International students are invited to study at Waubonsee
Waubonsee is a welcoming and diverse community, and students of all nationalities are encouraged to attend.
An International student is defined as a person who is a citizen of a country other than the United States and is requesting I-20 documentation and full-time admission to Waubonsee Community College.
Persons requesting international status at Waubonsee for entry or continued stay in the United States must be doing so for educational purposes only. To apply for international student status, this person must:
- Submit an Application for Status as International Student (I-20/F-1 status). Application packets are available from the International Admissions Advisor. Applications and all supporting documents must be received by the following deadlines: July 1 for fall semester, November 1 for spring semester and April 1 for summer semester.
- If the student's native language is NOT English, he/she must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and attain a minimum score on the examination of of 500 (paper-based), 173 (computer-based) or 61 (Internet-based). For information on the test, write TOEFL Services, Educational Testing Services, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151, USA, or visit the TOEFL website.
- Complete the Educational Background form and submit transcripts from high school and college or equivalent. If the transcripts are NOT from a United States high school or college, they must be translated into English and the prospective student MAY be required to submit them for evaluation at the applicant's expense by an approved foreign educational credentials service recognized by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) If the student is requesting that college level credits be reviewed for possible transfer credit at Waubonsee, an evaluation by a NACES member is required for consideration.
- Present the Immigration and Naturalization Service Affidavit of Support form (I-134). This form must be completed by a resident of the United States. The statement is necessary in recognition of the fact that the college does not provide food, housing, health or transportation services.
The International Admissions Advisor will notify the applicant of admission approval or denial after the deadlines listed above. If accepted, the necessary U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) form (I-20) will be forwarded to the student with instructions for submission and enrollment at the college.
If approved for international student status, a person must observe the following:
- Enroll each semester in a minimum of 12 semester hours
- Pay international tuition rates
- Follow the standard academic and disciplinary policies of the college
International student enrollment for summer only
Some international students who attend U.S. four-year colleges or universities may choose to enroll in a course or two at Waubonsee during the summer semester. These students should first seek approval from the international student office at their current college, but they do NOT need to transfer their I-20.