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Congratulations on your acceptance to Concordia University, St. Paul! As you prepare for your studies here be sure to complete the steps below.
If you are requesting an initial I-20, please complete the I-20 Request Form. If you are currently in the United States and need to transfer your SEVIS record, please send the Transfer form to your current international student advisor.
E-mail the completed form and a copy of your passport to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your I-20 will be mailed to you at the address listed on the I-20 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. Please include your dependent’s information on the I-20 Request Form and e-mail a copy of their passport along with the form.
An official credential evaluation of credits earned/degrees completed at any non-United States institution Must be completed by the beginning of orientation (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
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 the First-year Housing Application or Transfer Housing Application below to apply for on campus housing.
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, 2017). Submit payment online, in person, or by mail. The housing application will not be processed without payment.
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.
Neighborhoods to consider: Midway, Thomas-Dale, Summit University, Macalester Groveland, Como, Longfellow
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All students must have a laptop computer to use in and out of the classroom. Feel free to select the device that is best for your learning style and career goals.
All new international students are required to attend International Student Orientation. Details will be sent to you by email.
Fall 2017 Undergraduate International Student Orientation is August 22 and 23.
We recommend undergraduate students to arrive on August 20 or 21 in St. Paul so that you will be ready for orientation.
Fall 2017 Graduate International Student Orientation is August 31 and September 1.
We recommend graduate students to arrive on August 28 or 29 in St. Paul so that you will be ready for orientation.
If you would like to stay in temporary on-campus housing, please contact email@example.com. Please include the day and time you will arrive
View the events going on as part of Concordia’s Welcome Weekend.
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: www.mspairport.com/
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 www.internationalstudent.com
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):
*Temperatures warm up in April
Recommendations for arriving during spring term (January):
*Temperatures warm up in April