1 Dear Prospective Intensive English Program (IEP) Student: Thank you for your interest in North Lake College. The documents listed on the next page must be submitted to the International Center in order to be considered for admission. An I-20 for an F-1 visa will be issued only after ALL the documents have been submitted and evaluated by the International Center. Please do not send your documents separately. All of the requirements must be met before you submit your completed package. Allow a minimum of three weeks for processing of the application after we have received your documents. It is imperative that you list your OFFICIAL NAME on the application as it appears on other forms of identification such as your passport and/or your birth certificate. The information on this application will be used to create your permanent academic record with North Lake College and your immigration record with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Different names or spelling of your name could lead to problems with obtaining a visa and delays in entering the United States. Read and follow the application procedures carefully. To ensure an efficient application process, all forms must be filled in properly and all requested documentation must be submitted in your admissions packet. We look forward to serving you at North Lake College. Intensive English Program International Center North Lake College Phone: Fax: http: //
2 Application Requirements for the Intensive English Program (IEP) Phone: Fax: http: // A COMPLETED INTERNATIONAL STUDENT APPLICATION PACKET CONSISTS OF ORIGINALS AND COPIES OF ALL DOCUMENTS. After completing the following forms in this packet, you may scan and the items to REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL APPLICANTS 1. Application for Admission to the IEP 2. F-1 Guidelines Form 3. Affidavit of Support (Evidence of sufficient support for the academic year) 4. Medical Requirements Form 5. Proxy Release of Student Information EVIDENCE OF SUFFICIENT SUPPORT FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regulations require non-immigrant students to verify that they will have the necessary funds available to pay for all educational and living expenses as an F-1 student. Students will need to provide a financial statement with supporting bank documents. All financial and supporting documents must be issued within the last three months. Originals will be required. The following documents are required from a sponsor: Original bank statement or bank letter issued within the last three months reflecting a minimum ending balance of $19,000 US dollars. ONE of the following: Affidavit of Support Form I-134 (If the sponsor lives in the United States) and a copy of most recent W-2 form, tax return, or employment verification letter including annual salary are required OR Non U. S. Sponsorship Form (If the sponsor lives outside of the United States) OR Self-Sponsorship Form (If you are sponsoring yourself) ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS 1. TRANSCRIPTS Must submit copies of transcripts indicating progress in the English language from each non-united States high school, college and/or university attended. 2. COPIES NEEDED (After student arrive to United States) Must provide copies of: Passport, valid for at least six (6) months. (Identification and expiration date pages.) Visa (upon arrival) I-94 from ( HEALTH INSURANCE IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED
3 Information for Prospective Intensive English Program Students Phone: Fax: http: // The following information explains the admissions procedures and documents required of nonimmigrant international students. You will need to complete and return all of the required documents as early as possible to ensure consideration for admission. Please read the information and follow all instructions carefully and completely. Embassies in certain countries require additional processing time for visas, so it is imperative that an application for admission be received in a timely manner. APPLICATION DEADLINES, PROCEDURE, AND REQUIREMENTS: Semester Months Deadline* Prospective/New Students Applying From Outside the United States Spring January - May October 15 Summer (optional) June - August March 15 Fall August - December June 15 F-1 Transfer Students Currently Inside the United States Spring January - May November 15 Summer June - August April 15 Fall August - December July 15 * Deadlines falling on non-business days will be extended to the next business day. PROCEDURES All of the required application documents must be must be received by the appropriate deadline before the admission process can begin. Applications that do not include all required documents will not be processed. The information may be hand-carried to the International Office, scanned and ed to or mailed to North Lake College, International Center, 5001 N. MacArthur Blvd., Suite A418, Irving, TX
4 INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FINANCIAL GUIDE Academic Year Expenses (estimated average expenses for 12 month academic year): Tuition/Fees* $5, 200 Living Expenses $12,000 Books/Supplies/Other $1,800 Total estimate for Fall & Spring $19,000 *Students are expected to pay tuition in full upon registration. The estimated expenses are based on a single student living away from home and may vary according to individual circumstances. Additional financial support must be shown for dependents. Dependents: Spouse $5,000 Each Child $3,000 A COMPLETED INTERNATIONAL STUDENT APPLICATION PACKET CONSISTS OF ORIGINALS AND COPIES OF ALL DOCUMENTS. Thank you for your interest in North Lake College. We hope to hear from you soon!
