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ESL Summer Institute

Northampton Community College (NCC) offers a comprehensive Summer ESL Institute for international students and visitors.

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students outsideNorthampton Community College offers a vibrant experience for international students.  You will fit right into our global community and quickly find yourself at home among our diverse and active student body. NCC is a fully-accredited two-year college and offers nearly 100 programs leading to associate degrees, certificates and diplomas.

Located within 90 minutes' drive from both New York City and Philadelphia, Northampton Community College provides you with an excellent education close to some of the most culturally diverse cities in the United States!

During each semester, the college plays host to over 130 international students from more than 30 countries. The International Student Program assists you with admission and enrollment, new student orientation, advising, and other information that will help you reach your goals. Additionally, the Center for Global Education and International Services provides assistance to international students with personal, academic and immigration needs.

Housing and Student Life at NCC

Students from all over the world also enjoy the benefit of living at our Bethlehem campus, where we have brand-new residence halls ready for you to move in! International students are an active part of the campus community and enjoy participating in extracurricular events, clubs and community organizations. The International Student Organization (ISO) hosts events throughout the year for students to get to know one another and to build connections in the college community.

Our international student graduates transfer to colleges across America, or return to start careers in their home countries. They do well once they transfer, and save thousands of dollars on the cost of an advanced degree.

Application Process for International Students

Any student who is or intends to be in the United States on a student visa (F-1) is considered an international student. In order to issue the application for the student F-1 Visa (SEVIS I-20 form), you must submit the following documents:

  1. Application for admission
    1. Completed application form
    2. $25.00 application fee
    3. Fall applicants preferred by July 1 and Spring preferred by November 1
  2. Transcripts of High School and College Work. These records must include proof of graduation from high school or higher translated into English.
  3. Proof of Financial Support. The student must prove that they have at least $26,785.00 readily available to them for educational expenses. Acceptable sources of financial resources are saving accounts, checking accounts, money market accounts and certificates of deposit. If student is not being charged rent (or room and board), a letter must be submitted documenting such and student will only need to show $18,720.00 in readily available funds.
    1. "Certification of Finances" form (included in application packet) that confirms that the sponsor understands the total cost of education and has adequate funds to carry themselves under normal conditions through the full program.

    2. A letter from a bank official or bank statements must accompany all figures indicated on the "Certification of Finances" form for verification. However, all documents must be dated within 6 months of application.

To Apply by Fax, Email, or Mail
Students may download an application packet (PDF) and submit it by email, fax, or mail.

Fax: 610.861.6440
Mail: Admissions
Northampton Community College
3835 Green Pond Rd
Bethlehem, PA 18020

Costs for International Students

Academic Year 2017-2018

Tuition and Fees (24-36 Credits): $13,620.00
Housing and Meals: $8,065.00
Books and Supplies: $800.00
Medical Insurance: $2,500.00
Medical Expenses: $300.00
Personal Expenses: $1,500.00
Total: $26,785.00
For each dependent (spouse/child), an additional $2000.00 is required.
*Please note that costs are subject to change and financial aid or scholarships are not available to international students.

Traveling to NCC

The Admissions office will provide transportation from the Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE-Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton) or the Bethlehem Bus Station (Lehigh Valley Industrial Park for Transbridge Bus Lines from New York/New Jersey or Mechanic Street stop for Greyhound Bus from Philadelphia) to Northampton Community College. However, we need specific information regarding your arrival, including your dates and times of arrival, where you are coming from, where you are arriving at (bus terminal or airport) and any airline flight numbers.

Commuter bus service is available to and from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), and John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). NCC will arrange individual airport shuttle upon request for an additional fee of $200, payable in advance prior to arriving in the USA.

Submit all travel needs in writing with your completed application.

What to Bring to Campus:

Because international students must travel a great distance to get to NCC and the U.S., they may not want to travel with everything they will need during the semester. NCC residence halls have a bed, desk, chair, and closet for every student. Students must bring or purchase linens, school supplies and any other items they want for their residence hall room. Students will be responsible for traveling with the proper documents and should consider bringing a few other items with them from home, listed below.

Items to Bring From Home

  • Currency or Bank Cards: You'll want to be sure you have some currency on you to exchange for U.S. dollars upon your arrival. Currency exchange stations and banks also accept bank cards to withdraw cash for currency exchange.
  • Travel & Health Documents - Make sure all of these documents are easy to find in a carry-on bag and keep copies in your checked luggage:
    • Passport
    • Visa
    • I-20 or DS-2019
    • Financial Documents
    • Official Health Records
  • Outlet and Plug Converter: You should purchase an electrical outlet and plug converter for the U.S. from your home country to use with any electric device you bring. The U.S. operates on 120 V and has type A and type B electrical plugs.


Is financial aid available to international students?

No. International students do not qualify for state or federal financial aid.

Can I work while in the United States?

If you hold F-1 visa status, you are only allowed to work part-time at NCC. During the semester you are not allowed to work more than 20 hours a week. F-1 visa holders cannot accept off-campus employment at any time during the first year of their studies. Under certain circumstances, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) may grant permission to accept off-campus employment after one year of study.

How do I get a student visa?

After you are accepted by NCC and receive the Form I-20 from the College, you must apply for your nonimmigrant "student" (F-1) visa at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate near your home. You must bring the necessary supporting documentation to your visa appointment, including your college acceptance letter, proof of payment of SEVIS fee, passport, your I-20 Form and appropriate financial documentation. Required documents depend on the country, so it is recommended that you check with the U.S. Consulate or embassy to determine what you need before your appointment.

Can I study English As A Second Language?

Whether English is your second, third, or fourth language, Northampton's English as a Second Language (ESL) program will help you learn and improve your English. We offer academic, full-semester, credit classes that help get you ready for college-level classes as well as helping you to master English skills essential to academic work, jobs, and day-to-day conversation. Find out more about the ESL program.

What type of housing is available?

NCC has two residence halls on campus, as well as an on-campus apartment building. You do not have to choose to live on campus. However, NCC does not provide off-campus housing. Find out more about our housing options.

What is the weather like in the Lehigh Valley?

When you arrive in August, temperatures will likely range from 80-95 degrees Fahrenheit. From November until March, temperatures can drop to freezing (32 degrees Fahrenheit) and usually well below freezing later in the winter. The winter months are usually accompanied by snow and ice. As springtime approaches in late March to early April, temperatures begin to rise again to about 45–60 degrees Fahrenheit followed by a warmer spring semester.