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International Student Testimonials

What International Students Say About Us

Photo of Tudor AncasTudor Ancas of Romania
Major: Paralegal Studies

While I was looking into American colleges, I contacted several and decided on CLC because the staff was the most responsive to my questions. When I started taking classes, I was amazed at how friendly and helpful everyone is—the staff, instructors and students. The student ambassadors took me under their wing, and I later became one to help other incoming students. My goal is to enter law school at Northwestern University or DePaul and study intellectual property law.

Photo of Javier Lara CartagenaJavier Lara Cartagena of Honduras
Major: Engineering

When I started applying to colleges during my senior year of high school, I cherished a dream of studying abroad despite the circumstance that neither my family nor I had enough funds to support my ambitions. However, my math teachers, a married couple from the United States, saw my interest and offered to help. Read more about Javier.

Hosannah Dalogdog of the Phillipines
Major: Pre-Pharmacy

I am a student ambassador in CLC’s New Student Orientation office. I like the fact that I get to represent CLC and interact with incoming students. Read more about Hosannah.

Jung Yun Hwang of South Korea
Major: Human Services

When I came to the state to study from South Korea, I never thought that Illinois would be my second home. I have visited the West, East, and South and never felt it was right place until I finally settled here. Read more about Jung.

Sofia Karionova of Russia
Major: Applied Mathematics

I loved all my CLC math classes, but taking Calculus I with Byron Hunter was a turning point for me. Before I came to the U.S., I wasn’t sure what career path I wanted to pursue. In that class, I found that math is not merely abstract, and I began considering it as a vehicle to approach practical situations, such as calculating the volume of complex shapes using integration. I realized that applied math is what I am passionate about. Read more about Sofia.

Photo of Julia LachkovaJulia Lachkova of Ukraine
Major: Business Administration and Management

I was 14 years old when I first visited America. I fell in love with this country, and since then I definitely knew where I wanted to study and work. College showed me the bright colorful side of student life; it is totally different from what I used to do in my home country. Read more about Julia.

Dong Lee of Korea
Major: Culinary and Hospitality Management

If I can get an associate degree, it will change my whole life definitely and give various experiences that will help my life goal. CLC’s education program and curriculum is better than other community colleges. Read more about Dong.

Photo of Cindy OsorioCindy Osorio of Honduras
Major: Early Childhood Education and TESOL

I completed two years in college in my home country of Honduras, but I had to quit because I couldn’t afford school. I was 18 years old and living by myself, working during the day as a translator for $25 a month and taking college classes and studying at night. I was hungry and practically living in the streets. English was my only gift. I met an American couple I translated for, and they decided to help me go to school. They knew that CLC was a welcoming environment for international students, and they sponsored me and took me into their home. Read more about Cindy.

Photo of Ekaterina PerezhoginaEkatrina Perezhogina of Russia
Major: Chemistry

College of Lake County has definitely exceeded my expectations. The classes are engaging, yet challenging. The professors are approachable, yet they make you work to your full potential. Getting my associate degree in chemistry at CLC is the best decision I have ever made.

Angelo Schulz of Germany
Major: Business Administration

I choose to pursue my education at CLC because it was cheaper than many other colleges and I still am able to transfer to a four-year institution. From all the community colleges that I was applying to, the College of Lake County was the most responsive. Read more about Angelo.

Photo of Sandra SilvaSandra Silva of Colombia
Major: Business

I have benefited from many services the college offers. The staff from the Center for International Education helps me whenever I have any concerns about my student documents or other paperwork. The English Language Instruction (ELI) teachers were very effective and supportive in teaching me how to speak, listen, write and read English. Also, the library, along with the Writing and Math Centers, have helped me with my homework. The Student Activities Office is a very good resource if you want to get involved and get to know the culture. I've been involved in Campus Crusade for Christ, Latino Alliance, International Club, Phi Theta Kappa and student government. These organizations have helped me to learn leadership, team building, time management skills and more.

Photo of Aby VarkeyAby Varkey of India
Major: Mechanical Engineering transfer student at Northern Illinois University

At CLC, I worked part-time as a computer lab assistant and help-desk technician. The job not only helped me pay tuition and living expenses, it helped me to learn the physical components of a computer and how to troubleshoot PCs. I also learned communication skills, teamwork, handling deadline pressure and working with customers. The education was excellent, and the instructors were pretty awesome. I love that school.

Photo of QiLun 'Alan' ZhouQiLun "Alan" Zhou of China
Major: Marketing

The tuition at CLC is very attractive for international students. Per credit, it's about one-fourth to one-third the cost of an American four-year university, and the quality of the education at CLC has been excellent. The classes are interesting and the professors welcome the perspectives of international students in classroom discussions.