International Education & Programs

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Fostering mutual understanding and global learning through international education.

International Programs & Resources

Prospective International Students

Interested in applying to ECC? Learn about the admissions process and get started here!

International Student Resources

Information and resources for current international students.

International Student Homestay Program

Interested in living with a local American family or hosting an international student in your home? Learn more about ECC’s homestay program.

Study Abroad

ECC offers semester, summer, and short-term study abroad opportunities. Find a program today!

International Partners

ECC has international partners around the world. Find a partner in your home country or learn more about our education abroad partnerships.

Intensive English Program

Looking to improve your English language proficiency? Learn more about ECC’s full-time ESL program for international students.

About ECC

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Elgin Community College is located in Elgin, Illinois, 40 miles (64 km) from Chicago, Illinois, the third-largest city in the USA and a cultural, financial, and educational hub that attracts millions of visitors a year. Elgin, IL has a population of over 110,000 people and is connected to downtown Chicago by Metra rail, bus, and an interstate system. Learn more about ECC

ECC is located within easy reach of many notable attractions:

  • Minutes from shopping, restaurants, and outdoor activities
  • 30 minutes to Woodfield Mall and O’Hare International Airport
  • 60 minutes to downtown Chicago and the world-famous Lake Michigan beaches
  • 1 hour, 30 minutes to Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1 hour, 45 minutes to Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1 hour, 45 minutes to Starved Rock, Illinois
  • 1 hour, 45 minutes to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

The Center for Global Engagement at Elgin Community College promotes dynamic and transformational global education experiences that prepare students to live in a culturally diverse and ever-changing world. We offer fast and simplified admissions for international students, opportunities to improve your English, and globally-focused study abroad programs.

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