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Accepted International Students

Congratulations on your acceptance to Concordia University, St. Paul! As you prepare for your studies here be sure to complete the steps below.

Next Steps After Admission

Obtain the Concordia University I-20

To receive a Concordia University I-20 submit a Certificate of Eligibility Request form.

If you are requesting a new initial Certificate of Eligibility (I-20) please select the Initial Certificate of Eligibility Request Form. If you are currently in the United States and need to transfer your certificate of eligibility (I-20) please select the Transfer Release Form.

Email completed forms to Your Certificate of Eligibility will be mailed directly to the mailing address you provided on the request form.

Dependents (spouse or children) of international students may accompany you to the United States if you hold an F-1 or J-1 visa by applying for a dependent (F-2 or J-2) visa.

You may request a dependent I-20 or DS-2019 by submitting the Request for I-20/DS-2019 form.

Obtain Your U.S. Visa

  • Go to the website for your local U.S. Embassy or Consulate and follow the instructions on how to obtain a non-immigrant F-1 student visa.

  • Sign the front page of your I-20 in blue ink and schedule your F-1 visa appointment by following the instructions on your local Embassy/Consulate website.

  • Pay the SEVIS 1-901 fee by going to the following website:

  • Pay the visa application fee by following the instructions on your local U.S Embassy or Consulate website

  • Obtain and complete a student visa application form DS-160. You can find the DS-160 form here. (

  • Prepare the following items and bring them to your visa interview:
    • Completed visa application
    • Original I-20 form and the admission letter sent by Concordia University, St. Paul
    • SEVIS 1-901 fee payment receipt
    • Nonrefundable visa application fee.
    • Passport valid for at least six months beyond the expiration of your I-20.
    • Two identical color photographs. (2x2 inches)
    • Original school transcripts and public examination certificates, including a student copy of your TOEFL, IETLS, GMAT, or GRE score report if applicable.
    • Medical examination results in an envelope sealed by the medical office.
    • Official documentation to prove your financial support.
    • Any evidence that demonstrates strong ties to your country or any other residence outside of the USA.
    • All other documents listed on the visa application specific to your country.

Complete a Credit Evaluation

An official credit evaluation of credits earned/degrees completed at any non-United States institution must be submitted prior to the end of your first term at Concordia (if not submitted during the admissions process).

Evaluations must be from approved members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services

Concordia University will accept credits earned through either CLEP or Dantes

Provide Immunizations and Proof of Health Insurance

Minnesota State law requires proof of immunization. You will not be allowed to register until the required documentation has been submitted.

Additionally, International Students must provide proof of his/her health insurance that is valid in the United States before enrolling in classes. Proof of insurance will be required during orientation.

Submit an On-Campus Student Housing Application or Explore Off Campus Housing

On Campus Housing

To request campus housing for the 2015-16 academic year, apply immediately.

If you do not plan to live on campus, you must complete and submit the Petition to Live Off Campus.

When applying, review the Housing Agreement and complete and return the Housing Application with a down payment of $125 (non-refundable after May 1, 2015). Submit payment online, in person, or by mail. The housing application will not be processed without payment.

Off Campus Housing

There are several resources available to help in your search to secure housing once you arrive on campus. Concordia University’s convenient location offers students a wide variety of housing locations. There are several on campus options to consider prior to looking off campus. However, if you are interested in living off campus the resources listed below are to help you find an ideal location.

  • Once you identify a home or an apartment that seems suitable, you should schedule a visit to walk through the unit and discuss several items. Each property handles fees differently. Fees to discuss with the property owner include but are not limited to, utilities, water, gas, Internet, cable, and garbage removal, as well as on street or off street parking should you decide to own a car.

  • When you decide on a suitable property you will be required to sign a lease, which is a binding legal document. It is important to read very carefully over the lease agreement and to make sure that anything that you discussed with the property owner is stated clearly in the lease agreement. Typically lease agreements are in twelve-month intervals, but can vary so be sure to find out the duration of your lease agreement.

Neighborhoods to consider: Midway, Thomas-Dale, Summit University, Macalester Groveland, Como, Longfellow

Make Your Tuition Payment

Admitted students are required to submit payment for your incoming semester by the first day of class.

Make your payment online, via wire transfer, in person, or by mail.

When sending a payment, please include your student I.D number (L00********) in the memo line.

Attend the Mandatory International Student Orientation

All new international students are required to attend International Student Orientation. Check in will take place at the Office of International Student Services located in the Lutheran Memorial Center, Room 200 on the Concordia University, St. Paul campus.

Fall Semester Orientation: Tuesday, August 18 - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Attend Welcome Week Activities

View the events going on as part of Concordia's Welcome Week.

Visit the ISS Website


Prepare For Travel

Book Your Flight

You (and your dependents, if applicable) may arrive at Concordia University on or up to 30 days before the program start date listed on your I-20.

Remember that the International Student Orientation is mandatory, and so you will need to make your travel plans accordingly. Generally, we suggest arriving 1-2 days before to allow yourself time to get adjusted before orientation and classes begin.

It is best to book your travel as soon as you receive your student visa and as far in advance as possible.

The nearest airport to Concordia University is the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP).This airport is approximately 10 minutes from campus. If at all possible book a direct flight into MSP. There may be times when a direct flight is not possible. The closest connecting cities are Chicago O'Hare airport (approximately 7 hours from Minneapolis/Saint Paul).

Transportation to campus

Concordia University is approximately 7 miles from the airport. Taxi fares average $25-$30. More information about Ground Transportation at MSP is available on the airport website:

Initial Money Needs

You should evaluate your needs for the first few weeks of school - most schools suggest bringing about $2,000 in readily available funds. You can bring this amount in traveler's checks, or better yet, bring your foreign bank card, after checking that it will work in US ATMs (automated teller machines), to access an account at home. All other money can be wired to your new US bank account after you arrive. Remember, if you have a scholarship, assistantship or another form of employment, it will typically take a month or more to get your first payment, so make sure you have enough money to live for your first few weeks.

Before you arrive, find out from your bank at home how to wire money to the US, and how much it will cost in fees. After you have set up your new bank account, you can arrange the transfer by providing your home bank with your US bank details. You will need to provide your account number, the US bank's name and address, and the US bank's ABA number. Wire transfers typically take between 2-5 days. Ask your home bank for a confirmation once the funds are wired. The Article is taken from International Financial Aid Blog


The weather in Minnesota varies greatly depending on the time of year.  To save space in your luggage, we recommend packing based on season you will arrive, but to leave room for shopping once you arrive. There are numerous malls, stores, and boutiques around Concordia to accommodate your clothing needs as the weather changes.

Recommendations for arriving during fall term (August):

  • summer clothing
  • light fall jacket

*Temperatures warm up in April

Recommendations for arriving during spring term (January):

  • long sleeve shirts
  • sweaters
  • warm shoes
  • a few sets of gloves
  • warm hats and scarves

*Temperatures warm up in April


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