International Student Program

“We are excited to welcome international students to join our learning community at HCA. Our Christian college-preparatory academy provides a full-immersion American education experience to our global students. Come experience the academic rigor and community relationships that make HCA a special place.” - Talbott Behnken

HCA International Student Program


Why Join Harvest Christian Academy?

HCA is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students. We challenge students to develop strong academic skills and provide opportunities to become a well-rounded person through participation in athletics, arts and community service.

In 2018, HCA’s High School had an average SAT score of 1190 placing it in the top 2% of high schools in Illinois in 2018. HCA is located 45 minutes outside of Chicago in Elgin, Illinois.

Our new digital arts lab and program provides advanced opportunities for students to develop and explore their creativity.

University Preparation and Advising

HCA’s college preparatory program offers students will a full experience to prepare for a successful education in the American university system.

We offer AP Courses through the College Board as well as administer the PSAT and SAT onsite to students. Our guidance office and counselor utilize the NAVIANCE software to assist students and families in preparing for successful matriculation to Universities and Colleges around the United States.

HCA offers a distinguished scholar track for graduation honors and leadership opportunities through the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society.  Students will receive as needed academic support to ensure their best academic outcomes while at HCA.

Full-Immersion Program

HCA’s International Student Program offers a complete experience of American culture, family life, and language acquisition.

Activities and time for connection with other students is provided on a regular basis.

International Students will be able to take advantage of organized outings to explore nearby Chicago and other places of interest.

Homestay Boarding

Students in our International Student Program live with host families connected with HCA throughout the term of their stay.

These families will provide the daily living experience for students and provide transportation to and from school and events.  Our caring host families are screened, trained, and determined to by the HCA International Student Program to provide International Students with a supportive home environment.

Students will be expected to participate in regular home routines and meals to gain the most from the experience.

The total tuition, fees and homestay boarding cost for students enrolled in Harvest Christian Academy’s International Student Program is $42,500.

How to Apply

Before you apply, you will need electronic copies of the following:

  1. Passport
  2. 3-5 Pictures of the Student (including one headshot picture)
  3. Academic Transcriptsfrom the current and past year translated into English (or starting with at least 9th grade)
  4. English Test Results, such as TOEFL or iTEP SLATE Plus
  5. A working credit card to make the $400 application fee payment

If you have any questions about these requirements, please call our direct line for International Inquires at 224.760.2808 or use this form~ Contact Us.

Begin by creating an account that will open our International Application to you. See HOW TO APPLY.
The application requires responses generated by the student and the parents of the student. Applications with content generated by someone other than the student (where required) will be disregarded.
At the end of the application form, the $400 application fee must be paid by credit card.
Once the application, application fee, and all supporting materials have been received, a Skype or WeChat video interview will be scheduled for the student.

The student’s parents should also be available to talk after the student has interviewed.

The student interview lasts between 45-60 minutes. No preparation is required by the student.
An admissions decision will take between 3-10 business days. The student or student’s representative will be contacted with the admissions decision as soon as possible.

If accepted, the student will receive:
• An official acceptance letter
• The Enrollment Contract
• Any additional forms the school needs signed
The student’s family will have 10 calendar days to accept or reject the admissions offer. This will be communicated by returning the signed enrollment contract and making the required deposit within the 10 calendar day period.

If the student is accepted after May 1, quicker action by the student’s family may be required.
The school will issue and physically mail the I-20 Form to the student’s home address. The I-20 Form is the form which allows the student to schedule an F-1 Student Visa appointment at their local U.S. Consulate or Embassy.

The family should schedule the visa appointment right away.
Any remaining payment is due within 10 calendar days after successfully passing their F-1 Visa appointment. Failure to make full payment within this period may result in cancellation of the student’s I-20.
The student’s family should purchase flights to America (Chicago-O’Hare International Airport) and let HCA know of the student’s travel plans.
HCA staff will be at the airport to welcome each student for the start of the Orientation Program, the orientation program for each international student entering HCA. Students should arrive at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago,IL.

At the end of Orientation, the student will begin life with their host family and classes at HCA.

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Harvest Christian Academy admits students of any race, color,national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.