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A Guide for International Students

A Two-Year Public Community College near Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

THE AMERICAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE CONCEPT Starting here is a great way to begin your college education College of Lake County (CLC) has the community college advantage. Public community colleges are the best financial value in the American education system, because tuition is less than half that of a public university. Community colleges offer courses that are equivalent to the first two years at a university, but at a far lower cost.

2 + 2 system After two years of full-time study, community college students earn what is called an associate degree. CLC offers more than 50 associate transfer degree programs and several types of associate degrees that will be accepted for transfer to a university. These include Associate in Arts (A.A.) and Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees. Students earning associate degrees take required general education

courses as well as courses from a chosen major. With planning, courses taken at CLC will transfer to a university, and after two more years of study, the student earns a bachelor’s degree from the university. This is often called the “2 + 2” approach to earning a four-year degree– two years at community college and two years at a university, and is a very economical way to earn a bachelor’s degree. U.S. community colleges are called the “Gateway to Higher Education in the United States” for international students. The “2+2” system in the United States refers to an efficient system of “articulation” between a two-year college and a four-year college or university. Articulation is the process by which one institution matches its courses or requirements to course work completed at another institution.

TRANSFER ASSISTANCE Academic advisors at CLC help students select courses that will transfer to a four-year college or university in Illinois or another part of the United States. A formal agreement called the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI, helps ensure the smooth transfer of CLC credits to nearly 100 colleges and universities in Illinois, including nearby universities such as University of Illinois at Chicago, DePaul University, Lake Forest College and Northern Illinois University. Students may also transfer to a four-year college or university outside Illinois, though these schools are not covered by the Illinois Articulation Agreement. Students should plan the courses they take at CLC to meet the specific requirements of the four-year college or university where they wish to transfer. For students who wish to remain in Lake County, an increasingly popular transfer option is the University Center of Lake County, a consortium of 19 public and private colleges and universities with facilities on CLC’s Grayslake and Lakeshore campuses. The University Center of Lake County ( offers more than 80 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in such fields as business, computer science/information systems, education, engineering, health care, human services and the liberal arts and sciences. (Graduate data from Fiscal Year 2o13, College of Lake County Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Research.)

Top area colleges where CLC students transfer Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL University of Wisconsin/Parkside, Kenosha, WI Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, IL North Park University, Chicago, IL Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL Illinois State University, Normal, IL University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL University of Illinois at Chicago, IL DePaul University, Chicago, IL Columbia College, Chicago, IL Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL University of Illinois at Springfield , IL University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL DeVry University, Chicago, IL Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL Loyola University, Chicago, IL

Additional colleges where CLC students transfer Brown University, Providence, RI

Iowa State University, Ames, IA Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee, WI Northwestern University, Evanston, IL Purdue University, West Layfayette, IN San Diego State University, San Diego, CA University of Chicago, Chicago, IL University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI


2016/17 estimated annual expenses

CLC’s total cost of tuition, textbooks, fees, supplies, medical insurance and living expenses is $21,388 per academic year — less than half than the cost of a university.

Tuition and fees: Living expenses: Textbooks and supplies: Medical insurance:

Cost shown in U.S dollars.

Total $21,388

$9912 $8680 $1596 $1200

OUR SERVICES College of Lake County offers international students many advantages: • An award-winning Intensive English Language Program to help students learn necessary English language skills to enter and succeed in college-level classes. Our Intensive English Language Program is accredited by the American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP -

• Over 50 associate degree transfer areas.

• A special international orientation, specialized workshops and a peer mentor program.

• Free wireless internet throughout campus.

• Two full-time staff members dedicated to recruiting and serving international students. • Free airport pickup service on select days from O’Hare International Airport.

• A diverse population of about 14,000 students, but with small class sizes (average class size: 21 students). • Many social and cultural activities offered by the International Student Club, Multicultural Student Center and other student clubs. • Tennis courts, a gym and fitness center, intercollegiate athletic teams and a scenic 4-kilometer fitness trail around lakes and natural prairies. • Housing referrals to residential hotels, apartments and home stay services. • Shuttle service to campus from a residential hotel.

Chicago skyline at night

LOCATION Where is College of Lake County? • Our largest campus is located in Grayslake, population 20,300. The college is an hour away from the cities of Chicago, Illinois and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It takes just 60-75 minutes to travel to Chicago on Metra’s Milwaukee District North line (

City of Chicago Chicago is the third largest city in the United States with 2.8 million residents, located on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan in the friendly upper Midwest ( and home to: • Championship professional sports teams such as the Chicago Bulls, White Sox and Blackhawks.

• World-class performing arts groups such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Joffrey Ballet and The Second City comedy troupe. • Several famous museums including, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Field Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Science and Industry and the Shedd Aquarium. • Culturally diverse neighborhoods such as Chinatown, Ukranian Village, Greektown, Little Italy plus cultural events and music festivals that promote cross-cultural understanding. • O’Hare International Airport.

Lake County


• Lake County, population 713,000, is located in northeastern Illinois, with Lake Michigan (one of the five Great Lakes) to the east, the state of Wisconsin to the north and the city of Chicago to the south. For demographics and a list of largest employers, see Lake County contains 52 friendly and safe suburban cities set among 75 lakes (


Average high Average rain/ temperature snowfall


1° C

Snow 27.9 cm


14° C

Rain 8.88 cm


28° C

Rain 9.64 cm


17° C

Rain 6.35 cm

• Enjoy the four seasons at one of 56 Lake County Forest Preserves that offer a variety of recreational opportunities, including walking and biking trails, canoeing, boating and more ( For tourist information, visit

WHAT INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS SAY ABOUT US Ekaterina 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 College of Lake County is the best decision I have ever made.” Tudor 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 study intellectual property law.” QiLun “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.”

Aby 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.” Sandra Silva of Colombia. Major: Business “I have benefited from many services the college offers. The staff from the Center for International Education helped me whenever I had 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, 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.”

Application Process • CLC Student Information Form • International Student Application • Proof of high school/secondary school completion • Proof of financials/official bank letter • Copy of passport showing legal name • Passport photo The packet containing this checklist and forms is available at

When to apply Our semesters are 16 weeks long. Classes begin in late August and mid-January. Application deadlines are July 1 for fall semester and November 1 for spring semester. New students may begin their studies during fall or spring semester (August or January).

WHO TO CONTACT CLC has two full-time staff members who are dedicated to recruiting and serving students from all over the world. International staff members, Tammy and Jacob, are very friendly and will do everything they can to make your transition to the United States as easy as possible. Tammy Mireles International Student Recruiter Email: Telephone: (847) 543-2399

19351 W. Washington St. Grayslake, IL, 60030-1198 U.S.A. Email: Become a fan of our Facebook page, College of Lake County International Admissions

Jacob Cushing International Student Advisor Email: Telephone: (847) 543-2733


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