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International Student Process

International Admissions Process | Financial Assistance | Costs/Comprehensive Fees | Contact | Frequently Asked Questions | The Conditional Admission Program

Thank you for your interest in applying to Monmouth College.

Monmouth College has a longstanding tradition of welcoming students from every part of the world. We know that international diversity within our student body benefits all students, inside the classroom and beyond. When engaged and enthusiastic young people from many countries and many cultures study, reflect, and socialize together, good things happen – friendships are established, understanding is increased, communicative skills are enhanced, patience is deepened, and an endlessly rewarding curiosity about the world bursts into life.

The international students who come to Monmouth flourish here, academically and socially. We are proud of their accomplishments and are delighted that so many remain connected with the College as active and engaged alumni.

Applying for admission into a United States college or university can be overwhelming. We will assist you through the process.

The College accepts applications from international students at any point throughout the year. There are deadlines for the completion of the application process: June 15 for students applying to begin their studies in the first semester (which begins in mid-August) and October 15 for students applying to begin their studies in the second semester (which begins in early January). If you are accepted for admission to Monmouth College, you will need to plan for time to complete the financial documentation required for review and verification before issuance of the I-20 form and for completion of your application for the student visa.

We cannot award scholarships or send you the paperwork you will need for the student visa process until we have received your complete application (with letter of recommendation, transcripts/course marks record, certificate of finances, essay, etc.). We need all the pieces of your application before we can make an admission decision! So - be in touch with us, ask us any questions you might have, and be prompt and thorough in sending in the required documents (and in having your high school, recommender, and testing agencies send their materials to us directly). We are here to help you!

International Admissions Process

First Steps

  • Fully complete either the Common Application or the Monmouth College International Student Application for admission to Monmouth College.
  • Email to the official transcripts from all secondary schools and universities/community colleges attended. All transcripts (i.e., the official record of courses and marks), certificates and examination score reports must be accompanied by a translation into English, if the language of the original is not English. Documents should be sent by post or email (as scanned attachments) to the Monmouth College Office of Admission directly from the high school or EducationUSA advising center, if at all possible. Final examination results, which are often not available until the summer following graduation from high school, and final transcripts are required of admitted students upon arrival at Monmouth College (as proof of completion of high school), but do NOT need to be provided as part of the application itself.  We follow WES guidelines regarding high school graduation credentials (by country):

    We may require international students who have attended university outside of the United States complete a transcript evaluation by World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluations (ECE). The information provided enables our Registrar to determine transfer credit and proper placement into courses at Monmouth.

    Evaluation by a U.S. credential evaluation service is in your best interest as an international transfer student.  It is good practice to submit your university transcripts to WES or ECE as you begin the process of applying as a transfer student so you will have your evaluation ready with your other application materials in order to complete the application for admission to Monmouth College.

  • If your first language is not English, we need to receive certification of your English language proficiency. There are several ways to do this: 
  • If you have selected an intensive English program or English proficiency examination not on our list, please contact us and we will be happy to review and confirm whether your successful completion or test scores meet our requirement.
  • Test scores or earned certificates must have been issued within the past two years. 
  • The language proficiency requirement may be waived upon request with documentation if you are from a country in which English is the official language and is your first language; if you have successfully completed three or more years of high school in an English-medium national or international school; if you have attended one of the United World colleges schools; or if you are transferring as a sophomore from a US college or university with satisfactory grades in humanities and social science courses.
  • You may send official documents as scanned email attachments.
  • While an ACT or SAT score is not required for admissions consideration, it is highly recommended that an official score report be submitted in order to be considered for an academic-based scholarship. Self-reported scores are usually not adequate for scholarship consideration. The ACT provides a single score, but we need sub-scores for the SAT in order to determine which version of the SAT you have taken, not just the cumulative score. You may include Monmouth College in your set of recipient colleges when you take the SAT or ACT test. We will save received scores and include them in your application file when you begin the application process. If you are applying to Monmouth College after you’ve completed the test and Monmouth College was not one of your initial choices of college to receive the score report download, you may ask the testing agency to send us the scores or you may have your high school counselor email the official scores to us. Our SAT code is 1484. Our ACT code is 1084.
  • Submit a thoughtful essay of at least 850 words and no more than 1200 words describing your academic interests and goals, and your reasons for studying in the United States at Monmouth College. Include in this essay some information about yourself that would be helpful to us as we consider your application: academic interests, service activities, leadership experiences, artistic and athletic interests, hobbies and special skills, and career goals.
  • Ask a teacher or guidance counselor to provide one letter of recommendation (on school letterhead and from a school email domain name if at all possible). Letters of recommendation from EducationUSA advisors are especially welcomed. 

