International Students

Welcome to the Cerf Center

Be sure to review the International Welcome Packet prior to your arrival. The packet contains the following information to assist you in your transition to Eureka College:

  • Designated School Official/Responsible Officer Contact Information
  • Checklist of Forms to be Completed and Returned
  • Travel Arrangements
  • Important Dates
  • Course Registration
  • Campus Housing
  • Health Services
  • Immigration Laws
  • And More!

An Adventure Of A Lifetime

Deciding to study in the United States means you are far from family; but it’s easy to feel at home at Eureka. On our close-knit campus, conversations and connections are more meaningful, friendships are lifelong, and each day brings fresh opportunities to exchange ideas, share perspectives, and create community.

Located in the heart of the American Midwest, Eureka College will allow you to experience all the best of an American education.

International Application

Eureka College accepts international applications beginning in the fall and spring semesters.

Students from non-English speaking countries should submit ACT or SAT scores or have a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or CBT equivalent. Attendance at an American School or High School generally will mean the TOEFL is waived as long as classes in English are of a “B” grade or higher.

For consideration, application materials should be received in the Office of Admissions by May 1 for the fall semester and October 1 for the spring semester.

Considerations For International Students

International students may be considered for all Eureka scholarships.  Eureka College awards academic scholarships ranging up to $8,000 per year. The scholarships are renewable for up to four years providing the required GPA is maintained in courses taken at Eureka College. U.S. Federal grants and loans for financial assistance are not available to international students.

In addition to all normal application procedures, international students must demonstrate the ability to supply funds to finance their education.

Initial admission to Eureka College will be provisional. Once provisional admission is approved, you are required to submit to Eureka College a payment of $1,150. Upon receipt of these funds, your I-20 will be issued in order for you to obtain your student visa. The first payment will cover your deposit, SEVIS fee, orientation, emergency fund, and housing deposit with the remaining going to your student account. A second payment is due prior to the beginning of classes, and the third payment is due before the second semester begins in January. Any reduction in cost due to merit-based scholarships will be taken off the second and third payments.

Should you submit payment and find that you are not able to attend Eureka College, the enrollment deposit of $300 will be retained by the College. The remainder of the funds will be returned to you (minus any costs for transferring funds). If you attend Eureka and the emergency fund is not needed, it will be returned to you on your final departure from Eureka College. You will also need a minimum of $2,000 available for books and supplies for your first year.

Information on costs of attending EC.


At Eureka you may select your major or program from a field of over 30 different areas of study and may work toward a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BS). The academic programs are flexible enough to allow you to pursue the exact area of your major or a general program that will lead you to your career goals. Most Eureka College academic majors require from eight to twelve courses in the major field.

All students have a faculty advisor. In addition to the general education requirements, you will work with your faculty advisor in selecting courses from other departments of the college to supplement your career goals or earn a Minor. Through this process of course selection, every program of study is as different and individual as the student. Information on academics at Eureka College.

New Student Orientation

A New Student Orientation program is held at the beginning of each semester to acquaint you with Eureka College and the community of Eureka. Your attendance is required at orientation. In addition to addressing academic and social issues, Eureka College makes special arrangements for international students to complete the shopping necessary to help you get settled, despite being so far from home.


The closest commercial airports are located in the cities of Peoria and Bloomington-Normal; both are within a half-hour’s drive. Each provides direct service to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Convenient Amtrak train and commercial bus services are available between Chicago and Bloomington-Normal.


All full-time students are required to live in the college residence halls. Most residence hall rooms are designed for double occupancy. International students will be matched with American roommates to facilitate the immersion into the Eureka College culture. Vacation and summer housing is available. Typically, students staying on campus during vacations will be assessed a nominal fee per night. Students staying on campus during the summer will be charged a per month room rate. During these times, students are responsible for their own meals as the dining hall is closed. Click for more information.