International Students at Downtown Chicago

At Calumet College of St. Joseph, we feel strongly that diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences are integral parts of a liberal arts education. That's why we welcome international students, who infuse our campus with a lively mix of cultures, ethnicities and languages. CCSJ is located in Hammond, Indiana, which ideally just mintues away from Chicago and Lake Michigan. As a private, four-year, liberal arts institution, CCSJ provides international students the opportunity to obtain a quality education in a personalized setting. We are committed to making the enrollment process as simple and efficient as possible. If after visiting the provided links you still have questions regarding the enrollment process, please contact us directly.

Important note: CCSJ does not evaluate international transcripts at the College. Please make sure to send your academic records to the of the evaluation services below:

It can take up to five weeks for your academic records to be evaluated.

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Before & After Arrival


  • Admission Requirements
  • Housing
  • Traveling to the US
  • Arrival Information
  • Orientation

We understand that making the move to a new school in a new country can be both exciting and challenging. By carefully following these important admissions steps before you arrive, you will make a quick and successful transition to Calumet College of St. Joseph.

International (Non-Canada)

  1. Please complete an application to Calumet College. There is a fifty dollars ($50) application fee.


  2. Please submit academic records to one of the two evaluation companies that we recommend. Students coming directly from high school must submit secondary school transcripts. Students transferring from an international college and/or university must submit official transcripts only from the all of the colleges and/or universities that you have attended. If you have more than 24 transfer hours (one academic year) from an international college or university, then you will not need to have your high school transcripts evaluated. If you have less than 24 credit hours transferring in, then both secondary and college and/or university transcripts must be evaluated.

    CCSJ does not evaluate international transcripts at the College. Please make sure to send your academic records to the of the evaluation services below:
    It can take up to five weeks for your academic records to be evaluated.

  3. You will need to demonstrate English proficiency by taking the Test of English as a Second Language or TOEFL test. You will need to register to take the test at www.ets.org/toefl. You will need to score at least a 68 on the internet based testing in order to have your admissions application file reviewed for possible acceptance to the college. If you are from a TOEFL exempt country, you will not be required to take the TOEFL test. Please click on the link to see if your country is considered to be TOEFL exempt. (TOEFL Exempt Countries)


  4. Please complete the Declaration of Financial Resources for International Students Form, International Financial Aid Form and submit supporting financial documentation. All documentation must be translated into English and into U.S. Dollars. The bank statements cannot be older than 6 months from the start date of the semester that you are planning to attend.  If they are older than 6 months, then you will have to resubmit updated bank statements.


  5. An admissions decision is made once the documents listed above have been submitted. Though it is not required to submit SAT or ACT scores, if you do take one of these two tests (first-year students only), they will be used for scholarship consideration and if you are possibly looking to be a member of a CCSJ Athletic team.


  6. Confirm Your Enrollment - All students must confirm their enrollment with the Admissions Office prior to arriving on campus.


International (Canada)

  1. Please Complete an application to Calumet College. There is a fifty dollars ($50) application fee.


  2. Please submit academic records to one of the two evaluation companies that we recommend. Students coming directly from high school must submit secondary school transcripts. Students transferring from an international college and/or university must submit official transcripts only from the all of the colleges and/or universities that you have attended. If you have more than 24 transfer hours (one academic year) from an international college or university, then you will not need to have your high school transcripts evaluated. If you have less than 24 credit hours transferring in, then both secondary and college and/or university transcripts must be evaluated.

    CCSJ does not evaluate international transcripts at the College. Please make sure to send your academic records to the of the evaluation services below:

    It can take up to five weeks for your academic records to be evaluated.


  3. If you are from Quebec, you will be required to take the Test of English as a Second Language (TOEFL).  You will need to register for the TOEFL test at www.ets.org/toefl. You will need a score of at least 190 on the computer test (520 on written test or 68 on internet based testing).


  4. Please complete the Declaration of Financial Resources for International Students Form, International Financial Aid Form and submit supporting financial documentation. All documentation must be translated into English and into U.S. Dollars. The bank statements cannot be older than 6 months from the start date of the semester that you are planning to attend.  If they are older than 6 months, then you will have to resubmit updated bank statements.


