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Prospective International Student Information and Application

2023—2024 Academic Year

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 2,900 students, with close to 150 students living in its on-campus Residence Hall. North Central Michigan College hosts an average of one international student per year.

Degrees Conferred at North Central Michigan College

 A degree designed to transfer to a four-year college or university by delivering typical freshman and sophomore year general education coursework. An AA degree is not awarded in a specific subject area, but its foundational courses allow the student to major in a subject area in his/her junior year.  We do have concentrations within the AA degree, currently offering a concentrations in Environmental and Sustainability Studies and Early Childhood Education.
(Program Code: 300)

A degree similar to the AA degree, but with a strong emphasis on the natural sciences and mathematics. It is designed for the student who will transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue studies of a scientific nature.
(Program Code: 400)

A degree designed for the student who plans to pursue a career or advance his/her career immediately upon graduation. Students planning to pursue a bachelorʼs degree using the AAS as a foundation should carefully choose their coursework with an advisor to maximize transferability. The AAS degree is awarded in specific areas of expertise, e.g., the AAS in Business Management and Early Childhood Education.

A degree designed for the student wishing flexibility in defining specific educational objectives. It can accommodate the student who plans to transfer as well as one who wishes to pursue a career immediately upon graduation. The AGS degree is not awarded in a specific subject area.
(Program Code: 600)

Not sure which direction to take?

Exploring your options is much more effective when you do it with an experienced guide. North Central academic advisors and counselors can help you set goals and develop a plan for achieving them. Call 888-298-6605 or 231-348-6605.


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

Fall semester  15 weeks Early September to late December
Winter semester 16 weeks Early January to Early May
Summer semester 15 weeks Early May to August

Enrollment Requirements

International students following the F-1 Visa requirements must:

  1. Attend North Central Michigan 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.

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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.

Financial Responsibility

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.

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.

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Admission Deadline Dates:

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

For Fall Semester 2023: June 23, 2023
For Winter Semester 2024: October 27, 2023

Estimated Student Expenses

Based on enrollment in 30 credits of coursework (5 courses each for the fall & winter semesters,) Academic Year 2023-24:
(Estimated expenses + 5%)

 Fall and Winter Semesters (36 weeks)
Tuition and Fees            $10,710.00
Housing and Food (Single Room)      $10,540.00
Books & Supplies         $2,500.00
Estimated Medical Insurance   $1,536.00
Personal Expenses   $4,620.00
TOTAL      $29,906.00

Optional Summer Session
Tuition and Fees:       $3,215.00
Housing and Food (Single Room)     TBD
Books & Supplies      $900.00
Estimated Medical Insurance   $655.00
Personal Expenses      $1,100.00
 TOTAL     $5,870.00 + Housing/Food

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Application Packet

All the following items, #1 - 8, 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 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). Transcripts of coursework completed at all secondary schools and universities must show an above-average academic record (U.S. letter grade of B). For international university-level coursework, we recommend having those transcripts evaluated for U.S. equivalency. North Central highly recommends Educational Credential Evaluators,
  4. Submit an official copy of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test results. Scores of 550 or higher on paper-based test, 213 or higher on computer-based test, or 79 or higher on the Internet-based test are required for admission. North Central Michigan College’s TOEFL code number 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. Complete and submit the enclosed Declaration of Finances. It must be completed in its entirety before the admissions process can proceed; the student must demonstrate 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. Submit the International Student Certificate of Health form, completed by a medical physician.
  7. Submit a check or money order for the refundable International Student deposit (US$750.)
  8. 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.

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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. For new entry or change of status, once the I-20 is issued, please visit to pay the required SEVIS I-901 fee. Credit card, check or money order is accepted. The SEVIS number printed at the top of the I-20, is needed to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee.
  3. 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. Entry into the United States can be no earlier than 30 days prior to the beginning of the college semester.
  4. 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 address. The I-20 will be issued after the applicant has registered for and attended classes at North Central Michigan College.
  5. 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 may take 3 months to process. 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.

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Enrolling in classes:

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