to enter the workforce upon graduation:

Associate of Applied Science: This degree is not intended for transfer to a four-year college or university. Popular programs of study include:

  • Accounting

  • Computer Science

  • Criminal Justice

  • Culinary Arts

  • Graphic Design

  • Management

  • Marketing

  • Physical Therapist Assistant

ECC provides real-world training with vocational programs. Programs are designed to prepare students for specific jobs or to improve existing skills. For a complete listing of vocational programs, visit


Academic Programs Available


Cost of Academic Year 2013-14 (9 months: August-May)


Books & Supplies
Medical Insurance


$ 11,550

$ 7,650

$ 1,200

$ 600

ECC offers a homestay program for international students. A homestay is a cultural immersion for students to experience American culture by living with a local family. Students have the chance to be participate in American life and customs, improve their English and engage in activities in the community. Homestay is competitively priced and offers short and long-term housing options. Monthly fees range from $550.00-$800.00 USD and transportation can be provided.


What Is Special?

  • Class sizes are small - average class size is under 20.

  • Teachers are focused on YOUR success.

  • Save money! The cost of tuition is much less than at a university.

  • Partnerships with a number of colleges and universities provide seamless 2+2 university transfer.

  • Occupational skills that employers want and you need for quick entry into the job market.


There is so much to get involved with at ECC! The college offers a variety of sports, including basketball, baseball, cross-country, soccer, and tennis. The college sponsors 40 student clubs and organizations including Phi Theta Kappa, Student Government, United Students of All Cultures, leadership programs and volunteering opportunities.


TOEFL scores and ESL Programs (English as a Second Language)


Intensive English Program (IEP)
The nationally recognized Intensive English Program follows the highly effective and innovative Focal Skills Approach which allows language skills to build on one another naturally. There are four modules – listening, reading, writing and pre-collegiate, which are able to accommodate any level of English language proficiency, from beginning to end. In addition to the modules, students choose from a variety of electives to complete their schedules. After an initial placement, students are reassessed every four weeks with the potential to move to the next module which allows them to move quickly through the program. Students completing the IEP are eligible to transfer directly to an academic program at ECC without TOEFL.

Application Deadline
Admissions applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. However, students are encouraged to apply by the following deadlines to allow ample time for visa processing:

Spring semester: November 1

Summer semester: April 1

Fall semester: June 15

Applications for the Intensive English Program are accepted throughout the year. Apply today!