International students at College of DuPage

International Students

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance

On Friday July 24, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) provided updated guidance for F-1 international students. Please find below a summary of the new guidance as it pertains to enrollment at College of DuPage:

New Initial Students outside the U.S. in an Academic Program: The updated guidance will allow you the opportunity to apply for a new F-1 visa and enter the U.S. to study full time at College of DuPage, but you MUST enroll in at least one hybrid (HYB) course. Your other course selections may be any combination of online (NET), virtual classroom meetings (VCM) or hybrid (HYB).

If you decide to stay in your home country or you're have difficulty obtaining a visa appointment at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate, we can defer your admission to the Spring 2021 semester. If we defer your SEVIS I-20 for the Spring semester, you can still choose to begin your education online at COD.

Transferring Students inside the U.S. in an Academic Program: The updated guidance will allow for full time enrollment in courses taught online. This means you will be allowed to take your fall courses in any combination of instructional format including online (NET), virtual classroom meetings (VCM) or hybrid (HYB). The new guidance does NOT require students to enroll in a hybrid course.

View this short video to help familiarize yourself with the different modes of instruction that COD will be offering this fall.

Welcome to College of DuPage

We are pleased to learn of your interest in attending College of DuPage. College of DuPage is the Midwest's largest comprehensive, single-campus community college, and is dedicated to serving the diverse higher educational, civic and cultural needs of our students. The college is located in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, a suburban city twenty-five miles west of Chicago.

College of DuPage offers the first two years of undergraduate course work. The College awards seven different associate degrees:

  • Associate in Arts
  • Associate in Science
  • Associate in Engineering Science
  • Associate in Applied Science
  • Associate in General Studies
  • Associate in Fine Arts - Art Option
  • Associate in Fine Arts - Music Option

The College also offers English as a Second Language classes available during the Fall and Spring Semester.

Currently, more than 50 different nationalities are enrolled at the College of DuPage. Over 40% of the international students transfer to four-year institutions, both private and public, in Illinois and other states in the U.S. College of DuPage regards the presence of international students on campus as an integral part of its mission of globalization and interdependence.

We look forward to hearing from you and assisting you in any way possible.

Admission Deadlines

All required materials must be received by the below deadlines to be considered for admission. Late applications might still considered, but we will need you to contact us as soon as possible. 

If the deadline listed below falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline is extended until the end of the next business day.

Fall Semester (classes begin in mid-August)

  • Deadline: June 30
  • Deadline for Transferring F-1 Students: July 31

Spring Semester (classes begin in mid-January)

  • Deadline: November 15
  • Deadline for Transferring F-1 Students: Dec. 1

*Summer Semester (classes begin in late May)

  • Deadline: March 1
  • Deadline for Transferring F-1 Students: April 1

*Some programs may not be available during the summer semester. Applicants applying for a program not offered during the summer semester will be issued an I-20 for the fall semester.  


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Admission Requirements

There are several documents you need to submit in order for us to review your application.

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Estimated Expenses

Costs to attend COD include tuition fees, books and supplies, health insurance and living expenses.

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English Proficiency

Students are required to submit English proficiency before they are accepted.

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Current Students

International Student Services helps F-1 international students maintain their non-immigrant student status.

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Contact Information

Gabi Carr
Student Services Center (SSC), Room 2225
(630) 942-2979

Regular Hours

Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Evening appointments are available upon request.