International Students

International Students

Students from around the world enrich the educational experience of all students. A number of students attend under an F-1 Student Visa while others study under some other type of Visa.

Recent international students have come from:

Central & South American Countries India Mexico South Korea
China Indonesia Nigeria Thailand
Croatia The Ivory Coast Pakistan Taiwan
Egypt Japan The Philippines Zambia
Germany Jordan Saudia Arabia Zaire


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.

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:

  1. Complete an online Student Information Form at for admission to Kishwaukee College. A non-refundable $15 processing fee will be collected at Registration. 
  2. Make arrangements to send or request official copies of your academic records, both high school and college, they 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, ACEI, or WES.
  3. Applicants 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: 708-488-5010. Applicants who attend one of these centers to gain English proficiency, upon completion, must provide evidence of English proficiency of 109 or above to be considered for admission to Kishwaukee College.  
  4. 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 $23,328 for Fall 2019-Spring 2020. 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.
  5. 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:

Kishwaukee College
Geoff Glowacki
21193 Malta Rd
Malta, IL  60150-9699

  1. Once students receive their I-20 from Kishwaukee College, they must pay the I-901 SEVIS fee at prior to embassy appointment to obtain a student visa.
  • To enter the country you must have a valid passport and your current I-20.
  • 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.
  1. The  application and all required materials must be completed and received 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.

Please allow 1-2 weeks for the application to be evaluated and then you will contacted by email. All documents submitted to Kishwaukee College become property of the college and will not be returned to the student.

Any international student must register for a minimum of 12 semester hours credit each semester.

The 2019-2020 tuition rate for international students holding F-1 visas is $432.00 per credit hour. There are additional charges for registration and course fees

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 Information

Geoff Glowacki

For more information on studying in the states please visit

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 Student Services 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.