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International Students


2017 - 2018 Academic Year


Prospective International Student  Information

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:

  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Show proof of academic ability.
  3. Submit transcripts of courses taken at all secondary schools and universities.
  4. College credit may be awarded for international university coursework if the applicant submits transcripts to a recognized credit evaluation agency.


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

  1. Submit all required forms and deposits in the international student packet. This packet provides specific admissions and enrollment information and can be obtained from Student Services or the College website. 
  2. 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 U.S. federal or state governments.
  3. All applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate adequate knowledge of written English. On the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), 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.

For more detailed information, please refer to the College Catalog.


About North Central Michigan College

North Central Michigan College is a public community college in Petoskey, Michigan, a city of approximately 7,000 residents. The annual enrollment at the College is around 3,000 students, with close to 100 students living in its on-campus residence hall. North Central hosts an average of two International students per year.

Petoskey is at the northern-most end of the lower-peninsula of Michigan on a bay of Lake Michigan. It has a four-season climate with warm, humid summers (average of 26 degrees C/79 degrees F) and cold, snowy winters (average of -8 degrees C/18 degrees F). Its economy is largely based on a service-oriented tourist industry; several snow-skiing and golf resorts are located in the region.



A variety of programs are available to North Central students. Academic curriculums provide the first two years of a four-year baccalaureate degree. Students who complete academic programs usually transfer and finish their baccalaureate program at a senior college or university. Examples of such programs include: engineering, business, medical, teacher education. Technical or career curriculums provide two or three years of training for students in specific occupational skills. At the completion of a career program, students are ready for employment. Examples of such programs include: nursing, business, computer information. Many of these programs also transfer to a four-year college or university.



Students who complete their community college program and maintain a satisfactory academic record will earn an Associate Degree. The following associate degrees are offered at North Central Michigan College: Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of General Studies, and Associate of Applied Science.



The College’s academic calendar is divided into two semesters and an eight-week summer session. The approximate dates are as follows:

Fall semester            16 weeks                   Early September to late December

Winter semester       16 weeks                   Mid-January to mid-May

Summer semester      8 weeks                   Early-June through July


Enrollment Requirements

International students following the F-1 Visa requirements must:

  1. Attend North Central Michigan College on a full-time basis during the Fall and Winter semesters, taking a minimum of 12 credit hours (four regular courses) each semester.
  2. No more than one (1) course per semester may be in a “distance” format (online or other) and all coursework must originate from North Central Michigan College.
  3. Enrollment in the Summer Session is optional and not required for International students.


Residency for Purposes of Tuition

International students, as well as students holding various non-resident visa designations, are classified “Out-of-Michigan” for purposes of computing tuition rates. A change in residency status is possible only at the time that the international student obtains “permanent resident status,” commonly known as the “green card.”


Medical Insurance

International students must provide adequate medical insurance, including repatriation benefits, while enrolled at North Central Michigan College. International students are automatically enrolled in an affordable student accident and sickness insurance plan, and the charge is added to tuition and fees each semester. International students may arrange for their own health insurance, however, the policy must be proven adequate to substitute for the College-sanctioned plan.


Housing and Transportation

North Central maintains a modern, co-educational residence hall with furnished double rooms laid out in suite arrangements: every two rooms are connected by a private bathroom. Costs of living in the residence hall have been computed in the "living expenses" required from international students. The residence hall is not open during holidays or during the months of June, July and August. International students are not required to live in the residence hall.

It is the student’s responsibility to provide transportation to and from the College.



The F-1 student visa permits international students to work only for North Central Michigan College, up to a maximum of 20 hours per week, 40 hours per week during vacation periods. North Central Michigan College is a small campus with a limited number of student work positions, therefore the international student should not plan on work positions being available while attending the College.



International students are expected to provide all money for any possible expenses they may incur. Expenses will include tuition, fees, books, room, board, transportation, entertainment, incidentals, travel, insurance, etc. Financial aid is not available to international students.


Estimated Student Expenses, based on enrollment in 30 credits of coursework (5 courses each for the fall & winter semesters,) Academic Year 2016-17:


Fall and Winter Semesters (36 weeks)

Tuition and Fees:                             $  7151.43

Room and Board                              $  6775.25

Books & Supplies                            $  1742.50

Estimated Medical Insurance        $  1435.00

Personal Expenses                         $  3792.50


TOTAL                                              $20,896.68


Optional Summer Session (8 weeks)

Tuition and Fees:                             $ 1318.15

Room and Board                              $ 1693.30

Books & Supplies                            $   348.50

Personal Expenses                         $  820.00


TOTAL                                              $ 4,179.95


International Student Deposit

A $750.00 refundable deposit is required from each international student attending North Central. The deposit is held for the student by the College in case of an emergency; this money is refunded to the international student at the completion of study with North Central, provided that the student has not incurred outstanding debts. The deposit cannot be used by the student to cover tuition or living expenses.


