Future International Students
Harper College Overview
Harper College is located in Palatine, Illinois, a northwest suburb of the city of Chicago. The college is located 30 miles/48 km from downtown Chicago.
For more information on academics, student support services, American culture and customs, F -1 immigration expectations, and what there is to do in the northwest suburbs and Chicago, please view this informational overview!
|Outside U.S.||Inside U.S.|
|Fall Term||June 15||July 15th|
|Spring Term||November 15th||December 1st|
|Summer Term||March 15th||March 30th|
PLEASE NOTE: Harper College is not authorized to issue a Form I-20 for the following programs: Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Diagnostic Cardiac or Medical Sonography, Radiologic Technology, or Paramedic.
Please click on the link below to complete the international student application process:
Change of Status
If you are already currently in the U.S. on a non-immigrant visa and looking to change to an F-1 visa, please visit the link below:
Cost of Attendance
Harper College offers a Monthly Payment Plan.
|College Degree Program||Fall Semester||Spring Semester|
|Credit Hours Required||12||12|
* $797.86 includes health insurance coverage for spring and summer months.
Harper College offers a variety of scholarships, including the Jean B. Chapman International Student Scholarship.
For more information on scholarships, visit Harper's Scholarship Information page.
Visa Process and Interview
These are some resources to help explain the F-1 visa process and how to prepare for your F-1 visa interview.
- Process of Becoming a F-1 International Student
- Preparing for Your Visa Interview
- 10 Points to Remember When Applying for a F-1 Visa
Housing and Transportation
Harper College does not have dormitories or college-sponsored housing.
However, there are many apartments and other accommodations in the local area.
As for transportation, most students drive to campus and there is free parking.
F-1 international students are able to apply for an Illinois Temporary Visitor Driver's License.
Another option is to take the bus. Harper College is on the Pace Suburban Bus Route 696.
For more information on housing and transportation options, please review Housing & Transportation Resources.