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Elgin Community College

Elgin Community College

Check whether Elgin Community College is right for you as an international student.

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Elgin , USA
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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.

Elgin Community College logo

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 life & facilities

Group of students planning a presentation in a living room
  • Library
    • Individual Study Rooms
    • Computer labs
    • Group Study Rooms
    • Quiet Areas
  • IT Support
    • Loan Laptops
    • Campus Wireless Connectivity
  • No. of All Weather Sports Pitches
    • No. of Baseball Pitches
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    • No. of Tennis Courts
    • No. of Basketball Courts
    • No. of Athletics Track
    • No. of volleyball courts
  • Transport
    • Campus Bus Service
    • Campus parking
  • Food & Restaurants
    • Restaurants 2
    • Cafe’s 2
  • Fitness Centre
    • Machines
    • Free Weights
    • Fitness Classes
    • Dance Studio 1
  • Clubs & Organisations
    • No. of Clubs & Organizations 24
  • Healthcare & Medical
    • Counselling & Mental Health Services
  • Praying Rooms
    • Individual Praying Rooms
    • Group Praying Rooms
  • Sports Facilities
    • Sport facilities
    • No. of Natural Turf Soccer Pitches 2
  • Tutoring Support
    • Student Tutoring & Support
    • Academic Tutoring & Support

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Fees and funding

  • Undergraduate tuition - $9,510 per year

ECC Foundation Scholarship

Your achievements in class and outside the classroom can earn you scholarship money for educational expenses. Scholarships are “gift aid,” meaning they are a free resource you do not repay. They are awarded for any number of reasons (academic standing, leadership, specialized talents, ethnic origin, etc.) and are available whether you are just beginning your ECC studies or are near graduation.

Applications are required for scholarship funds.


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.

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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.

USA student visa requirements