Next Steps

  • Complete and sign the International Student Certification of Finances Form, and (if relevant) Sponsor’s Affidavit of Support. This information is exactly replicated in the I-20, so you should be exact, precisely accurate and truthful. Note that the US Consular Officer who interviews you may also want to see proof of your parents’ employment, how long they have worked at their place of employment and how much they earn, as well as a statement from the bank about how long your family’s checking account has existed and what the average balance in the account has been.
  • Submit proof of available funds in the form of a bank statement (s), loan award letter, private or governmental scholarship award letter. For each source of funds you list in the year-by-year funding-sources table in our International Student Certification of Finances Form, you should include documentation of funds in the form of a bank statement, etc.
    • The bank statement must be on the official letterhead of the bank, dated within the last 6 months, and cover your college and personal expenses (minus the amount of your scholarship). It should include the current amount in the account, account holder’s name, account number, currency type, bank official’s name and signature and the address and phone number of the bank.
    • We can only accept a bank statement that indicates the amount in a liquid form and that usually is a checking or savings account statement. Employment, salary or pension statements, tax returns, property or personal assets, stock funds, insurance premiums and any other statement in the non-liquid form are not acceptable.
    • You should be able to show more funds in the family’s or sponsor’s bank account than just the amount you need for the first year of study (because, of course, your family also has routine expenses the family must be able to cover in addition to your college expenses). It is best to have one source of funding, and so to have the money in only one bank account (the family account or the sponsor’s account). However, multiple bank statements are acceptable.
  • The college is required to be certain that you can afford the cost of attendance (tuition, food, housing, other expense) for at least one year (two semesters). If you are awarded a scholarship, that amount should be subtracted from the total cost of attendance: you are responsible for the remaining costs.
  • The college also needs assurance that you have adequate funds to afford both college costs and non-college costs (books, travel, personal items, etc.) for every year of your studies at Monmouth College, and we need evidence of immediately available funds (liquid funds) in your family’s or sponsors’ bank account sufficient to cover the costs of the first year. After we have received and reviewed the Certification of Finances form and financial documents, we will consider issuance of the I-20 form. The more clearly and fully documented your funding, your parents’ and/or sponsors’ employment status and annual income, etc., the more smoothly the visa application process tends to go.
  • You will see the required annual family contribution in the official financial aid award letter you will receive following the admission notification letter. You may want to take this financial documentation with you when you go in for your visa interview.

Final Steps

  • Be aware of the amount of time it takes to complete these final steps. Do not wait until the last minute! There are often long waits for visa interviews at US embassies, for example. When applying for a visa interview, you must plan ahead of time. The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs website enables you to check the visa appointment and processing times at the embassy in which you are planning to go for the visa interview. In addition, you will need to make travel arrangements well in advance of your arrival – the earlier you make travel arrangements, the less expensive your flights will be and the more good options you will have for connections. Do not try to complete these important final steps in the admission process in the weeks before the beginning of the semester. It is too late.

In order to remain in good standing as an incoming admitted international student, you need to send us:

  1. confirmation of travel plans (proof of arrival)
  2. tuition/fees payment in full for the semester before the deadline indicated.

If we do not receive confirmation in these two ways, we will review and may cancel the I-20.

  • Send your travel itinerary (flight information, etc.) by email to Intercultural Life at Monmouth College to confirm arrival plans. You will need to do this at least three weeks before the beginning of the semester in which you start (in early August for the fall semester – which begins in late August, and in early December for the spring semester – which begins in early January). Note that the College closes for the winter holidays at mid-December. Send address and contact information for relatives or friends within the U.S. with whom you are staying upon arrival as well as precise and detailed information about arrival on campus on the designated days immediately before international-student orientation to the Office of Intercultural Life.
  • Pay the bill for your tuition and fees for your first semester. You may do this by wire transfer. This payment is due before the start of the semester. If we do not receive it by the deadline, we will cancel your I-20. Watch for an email containing your first bill from the Student Accounts Manager in the Business Office at Monmouth College.
  • When you arrive, if not before, you must provide proof of successful completion of U.S. high school equivalency or you cannot begin classes at Monmouth College:  you will need to bring with you a certified copy or original of the primary document in your country that shows successful completion of high school studies. Test scores are not proof of High School completion. Proof may be a transcript that shows all courses taken, grades received and graduation date, or it may be a certificate of national examination results, or some other document (this varies by country). A certified copy is an original document or attested (signed with official stamp or seal) photocopy that has been issued by the educational institution or government agency responsible for issuing the document. An official English translation should accompany the document.

