International Students

Eureka College works to cultivate a campus community that reflects diversity and promotes intercultural understanding. Each year, our campus welcomes international students in degree seeking and exchange programs to become members of the Red Devil family. Students from countries such as Japan, China, Hong Kong, Thailand and Germany have been welcomed into the Eureka College community, and we are excited to expand to other countries!

We are currently accepting international student applications for Fall 2018. After you apply online, please submit transcripts from your most recent school and English Proficiency test scores. Students who have taken either the ACT or the SAT test can submit these scores instead of English Proficiency test scores.

We currently accept the following English Proficiency Tests:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Duolingo English Test

Additionally, you will be asked to submit an Affidavit of Support along with current financial documents.

For more information regarding cost, please see our Tuition & Fees page.

After you are accepted to Eureka College, we will generate your Form I-20 (for F-1 Students) or DS-2019 (for J-1 Exchange Visitors). The Coordinator of International Student Services will be in contact with you shortly after your acceptance to ensure the information on the document is correct before finalizing. Once it is finalized, you will need to request a shipment of the original documents through eShipGlobal. Please wait until you receive an email from our Coordinator of International Student Services letting you know your document has been issued before you request an eShip delivery.

To request a shipment, visit https://study.eshipglobal.com (do not visit FedEx directly). You will be required to create a user name and password to set up an account. To request shipment, you will need your mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, and credit card information. If you have questions about how to use this service, review the Help section of the eShipGlobal website or e-mail support@eshipglobal.com. Once you have requested the shipment, send an email to the Coordinator of International Student Services, lrassi@eureka.edu, to notify her that you have requested an eShipGlobal shipment.

Please note: We do not ship these documents to anyone other than the student listed on the I-20/DS-2019.

Applications for a student visa must go through a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Please visit Travel.State.gov to learn about the visa application process. Consult the website of the embassy/consulate where you plan to go for your visa interview for information about scheduling an appointment and for a complete listing of the documents you should bring. At minimum, you will be asked to show:

  • Passport
  • Original I-20 or DS-2019
  • Official acceptance letter
  • Receipt for payment of the SEVIS I-901 fee
  • Proof of financial support

These documents will also be needed when traveling to the U.S. Please keep them accessible in your carry-on luggage along with documents such as any correspondence from the Eureka College Admissions Office.

If your student visa application is approved, the visa will be printed in your passport. Typically, the embassy/consulate will mail your passport back to you, but some may require you to come in person to pick up your passport. If you are subject to a security background check, there may be a three to six week delay before your visa can be issued.

Be sure to carry your immigration documents with you rather than putting them away in your checked luggage. You must be able to show your papers quickly at various points during your trip.

When first landing in the United States and going through Customs and Border Protection (CBP), you will show the CBP officer your Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 and passport. The Study in the States and Department of State websites contain general information regarding getting in to the United States. You can also visit this page for more information  on what to expect at Port of Entry.

If you are given permission to enter the United States, the inspector will stamp your passport. An arrival/departure record (referred to as an I-94 record) will also be automatically created for you.

Eureka College is located in the Central Part of the United States, in the town of Eureka, Illinois.

You cannot arrive in the U.S. more than 30 days before the program start date listed on your immigration document.

International Students can fly in to one of the airports in the region: Peoria (PIA) or Bloomington-Normal (BMI). Both airports are within a half hour’s drive and include direct flights from Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD).

Questions? Please feel free to contact your International Admissions Counselor or the Coordinator of International Student Services!

Stella Wang, International Admissions Counselor
Office Location: Admissions and Financial Aid Building
Phone: 309.467.6351
Email: swang@eureka.edu

Lizzie Rassi, Coordinator of International Student Services
Office Location: Vennum-Binkley, Suite 24
Phone: 309.467.6744
Email: lrassi@eureka.edu