International Students

Discover your place in the world

Experience global citizenship right here near Chicago, Illinois, as an international student attending CLC. Once you obtain your F-1 Student Visa, join the other 70-100 international students from more than 35 countries who attend CLC each year.

Gain a solid intercultural understanding and polish your English Language Skills. Nurture and expand your understanding of the world, near and far, and how you fit into it. Save money and get a strong start to your education by completing the first two years of your 4-year degree.

Before you send your application, view F1 Application Information (PDF).

Contact the Department of Global Engagement

Grayslake Campus, Room B172
(847) 543-2069

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International student application procedure

Step 1: Choose a Program

  1. View F-1 Visa Degree Programs (PDF) 
  2. Study English Language Instruction. CLC offers English language courses from beginner level classes to advanced.

Step 2: Prepare Admission Requirements

  1. English Language Requirements
    NOTE: English language proficiency is not required to be admitted to CLC.
    *If you have the following exam scores, you will qualify for regular academic classes
    1. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) - Internet-based score of 71 or above.
    2. IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - Academic Format: score of 6.0 or above.
    3. You must submit the exam scores during the application process.
  2. International College/University Student Transcript Evaluation.

Admission requirements

Support for English language learners

The English Language Instruction (ELI) program is a nationally accredited, award-winning English language program at the College of Lake County. It is designed for English as a Second Language (ESL) students who want to learn English as quickly as possible. This program offers international students the accelerated English fluency needed to meet their academic goals.

Learn more about English Language Instruction (ELI)

Expand your horizons

As an international student attending CLC, you have plenty of opportunities to travel in the U.S. and globally. Immerse yourself in another new culture and create lifelong memories.

Consider participating in one of the incredible and affordable short-term and semester-long study abroad programs. We have global partners in:

  • Austria
  • China
  • Costa Rica
  • England
  • France
  • Ireland
  • Japan
  • Philippines
  • Spain
  • United Arab Emirates

We offer the Global Citizenship Milestone for students who are interested in deepening their understanding of a diversity of cultures, societies and systems within an international, globalized context.

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