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International Student Admission Steps

International Student Admission Steps


New full-time international students need to obtain a Form I-20 to receive a student visa through the U.S. Consul or Embassy in their country. The I-20 indicates that all admission requirements have been met to enter the College. This document is issued through SEVIS, the Student Exchange Visitor Information System. The U.S. Consulates make the final decision regarding whether students will be allowed to enter the United States to study.


All international students must report to Carl Sandburg College on or before the date stated on the Form I-20. Late-arriving students will not be able to register for class.


International students requesting admission and issuance of a Form I-20 must provide:

  • A completed Carl Sandburg College Application for Admission.
  • A Financial Resource Statement verifying the ability of the student or the student’s sponsor to meet all educational and living expenses for one year while attending Carl Sandburg College. This must be signed and sealed by a notary public and accompanied by a letter or bank statement dated within six months of the application. Financial support of approximately $21, 000 (USD) is needed per year.
  • An official transcript that provides evidence of graduation from a secondary school and transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended. Photocopies may be accepted if they are properly notarized as true copies. Transcripts must be translated into English.
  • Official evidence of English proficiency. All full-time and part-time students whose native language is NOT English are required to:
    take TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and earn a score score of 68 on the Internet-based exam, or 190 on the Computer-based exam or 520 on the Paper-based exam.
    submit official transcripts from an accredited United States college or university showing   successful completion (‘C’ or better grade) of a college-level writing course and 6 hours of college-level academic course work requiring reading
    complete ACT with a score of 19 or higher in Reading and Writing Completion of any additional entry requirements for the program of study.
  • A photo copy of current passport


The College will issue an Form I-20 Certificate of Eligibility form after students complete the
steps above and qualify for admission.