Admission Deadline Dates:

Deadlines for submitting application for admission (10 weeks prior to beginning of semester):

            For Summer Semester, 2016         April 4, 2016.

            For Fall Semester, 2016                 June 28, 2016.

            For Winter Semester, 2017            October 31, 2016.


Contact Information        

We hope that your questions about being an International Student at North Central Michigan College have been answered by this informational packet. Please contact us if you have additional questions.


Paula L. Welmers, Ed.D., Counselor and International Student Advisor

North Central Michigan College

1515 Howard Street

Petoskey, Michigan   USA   49770

Telephone: 231-348-6700 or 1-888-298-6605

Fax: 231-348-6700



The International Student Admissions Process

The Application Packet Information (all the following items, #1 - 11), must be in the possession of North Central before an admissions decision can be made and before the I-20 can be issued:

  1. Submit an online application for admission to North Central Michigan College. All applicants seeking an F-1 visa must have an educational goal of a degree. To apply online, go to:  Follow instructions for signing in through the Portal and applying for admissions.
  2. Submit copies of all immigration documents (such as passport, visa, I-94, previous I-20).
  3. Submit all transcripts (translated to English). Transcript evaluations must document that the applicant’s educational background is equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma in length of study and certificate. Transcripts of coursework completed at all secondary schools and universities must show an above-average academic record (U.S. letter grade of B). In order to obtain college-level credit for coursework completed at an international university, the applicant must have a private credential evaluation agency evaluate the transcript(s). North Central highly recommends Educational Credential Evaluators,
  4. Submit an official copy of English proficiency test results. North Central Michigan College requires all international students whose native language is not English to submit TOEFL scores; a score of 550 or higher on paper-based test, 213 or higher on computer-based test, or 79 or higher on the Internet-based test is required for admission. North Central Michigan College’s TOEFL code number, for score reporting purposes, is 1569. Exceptions to the TOEFL requirement include only lifetime residents of Australia, Canada (other than Quebec), New Zealand, United Kingdom, or the United States (other than Puerto Rico).
  5. Submit the Declaration of Finances, when completed. The Declaration of Finances form must be completed in its entirety before the admissions process can be completed, proving that the student has available the equivalent amount of resources as the length of program being sought. Bank statements when used as proof of financial ability must be dated within the last four months.
  6. Students who wish to study throughout the summer months (June- August), an option under visa type F-1, will need an additional $3,938.00 to cover tuition and estimated living costs. North Central does not maintain on-campus student housing during the summer months.
  7. Submit the International Student Certificate of Health form, completed by a medical physician.
  8. Submit a check or money order for the refundable International Student deposit (US$750).
  9. If applicant is transferring from another U.S. school, sign and submit the Student Privacy Release on the Request for Information on F-1 Transfer Student form.
  10. If the applicant is requesting a change of visa status to an F-1 student visa, obtain form I-539 from the USCIS website at Complete, sign and submit the I-539. You may wish to contact an immigration attorney to assist with the process. Change of visa status takes 3 months to process. Students who enroll in coursework prior to having their change of status approved by INS, will not be provided tuition refunds if the students are not approved and must return to their country of origin before the end of the semester.
  11. For new entry or change of status, once the I-20 is issued, please visit to pay the required SEVIS fee. Credit card, check or money order is accepted. The SEVIS number, printed at the top of the I-20, is needed to pay this $200.00 fee.


Issuing of the I-20:

  1. If the applicant is requesting initial entry to the U.S. on an F-1 visa, a completed I-20 will be mailed to the applicant in their home country.
  2. U.S. embassy or consulate officials will require your I-20 and official North Central Michigan College acceptance letter when considering your request for an F-1 visa. They may also want to see your financial support documents as well as the receipt for the paid SEVIS fee. The visa will be issued no earlier than 30 days prior to the beginning of the College semester.
  3. If the applicant is requesting a transfer from another U.S. school, a completed I-20 will be mailed to the applicant at their local Michigan address. The I-20 will be issued after the applicant has registered for and attended classes at North Central Michigan College.
  4. If the applicant is requesting a change of status, a completed I-20 will be mailed to the U.S. Citizenship Immigration Services (USCIS) for review and a photocopy of the I-20 will be mailed to the applicant. INS will send the applicant the official copy of the I-20 when the request for change of status is approved.


Enrolling in classes:

  1. Take the COMPASS placement test, administered in Learning Support Services at North Central Michigan College.
  2. Attend an Orientation session, then meet with the International Student Advisor in to select your classes.
  3. Register for the required number of credits each semester.


international student application packet

For the complete International Student Application Packet, please click here