International students at Calumet College of St. Joseph, which is located in Hammond, Indiana, will enjoy the College’s proximity to 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.
- Admission Process
- I-20 Form Process
- SEVIS Fee
- Complete the CCSJ Application. There is a fifty dollars ($50) application fee.
- Submit academic records. Students coming directly from high school must submit secondary school transcripts. Students transferring from an international college or university must submit official transcripts only from the post-secondary institution if more than 24 transfer hours (one academic year) have been completed. If less than 24 hours have been obtained, both secondary and post-secondary transcripts must be submitted.
CCSJ does not evaluate international transcripts at the College. Please make sure to send your academic records to the of the evaluation services below:
- Demonstrate English proficiency. Test of English as a Second Language (TOEFL) at least 190 on the computer test (520 on written test or 68 on internet based testing) are required.
TOEFL Exempt Countries
- 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.
- Be admitted to Calumet College of St. Joseph
- Complete the Declaration of Financial Resources for International Students Form, International Financial Aid Form and submit supporting financial documentation.
- Once the previous steps have been successfully completed, a Designated School Official will send you a SEVIS I-20 form.
- Pay the SEVIS fee
- You will present the I-20 form to the U.S. consulate in your country in order to obtain the F-1 visa necessary to enter the U.S. as an international student. Please contact the consulate to verify any supporting documentation needed to present along with the I-20 form and to schedule an interview with a consular officer.
2012– 2013 Cost of Attendance
The table below provides a breakdown of estimated costs regarding the necessary fees and expenses for international students at CCSJ. Please keep in mind that, with the exception of tuition, all dollar amounts are estimates and may vary.
|Tuition and Fees||$14,880|
International Student Housing
Calumet College of St. Joseph is a commuter institution and does not offer dormitory or apartment space. It is the responsibility of the international student to make living arrangements. There are numerous rental options in the area surrounding the CCSJ Hammond campus. The neighboring community of Whiting and the north Hammond area called “Robertsdale” offer apartments and other rental units that are often within walking distance of the CCSJ campus.
Good sources for locating affordable rental space are available below as well as utilizing the regional newspaper publications, Northwest Indiana Times, in addition to real estate web sites such as rent.com, apartments.com, and craigslist.com, among others.
In the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 the United States government created the Department of Homeland Security. One of the goals of the DHS, which appropriated the responsibilities of what had previously been called the Immigration and Naturalization Service, was to better monitor non-immigrant visitors to the United States. This has directly affected international students in U.S. colleges and universities through the creation of the Student Exchange Visitor Information System database (SEVIS). This database has as its purpose to maintain information on international students in the U.S.
The I-20 form, which the prospective international student will need to obtain an F-1 (student) visa is created by the Designated School Official of the college to which you will apply and submit the necessary documentation. The DSO creates this document through the web based SEVIS database. As of September 1, 2004, in order to help maintain the SEVIS database, international students are required to pay $200 SEVIS fee. This fee will need to be paid after you receive the I-20 from Calumet College of St. Joseph, but before you request your F-1 visa from the U.S. consulate.
Arriving in the United States
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”.
Scholarships Available for International Students
International students enrolled with F-1 visas in the United States are not eligible for federal or state forms of financial assistance. However, Calumet College of St. Joseph does consider international students for the following scholarships. All amounts listed below are annual; scholarships are renewable upon attainment of a minimum CCSJ GPA of 3.0.
Who may qualify
GPA & Test Score Minimum
|Presidential||First-year Student||3.5 GPA & 1200 SAT or 27 ACT||Up to $9,000|
|Trustee||First-year Student||3.25 GPA & 1100 SAT or 24 ACT||Up to $7,000|
|C.PP.S.||First-year Student||3.0 GPA & 1000 SAT or 22 ACT||Up to $5,000|
|Transfer||Transfer Student||3.0 GPA & minimum 30 transfer hours||Up to $2,000|
Athletic grants of up to $10,000 per year are also available if you are offered an athletics Letter of Intent by the CCSJ athletics.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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.
Here are the deadline dates:
Fall Semester - June 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-29's will be mailed out