International Students| Admission
Experience American small-town character and historic charm at Lake Erie College in Painesville, OH.
If you are a prospective student who is not a United States citizen or Permanent Resident/Green Card Holder, you are considered an international student.
Applying as an international student is a simple, straightforward process, and it is outlined below. If you have any questions along the way, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Admission. We can't wait to hear from you!
Application Process for International Students
Are you an international student interested in attending Lake Erie College? Follow the steps below:
Step 1: Submit the Following Forms and Materials
High School/Secondary School and College or University Transcripts
All school transcripts or records need to be in English and evaluated through an international credentials agency to include a US equivalent Grade Point Average on a 4.0 scale, such as World Education Services, Education Credential Evaluators, or SpanTran.
SAT or ACT Scores Official test scores are preferred. If sending a scan of a score report, the scan must be clearly legible and contain the student name, student identification number, and testing location to be considered for admission. Ask the Office of Admission about our test optional admission policy!
English Proficiency (for ESL Students)
Minimum TOEFL scores required for admission are 550 on paper-based TOEFL or 79 on Internet-Based TOEFL (iBT), 6.0 on IELTS, or STEP Eiken 1st and Pre-1st Grade level (for Japanese students).
Step 2: Submit All Necessary Financial Aid Forms
Lake Erie College International Student Financial Aid Application
Supporting documents can include tax forms, statement of employment, bank statements, letter from sponsors and more.
Important Note: If the additional supporting documentation is from anyone else but the student, they will be required to submit the Financial Support Document. This document will be provided by the office of admission directly to the family member and/or sponsor, and will be required to be sent back to the office of admission by the family member and/or sponsor.
International Student Budget
Think you're ready to apply? These are some of the costs associated with attending Lake Erie College.
One-Time Enrollment Housing Deposit: $300
One-Time I-20 Processing Fee: $200
One-Time Orientation Fee: $200 (First Year Students) or $50 for transfer students
International Activities Fee: $150/semester
Students are responsible for all travel costs, books, supplies, and personal expenses, as well as the costs associated with international health insurance. At Lake Erie College, students spend an average of $1,000/year on books and supplies, $1,000/year on personal expenses, and $1,000/year on travel and insurance. An estimated personal budget for international students is $3,000/year. Due to federal visa regulations, we are also required to have proof that a student has sufficient financial resources to cover his or her personal budget for the year. This means that we need to see proof of financial support for an additional $3,000 on top of the direct costs. The personal budget amount is NOT payable to the College; however, when a student is applying for financial aid, they need to show that amount before the College is able to issue the I-20 form.
Application, Admission and Tuition Deadlines
Below is a table of deadlines for international students. These deadlines are meant as guidelines in order to encourage timely submissions of all application materials for international students.
While Lake Erie College still would consider a prospective international student's application after a deadline has passed, abiding by this schedule will help make the process of certifying a student for a student visa and ensuring their timely arrival at the Lake Erie College campus as efficient as possible.
Health Insurance Requirement
International students are required to show proof of health insurance before they can move into campus housing.
International Student Scholarship
As an undergraduate international student, you will automatically qualify for LEC’s Garfield International Student Scholarship.
$15,000 for students with a GPA of 3.25+
$12,000 for a GPA below 3.25
Connect With an International Admission Expert
Ready to begin your journey with Lake Erie College as an international student? Let's go!
An admission advisor is standing by to help you with the application process or to answer any questions you may have about our campus or university. We can't wait to welcome you to an incredible college experience at Lake Erie College in Painesville, OH.