Thank you for your interest in Carl Sandburg College!

As an international student at Carl Sandburg College, you will experience small class sizes, one-on-one time with your faculty, and a friendly staff to help you transition to living and studying in the United States.

Quick Sandburg Facts

  • The College is located in Galesburg, Illinois: 3 1/2 hours southwest of Chicago, IL
  • We are in the Central Time Zone (CDT).
  • Galesburg is a small, rural, historic community that is set in the prairieland of West Central Illinois. Visit Galesburg
  • The climate varies from an average of 17 degrees F in the winter months to 85 degrees F in the summer months.
  • Our current student body is comprised of students from 30 different states and 14 different countries.
  • Carl Sandburg College is a community college that offers degrees and certificates.

 Testimonials from Sandburg International Students

“My Sandburg experience was fabulous. Going to Sandburg was really nice because it’s in a relatively rural part of Illinois and there is not a lot of Japanese people around here so I couldn't spoil myself and my English skills got a lot better in the past two years. My instructors were excellent, and very supportive and flexible and very understanding – they recognized it was harder for me to learn college level courses in English, so they were always there to help me.

Safety was also a consideration because the crime rate is much higher in the (United) States than in Japan, so I was nervous about that. I live a mile from campus and it was really close to campus and when I got here I saw Public Safety people everywhere, and it was a big relief for me and made me feel safe, and allowed me to focus on my studies.” – Kairi Nakamura ’15.

“I am the first girl in my family to go to college. There are just so many things that I want to do that I don’t know what to do. My degree will be Associate in Arts, and I’m doing everything I can that I want to, and it’s been really great. All the counselors and the teachers have been great, and if you don’t know what you want to do, they will help guide you.

I would encourage anyone to pursue international studies. Getting cultured is really important. My teachers have taught me a lot here. I’ve learned it’s very important to be cultured because then you aren’t as ignorant and you’ll be able to relate to other people, people perhaps outside your comfort zone. I used to be super shy…and now I’m doing theater.” - Mia Ismal, 2015 Student Trustee

How Sandburg courses are structured
Degrees and certificates

We offer students the option to complete a degree or a certificate. Typically, degrees require at minimum two years of coursework. Selected degrees may require coursework prior to acceptance into the program which can take a year or more. Certificate programs typically require a year of coursework and some certificate programs may be completed after a semester.

Credit hours

Courses at Sandburg are based on credit hours. The college utilizes the Carnegie Unit as the basis for the credit hour. One semester credit equals 50 minutes of faculty instruction time per week for a minimum of 15 weeks along with a minimum of two hours of out of class student work each week during the semester for each credit hour. An equivalent amount of work is required for all forms of learning activities, such as online, blended, laboratory work, studio work, and courses meeting on a shortened schedule. Generally, most classes are 3 credit hours. Some of the science and math courses may be additional credit hours.

Semesters

Carl Sandburg College has 3 semesters each academic year. Our academic year begins in August and ends in July.

  • Fall semester: August - December (16 weeks)
  • Spring semester: January - May (16 weeks)
  • Summer semester: June - July (8 weeks)
Classes

Classes at Sandburg are listed by discipline, course number, and section number. For example: Freshman Composition 1 would be listed on the student schedule as ENG.101.100.

Full time status

All international students must be registered for full-time credits to be in compliance with their F-1 visa status. Full-time consists of taking at least 12 credit hours per semester which is 4 classes per semester. Most full-time students take 15 credit hours per semester which is 5 classes per semester.

Grading

Grades are issued at the close of each semester on a letter basis indicating quality of academic work. The grades and their grade point equivalents are as follows:
A - Superior work. Carries 4 grade points per semester hour.
B - Good work. Carries 3 grade points per semester hour.
C - Average work. Carries 2 grade points per semester hour.
D - Poor work. Carries 1 grade point per semester hour.
F - Failing work. Carries O grade points per semester hour.
I - Incomplete. Incomplete indicates that the student has, for acceptable reasons, been unable to complete the required work by the close of the semester. "I" is permissible only when the student has maintained a passing grade as revealed by the class record. An "I" must be changed by the instructor to an appropriate letter grade by mid-term of the following academic term or it will default to a grade of "F".

What to expect upon arrival on campus

When an international student arrives on campus, he/she will first meet with the Dean of Student Success to verify attendance. The Dean of Student Success will explain the next steps the student will take and assist them in scheduling these activities.

  • Take the ACCUPLACER placement exam. ACCUPLACER tests reading and mathematics and is required for new students. ACCUPLACER scores determine a student’s mandatory placement into college-level courses (classes with course number 100 and above), developmental education courses (classes with course number <100). Our goal is to ensure proper placement into appropriate courses for your skill level. There is no charge to take the ACCUPLACER placement test (up to 2 attempts). Test results are valid for 5 years. For more information on ACCUPLACER and to find online study resources, click here.
  • Meet with their assigned academic advisor to register for classes. Academic advisor specialize in programs and will be assigned based on the student's chosen program of study.
  • Pay tuition and fees.
  • Purchase books and supplies.
  • Attend the new student orientation. The academic advisor will schedule the orientation session during the registration appointment.
  • Begin classes on the first day of the semester.

