The choice to attend college in the United States under an F-1 visa is an exciting adventure and we are pleased to learn you are interested in beginning your college career at Joliet Junior College! Acceptance to Joliet Junior College will enable you to receive an I-20 which is required for students to apply for an F-1 visa. Students can find a Checklist included on the JJC International Application to help them keep track of when their admissions package is complete prior to mailing.
- English Proficiency
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Score: You must send your original TOEFL report to JJC. Minimum scores must meet or exceed 74 on the internet-based test (iBT), 537 on the paper based test (PBT), or 203 on the computer based test. TOEFL information can be found at www.ets.org JJC’s destination code is 1346 to send transcripts. Scores are good for two years. OR...
- IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Score: You must send your original IELTS report to JJC. Minimum score must be 6.5 or above. OR...
- Take the Joliet Junior College ESL ACT Compass Test and place into English 101. OR...
- Successful completion of U.S. college-level English composition. Please submit an official U.S. college transcript for evaluation.
All students are required to take the Compass Placement test for English prior to orientation unless they transfer in U.S. college level English.
- Foreign Academic Transcripts: To prove U.S. High School equivalency
Have your secondary/high school level international transcript evaluated. JJC only accepts:
- World Education Services (WES) www.wes.org translated into English. Can be a document by document evaluation.
- Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) www.ece.org translated into English. Can be a general evaluation.
- Foreign Academic Transcripts: For possible transfer of college credit
Have your college level international transcript evaluated. JJC only accepts:
- World Education Services (WES) www.wes.org translated into English. Must be a course by course evaluation.
- Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) www.ece.org translated into English. Must be a course by course evaluation.
- JJC International Application
- Found in the International Packet or online at:
JJC International Application (PDF)
- A Photocopy of your Passport
- End date on passport must be valid for at least 6 months. Include photocopies of any F-2 dependents that will be accompanying the F-1 visa holder.
- A Copy (front and back) of your I-94
- If applicant is currently in the USA: Include photocopies of any F-2 dependent's I-94 (front and back).
- Evidence of Support
- All prospective students must submit financial documentation certifying access to funding for the duration of their studies pursuant to 8 CFR § 214.2
- A student and his or her sponsor must submit (in English language), an official original bank letter on bank letterhead certifying the account holder’s name, date account was opened, type of account, current balance in U.S. dollars, and date of statement. The bank account being used for evidence of financial support may be in the sponsor’s name and must be notarized.
- If the student has a sponsor: Complete the Affidavit of Support found with the JJC International Application. If a student is completely self-funded, the Affidavit of Support is not needed.
- Certification must show available liquid funds for first-year expenses at JJC; exclusive of travel expenses. Certification of funds must be dated within 90 days of issuing the I-20.
Tuition may increase.
Change of Status
If you are already in the U.S.A. in another nonimmigrant category, you will need to file form I-539 for a change in status found in www.uscis.gov and include your Form I-20 with other required documents and fees. Please contact USCIS directly as certain visa types have restrictions.
Additional Documentation for Transfer Students Only
If transferring to JJC from another college or university in the United States
- Copies of all I-20 forms issued to you, pages 1 and 3.
- Copy of OPT Card (if applicable)
Submit a copy of your OPT card with dates.
- All U.S. College Transcripts
- Include all official college/university transcripts from each institution you have attended in the past.
- JJC Transcript Evaluation Form
- Transcript Evaluation Form (PDF)
- International Transfer-In Form
- Completed by the student and current DSO upon acceptance. Please make a formal appointment with International Admissions by calling (815) 280-2883 or emailing Nancy Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All of the above documentation must be submitted as a complete package to be considered for admissions.
Mail completed package to:
Joliet Junior College
1215 Houbolt Road Joliet, IL 60431-8938
Important Deadlines & Information for All Prospective Students
- Shared Information
- The Department of Homeland Security's SEVIS and USCIS computer systems receive all information concerning your application to Joliet Junior College for a Form I-20.
- Deadline Dates
- Please note the below deadline dates for complete applications and all supporting documentation.
Deadline: New Student
Deadline: Transferring F-1 Students
Fall Semester (August – December)
Spring Semester (January – May)
- Residency Requirements
- All international students must live within Joliet Junior College’s school district. Options are: living with your U.S. in-district sponsor, renting an apartment, or Centennial Commons Student Housing can be found at the following link. Please plan accordingly. http://www.jjc.edu/student-life/student-housing/Pages/default.aspx
- As a non-citizen of the United States, your residency within the College District does NOT entitle you to the in-district tuition rate.
- Health Insurance
- Proof of health insurance coverage covering you in the United States. Proof of having purchased the appropriate health insurance must be turned in to the Admissions Office before the Program Start Date on your Form I-20. Insurance can be purchased at www.internationalstudentinsurance.com (Please select: School Requirements tab, Illinois, and Joliet Junior College)
This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students.
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