International Students

International Student Admissions Process

  1. Complete the International Student Application for Admission.
    • If your goal is to eventually complete a Bachelor’s Degree in the United States please list your major as Liberal Arts.
    • See Programs of Study for a complete list of programs of study offered at Hawkeye Community College.
  2. Request ETS to send your official TOEFL results to Hawkeye Community College’s Admissions office; our institutional code is 6288.

    Minimum required TOEFL scores are 500 on the paper based or 61 on the iBT.

    You may also choose to provide one of the Alternative English options.

  3. Submit your financial statement [pdf] and provide bank statement issued within three months of application date. See mailing options. Also see cost of attendance.

  4. Send a copy of your official high school and college (if applicable) transcripts to Hawkeye Community College's Admissions office. See mailing options. Also see Foreign Diploma and Transcript Evaluation.

  5. International students who attend Hawkeye Community College are required to purchase insurance as a condition of enrollment. Each international student will automatically be charged for this plan at the beginning of each semester (summer included if registered for the subsequent fall semester). It is recommended that you continue coverage through the summer even though you may not be enrolled during this time. If you wish to opt out of the coverage through the summer, the international student services coordinator needs to be informed in writing. Health Insurance Form [pdf].

  6. If transferring from another U.S. institution, print a School Transfer Form [pdf].

    Have your current institution’s International Student Advisor (or appropriate position) fill out the form and return it to the address listed on the form.

    All financial obligations must be satisfied (your bill must be paid in full) at your current school prior to being issued an I-20 by Hawkeye Community College.

  7. If you are coming from home; after you have been admitted and received the form I-20, pay the SEVIS fee PRIOR to your visa appointment.

    After the payment is processed, you will receive a receipt which you need to print out since it may be requested at the port of entry in the United States. The receipt is available only immediately after the payment is complete, and you will not be able to reprint it again.

Academic Admission Requirements

International Students need to submit TOEFL or an Alternative English option for acceptance. You will be assessed in the area of Math upon arrival. However, your TOEFL and COMPASS assessment requirements may be waived if you have successfully completed an English Composition course (face-to-face), transfer level Math course, and a college level reading course (face-to-face) at an accredited United States Educational Institution.

These requirements will be waived only after Hawkeye Community College has received and evaluated an official transcript from the issuing institution.

Important Deadlines

If you are applying from home, please start the process early. You will need to plan ahead for visa appointments and travel arrangements.

Spring 2017 Semester

December 12, 2016
by 4:30pm
International Student Application for Admission deadline if you would like to start classes January 9. If you miss the deadline, you will be considered for late start classes.
December 19, 2016 If you want a Form I-20 from Hawkeye, you must be fully admitted with all required paperwork received.
December 19, 2016 Admission decision will be sent to students. Accepted students will be able to register for a MORE orientation session on January 3, 4, 5, or 6. Check your Hawkeye email for more information.
January 9, 2017 Spring 2017 Semester begins. See Registering for Classes.
January 18, 2017
by 4:30pm
International Student Application for Admission deadline if you would like to enroll in Spring Semester 2017 late start classes. If you miss the deadline, you will be considered for Fall Semester 2017.
January 25, 2017 Admission decision will be sent to students.  Accepted students will be able to register for a MORE orientation session. MORE orientation dates are to be determined. Check your Hawkeye email or contact the International Coordinator for more information.
January 30, 2017 Late start 12-week classes begin. It is an immigration requirement for international students to be enrolled in 12 credit hours every semester. If you are unable to register for 12 credits by this deadline, you will not be admitted to Hawkeye for Spring 2017 Semester.

Admission Acceptance Notification

After we have received and reviewed your application materials, we will send you a written notification once the admission decision has been made.

Hawkeye Community College will consider admission to International student applicants under the age of 18 on a case by case basis.

Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20)

Once you have been admitted you will be provided your Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20). See Mailing Options.

To apply for an F-1 student visa you will need to take your Form 1-20 and any other required materials for your visa appointment to a United States Embassy or Consulate in your home country. The F-1 student visa is required for you to enter the United States as a student.

Check the website of the Embassy or Consulate office you will visit for specific requirements needed to apply for an F-1 student visa.

International students are required to attend the educational institution designated on the Form I-20 and are expected to complete at least one semester at that institution prior to requesting transfer to any other educational institution.

If you choose to attend another institution after Hawkeye Community College has issued a Form I-20 you will need to contact us immediately so that it may be corrected in SEVIS.

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International Student Services


Marina Durinova
Hawkeye Center 208
telephone (voice):
    +1 319-296-2329, ext.1590
   +1 319-296-1028
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Mailing Address

Hawkeye Community College
International Student Admissions
1501 East Orange Road
P.O. Box 8015
Waterloo, IA 50704-8015

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