Students who submit their SAT scores with their other admissions documents, may be eligible to register for classes prior to arrival on campus. Once on campus, these students will be asked to take the ACCUPLACER exam to confirm they are placed in the appropriate courses.

 

 

Classroom expectations

We recognize that our international students come from different educational experiences and sometimes have trouble adjusting to the classroom expectations in the United States.

Students attending Carl Sandburg College courses are expected to:

  • Attend class regularly. Attendance in class is essential to successful completion of the course. Some courses may award points for attendance while others may deduct points for absences. Please read and understand the attendance policies for each course included on the syllabus.
  • Students are expected to read, understand, and abide by the classroom policies established in the course syllabus. Each course may have different classroom policies and the student is responsible for following these established rules.
  • Students are expected to meet homework deadlines and come prepared for class.
  • Students are expected to work outside of the classroom. On average, students should spend 5 hours per week reading the textbook and taking notes, 2 hours per week preparing for and taking practice quizzes, and 2 hours per week preparing study questions.
Student Services

International students have access to student services to help them be successful in courses.

 

Academic Advising

All students will be assigned an academic advisor upon enrollment at the College. This is your contact person during the duration of enrollment at Sandburg. Academic advising is an interactive process involving the student and his/her academic advisor. Each term prior to registration, the student will meet with his/her academic advisor to discuss courses for the upcoming semester. The academic advisor serves as a valuable information resource to the student in the areas of program requirements, college graduation requirements and transfer coursework. For more information, visit our academic advising webpage.

Computer Labs

Carl Sandburg College has multiple computer labs on campus available for student use. While it is helpful to have a personal laptop, it is not required. Students can print up to 500 documents for free each semester.

Library

Carl Sandburg College has a library with helpful staff who can assist students with research, database searches and various other services. For more information, visit our library webpage.

Tutoring

Our Tutoring Center is the place to go for help with all your core classes, from math and science to writing, Spanish, and general study skills. Tutoring is available primarily on a walk-in basis, though students can call ahead to schedule an appointment.

Students have access to tutoring any day, any time with Brainfuse. If you have internet access and a Carl Sandburg College student email account, you can take advantage of this resource.

For more information, visit our tutoring webpage.

Student Life

Carl Sandburg College is an active and engaging campus that offers a wide variety of opportunities for students to get involved and get the most from their college experience. From student organizations to guest speakers to campus-wide festivals, there is something for everyone to do! For more information, visit our student life webpage.

Athletics

We are a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and host 5 men's sports and 5 women's sports. Many of our students enjoy attending our sporting events and take pride in being a Charger! For more information, visit our athletic webpage.

Public Safety

Our Department of Public Safety's mission is to provide a safe and secure community in which the college may carry out its educational mission. Sandburg employs 2 police officers and 7 public safety officers that patrol the campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information, visit our public safety webpage.

 

Available Housing

Carl Sandburg College does not offer on-campus student housing. In the Galesburg area, there are numerous private housing options for students. Most of these options come unfurnished; however, a few may offer assistance in securing furnishings.

Please visit our student housing website for the names and locations of available housing options.

How to get to and around in Galesburg

The Carl Sandburg College campus is located on the north side of Galesburg approximately 1 mile from Henderson Street that is home to many local businesses. The nearest student housing option is located approximately a half mile from campus.

Galesburg offers a public bus system that makes stops on campus approximately every hour on the half hour. Student rates are available and bus passes can be purchased on campus at the Business office located in E100. For a map of the bus route and for more information, visit the Galesburg transit website. Carl Sandburg College is serviced by the Route 3 Red bus line.

Galesburg offers multiple restaurants, grocery stores, and supercenter shopping stores offering food, housewares, clothing, and personal supplies. These businesses are located close to campus and serviced by the bus line.

Nearest Airports

Galesburg is located in west-central Illinois and is approximately 3 hours southwest of Chicago and 3 hours north of St. Louis, MO. The nearest airports are Moline, IL and Peoria, IL: both approximately 45 minutes from Galesburg. Students may fly into any of the two airports in Chicago or the airport in St. Louis, MO but have the added challenge of securing transportation to Galesburg from these locations.

Train Service

Galesburg is also serviced by the Amtrak train from Chicago. Students who fly into either Chicago O'Hare International Airport or Chicago Midway International Airport could take a train to Union Station located in downtown Chicago and then ride the Amtrak train to Chicago.

STEPS to become a Sandburg student

Application Deadlines

Complete the international student application. Any application received after July 1st, 2017 will be processed with a Spring 2018 start date (January 2018) unless the student is already in the US on an active F1 Visa.

New international students will receive the Form I-20 to obtain a student visa through the U.S. Consul or Embassy in their country once all required documents are received and verified by Carl Sandburg College. The I-20 indicates that all admission requirements have been met to enter the College and is issued through the Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). The U.S. Consulates make the final decision regarding whether students will be allowed to enter the United States to study.