5 Application for Admission to the Intensive English Program (IEP) North Lake College International Center 5001 N. MacArthur Blvd, Suite A418. Irving, TX Phone: ~ Admission to IEP only does not guarantee admission to a degree program. ~ Print all information clearly, with name/date of birth information exactly as it appears on passport. 1 Semester you plan to enroll: Fall (Aug. Dec.) Spring (Jan. May) Summer (Jun. Jul.) (year) (year) (year) 2 Student Information Gender: Male Female Name Family Name First Name Date of Birth (month/day/year) Address 3 Home Country Address (Required IF applicant has, needs, or is seeking F1 visa status) Address: City: State/Province: Postal Code: Country: Home Phone: Cell Phone: 4 Dependent Information (Dependent is defined as a spouse or child of student. Attach a second sheet if more than three dependents) Date of Birth First Name mm/dd/yyyy Family Name Middle Name Country of Birth Country of Citizenship Relationship to Student Emergency Contact in Home Country Name (Family Name, First, Middle) 5 Relationship (Examples: father, friend, Does this person speak English? Yes No If no, what language? Telephone Number in Home Country Address for Emergency Contact Phone: Fax: http: //
6 Address IF I-20 Is to Be Mailed (Please be advised: DCCCD does not send documents by courier service) NOTE: If someone other than the student needs to pick up the documents, the student must sign a Proxy Release of Student Information form (included in this packet). The person picking up documents must show identification. 6 Name (Family Name, First Name) Address City State/Province Country Postal Code Address IMPORTANT Please read before signing 7 For your privacy, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regulations prohibit us from discussing your file or releasing your I-20, documents, etc., to anyone other than you, the student. A Proxy Release of student information form (included in this packet) can be completed with the required permission and your signature so that certain paperwork can be released. For additional information regarding FERPA, please visit the U.S. Department of Education website: Permission for Emergency Treatment: In the event of an emergency illness, accident, or injury, I hereby grant permission for the DCCCD staff to give first aid and/or to call an ambulance to have me transported to a hospital at my expense. (Your initials) 8 By signing below, I understand the following statements: Use an English translator if needed. If I am in the United States on a visa status that does not permit study, I will seek change of status to an F-1 visa through application to USCIS or travel/re-entry with F-1 visa before studies can begin. The TOEFL/IELTs test is not required for IEP applicants; I will take English placement exams at North Lake College to determine IEP level placement before registration. Upon admission to the IEP, I will maintain my status by attending classes and making every effort to complete all assignments. Failure to maintain status will result in dismissal from the program. Student Signature Date Translator Signature (if applicable) Date NOTE: If you are in the United States on a B (Visitor) Visa status, or any other status that does not permit you to study, we do not accept applications for Change of Status purposes. You will be required to return to your home country to apply for an F-1 (International Student) visa. Any falsification of any information is grounds for denial, withdrawal or cancellation of an application and/or admission. I attest that all the information that I have given is the best to my knowledge. Initials Student Signature: Date:
7 F-1 Guidelines for the Intensive English Program (IEP) North Lake College 5001 N. MacArthur Blvd. Irving, TX International Center, Suite A418 Phone: To maintain my F-1 status, I must: Have a passport that is valid for at least six (6) months when I apply to the IEP Attend ALL Intensive English Program classes and complete ALL required work Attend only the college that is shown on my I-20 while enrolled in the IEP Make academic progress in my IEP classes as defined by IEP advisors Contact my IEP advisor regarding problems that affect my academic success Notify my IEP advisor of any changes to my current address or phone number within 10 days My signature below certifies that I have read the above guidelines and understand what is required for me to maintain my F-1 student visa status. Printed Name (First, Middle, Family Name) Signature Date Phone: Fax: http: //
8 Affidavit of Support (Non-U.S. Sponsor) North Lake College International Center 5001 N. MacArthur Blvd, Suite A418. Irving, TX Phone: Name of Applicant: I,, am the of (name of Sponsor) (relationship) Mr./Mrs./Ms. who has applied for admission at (name of applicant) North Lake College. I will meet all educational, living, and miscellaneous expenses of the said applicant. I have attached a recent bank statement or bank letter for the last 3 months reflecting a minimum ending balance of $19,000 U.S. dollars. (Please see general information regarding additional funds required for any dependents). A minimum of $4,000 U.S. dollars must be available to the student at the time of initial registration. OATH OR AFFIRMATION OF SPONSOR I swear (affirm) that the above statements are true and correct. (Sponsor Signature) Date Address: City: Postal Code: Telephone: State/Province: Country: Phone: Fax: http: //
