International Student Admissions

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International Student Admissions


Welcome to Carl Sandburg College! Located just 3 hours away from Chicago, we are in the heartland of America. We look forward to working with you on your application for admission, and encourage you ask questions by emailing us at

Any application received after November 10, 2015, will be processed with a Fall ‘16 start date (August ), unless the student is already in the US on an active F1 visa.



“My Sandburg experience was fabulous. Going to Sandburg was really nice because it’s in a relatively rural part of Illinois and there is not a lot of Japanese people around here so I couldn’t spoil myself and my English skills got a lot better in the past two years. My instructors were excellent, and very supportive and flexible and very understanding – they recognized it was harder for me to learn college level courses in English, so they were always there to help me.


“Safety was also a consideration because the crime rate is much higher in the (United) States than in Japan, so I was nervous about that. I live a mile from campus and it was really close to campus and when I got here I saw Public Safety people everywhere, and it was a big relief for me and made me feel safe, and allowed me to focus on my studies.” – Kairi Nakamura ’15.






“I am the first girl in my family to go to college. There are just so many things that I want to do that I don’t know what to do. My degree will be Associate in Arts, and I’m doing everything I can that I want to, and it’s been really great. All the counselors and the teachers have been great, and if you don’t know what you want to do, they will help guide you.


“I would encourage anyone to pursue international studies. Getting cultured is really important. My teachers have taught me a lot here. I’ve learned it’s very important to be cultured because then you aren’t as ignorant and you’ll be able to relate to other people, people perhaps outside your comfort zone. I used to be super shy…and now I’m doing theater.” - Mia Ismal, 2015 Student Trustee