  5. An admissions decision is made once the documents listed above have been submitted. Though it is not required to submit SAT or ACT scores, if you do take one of these two tests (first-year students only), they will be used for scholarship consideration and if you are possibly looking to be a member of a CCSJ Athletic team.


  6. Confirm Your Enrollment - All students must confirm their enrollment with the Admissions Office prior to arriving on campus.


International Transfers

  1. Please complete an application to Calumet College. There is a fifty dollars ($50) application fee.


  2. Please submit academic records from all of the colleges and universities that you have attended in the United States. They will need to be Official Transcripts from those that you have attended. If you have less than 12 credit hours of 100 level courses that are able to transfer, then you must submit your evaluated secondary school transcripts and/or international college or university transcripts to one of the two evaluation companies that we recommend. If you have not had your secondary school and/or international college or university transcripts evaluated, you will need to complete that process before continuing with the admissions process.

    CCSJ does not evaluate international transcripts at the College. Please make sure to send your academic records to the of the evaluation services below:

    It can take up to five weeks for your academic records to be evaluated


  3. You will need to demonstrate English proficiency by taking the Test of English as a Second Language or TOEFL test. If you have taken a 100 level English Composition course at the institution(s) you have attended within the United States, then we will not need your TOEFL scores. If you have not completed a 100 level English Composition course, then you will need to complete the Test of English as a Second Language (TOEFL) and meet the minimum score of at least 68 on the internet based testing. You will need to register for the TOEFL test at www.ets.org/toefl.  If you are from a TOEFL exempt country, you will not be required to take the TOEFL test. Please click on the link to see if your country is considered to be TOEFL exempt. (TOEFL Exempt Countries).
    Please note that if you are in an Intensive English program, you will not be waived from the TOEFL requirement.


  4. Please complete the Declaration of Financial Resources for International Students Form, International Financial Aid Form and submit supporting financial documentation. All documentation must be translated into English and into U.S. Dollars. The bank statements cannot be older than 6 months from the start date of the semester that you are planning to attend.  If they are older than 6 months, then you will have to resubmit updated bank statements.


  5. An admissions decision is made once the documents listed above have been submitted.

This listing was created as a guide to assist you in your housing search. The realtors listed below have not been interviewed, vetted or deemed to be qualified by CCSJ. CCSJ also does not inspect, approve or supervise the real estate or housing made available by the realtors below. CCSJ disclaims any responsibility for the work of these realtors and will not become a party to any landlord-tenant matters.

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Realtors

Mobile Realty
6940 Indianapolis Blvd
Hammond, IN 46324
http://mobilerealty.com/


Reeder Co Realtors (deals with 12 month leases only)
7007 Indianapolis Blvd
Hammond, IN 46324


Nancy Stolman
Re/Max
(219) 961-8174
http://www.nancystolman.com


Christine Suarez
McColly Real Estate
219-313-3580
csuarez@mccolly.com
http://www.mccolly.com/csuarez


Websites

Craigslist
Hammond Chamber of Commerce
Rent in Hammond
Whiting Indiana

It is important that you follow the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement guidelines when you are traveling to the United States with an F-1 visa. Please review the following procedures when preparing to arrive to begin your studies as an international student at Calumet College of St. Joseph:

  • As an initial student entering to attend school for the first time, you may not enter the U.S. more than 30 days before the program indicated on your I-20 form. If you are a transfer or continuing student, this rule does not apply to you.
  • When departing for the U.S., be sure to have a current passport, the sealed immigration documents given to you by the consular officer, evidence of financial resources, SEVIS form I-20, and the name and phone number of the Designated School Officer of Calumet College of St. Joseph.
  • You will complete (usually on the airplane) form I-94 Arrival Departure Record before passing through U.S. immigration.
  • The immigration officer will stamp your SEVIS form duration of status or “D/S” and also stamp the I-94 and staple it in the passport.
  • Once you have arrived in the Hammond area, report to Calumet College of St. Joseph as soon as possible and register for classes. The Designated School Official at CCSJ will need to make copies of your passport and I-94 forms.
  • If you are transferring to Calumet College of St. Joseph from an institution in the United States and you leave the country, you will need to have an updated I-20 from Calumet College of St. Joseph before returning to the United States in order for you not to be considered “out of status”.

Arriving in Chicago

You must report to the university by Friday, August 26, when required activities begin for new international students.


