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Northwestern College Preparation Program

Information for International Students

 

International Students

The College Prep Program program invites you to join students from around the world to immerse yourself in rigorous course work and experience the American college culture. Rising high school juniors and seniors have three options to choose from:
  • Enroll in undergraduate courses for college credit and start your college career early!
  • Join a fascinating classroom discussion in our IN FOCUS seminars, taught by top Northwestern faculty highlighting themes relevant today!
  • Improve your English competency and become more familiar with the US higher education system, academic culture, campus life, and the American application processes in the EducationUSA program!

Students will also have many opportunities to participate in campus-wide Summer Session activities including lunchtime entertainment on Lake Michigan, barbecues on the beach and an evening outdoor film festival. Additionally, University-sponsored activities, such as theatre and music performances, are open to all students as well as access to many of the university's resources including the gymnasium, library, and private student beach.

I-20/DS-2019 Request

 College Credit Students

As part of the F1 visa requirement, international students enrolling in the college credit study option must enter the US on a student visa and enroll as a full-time student (three courses).

All International Students enrolling in College Credit Courses must submit an I-20/DS-2019 Request Form through the NU Portal. Please visit the Northwestern University International Office website for details. Under the "Student Visas" link, select "Steps for New Students." Please begin your request as soon as you receive your NetID to allow sufficient time to apply for your visa. Under the "Academic Program" dropdown menu, please choose "SPS: College Preparation Program: x Weeks" for the number of weeks of your selected and approved course. The College Preparation Program will email a copy and mail your original I-20 to you as soon as it has been issued.

Contact our office if you already have an I-20 from another institution, such as a U.S. high school, as you may not be required to request a student visa from Northwestern University or enroll in three courses.

IN Focus Students

International students enrolling in the IN FOCUS Seminars may not be required to apply for a student visa, but may need to obtain a visitor visa to enter the US and participate in the program. Please check with the US Embassy or Consulate in the country where you live to confirm the type of visa you will need.

Contact our office if you already have an I-20 from another institution, such as a U.S. high school, as you may not be required to request a student visa from Northwestern University or enroll in three courses.

EducationUSA

EducationUSA Academy students must submit an I-20/DS-2019 Request Form through the NU Portal. Please visit the Northwestern University International Office website for details. Under the “Student Visas” link, select “Steps for New Students.” Please begin your request as soon as your receive your NetID to allow sufficient time to apply for your visa stamp. The College Preparation Program will email a copy and mail your original I-20 to you as soon as it has been issued. 

Contact our office if you already have an I-20 from another institution, such as a U.S. high school, as you may not be required to request a student visa from Northwestern University or enroll in three courses.

Health Insurance Requirements

College Credit Students

All full-time (three credit courses) international students enrolled in the College Prep Program will be billed for the University visiting scholar plan. The cost of the Visiting Scholar Health plan is $47.00 per week. Students may waive this requirement if they provide proof of comparable insurance documentation and approval by the College Prep Office.

IN Focus Students
All IN Focus (non-credit) international students will be billed for the University-sponsored Visiting Scholar Health plan. The cost of the Visiting Scholar Health plan is $47.00 per week. Students may waive this requirement if they provide proof of comparable insurance documentation and approval by the College Prep Office. 

EducationUSA Students

The cost of insurance for EducationUSA is included in the program fee.

 

 

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