South Suburban College
South Suburban College

Special Program Admissions

Human Success Project

The Human Success Project allows adults, who, for whatever reason, were unable to finish their high school education, to earn their high school diplomas rather than a High School Equivalency (HSE) certificate. The Human Success Project is administered through the Counseling Center.

The Human Success Project is designed for adults, 18 years or older, who have completed at least three years of high school credits. Participants take courses at the College that will transfer back to the high school to satisfy high school graduation credits. The high school evaluates the credits earned through the Human Success Project before it awards the high school diploma. Contact the Counseling Center for more information at 708-596-2000, ext. 2306.

High School Students

High school students, including home-schooled students, may take certain designated College courses, excluding Telecourses, if the following conditions are met:

  1. Completion of a total of 13 or more high school units.
  2. All high school students must complete the Special High School Student Application Form, which may be obtained from the Admission, the Counseling and/or Registration Centers. (The signature of the high school principal or counselor, as well as an SSC counselor, is required for students to be allowed to enroll in College courses.)
  3. Completion of the Placement test, except for physical education courses.
  4. Fulfillment of proper prerequisites and/or developmental courses for the courses in which they are enrolling.
Foreign/International Student Admission

An international student is a citizen of a country other than the United States who is authorized to remain in the United States for a temporary period as a non-immigrant (F-1 student visa) and who intends to return to his or her home country.


An international student who plans to attend South Suburban college must take the following steps to begin classes at the college:

1. Complete, sign and submit the International Student Application Form.

2. Complete, sign and submit the Credit Admissions Application.

3. a. If a student is being sponsored, the sponsor must complete and sign the Affidavit of Sponsor. This affidavit must be accompanied by an original, signed letter from the bank showing the funds $15,000 USD as being available for the student’s first 12 months of study and an original, signed letter from the employer showing salary or income in U.S. Dollars. If self-employed, provide an original bank letter stating business account balance. The affidavit must be stamped by a notary public or bank official and sent directly to the Foreign Student Advisor. In lieu of an Affidavit of Sponsor, the sponsor may choose to submit an INS Form I-134, Affidavit of Support.

b. If a student is NOT being sponsored, that student is responsible for submitting an Affidavit of Support complete with the two letters of support mentioned above.

4. Official score report of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) must be sent directly to South Suburban College. You may call TOEFL at (609) 771-7243 or e-mail for more information. South Suburban College requires a score of 500 minimum on the paper-based test, and 173 on the computer-based test. The TOEFL test is required in all cases except citizens of England and Canada. The TOEFL website is You may also use World Educational Services at

5. Submit the Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) form with required documents and payment directly to ECE for evaluation of your secondary school education. They will send an evaluation report to South Suburban College. They can be reached directly at You may also use World Educational Services at

6. Students need to provide evidence of insurance coverage or a certificate of payment for an insurance policy.

7. All documents listed above in Numbers 1 through 6 must be submitted to the following address:

Counselor, International Students, Room 2350
South Suburban College
15800 S. State Street
South Holland, IL 60473 USA

All documents for admission must be received before July 1 for the Fall semester and before November 1 for the Spring semester. Upon approval of the completed applications and documents, South Suburban College will issue an I-20 form. Please take the I-20 form and your current passport to the nearest United States Embassy or Consulate to obtain the F-1 student visa.

8. Transfer students: F-1 visa students who want to transfer to South Suburban College must also submit copies of their current school I-20 form and a transcript or letter from the school showing dates of enrollment and eligibility to transfer along with the above information.

If admitted, all foreign students must register for a minimum of 12 semester hours of study each semester of the academic year. It is the policy of the College to notify U.S. Immigration when students on F-1 Visas fail to register for classes before completing their program of study. Any student classified as a foreign student will be assessed the out-of-state tuition rate.

More information is available from the foreign/international student advisor in the Counseling Center, (708) 596-2000, ext. 2306 or on the foreign/international student web page. Foreign students must re-enroll with assistance of a Foreign/International Student Counselor.

Overseas Program Admission

South Suburban College is a member of the Illinois Consortium for International Studies (ICISP), a consortium of two and four-year colleges in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan. The consortium provides opportunities to study in Canterbury, England, and Salzburg, Austria, in the spring and fall of each year. The curriculum emphasis at these two sites is in social science, humanities, communication and literature. All courses may be used to fulfill degree/certificate requirements or as electives for the transfer degree.

In addition, students interested in business may elect to study in the Netherlands in European Business Administration at Hogeschool, Holland near Amsterdam. Students in the English language program include Dutch, British, Finnish, Spanish, French and American students. This program is available in the spring of each year only.

In a program unique in the United States, students in select career programs may elect to study for two-week periods in Holland at MBO-Colleges-The Netherlands. Currently opportunities exist for students in building construction, CAD-CAM, marketing, fashion design, office administration and technology, and engineering.

Students interested in the intensive study of a foreign language may elect to study in San Jose, Costa Rica. This seven-week summer program combines field trips with classroom study and home-stay.

To qualify for admission to these ICISP programs, students must have completed 12 hours of college study and have a minimum grade point average of 2.75. All programs grant SSC credit. For further information, contact the Office of International Study, (708) 596-2000, ext. 2349 or 2574.


For more information on any of these programs, please call (708) 596-2000, ext. 2208 or 2306

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