All international students must report to Carl Sandburg College on or before the date stated on the Form I-20 but not sooner than 30 days prior. Late-arriving students will not be able to register for class.

International students requesting admission and issuance of a Form I-20 must provide:

A completed Carl Sandburg College International application for admission. Once the application is received by Sandburg, the student will receive a letter of acceptance including the following list of required documents and the contact information for the Dean of Student Success.

A financial resource statement verifying the ability of the student or the student’s sponsor to meet all educational and living expenses for one year while attending Carl Sandburg College. This must be signed and sealed by a notary public and accompanied by a letter or bank statement dated within six months of the application. Financial support of approximately $21,000 (USD) is needed per year.

An official transcript that provides evidence of graduation from a secondary school and transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended. Photocopies may be accepted if they are properly notarized as true copies. Transcripts must be translated into English.

A photo copy of current passport.

Submit SAT scores if taken. Students who submit their scores may be eligible for early registration prior to arrival on campus.

For students whose native language is NOT English are required to complete one of the following:

  • Take TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and earn a score of 68 on the Internet-based exam, or 190 on the Computer-based exam or 520 on the Paper-based exam.
  • Submit official transcripts from an accredited United States college or university showing successful completion (‘C’ or better grade) of a college-level writing course and 6 hours of college-level academic course work requiring reading
  • Complete SAT with a score of 460 or higher in Reading and Writing. (Additional entry requirements may be required for limited enrollment programs of study.)

All forms will be submitted to the Director of Admissions and Records at reddy@sandburg.edu.

Once all forms and submitted and verified, the College will issue a Form I-20 Certificate of Eligibility.

 

Students who are currently on F-1 Visas attending another college or university who want to transfer to Carl Sandburg College must complete the following steps to enroll.

  • A completed Carl Sandburg College International application for admission. Once the application is received by Sandburg, the student will receive a letter of acceptance including the following list of required documents and the contact information for the Dean of Student Success.
  • A financial resource statement verifying the ability of the student or the student’s sponsor to meet all educational and living expenses for one year while attending Carl Sandburg College. This must be signed and sealed by a notary public and accompanied by a letter or bank statement dated within six months of the application. Financial support of approximately $21,000 (USD) is needed per year.
  • Official transcripts from the U.S. college or university the student is currently attending.
  • A photo copy of current passport.
  • Copy of the F-1 Visa
  • Submit SAT scores if taken. Students who submit their scores may be eligible for early registration prior to arrival on campus.
  • For students whose native language is NOT English are required to complete one of the following:
    • Take TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and earn a score of 68 on the Internet-based exam, or 190 on the Computer-based exam or 520 on the Paper-based exam.
    • Submit official transcripts from an accredited United States college or university showing successful completion (‘C’ or better grade) of a college-level writing course and 6 hours of college-level academic course work requiring reading
    • Complete SAT with a score of 460 or higher in Reading and Writing. (Additional entry requirements may be required for limited enrollment programs of study.)

All forms will be submitted to the Director of Admissions and Records at reddy@sandburg.edu.

Once all forms and submitted and verified, the College will issue a Form I-20 Certificate of Eligibility.

International Students, please fill out the application below.

Once an international student has submitted all the required admissions documents and the Form I-20 is issued, additional steps are required to obtain an F-1 Visa.

Please visit the U.S. Visa website for the detailed steps. To pay the I-901 fee, visit their website.

Please be aware - Sandburg does not issue a F-1 Visa. The Form I-20 is issued by the College has F-1 is printed in the top right corner however, this is NOT your Visa. You must follow the additional steps to obtain the Visa.

 

International Student Tuition for 2017-2018

$268 per credit hour. International students are not eligible for in-district tuition rates.

Online Student Tuition for 2017-2018

$160 per credit hour. International students may only take one online class per semester.

For a full-time student taking 15 credit hours each semester, your cost for tuition would be $4,080.00 USD per semester ($8,160.00 USD per year). Based on the program, additional fees may apply. Please see our tuition and fees page for details on fees.

 

Once a student enrolls in classes, the academic advisor will explain how to find what textbooks you need for your classes on our website. Textbooks can be purchased through our bookstore. Books costs will vary based on the program and credit hours taken.

 
Estimated annual expenses:

Tuition and fees (fees vary based on selected program) $8,090.00

Books and supplies $1,800.00

Housing $5,200.00

Food and living expenses $2,000.00

Other expenses $840.00                                                              

The Carl Sandburg College Foundation offers scholarships to all Sandburg students and international students may qualify for some of these funds. To apply for the Foundation scholarships, visit their site for more information and deadlines. The deadline for scholarship applications beginning in the fall is March 15.

Talent scholarships for athletics, theater, art, or music may be available and given under the coach or coordinators discretion. Please visit our Talent Scholarship page for more information on theater, art, or music talent grants and our Athletics page for more information on our athletic programs. If you are interested in athletics, please contact the coach for scholarship availability.