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International Students F-1

Enrollment procedure for International Students

North Central Michigan College is authorized under federal law to issue visa documents for foreign nationals to obtain F-1 student status. The following steps detail the process for an international applicant to become admitted to North Central:


Step One: Apply for admission

The North Central Michigan College Application for Admission is available free of charge online. International students must apply no later than 10 weeks prior to the beginning of the semester.


Step Two: Show proof of academic ability

Submit transcripts of courses taken at all secondary schools and universities. College credit may be awarded for international university coursework if the applicant submits transcripts to a recognized credit evaluation agency.


Step Three: Demonstrate adequate knowledge of written English

For all applicants whose native language is not English, a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required. A score of 550 or higher on the paper-based test, 213 or higher on the computer-based test, or 79-80 or higher on the Internet-based test is required proof of English proficiency. North Central Michigan College's TOEFL code number for score reporting purposes is 1569.


Step Four: Obtain a Visa

To be issued the necessary visa documents, international students, including commuting Canadians, must do the following:

  • Submit all required forms and deposits in the international student packet. This packet provides specific admissions and enrollment information and is available by contacting Student Services at 231-348-6605.
  • Demonstrate a sufficient level of financial support with documentation verifying the availability of funds. Financial aid is not available for international students from North Central Michigan College or the U.S. federal or state governments.
  • Submit proof of approved medical insurance policy to cover major medical expenses. Those without adequate medical insurance will be required to enroll in a student insurance program available through North Central.

It is the responsibility of the foreign national to properly maintain his/her visa status.


Step Five: Register for classes

After an F-1 Visa has been granted, you may register for classes as a student. You will be mailed information on how to enroll online. All international students are required to maintain full-time enrollment status during the fall and winter semesters.


Step Six: Apply for housing (optional)

Check out our Residence Hall for affordable, fun and safe on-campus living. Call Student Services at 231-348-6605 for more information and to schedule a tour.


Step Seven: Attend orientation

Find out valuable information at our orientation session, available online.