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International Coordinator


You may contact the International Coordinator with any questions you have about attending classes at North Central State College. The International Coordinator can help you with the application process and with finding local housing and transportation.



International Students

small town Atmosphere, world class Value






Experience the culture of a small mid-western U.S. town while taking classes that will transfer anywhere. We believe in the word "community" and we treat you that way. The stress level is low and so is our price.
3 Reasons to Choose NC State



Student covered with international flags

#1: World Class Value

North Central State College credit is accepted by many public and private colleges in Ohio and the United States. That means you can get the same basic classes you need for a 4 year degree while still enjoying the low tuition cost of a community college.

The Associate of Arts degree and the Associate of Science degree are particularly valuable because every class is guaranteed to be accepted by any other public college in Ohio. You could transfer to the Ohio State University with 2 years of credit without paying the big city prices!

Some Bachelor's degrees can be completed entirely on campus. The Ohio State University shares the campus with North Central State and regularly accepts our graduates. Miami university teaches classes using an interactive video link allowing NC State students to complete a 4 year engineering degree entirely on campus. Franklin University is offering a 3+1 Bachelor's degree in business where 3 years are completed on campus at NC State prices!

If you plan to get a Bachelor's degree and take your first two years of classes at North Central State, you will save a substantial amount of money. Why pay extra money at a 4 year school when you can get similar classes at a lower price?

#2: Small Town Atmosphere

As a small college we take pride in treating our students with extra personal service. We believe in the word "community" and we treat you that way.

The professors will get to know you by name, not a number. Most classes have a low student to teacher ratio, so you have a chance to get one on one answers to your questions.

Our International Coordinator and the Student Success Center will help you solve many problems you may face: English as a second language, culture differences, scheduling, class registration, tutoring, career counseling and personal counseling. We want to help you succeed, so we are always exploring new ways to make your college experience better.

One of the benefits of a small town is the lower cost of living. Living in Mansfield costs about 10% less than living in Columbus or Cleveland. That means the money you have set aside for college will last longer!

You can also expect a lower stress level while living in Mansfield. Who really wants to deal with long drive times and noisy living spaces? It only takes 20 to 30 minutes to cross town from any direction which makes getting to our main campus and local shopping easy. There are only a few major highways running through town, so it's very likely you will be able to rent an apartment or house in a quiet neighborhood.

There are a variety of recreational activities available in Mansfield and the surrounding counties. You can go snow skiing, hiking at a state park, or zip-lining through the trees. Attend a show at the local theatre or watch an indy car race at a national sports car course. Check with the local tourism website for more details.

Mansfield isn't the only metropolitan area nearby. Columbus and Cleveland are about a hour drive away which means you have a chance to visit a major American city as well. Attend a Cleveland Indians game, spend a day at Cedar Point, or go boating on Lake Erie.

#3: At a Good Price

Tuition and fees are $299.20 per credit hour. A full-time international student taking 12 credit hours per semester would only spend $7,180.80 a year for tuition and fees! We are well below the Ohio public college average of $17,815.00 per year. For two years of college you could easily save over $25,000.00!



Applying for a Student Visa

It is recommended that you complete the application for your student visa 60 days before the start of a term.

You must apply to the college and receive an I-20 document before applying for a student visa. The I-20 document details your plan of study and the time period you intend to complete your degree. An U.S. embassy or consulate will use the I-20 and your SEVIS registration to confirm your status as a student.

What is SEVIS?

Before you can apply for a student visa you must register with the SEVIS system.The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is a database that includes potential and active international students. During the student visa application process, your local United States embassy will use this database to confirm you have been accepted by the college. The SEVIS form and fee are both handled by the Department of Homeland Security. Please see the SEVIS website to complete the form and pay the registration fee.

Start the Application

After you receive your I-20 document and after you have paid the SEVIS fee, contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to begin the student visa application. You can apply to any international U.S. embassy, but you may find it more difficult to complete the application process if the embassy is not in your home county.

You will be applying for a class F1 student visa using Form DS-160. This form is also used for other classes of nonimmigrant visas, so be sure to specify F1. The online form should be completed before scheduling an interview with the embassy.

Required Documents
  • SEVIS payment receipt (paper)
  • Form DS-160 (online)
  • Form DS-160 fee payment receipt (paper)
  • I-20 Document (paper)
  • Passport (paper)
  • 2x2 Photograph (paper)
Student Visa Interview

You should schedule an interview with your local U.S. embassy after you have collected the required documents.

The interviewer at the embassy will ask you some questions to verify your status as a student. Be prepared to answer questions regarding ties to your country, your English language skills, your academic background, proof of your financial ability, and the program of study you have been accepted.

Be prepared to show:

  • Transcripts and diplomas from previous institutions
  • Scores from standardized tests required by the educational institution
  • Financial evidence of ability to pay
Entry into the U.S.

A student visa does not guarantee entry into the U.S., but it does make the entry process easier. The United States port of entry makes the final decision to grant you entry.

First-time international students may enter the U.S. 30 days before classes begin. If you need to enter earlier, you will have to apply for special permission at your local U.S. embassy.

Continuing second year students may enter the U.S. at any time before classes start. However, if you are outside the U.S. for more than 5 months you will be required to apply for a new student visa. The North Central State summer break is only a few months long so you can continue classes from year to year using one student visa as long as you don't skip a term.


Step 3: Prepare for Travel

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