Future International Students

Harper College Overview

Harper College is located in Palatine, Illinois and is 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!

Application Deadlines

  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.

Application Requirements

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 does offer a Interest-free Monthly Payment Plan!

College Degree Program Fall Semester Spring Semester
Credit Hours Required 12 12
Tuition $5,547.00 $5,547.00
College Fees $285 $285
Health Insurance $527.15 $797.86*
TOTAL $6,359.15 $6,629.86

* $797.86 includes health insurance coverage for spring and summer months.


Visa Process & 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

Other Resources

Housing Resources & Transportation

Harper Scholarships