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Key facts

  • Type
    Public
  • International students
    100
  • Nationalities
    25
  • Total programs
    73

Study abroad at Elgin Community College

Elgin Community College (ECC) is a welcoming institution based in the US city of Elgin. Whatever your ambitions, ECC will help you unleash your potential and achieve your career goals.

ECC offers over 130 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as several continuing education courses. With courses in everything from accounting and art, to English and engineering, you’re sure to find the right program.

It would be easy to mistake Elgin’s 217-acre campus for a beautiful park. With plenty of green space and stunning lakes, it’s the ultimate study haven. You’ll also have access to ultra-modern classrooms, computer labs, a fitness center, and a library.

Student life at Elgin is fast-paced and fun. With more than 20 different student clubs and loads of volunteering opportunities, you’ll never be bored. The ECC Spartans compete in Region 4 of the NJCAA and in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference.

University campus in multiple locations

Location

Elgin Community College

1700 Spartan Dr, Elgin, IL 60123, United States

Elgin is the perfect study destination for international students, blending relaxed rural life with big-city sophistication, and less than an hour from Chicago.

Facilities

  • IT Support
    • Campus Wireless Connectivity
    • Loan Laptops
  • All Weather Sports Pitches
    • Basketball Courts
    • Athletics Track
    • Baseball Pitches
    • volleyball courts
    • Golf Coursenumber
    • Tennis Courts
  • Fitness Centre
    • Free Weights
    • Fitness Classes
    • Machines
    • 1 Dance Studio
  • Transport
    • Campus parking
    • Campus Bus Service
  • Tutoring Support
    • Student Tutoring & Support
    • Academic Tutoring & Support
  • Praying Rooms
    • Individual Praying Rooms
    • Group Praying Rooms
  • Library
    • Quiet Areas
    • Individual Study Rooms
    • Computer labs
    • Group Study Rooms
  • Clubs & Organisations
    • 24 Clubs & Organizations
  • Food & Restaurants
    • 2 Restaurants
    • 2 Cafe’s
  • Healthcare & Medical
    • Counselling & Mental Health Services
  • Sports Facilities
    • 2 Natural Turf Soccer Pitches
    • Sport facilities

Fees and funding

Fee information

  • Undergraduate tuition

    USD$9,655 per year

Funding

Academic and Leadership Excellence Scholarships

  • Amount

    From US$900 to US$1,000 per year

  • These scholarships require a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Intention to transfer for a Bachelor's degree completion. Attending college part-time, degree-seeking, residents of District 509. Members of a college club or service organization.

General Scholarships

  • Amount

    From US$900 to US$1,000 per year

  • At ECC, scholarships are abundant and made available to everyone who qualifies. Here’s just a shortlist of offerings; Adult students over the age of 26, Black/African American students, Demonstrate the value of embracing diversity, ESL, undocumented students, Female students & more!

F1 International Student Scholarship

  • Amount

    US$500

  • Guaranteed scholarship for new international scholarship students starting at Elgin Community College

Visa requirements for Elgin Community College

Many international students will require a visa to study in the US, and this is a vital step of your study abroad journey. Make sure you understand the requirements you may need to meet before applying.

Why study at Elgin Community College

  • Small classes

    The average class at Elgin contains just 15 pupils

  • Top community college

    ECC is ranked in the nation’s top 150 for community college experience (The Aspen Institute, 2021)

  • Flexibility

    Daytime and evening classes are delivered to suit your schedule

  • Transfer options

    You can transfer your credits onto a bachelor’s program

Life as an international student

Every student counts at ECC. The College is proud of its diverse and dynamic academic community, with over 25 nationalities represented on campus.

The Office of International Education and Programs will support you from application through to graduation. You’ll benefit from an easy and streamlined admissions process, with advisors on-hand to offer assistance at every stage.

The Office can also help you understand your rights as a visa holder, find on-campus employment, support you with your studies, and so much more.

If you’re eager to immerse yourself in Elgin’s culture, you could participate in the College’s homestay program. You’ll live with a local family, giving you more opportunities to learn about your new home.

Student reviews for Elgin Community College

Overall rating

4.6
6 reviews
  • Overall experience
    5
  • Academic
    4.7
  • University social
    4.3
  • Accommodation
    4
  • University facilities
    4.8
Hammad Arshad
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Studied Biology at Elgin Community College
Overall Experience
  • Academic
    5
  • University social
    4
  • Accommodation
    5
  • University facilities
    5
Tell us about Elgin Community College

I think it is a pretty good university. I went to the campus once, because of the pandemic. I found the facilities and the campus to be pretty good. It was big. It was clean. It was warm; as it was cold outside, so I'd say that's all you need in a campus. The lab equipment was up-to-date. The teachers and the staff was very helpful

Pakhun Angsupan
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Studied Psychology at Elgin Community College
Overall Experience
  • Academic
    4
  • University social
    5
  • Accommodation
    3
  • University facilities
    5
Tell us about Elgin Community College

I am living with a host family (not organised by the university).

Li-Wen Kao
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Studied Business at Elgin Community College
Overall Experience
  • Academic
    5
  • University social
    5
  • Accommodation
    5
  • University facilities
    5
Tell us about Elgin Community College

I think that the facilities, communication and administration services are doing well and provide a lot of information for students.

Emina Derakovic
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Studied Radiography at Elgin Community College
Overall Experience
  • Academic
    5
  • University social
    3
  • Accommodation
    5
  • University facilities
    5
Tell us about Elgin Community College

ECC is a wonderful school and the staff went above and beyond for their students at every step of the way. I always had someone to turn to no matter what kind of a problem I was faced with and they helped me navigate not only the academic part but getting over the culture shock of being a foreign student as well as any other inconveniences that came with being a foreign student.

Ruey-Lin Hu
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Studied Air Conditioning Technology at Elgin Community College
Overall Experience
  • Academic
    5
  • University social
    5
  • Accommodation
    5
  • University facilities
    5
Tell us about Elgin Community College

All professors and staffs are willing to help students whenever you need help.