    If you have not yet completed your last year of high school, you may still apply, of course! Most of our students apply for admission to Monmouth College during their final year of high school studies. Submit an official transcript showing the courses you have completed and a letter in English from your school stating that you are currently enrolled and your expected date of completion. You will be required to provide proof of completion when you arrive at Monmouth College.

    Monmouth College uses the guide book, Foreign Educational Credentials Required for Consideration of Admission to Universities and Colleges in the United States, prepared by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers as its primary resource on determining U.S. high school equivalency. If necessary, other reputable references will be consulted to determine if your prior education meets Monmouth College requirements.

* Monmouth College and ELS Educational Services, Inc. have an articulation agreement encouraging international student enrollment at Monmouth. Successful completion of the ‘ELS Intensive English for Academic Purposes’ program fulfills Monmouth’s English-language-proficiency requirement. ELS students are warmly welcome at Monmouth College.

Note: All supporting materials should be mailed or emailed to: 

Monmouth College
Office of Admission
700 East Broadway
Monmouth, IL 61462 U.S.A.

Financial Assistance

Monmouth College offers scholarships to international students with demonstrated records of academic achievement and the promise of future potential.

Scholarships for international students include the following:

International Distinguished Young Leaders Scholarships
These scholarships are designated for students with outstanding potential as scholars and leaders. The highly competitive scholarships are offered to a limited number of students each year and provide a tuition waiver of up to $24,000. All admitted international students are automatically considered for these scholarships, which are renewable for three additional years of study with the maintenance of a 3.0 GPA or above.
International Merit Scholarships
These scholarships are awarded to admitted international applicants who demonstrate strong scholastic abilities and potential. Award amounts vary, with a maximum of $18,000, and may be renewed for three additional years of study. An applicant does not need to demonstrate financial need to be eligible.
Merit Scholarships for International Baccalaureate Students
These scholarships will be awarded to admitted international applicants who have completed the IB Diploma program at an IB World School ( Award amounts will vary, with a minimum of $10,000, and may be renewed for up to three additional years of study. The applicant should provide proof of graduation from the IB World School in the form of the high school transcript (course marks), sent directly from the high school. An applicant does not need to demonstrate financial need to be eligible for this scholarship. Monmouth College welcomes IB students!
Scholarships for ELS 112-Certified Students
These scholarships of $10,000 (renewable each year for up to three additional years of study) will be awarded to international students who successfully complete ELS Language Centers English for Academic Purposes Level 112, which meets English proficiency requirements for admissions purposes.  Recipients of the ELS 112 Scholarship will be considered for up to $11,000 in additional academic scholarship based on the strength of their past academic performance as demonstrated by course grades and standardized test scores (ACT or SAT).

No additional applications, forms or essays are required for consideration for any international-student scholarship. You will be considered for financial assistance once you have fully completed your application and we have received the necessary paperwork (school records, letter of recommendation, your essay, etc.). So, be sure to get everything in as quickly as possible!

See also our scholarships listing for scholarships available to both international students and students with American citizenship.

Costs/Comprehensive Fees

Monmouth College sets its cost each year as a comprehensive fee. This fee includes full-time tuition, room and board: i.e., on-campus student housing and a 3-meal per day / 7-day per week meal plan. (Additional charges will be incurred if you choose to live in premium housing facilities or you choose a premium meal plan.) All students must be covered by health insurance. All international students are required to take the Monmouth College health insurance. Please keep in mind that colleges do increase their tuition each year.

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Fax: +1-309-457-2141

Monmouth College
Office of Admission
700 East Broadway
Monmouth, IL 61462 U.S.A.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Institutional Endorsements & Rankings

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Resources for Students

Education USA: Supported by the U.S. Department of StateELS Learning CentresStudy IllinoisIREXWorld LearningInstitute of International Education