International flags in Building F atrium

Fostering mutual understanding and global learning through international education.

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 families, quality study abroad programming, and international exchange opportunities for faculty and administrators.

New International Student Admissions

Elgin Community College warmly welcomes international students from more than 25 countries from around the world! 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.

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Resources for Current International Students

Are you a current F-1 or J-1 international student or scholar studying at ECC? 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. Resources for F1-students

Study Abroad

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. Study abroad details

Homestay Program

ECC's International Student 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. Homestay program details

Local Residents Interested in Hosting an International Student

The 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

The Homestay Program gives you the opportunity to experience American culture by living with an American family.

International Partners

ECC has international partners around the world. Our international partners help students in their home country apply for admission to ECC, host ECC students and faculty for education abroad programs, and send international students and faculty to ECC on exchange programs.


Center for International Education and Programs

Building B, Room B105
Fax: +1-847-931-4897

Prospective Students

Current Students