International Students

International Coordinator

You may contact the International Coordinator with any questions you have about attending classes at North Central State College.

phone: 001-419-755-4824
email: mmonnes@ncstatecollege.edu

We welcome all international students interested in attending classes at North Central State College. Your presence will help expand our horizons and enrich the experience of our entire student body.

Applying to the college is the first step towards attending classes. North Central State College has an open enrollment policy, which means all students are considered for admission regardless of grade point average or class standing. You should complete an Application for Admission (PDF) at least 90 days before classes begin.

To be accepted for admission, international students must also submit other required documents listed on this page. After reviewing your application form and related documents, we will mail you an acceptance letter detailing the next steps you should take.

International students who are accepted by the college will receive an I-20 document. The I-20 document is required to apply for a student visa. Students applying for an F1 student visa should contact the nearest United States embassy or consulate to start the visa process.

More details about obtaining a student visa are covered under Step 2: Applying for a Student Visa.

Choosing ESL or a Major

You must choose English as a Second Langauge (ESL) and/or a major area of study when you apply to the college. North Central State College has many Associate Degrees (majors) with the opportunity to transfer to complete a Bachelor’s Degree with other universities.

Our campus is co-located with a branch of the Ohio State University.

If you are not sure which degree is right for you, contact the International Coordinator for assistance.

These pages may also be helpful in choosing a degree:

Applying to the college is the first step towards attending classes. North Central State College has an open enrollment policy, which means all students are considered for admission regardless of grade point average or class standing. You should complete an Application for Admission (PDF) at least 90 days before classes begin.

To be accepted for admission, international students must also submit other required documents listed on this page. After reviewing your application form and related documents, we will mail you an acceptance letter detailing the next steps you should take.

International students who are accepted by the college will receive an I-20 document. The I-20 document is required to apply for a student visa. Students applying for an F1 student visa should contact the nearest United States embassy or consulate to start the visa process.

More details about obtaining a student visa are covered under Step 2: Applying for a Student Visa (above).

Transferring from Another College

North Central State College accepts credit from domestic as well as foreign colleges and universities. You must submit an official transcript in English from your previous school to Student Records for evaluation. All foreign college transcripts will be evaluated by an outside evaluation service, such as the World Education Service www.wes.org, at the student’s expense. Domestic college transcripts will be evaluated by the North Central State College Registrar at no charge.

Please contact Student Records or the International Coordinator for more details on transferring credit to North Central State College.

Transferring to Another College

Most of the classes at North Central State can be transferred to another college or university. If you transfer to another school, the receiving school makes the final decision on how North Central State classes will be credited towards a new degree.

Our campus is co-located with a branch of the Ohio State University. Ashland University and Mount Vernon Nazarene College are within 25 miles and also accept North Central State credit.

If you are planning to transfer to another school, contact the new school before your I-20 at North Central State expires. You will have to obtain a new I-20 from the new school before you can attend classes at the new school. It is recommended that you transfer your North Central State credit when you apply for the new I-20.

Please contact Student Records or the International Coordinator for more details on transferring credit to another college.

It is recommended that you complete the application for your student visa 60 days before the start of a term.

You must apply to the college and receive an I-20 document before applying for a student visa. The I-20 document details your plan of study and the time period you intend to complete your degree. An U.S. embassy or consulate will use the I-20 and your SEVIS registration to confirm your status as a student.

What is SEVIS?

Before you can apply for a student visa you must register with the SEVIS system.The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is a database that includes potential and active international students. During the student visa application process, your local United States embassy will use this database to confirm you have been accepted by the college. The SEVIS form and fee are both handled by the Department of Homeland Security. Please see the SEVIS website to complete the form and pay the registration fee.

Start the Application

After you receive your I-20 document and after you have paid the SEVIS fee, contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to begin the student visa application. You can apply to any international U.S. embassy, but you may find it more difficult to complete the application process if the embassy is not in your home county.

You will be applying for a class F1 student visa using Form DS-160, opens in a new window. This form is also used for other classes of nonimmigrant visas, so be sure to specify F1. The online form should be completed before scheduling an interview with the embassy.

Required Documents

  • SEVIS payment receipt (paper)
  • Form DS-160 (online)
  • Form DS-160 fee payment receipt (paper)
  • I-20 Document (paper)
  • Passport (paper)
  • 2×2 Photograph (paper)

Student Visa Interview

You should schedule an interview with your local U.S. embassy after you have collected the required documents.

The interviewer at the embassy will ask you some questions to verify your status as a student. Be prepared to answer questions regarding ties to your country, your English language skills, your academic background, proof of your financial ability, and the program of study you have been accepted.

Be prepared to show:

  • Transcripts and diplomas from previous institutions
  • Scores from standardized tests required by the educational institution
  • Financial evidence of ability to pay

Entry into the U.S.

A student visa does not guarantee entry into the U.S., but it does make the entry process easier. The United States port of entry makes the final decision to grant you entry.

First-time international students may enter the U.S. 30 days before classes begin. If you need to enter earlier, you will have to apply for special permission at your local U.S. embassy.

