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Why Study at Concordia University, St. Paul

Concordia University, St. Paul supports you as you explore your academic interests and refine your career choices. In our ever-global world there’s no better place than Concordia to prepare you with the culturally dynamic and rich experiences that you’ll need. The Concordia family includes students from diverse backgrounds, faith traditions and cultural heritages.

What Programs are at Concordia?

View our academic program search page for information on all of our undergraduate and graduate programs.

Undergraduate International Admissions

Undergraduate Application Process

One who has not attended an institution of higher education for at least one year must submit the following:

  1. Online or Paper Application
  2. $30 Application Fee
    • Pay online or submit check payable to Concordia University
  3. Official High School Transcripts (for all institutions attended)
  4. Official Credit Evaluation of credits earned/degrees completed at any non-United States institution
  5. Certification of Finances (2016-2017) indicating the financial source for the expense of attending Concordia University
  6. Proof of English Proficiency (see tab below)
Transfer Application Process

One who has attended an institution of higher learning for one year or more must submit the following:

  1. Online or Paper Application
  2. $30 Application Fee
    • Pay online or submit check payable to Concordia University
  3. Official College Transcripts (for all institutions attended)
  4. Official Credit Evaluation of credits earned/degrees completed at any non-United States institution
  5. Certification of Finances (2016-2017) indicating the financial source for the expense of attending Concordia University
  6. Proof of English Proficiency (see tab below)
Undergraduate & Transfer Admission Deadlines

Fall Admission for New Freshmen and Transfer Students

  • December 1st: Priority Deadline
  • July 1st: Final Deadline*

Spring Admission for New Transfer Students Only

  • November 1st: Final Deadline*

Summer Admission

  • Summer admission is not available for new students.

**Applicants who are transferring an F-1 VISA from another U.S. academic institution may be considered for admission after the final deadline.

Proof of English Proficiency

Proof of English Proficiency

  1. Students from Global Language Institute (GLI) Completion of Mastering Level
  2. Students from Atlanta English Institute (AEI) Completion of Level Seven
  3. Students from Spring International Language Center (SILC) Completion of Level Six
  4. Students from English Language School (ELS) Completion of Level 109 AND IELTS test score of 5.5 or TOEFL iBT 65 or completion of Level 112
  5. TOEFL iBT 65 or 513 PBT
  6. IELTS overall band score of 5.5 or higher (International English Language Testing System)
  7. ACT/SAT score
  8. PTE result of 46 or higher

Graduate International Admissions

Graduate Application Process

One who has received a bachelor’s degree and is pursuing a graduate degree must submit the following:

  1. Graduate Application
  2. $50 Application Fee- Pay online or submit check payable to Concordia University
  3. Official College Transcript from institution granting bachelor’s degree
  4. Official Credit Evaluation of degree(s) earned at any non-United States institution- Evaluations must be from approved members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services
  5. Certification of Finances indicating the financial source for the expense of attending Concordia University. This form will be emailed with acknowledgement of application.
  6. Personal Statement of Goals
    Submit a typed personal statement that answers the questions listed below. Completed statements should be labeled with your name, academic program, and your contact information and submitted via mail, email or fax.Each question should be answered in a minimum of 300 words (1 page)

    1. Why are you choosing to pursue a graduate program at this time in your career, and what are you hoping to accomplish by doing so?
    2. What strengths do you feel make you a strong candidate for the program?
    3. Describe a past or present personal/professional experience that you believe positively influenced your potential to succeed in a graduate program.
  7. Proof of English Proficiency (see tab below)
Graduate Admission Deadlines

Fall Admission for New Graduate Students

  • December 1st: Priority Deadline
  • July 1st: Final Deadline*

Spring Admission for New Graduate Students

  • November 1st: Final Deadline*

Summer Admission for New Graduate Students

  • Check with the Office of Admissions to see if there are on-campus summer start dates available.

**Applicants who are transferring an F-1 VISA from another U.S. academic institution may be considered for admission after the final deadline.

Proof of English Proficiency

Proof of English Proficiency

  1. Completion of Level 112 at an English Language School (ELS) or Accelerated Level at Global Language Institute (GLI)
  2. Completion of Level 6 at an approved English school
  3. TOEFL- iBT score of 78 or TOEFL PBT score of 547
  4. An equated score of 80 or better on the Michigan Test
  5. IELTS overall band score of 6 or higher (International English Language Testing System)
  6. Completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited college or university in the US, English-speaking Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand.
  7. PTE result of 52 or higher
Eligible Programs

The following are a list of the graduate programs international students are eligible to study at Concordia University.

  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Educational Leadership
  • Educational Technology
  • Health Care Management- MBA
  • Human Resource Management
  • IT Management
  • Leadership and Management
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Strategic Communication Management

Meet CSP International Students

More than 100 international students are proud to call Concordia University, St. Paul their college home. Here, a number of students share their backgrounds and Concordia experiences.

Hussain Al Abu Abdullah - Quatif, Saudi Arabia

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Hussain Al Abu Abdullah
Quatif, Saudi Arabia
Communication Studies

“In Qatif where I grew up, the people are very nice. The neighborhood had a lot of farms that people could buy and sell vegetables. It is a very hot place. There are  many cultural differences there compared to the U.S., but I am finding it easy to learn about and adapt to the American culture.

Coming to the U.S. to study and get a good education is a big dream. I cannot get a good job in my country without high education. In addition, I have to have English language to get a good salary.

