International Students

Admissions Checklist

Please complete the following application process to enroll at Northeast Iowa Community College as an international student. Please submit all necessary documents in a packaged form.

Step 1: Complete an application for admission.

Step 2: Submit an official, certified secondary school transcript showing all courses and grades. All documents must be in English.

Step 3: If applicable, submit an official, certified college or university transcript showing courses and grades of college/university work taken in English.

Step 4: Along with the Financial Statement and Certification Form, submit an official, certified copy of a financial guarantee letter from an accredited financial institution showing an available balance of $25,500 to cover living and academic expenses. All documents must be in English and currency in U.S. Dollars.

Step 5: Complete the certification of Health Insurance Form showing proof of current and future health insurance coverage.

Step 6: Provide a copy of current passport. If applicable, provide a copy of current visa.

If students are transferring from another U.S. school, request, complete and submit a transfer form. The transfer form is used by F1 Visa students coming to Northeast Iowa Community College from another U.S. institution.

Step 7: Provide evidence of English proficiency with either a TOEFL score of 61 on the Internet-based version, International English Language Testing System (IELTS) minimum overall band score of 6.0, Duolingo English test with a minimum score of 90, or an official transcript showing completion of freshman level English at an accredited U.S. college or university. Waivers of English proficiency will be considered for students who can provide proof that education has been completed in an approved English-speaking country.

The following countries have been approved for waivers:

  • Australia
  • Belize*
  • Bermuda
  • Botswana*
  • British West Indies
  • Canada (English provinces only)
  • Channel Islands Commonwealth
  • Caribbean
  • Falkland Islands
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Fiji*
  • Gambia*
  • Ghana*
  • Grenada
  • Guam
  • Guyana*
  • Ireland
  • Kenya*
  • Lesotho*
  • Liberia*
  • Malawi*
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritius
  • Natal*
  • Nauru
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria*
  • Papua New Guinea*
  • Philippines*
  • Sierra Leone*
  • Singapore
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa*
  • St. Christopher
  • Tanzania*
  • Uganda*
  • United Kingdom
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Zambia*
  • Zimbabwe*

British West Indies includes the following countries: Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Islands.

Channel Islands includes the following countries: Alderney, Brechou, Guernsey, Herm, Jethou, Jersey and Stark.

Commonwealth Caribbean includes the following countries: Antiqua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago.

United Kingdom includes the following countries: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

U.S. Virgin Islands include the following countries: Saint Croix, Saint John and Saint Thomas.

*Citizens of countries marked with an asterisk (*) may be considered for a waiver by presenting one of the following:

  1. High school records: For the countries that require students to pass national exams, such as Nigeria, graduates must submit official national examination results. EX: West African Exam Council, Nigerian Exam Council (NEC), Kenyan National Examination Council (KNEC). The results should have a mark of "Credit" or "Pass" in the English section.

  2. University-level English: Provide proof of completing at least one university-level English course at an accredited college or university.

Admission Deadlines

  Fall 2023 Spring 2024 Summer 2024
Out of Country Applicants June 22, 2023 November 9, 2023 March 16, 2024
Transfer Applicants July 7, 2023 November 24, 2023 April 1, 2024
Semester Begins August 21, 2023 January 8, 2024 May 15, 2024

International students must have all necessary materials submitted to the Admissions Office on the campus they plan to attend by the appropriate deadline date. Applicants currently residing outside of the United States must submit all necessary documents no later than 60 days prior to the start date of the term. Transfer applicants, students with a valid I-20, studying at a U.S. college/university, must submit all necessary documents no later than 45 days prior to the start date of the term.