Continuing second year students may enter the U.S. at any time before classes start. However, if you are outside the U.S. for more than 5 months you will be required to apply for a new student visa. The North Central State summer break is only a few months long so you can continue classes from year to year using one student visa as long as you don’t skip a term.

These tasks should be completed 30 to 60 days before the beginning of a term.

Gather Travel Documents

You should carry these travel documents with you when you come to the U.S. and keep photocopies of these in a separate safe place in case you lose the originals.

  • Passport
  • Student Visa
  • 1-94 Arrival/Departure Record
  • I-20 Document

Arrange for Housing

North Central State does not have on-campus housing so you will have to contact the International Coordinator to arrange for temporary housing. Apartments and houses are available for rent in the local cities of Mansfield and Ontario. The International Coordinator will arrange temporary housing for you before you come to the U.S. and you will be required to find permanent housing when you get to the U.S.

You should expect to pay $600 to $800 a month to rent an apartment. Appliances, like an oven and refrigerator, will probably be included with higher rent and excluded with lower rent. You will have to supply general use furniture, like a couch, dining table and chairs, bedroom furniture, and a television.

Transportation in the U.S.

North Central State College will provide transportation to Mansfield from Cleveland Hopkins Airport or Port Columbus International Airport. If you choose another arrival airport, you will have to arrange transportation to Mansfield.

Once you reach your Mansfield housing, you will have to arrange daily transportation to the college and shopping centers. Bus service, opens in a new window is available from Mansfield and Ontario to the college and shopping centers.

Immunization and Health Insurance

All students who attend health degree clinicals are required to have certain immunizations before attending a clinical class. Please contact the Dean of Health Sciences for a current immunization list. It is recommended that you receive these immunizations in your home country instead of waiting to get them in the U.S.

It is recommended, but not required, that students in non-health degrees receive the same immunizations as health degree students before entering the U.S.

Health treatment is expensive in the U.S. and it is recommended that you have a health insurance policy. You must obtain health insurance from a private insurer since North Central State does not provide this service.

Plan to arrive in the U.S. 20 to 30 days before classes begin. If you want to enter earlier than 30 days, you will have to get special permission from your local U.S. embassy.

Settle into Housing

The International Coordinator will show you to your temporary housing when you arrive. Take time to settle in and familiarize yourself with Mansfield and the surrounding area.

Mansfield and Richland County Information:
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Ohio Information:
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Pay for Classes

You must pay for your first semester of classes before the term begins. See the Cashier’s Office Bill Payment page for acceptable payment types and payment dates. You cannot attend classes until payment is received.

International student tuition and fees are $333.20 per credit hour. A full-time international student taking 12 credit hours per semester would pay $3,998.40 per semester in tuition and fees. Two semesters of classes would cost about $7,996.80. Your actual costs will vary depending on how many credit hours your classes are worth. Books, housing and living expenses are not included in tuition and fees.

Financial Aid is not available for international students. International students cannot claim the in-state tuition rate regardless of how long they have been in the United States.

Register for Classes

You must have a valid student username and password before registering for classes. Most students register for classes online using MyNC with help from an Academic Advisor. You may also contact the International Coordinator for help with registering classes.

You will receive a curriculum worksheet which details the classes necessary to complete your degree. You may sign up for your first semester of classes online using MyNC when registration is open. Use the curriculum worksheet to find the classes you need. Check the Academic Calendar for a listing of registration dates.

International students must take enough credit to be a full-time student. Twelve (12) credit hours are necessary to be considered a full-time student.

Assessment Tests

All first-time students are evaluated with assessments to determine which entry level classes are best for each student. Students with higher scores will take higher entry level classes and students with lower scores will take lower entry level classes.

International students will be required to take the ACCUPLACER assessment. This assessment is used to determine which entry level classes in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics match the skills of the student. The Accuplacer is not an admissions requirement and is only used to determine appropriate entry level classes for each student. College credit may override Accuplacer placement.

Students who are taking computer related degrees must also take the Computer Literacy assessment. This assessment is not an admissions requirement and is only used to determine appropriate entry level classes for each student.

Students who are taking health related degrees must also take the ATI TEAS assessment. This assessment is not an admissions requirement and is used to determine who enters clinical classes first. Those who score high on the TEAS V will be allowed into clinicals before those who score low. Health degree students can still take the basics classes required for the degree, but they may have to wait to enter clinicals depending on the outcome of the TEAS V test

Orientation

International students must attend an orientation session before classes begin. Contact the International Coordinator to arrange a date for your orientation. You should take the orientation two to three weeks before classes begin.

Orientation includes:

  • Tour of the campus
  • Meeting with an Academic Advisor
  • How to get books
  • Tour of local shopping centers
  • Getting a bus pass
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) class availability
  • Who to contact if you have a problem

Meet with International Coordinator

International Students are required to meet with the International Coordinator within 3 days of their arrival.

Buy Books

All books necessary for classes are available at the campus bookstore. You may also order books online if you have the correct ISBN number. ISBN numbers for books are listed under each class on MyNC.