9 Affidavit of Support (Self-Sponsored Applicant) North Lake College International Center 5001 N. MacArthur Blvd, Suite A418. Irving, TX Phone: I,, am a self-sponsored student applicant. (Name of Applicant) I presently have the minimum sum of $19,000 U.S. dollars in my checking/savings account to meet my tuition, books, and miscellaneous expenses while attending North Lake College. (Please see general information regarding additional funds required for any dependents.) I have attached my most recent bank statement or bank letter for the last 3 months reflecting a minimum ending balance of $19,000 U.S. dollars. (Please see general information regarding additional funds required for any dependents). A minimum of $4,000 U.S. dollars will be available to me at the time of initial registration. OATH OR AFFIRMATION OF STUDENT I swear (affirm) that the above statements are true and correct. (Applicant Signature) Date Address: City: Postal Code: Telephone: State/Province: Country:
10 Medical Requirements Phone: Fax: IMPORTANT INFORMATION: The DCCCD does recommend that all prospective students have adequate immunization for diphtheria, rubella, rubella, mumps, tetanus and poliomyelitis. (See Texas Department of Health s Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule in the DCCCD Catalog.) 1. Tuberculosis testing is mandatory and must be done in the United States. (Tuberculosis testing done in countries other than the United States will not be accepted.) Before test assessments and registration in classes will be allowed, you MUST undergo testing for freedom from tuberculosis after you arrive in the United States. 2. Meningitis Vaccine is mandatory. You must be vaccinated at least ten (10) days prior to orientation. ** Must show proof of vaccination received within the last five years. Record must be in English (if not in English, must be translated). Applicants over 23 years of age are exempted from the meningitis vaccination requirement. ** Requirement may be subject to change. The DCCCD does recommend that all prospective students have adequate immunization for diphtheria, rubella, rubella, mumps, tetanus and poliomyelitis. (See Texas Department of Health s Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule in the DCCCD Catalog.) My dated signature certifies that I have read the above requirements and recommendations and understand what is expected of me. Printed Name (Last, First, Middle) Signature Date
11 Proxy Release of Student Information (Permission to Act on Behalf of Student) North Lake College 5001 N. MacArthur Blvd. Irving, TX International Center, Suite A418 Fax: Phone: IMPORTANT NOTICE: In compliance with FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974), the student must complete this form. For additional information regarding the FERPA confidentiality policy, please visit the U.S. Department of Education website: If someone other than the student needs to pick up an I-20 or additional documents, the student must complete this release. Documents will not be released without this Proxy Release. STUDENT INFORMATION (Please Print): Name (First/Last): NLC I.D. Number (If any): PROXY INFORMATION (Please Print): Name (First/Last): NLC I.D. Number (If any): Current Address: Telephone Number: In order to comply with the federal laws (FERPA) dealing with confidentiality of official student records, this release authorizing a proxy must be completed. To receive materials on behalf of the student, the designated proxy must present this completed form and a photo I.D. I hereby grant approval to, until, to serve (First/Last Name of Proxy) (end date) as my authorized proxy for the purpose of picking up the I-20 or other documents (as stated above) on my behalf. Relationship to student (Required) (example: relative, friend, etc.): Student Signature Date Proxy Signature Date Note: The student will be contacted when documents are ready/available for pick up. Staff Signature Date
12 Additional Information for Prospective Intensive English Program Students North Lake College International Center 5001 N. MacArthur Blvd, Suite A418. Irving, TX Phone: Why Choose our Community College? Our growing international student population represents more than 80 countries. Choosing a college is an important decision, and there are many reasons why starting your education at our community college may be the best choice. Some of the benefits you will enjoy are: Small class size with professors who are available to help and guide you Low out-of-country tuition and fees that enable you to avoid the high cost of other schools Courses that are transferable to four-year colleges and universities A variety of technical/occupational programs that are exclusive to our college An opportunity to live in an exciting metropolitan area featuring many cultural, recreational and intellectual opportunities North Lake College ~ The College of Choice Opened in 1977, North