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The Application Process

Steps to Apply

An international student is a citizen of a country other than the United States, who is authorized to remain in the United States for a temporary period as a non-immigrant student (F-1 visa) and who intends to return to his/her country.  Take the following steps to begin this exciting journey.

Step 1: Required Documents & Fees

To apply for admission to Illinois Eastern Community Colleges you must submit the following documents:

  • A completed Admission Application Packet (Click here to apply for admission)
  • Letter or statement from the bank of your sponsor
  • Official academic records (transcripts) translated into English
  • Application fee of $100 in the form of a check, money order (USD) or credit card 
  • Copies of up-to-date medical vaccinations

Scan & email or mail documents to the Program Director of International Students.

Step 2: Obtain Visa

Upon receipt of all completed and signed documents, IECC will issue an I-20 form.
Please take the following items to the nearest United State Consulate to obtain a student visa:

  • I-20 form
  • current passport
  • all of the above forms in Step 1


Additional Information



All costs are estimated and subject to change without notice. Please be prepared to pay all tuition and fees on the first day of classes. Credit cards (Visa and Mastercard) are accepted.  Expense estimates can be found in the Admission Application packet.


International students must arrive at IECC one to two weeks before classes begin so they can attend the required orientations. The college must know the date and time of your planned arrival. An International Student Program Staff (ISPS) representative rom IECC will meet you at the Evansville, Indiana airport. 

English Proficiency 

When you arrive at IECC, you will be tested for English proficiency. Test results will determine whether you will be placed in the English Language Center or in regular academic programs. Please refer to the English as a Second Language web page for more information.

College Coursework

College coursework and advancement toward a degree is measured in terms of semester (credit) hours. The majority of classes are three to four credit hours each. International students must enroll in a full course load (12 semester hours) in order to maintain and keep current visa status. This requirement comes from the U.S. Immigration Office for students on the F-1 visa.

Medical Insurance

IECC requires all international students to purchase medical/hospitalization insurance upon arrival, to protect students from the high cost of health care in the United States. If you have family coverage which covers you while you are in the United States, bring a copy of the policy and coverage information with you.

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