International Student Application Process 

International students are required to submit the following to the International Student Office at least eight weeks prior to the beginning of the semester in which they intend to begin their studies:

Semester Begins Deadline to Submit Application
Fall August June 15th
Spring January November 15th
Summer May/June March 15th


Please see this brochure which explains the entire international student application process.

The Cost of Attendance is at the bottom of this page.

Application Steps

All International Student Applicants (F-1 Visa Status) must complete the following items to be considered for admission:

  • You must apply online. Create a login name and a password to start your online application.
  • one-time, application fee of $25 (NON-REFUNDABLE) will be charged. You will pay by credit card at the completion of the online application form.
  • A one-time, non-refundable international student processing fee of $150 must be paid at this link.


This two-page form must be completed and submitted by email to

  • You must include proof of your completion of high school (secondary education) with your application.
  • Your diploma or certificate of general education should be translated into English.
  • Please submit a recent passport-size photograph of yourself. You can add the photo to your Supplemental Information Form or you can submit it separately.
  • We require a copy of your passport, specifically the page with your photograph and identifying information.
  • If you are currently residing in the U.S., we need a copy of your U.S. visa stamp and your printed Form I-94 record from Choose the "Get I-94 Now" link from the right side of the web page.

 All international applicants must submit proof of English proficiency by submitting the results of the TOEFL iBT, or the IELTS:

  • Applicants with a TOEFL iBT score of 79 or higher or an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher are eligible to take the college-level placement tests upon arrival at Harper College.
  • Applicants with a TOEFL iBT score between 28 and 78 or an IELTS score between 3.5 and 6.0 are eligible to take the ESL placement tests upon arrival at Harper College.
  • Applicants with a TOEFL iBT score below 28 or an IELTS score below 3.5 or no test scores are not eligible for admission as an F1 student to Harper College.

 In the following circumstances and with appropriate documentation, applicants may qualify for admission to Harper College without submitting test results:

  • Applicants who have graduated from a U.S. high school.
  • Applicants who have successfully completed English 101 or its equivalent at an accredited U.S. college or university.
  • Applicants who have earned a bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university.

PLEASE NOTE: Once admitted to Harper College, you will take college placement tests upon arrival at the college. These tests are given to determine the appropriate course level placement. If your placement test scores are too low, you may not be able to take classes at Harper College.


  • You will need to provide the citizenship, country of birth, date of birth, and gender information for all dependents (spouse and/or children) and provide a copy of each family member's passport, visa and I-94 card (if appropriate).

 Provide the following items:

  • a transcript from your current school
  • a printed copy of your Form I-94 record from
  • copy of your current Form I-20

No transfer eligibility form is required for Harper College.


You must print out or save the forms to your computer and submit all completed forms by email to

Once you complete the international student admission process by submitting the fees, completed forms, and the required documents to the International Student Office, you will be admitted to Harper College. 

A new, initial status Form I-20 will be issued as follows:

  • new students in their home countries who must schedule an appointment with the closest U.S. embassy for a visa interview
  • students in the United States with a valid non-immigrant status must request a change of non-immigrant status to F1 student status

After you have been accepted by Harper College, you must contact their current school to request that their SEVIS record be transferred to Harper College, School Code CHI214F0071000. Once the SEVIS record is received by Harper College, a transfer Form I-20 will be issued.

Cost of Attendance

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.

Intensive English Program Fall Semester Spring Semester
Credit Hours Required 15 15
Tuition $6,933.75 $6,933.75
College Fees $342 $342
Health Insurance $527.15 $797.86*
TOTAL $7,802.09 $8,073.61
 * $797.86 includes health insurance coverage for spring and summer months.

Important Notice to All Prospective International Students

Health Insurance
Mandatory health insurance is required for all Harper College international students. Estimated annual fee is about $1,300.00; coverage for injuries and illnesses are a maximum of $250,000. Please request a brochure describing Harper College's health insurance for international students. DO NOT BUY A POLICY PRIOR TO YOUR ARRIVAL AT HARPER COLLEGE OR YOU WILL PAY FOR TWO POLICIES.