Arrival Date

Time of Transportation to Campus

Monday, August 22

11 a.m. to 12 a.m. (midnight)

Tuesday, August 23

11 a.m. to 12 a.m. (midnight)

Wednesday, August 24

11 a.m. to 12 a.m. (midnight)

Thursday, August 25

11 a.m. to 12 a.m. (midnight)


If arriving during the times listed above, you will be greeted at the airport by a CCSJ representative immediately after entering the airport lobby then transported to campus. This transportation service is provided at no cost. If arriving outside of the times listed above, you are responsible for your own transportation (see below for other transportation options).

Take Placement Testing
Students must take placement testing before the semester begins.

Calumet College of St. Joseph requires incoming undergraduate international students to attend a new student orientation the week before the beginning of each semester. During the orientation, students will receive a brief tour of the campus, the City or Whiting and other important locations in the area. If a student is unable to complete orientation, they will have to arrange for make-up dates.

New International Student Orientation Fall semester 2016: Friday, August 26
New International Student Orientation Spring Semester 2016: TBD




Frequently Asked Questions


There is a fifty ($50) fee for the application. If you are having problems accessing the online application, you can also apply downloading this form, scan the application and email it to Becky Leevey at rleevey@ccsj.edu
The cost for international students to attend CCSJ for one full school year (Fall and Spring Semesters) is $27,990. That cost includes tuition and fees as well as living expenses and related academic and personal costs. You must show at least that amount in order to be accepted to CCSJ and receive your I-20.
Students are required to have their tuition balance paid for by the first day of class. It can be paid with credit card, wire transfer, or with an international money order drawn with U.S. funds. If you have any questions about your balance or ways that it can be paid, please contact Adam Raven, Manager of Student Accounts at 001-219-473-4394 or at araven@ccsj.edu.
Unfortunately, we do not offer on campus housing at the college. However, there is off campus near the campus. It is your responsibility to find and make housing arrangements. CCSJ has no affiliation with the apartment owners. In order to find housing, please go to the Northwest Indiana Times, Post-Tribune, Apartments.com or Rent.com.
Be aware, if you planning to bring adult dependents over the age of 21 to the U.S. on your F-1 visa, they will not be allowed to attend a college or university or work in the U.S. If you are bringing children under the age of 21 on your visa, they will be allowed to attend elementary and/or secondary school. You will need to be responsible for enrolling your children either into the local public school districts or local private schools.
No. CCSJ does not evaluate international transcripts. All international secondary and post-secondary transcripts must be sent to one of the two evaluation companies that CCSJ uses, Educational Credential Evaluators or World Education Services. Be aware that it can take up to five weeks for transcripts to be evaluated.
If you are planning to use another evaluation company, the company MUST BE NACES Accredited or the evaluation will not be accepted.
Depending on the type of visa you are on would determine if you are eligible to take classes at CCSJ. Unfortunately, CCSJ are unable to accept students who are on a J or M visa. If you are on a B visa for visitors, you will not be able to take classes until your status has been changed by USCIS. In order to do that, you will need to complete Form I-539 in order to change your status, if you are currently in the United States and have been accepted to CCSJ and received your I-20 form. However, you may be denied a change of status if USCIS determines that you had a “preconceived intent” to become a student in the United States while on another visa or if you did not file the paperwork in a timely manner. If you are on an M visa, you will not be able to change your status while in the United States.
Calumet College of St. Joseph is NOT LIABLE for any decision that is made by USCIS with regards to your F-1. If you have any questions on why your F-1 visa was denied, please contact USCIS.
It depends on your student entry status at CCSJ (first time student, transfer student, graduate student). If you are a first time student and have not taken any college courses, then you will be required to complete the Compass Placement Test. The Accuplacer Placement Test consists of Reading and Elementary Algebra. It takes approximately 1 to 1 1/2 hours to complete the test, but there is no time limit to complete the test.
If you are transferring any college credits to CCSJ, you may only need to take certain parts of the Accuplacer Placement Test or you may be waived from having to take the test. The Office of Admissions will determine if you will need to complete the placement test or not.
For sample questions, please CLICK HERE!
Yes, students are required to take the TOEFL test if you are from a country that its native and government recognized language is not English. However, if you are from a TOEFL exempt country, you are not required to take the test. Our TOEFL test code is 1776. If you have taken at least 12 transferrable credit hours at an accredited institution in the United States and one of your courses is an English Composition course, you will not need to take the TOEFL test.
It is a good idea to start turning in all of your paperwork in at least six to eight months in advance in order for an admissions decision to be made and your I-20 to be sent in a reasonable amount of time to your home. If you turn your paperwork in after the deadline, your application may be deferred to the next semester. We ask that international students apply for the Fall or Spring semesters due to limited class availability for the Summer semesters.
Here are the deadline dates:
Application Deadline*