Lake College occupies 276 wooded acres in the Las Colinas area of Irving. Approximately 6,000 students enroll at the College in each fall and spring semester. Fall semester begins in the last week of August and ends in mid-december. Spring semester begins in mid-january and ends in early May. In addition, two optional summer sessions are offered. North Lake s facilities include a performance hall, a covered natatorium, jogging trail, well-equipped scientific laboratories, art studios and computerized learning centers. North Lake is a member of the Dallas County Community College District, which serves over 50,000 college students throughout Dallas County. Frequently Asked Questions WHAT IS A STUDENT VISA? Students from foreign countries who are admitted to North Lake College will receive an I-20 form. This is an immigration document that is used to apply for an F-1 student visa at U.S. consulates in other countries. The F-1 visa is granted to an individual whose purpose is to pursue a full course of study in the U.S., and upon completion of studies, return to the home country. I-20s for an F-1 visa will be issued only after all documents for admission have been submitted and evaluated by the International Center. Please refer to the Intensive English Program Admission Packet for more details on admission requirements. After obtaining the I-20 form, it is the responsibility of the student to arrange necessary immigration procedures at the consulate and travel arrangements. In order to remain in good standing with the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS), international students must enroll in and be successful in their IEP courses each semester. A Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fee must be paid prior to making an appointment with the consulate. DOES NLC HAVE SUPPORT SERVICES? Yes, North Lake College is committed to helping you reach your academic goals. We offer a variety of services to help you reach your goals and to be a successful student. The Student Resource Center provides computer facilities, Internet and access, and a variety of media including books, software and audiotapes to assist instruction. Free tutoring in the English language is also available. After completing the Intensive English Program, free tutoring is available for many college-level courses, including English and Math. The Library provides students with books, periodicals and reference materials, and quiet study rooms.
13 ARE THERE ANY CLUBS OR ACTIVITIES AT NLC? Yes, in addition to your academic pursuits, you will find a variety of social, recreational and cultural activities offered by the college to help you enjoy your experience in the U.S.A. WHAT KIND OF DEGREES ARE OFFERED AT NLC? After completing the Intensive English Program, students usually seek an Associate s Degree in Arts or Sciences. This two-year college degree is transferable to a four-year college or university. This liberal arts degree is recognized throughout the higher education and the business community as equaling the completion of two years of university studies. In the United States, most Bachelor Degree Programs require two years of basics that include core courses such as English, Math, Science, History and Political Science etc. North Lake College offers all the basics, which are transferable to other colleges. CAN I CHOOSE MY OWN CLASSES? Upon arrival to North Lake College, all new IEP students take a placement test before registering for classes. After testing, an IEP advisor will assist you in choosing classes at the appropriate skill level. HOW MANY CLASSES MUST I TAKE EACH SEMESTER? Depending on the results of the student s placement test, each semester of the Intensive English Program consists of a minimum of either 18 hours of in-class study per week, OR 12 college credits per semester. ARE THERE DORMITORIES OR HOSTELS AVAILABLE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS? North Lake College does not offer student housing. There are many apartment complexes located within a mile radius of the College. Apartments rent for approximately $600-l000 per month, depending on the amenities offered. The cost of rent does not include utilities (e.g. electricity, phone). If you do not have friends or family in the Dallas/Irving area that can provide temporary lodging when you arrive, you will need to bring extra money with you to stay in a hotel until you choose permanent accommodations. HOW W1LL I GET TO AND FROM SCHOOL? The City of Irving has bus service. Additionally, a light-rail public train comes directly to the North Lake College campus. If you choose an apartment along the bus route or the public transportation route, it is possible to ride the bus or light-rail transit to the College. Neighboring communities, such as Arlington, do not have bus service, so many students decide that driving their own car is the most efficient way to get to and from school. Although driving is a convenient way to get around, it is also expensive. You must obtain a license, purchase insurance, have the car inspected for safety; and pay a registration fee annually in addition to the cost of gasoline and maintenance.