My wife and I are both studying at Concordia and we have a 1-year-old daughter. Everyone knows that it is hard to have children and study at the same time, but I have never given up my studying, it is my future and my dream. I get a lot of support from my parents. Also, Concordia professors advise and encourage me to keep up my work. I love Concordia so much, it is the best.”

Quatif, Saudi Arabia
Communication Studies

Reham Alghamdi - Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

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Reham Alghamdi
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
M.A. Education Leadership

“I was so excited when I received the scholarship letter from my government. In the same time, I was scared because I did not know how to speak English. This was also my first time traveling outside my country without my mother. In Minnesota, my husband and daughter and I go to parks, malls and especially museums. What I miss most are my parents and our traditional food.

I chose Concordia because the size of the university – in my class, there are no more than 10 people. Concordia teachers have real life work experiences that they provide to students, and that creates a quality academic experience for us.

My biggest challenge has been adapting to the American teaching style. It was difficult to change what I used to do in my home country to what my teachers want me to do here, but I attended tutoring classes every week to overcome this challenge. I’m having a wonderful time and I am proud that I am a Concordia student.”

SooJin Bae - Incheon, South Korea

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SooJin Bae
Incheon, South Korea
Literature major (Chinese minor)

“I grew up in the city next to Seoul with my parents, twin sister and dog. I always wanted to visit America to see how it is different from Korea, but I was unsure about coming to live. Other students who already went encouraged me that it is a good experience for traveling and learning English, so I came.

I have had two challenges adapting to studying at Concordia: the class style and long papers. Professors here always ask students’ opinions and often have discussions compared to Korean style of classes led by instructor. I have made friends from school events and group work in classes. We hang out almost every day and I would be lonely if I didn’t meet them. They help me understand the US culture and my English speaking.

I really enjoyed Halloween here and I love that I can dye my hair to pink or purple and wear sleeveless shirts in the summertime. Also, Minnesota has flat land compared to Korea. We have hills everywhere so I have seen few horizons in my life, but now I can see the sun go down over the horizon any day.”

Sandra Eguida - Lome, Togo

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Sandra Eguida
Lome, Togo
Accounting

“I was born in Togo, a little country in the west of Africa. In Togo, I learned French but also the two languages of my country. When I was seven, we all moved to Central Africa for three years. So we were exposed to new values and to new languages, but we were all going to school in French. We also lived in Rwanda, a country with beautiful landscapes and a lot of infrastructure, and Tunisia and Senegal.

I chose to study in the United States because I have family all around the US and I really wanted to study in English. I really wanted an urban area because I wanted to discover a new landscape. I felt welcomed and supported before coming to Concordia thanks to the great work of the international student office. I also like that students here are close to the professors.

When I came here it was hard to make friends with normal students because it was hard for them to understand my accent. So I decided to talk to more people and to be involved in many activities. I attend a lot of the events on campus like homecoming, 908 and the women’s Bible study.”

Jihee (Jina) Kim - Seoul, South Korea

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Jihee (Jina) Kim
Seoul, South Korea
Early Childhood Education

“I do not see huge differences between Korea and the US, honestly. Except that Korean students are so stressed about getting a job. They do not have fun in school life and focus on piling up their qualifications in their resume. At Concordia, I’ve learned to take responsibility for everything you do. Also, if you are busy and enjoy your time at CSP, I bet you will not miss your home country!

Studying in the United States, there are more opportunities that I can experience deeply, meaningfully. I did not plan to study in the US. When I came as an ESL exchange student in high school, I missed my life in Korea. But when I spent more time here, I wanted to study more deeply.

I am still feeling very welcomed from all people at Concordia. The curriculum is very organized to follow and earn your degree, and I have many opportunities here to get real work experience. For example, I am working with young children as a practicum student. This obviously helps my academic performance – I got on the Dean’s list! “

ZhangLong (Tony) Li - Shanghai, China

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ZhangLong (Tony) Li
Shanghai, China
Sociology major

“I lived in a big city in China where there are many people and noise. Minnesota is a quiet state, over here is a good environment. I have made lots of friends here. Many students and teachers love to ask about my home town, they love to know about my country.

I was an exchange student who studied in Minnesota in 2013. I had a very good host father, he helped me feel that the US is a good country for college. Concordia has a good program for foreign students, nice student services.”

Chelsie Lindsay - Winnipeg, Canada

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Chelsie Lindsay
Winnipeg, Canada
Exercise Science major

“I chose to study in the US due to athletics – the level of soccer is better in the States than in Canada. The factors that influenced my decision with attending Concordia would be the campus how everything is in walking distance. The facilities were selling factors, and to this day are still my favourite part of this school. Also, the exercise science program here is very good.

Concordia has small class sizes so I can ask the professors questions and clarify anything I need help with. Also, the classes aren’t all just lecture style, there is a lot of application in the classroom which has helped me to excel in school. I’ve had a great experience here, I always tell family and friends at home how much I love attending school here.

I grew up in Winnipeg, which we like to call “Winterpeg” because it’s always freezing cold there. It’s a little bit warmer here for me, which is a treat. I grew up in a multicultural place so the diversity at Concordia isn’t anything new for me. At home, most of my friends have parents who emigrated from other countries, but my friends here are third, fourth, etc. generation Americans. I’m a first generation Canadian, my dad is from Jamaica and my mom is from Grenada.”

Submitting Application Materials

Submit Application Materials to Concordia:

  • By mail:
    Concordia University, St. Paul
    Office of International Admissions
    1282 Concordia Avenue
    St. Paul, MN 55104
  • By email: admissions@csp.edu
  • By fax: 651-603-6320

 

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