Information for International Students
Midstate College is ready to welcome you to Peoria, Illinois, and to help make the transition as smooth and rewarding as possible. You will take part in an orientation which will provide you with essential information regarding the College, as well as information regarding ways to ensure you are staying in compliance with the regulations necessary to maintain your status.
As an international student, we want you to feel confident, focused, and comfortable, not only on your first day of class, but also throughout your tenure at Midstate College.
While you are studying at Midstate College, questions may arise related to your immigration status. Basic information is found here, and we encourage you to visit your Designated School Official’s office whenever you are in doubt. Most problems can be handled if you get assistance early, so it is important to keep Midstate informed and contact someone whenever you have questions or a decision to make.
For more information regarding admissions procedures, policies, and other important information for international students, please review the International Student Guide. Note: It is beneficial to read the International Student Guide before applying.
To be eligible for admission into Midstate College, the student must be at least 18 years old prior to the program start date and provide proof of completion of a valid secondary education degree. Any secondary degree equivalency must be approved by the College. Students must also meet the admissions criteria listed below.
An international student must provide the following documentation to his or her Designated School Official (DSO) in the Admissions Department in order to obtain a Form I-20 from Midstate College.
- Student will submit a completed Midstate College application; click here to fill out the application.
- Student will submit $25 application fee.
- Student will complete the Midstate College entrance exam; a passing score is required.
- Student will provide proof of English proficiency.
- Student will provide evidence of financial support (see below section titled Financial Support).
- Student will use World Education Services as a means to provide official high school and/or, if applicable, college transcripts. Applicant will pay for this service.
- Student will submit a photocopy of his or her passport.
- Student will provide proof of health insurance showing coverage for the duration of the student’s time in the United States.
It is the student’s responsibility to ensure all documentation is provided to the Midstate College Admissions Department.
A prospective student must submit financial documentation certifying access to funding for the duration of the student’s program, pursuant to federal code.
If the student is self-funded, he or she must submit an official original bank letter on bank letterhead (in English) which certifies the account holder’s name, date account was opened, type of account, current balance in U.S. dollars, and date of statement. This certification must show available liquid funds of $16,230.00 for first-year expenses at Midstate College, exclusive of travel expenses. Certification of funds must be dated within 90 days of issuing the I-20.
If the student has a sponsor, the Affidavit of Support (Form I-134) must be filled out and submitted to the admissions representative (DSO), as well as the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). For any questions regarding the Affidavit of Support, please click here.