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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!



Prepare to Travel

These tasks should be completed 30 to 60 days before the beginning of a term.

Gather Travel Documents

You should carry these travel documents with you when you come to the U.S. and keep photocopies of these in a separate safe place in case you lose the originals.

  • Passport
  • Student Visa
  • 1-94 Arrival/Departure Record
  • I-20 Document
Arrange for Housing

North Central State does not have on-campus housing so you will have to contact the International Coordinator to arrange for temporary housing. Apartments and houses are available for rent in the local cities of Mansfield and Ontario. The International Coordinator will arrange temporary housing for you before you come to the U.S. and you will be required to find permanent housing when you get to the U.S.

You should expect to pay $600 to $800 a month to rent an apartment. Appliances, like an oven and refrigerator, will probably be included with higher rent and excluded with lower rent. You will have to supply general use furniture, like a couch, dining table and chairs, bedroom furniture, and a television.

Transportation in the U.S.

North Central State College will provide transportation to Mansfield from Cleveland Hopkins Airport or Port Columbus International Airport. If you choose another arrival airport, you will have to arrange transportation to Mansfield.

Once you reach your Mansfield housing, you will have to arrange daily transportation to the college and shopping centers. Bus service is available from Mansfield and Ontario to the college and shopping centers.

Immunization and Health Insurance

All students who attend health degree clinicals are required to have certain immunizations before attending a clinical class. Please contact the Dean of Health Sciences for a current immunization list. It is recommended that you receive these immunizations in your home country instead of waiting to get them in the U.S.

It is recommended, but not required, that students in non-health degrees receive the same immunizations as health degree students before entering the U.S.

Health treatment is expensive in the U.S. and it is recommended that you have a health insurance policy. You must obtain health insurance from a private insurer since North Central State does not provide this service.


Step 4: Upon Arrival

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