Fall semester-July 15
Spring semester-November 15
*Application, Evaluated transcripts TOEFL test scores (if needed), Financial Documents

I-20 Final Date**
Fall semester-August 10
Spring semester-December 15
**These are the last dates that any I-20’s will be mailed out.
We do not require ACT or SAT scores for admission to CCSJ. However, if you are looking for academic scholarships, it is required for students to take either the ACT or SAT test. If you are looking to possibly play a sport, the ACT or SAT test will be required for the NAIA Clearinghouse.
Yes, there are academic scholarships and athletic grants available for international students.
We do not require international student to have health insurance. It is highly recommended that international students purchase health insurance just in case you happen to get ill.
We do not offer an Intensive English Language program at CCSJ. Here is a list of institutions that offer Intensive English Language Programs within the Chicagoland/Northwest Indiana area. Once you have successfully completed their Intensive English Language Programs, you will have the opportunity to re-apply for admission to Calumet College of St. Joseph. Please contact each institution regarding their admissions requirements for that program.
You would still go through the same procedures with the admissions process; however, you may be able to qualify for financial aid through the United States government. In addition, if you completed your schooling in a non-TOEFL exempt country, you will be required to take the TOEFL test as well as having the transcripts evaluated by one of the two evaluation companies that we use.
If you are suspended by the institution academically (meaning not maintaining at least a 2.0 GPA), your visa will be terminated and you will have thirty days to leave the country. If you are charged with a crime, your visa may or may not be revoked, depending on the nature of the crime. CCSJ WILL NOT be able to represent you in court.
You must be making “normal progress” towards completing a course of study. What this means is that you will need to maintain at least a 2.0 GPA and be enrolled for a minimum of 12 credit hours during the Fall and Spring semesters. If you are placed on academic probation, you will have one semester to be taken off of probation. If you are placed on suspension or have a reduction of course load while on probation, you will be in violation of your visa and it will be terminated.
You are considered a legal adult at the age of eighteen in the State of Indiana. However, you must be the legal age of twenty-one (21) in order to consume alcoholic beverages in the United States.
If you are coming to the U.S. on an F-1 visa for the first time, you are not allowed to come into the United States until 30 days before the start of classes. If you attended school in the U.S. and have not been out of the country for more than 5 months and had your I-20 signed by your previous school or received your updated I-20 from CCSJ, you will not need to follow the 30 day rule, since you are considered a transfer student.
You are allowed to go back to your home country during school breaks. You must have either the Primary Designated Student Officer (PDSO) or the Designated Student Officer (DSO) sign off on your I-20 in order for you to leave the country. If you stay longer than five months in your home country during a break, you will have to file for a new visa. If you changed your visa to an F-1 while in the US, be aware that you may not be able to travel outside the US due to your previous visa status.
Unfortunately, we do not offer any on-campus employment for international students.
You are eligible to take part in an internship, if it is required for you to take as part of your major in order to graduate. You have two options, either taking part in Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or Optional Practical Training (OPT). With CPT, you must complete one full school year (Fall and Spring Semester) in order to qualify for CPT. CPT must be completed within your field of study. You must be registered for the Field Experience course within your major in order to be eligible for CPT.
International students have the opportunity to compete in CCSJ athletics. Please contact the individual coach for the sport that you are interested in. All new and transfer students-athletes will be required to complete the NAIA Clearinghouse form in order to be eligible to compete in CCSJ athletics. The cost is $95 U.S. dollars for International Students.
You are allowed to stay sixty (60) days in the United States after your visa has ended. However, that does not apply if you are transferring to another school to pursue a graduate degree or if you are completing OPT. You must be accepted to another school or be authorized to complete OPT within that sixty (60) day window or your visa will be terminated.










International Student Liaison



Rebecca Leevey