International Education & Programs
A Whole World of Learning
Welcome to international education at Elgin Community College (ECC)! ECC offers easy and streamlined admissions for international students wishing to study in the U.S., award-winning Intensive English training, homestay opportunities for international students and local
District 509 families, quality study abroad programming, and international exchange opportunities for faculty and administrators.
New International Student Admissions
ECC is about 40 miles from Chicago, which has world-championship sports teams, an internationally acclaimed symphony orchestra, award-winning theater, dozens of museums and historical sites, premier shopping and some of the best restaurants in the United States.
ECC offers semester, summer, and short-term study abroad opportunities. Studying abroad increases global awareness and cultural competency and gives your resume a boost in a competitive global marketplace. Plus, you can earn credit toward your degree or certificate.
More about study abroad
The homestay program promotes values of international friendship and cultural exchange and provides students with a clean, safe and caring atmosphere in which to live while attending ECC.
Local Residents Interested in Hosting an International Student
ECC's International Student Homestay Program gives you and your family the opportunity to experience another culture by hosting an international student.
International Students Interested in Living with an American Family
ECC's International Student Homestay Program gives you the opportunity to experience American culture by living with an American family.
Summer Cultural Immersion Program
This three-week summer program is designed for international students and professionals looking to enhance their English language proficiency and experience American culture in a full immersion experience. Participants engage in English language training, visits to local sites of historical and cultural significance, and live with a local American family. Minimum age: 14 years old.
Resources for F1-Students
Better understand how to maintain your status, your rights and responsibilities as an F-1 student, and general information about life in the U.S.