Welcome to Concordia University, St. Paul! We are happy that you have decided to take this leap and move forward in pursuit of your graduate degree with us.
At CSP, you’ll be a part of a supportive, tight-knit community that will offer you countless opportunities for growth, leadership, and friendship.
Check out the information included on this page and various linked pages to help you get started!
Admitted Graduate International Students: Next Steps
Once you accept your admissions offer, you will also be asked to acknowledge the courses that Concordia University, St. Paul will register you for (reserving your seat in the program) and you must submit a $100 enrollment deposit.
If you have not yet received your CSP Student ID number yet via email, you will need to wait for this email and obtain this ID before you can accept your offer.
See your student portal for details.
After completing your Reply to Offer steps and submitting your enrollment fee, Concordia University will issue you an electronic I-20 that will be emailed to your personal email that we have on file through your student portal as well as uploading it to your student portal.
You can print your I-20 and sign it, then take it with you to your Visa appointment.
For students who have already been studying in the U.S. and obtained an initial I-20 from another U.S. institution, Concordia University, St. Paul can assist you with a new I-20 for transfer to CSP.
Students seeking to transfer from another U.S. institution should share the following information with the DSO at your last school who will be transferring your record to Concordia University, St. Paul.
Name of Campus in SEVIS: Concordia University – St. Paul
Campus Code: SPM214F00284000
You must notify us if your record is currently terminated ([email protected] | 651-641-8883).
Find steps and current Visa wait times by country on the U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs website.
Once you have been issued your visa, please upload a copy of the visa or flight confirmation details to St. Paul, Minnesota, to your student portal. Once this information is added to your portal, we will add you to our list for registration.
Your CSP Network Account will be created approximately one week after you are admitted. At that time, you will be emailed information to help you get started.
Blackboard Account: Access your Blackboard account
Blackboard is CSP’s Student portal, used for class registration, completing Financial Aid steps and much more! You will need the following credentials to get started (refer to your personal email, subject line: CSP Network Account Information for this information):
- Your username
- Your CSP ID number
- Your 18-digit temporary password, this is a combination of the following components, in this exact order:
- The last four digits of your CSP ID number
- Your four-digit birth year
- For example: if your ID number was L00001234 and your birth year was 2000, your temporary password would be: 12342000#Concordia
CSP Email: Access your CSP Email account
Login using the same username and password used above for your Blackboard account.
- Important Note: Please complete the 2-Step Verification Steps when setting up your CSP Email.
Graduate students will be registered for courses by their Academic Advisor beginning one month prior to the start of classes.
Students will receive a confirmation email from their advisor with details about the course and their first day of classes.
Watch your CSP email for additional details and information about registration.
VIRTUAL ADMITTED STUDENT DAY: INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Students on an F-1 visa are required by the U.S. government to attend a new student orientation that includes important information about visa status. Concordia University offers a virtual new student orientation for students approximately one week prior to the start of classes.
Additional information about the orientation, what to expect, and where to log in is found on CSP’s International Student Services website. Watch your email for additional details and a link to register!
Prior to your visual orientation, we do ask you to complete our initial online orientation that you should have completed prior to the start of classes. There is valuable information within this orientation that will be essential to reference throughout your time at CSP.
- View the Online Orientation
*Log in to the orientation using your full CSP email address and password
Additional Information to Prepare For Your Start: Review and Act Upon As Necessary
Each incoming student must submit a photo to Card Services to be used for their CSP ID.
- Learn more and submit your photo on the Card Services website
ID cards will be available for pickup at Card Services (Meyer Hall 124) during the first week of classes.
Due to space limitations, on-campus CSP campus housing is only available to international student-athletes, graduate assistants, and students with extenuating circumstances. For additional on-campus housing information, please contact International Admissions ([email protected]).
Students who do not qualify for on-campus housing are encouraged to see housing on their own. There are multiple organizations in Minneapolis and St. Paul offering host families (homestays) for short-term and long-term housing while you are here studying in Minnesota. Some of these organizations are faith-based, and others are not. You should do your research online and by contacting other international students who have stayed with host families in the past before committing to an organization or family.
Additionally, there are several resources available to help in your search to secure rental off-campus 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
Minnesota State law requires proof of immunization. You will not be allowed to enroll until the online form has been submitted.
Please note: Immunizations submitted in any format other than the online form cannot be accepted.
All F-1 international students will be enrolled in health insurance through the university. Health insurance is required for all F-1 international students.
The following F-1 students are eligible for a health insurance waiver:
- Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (SACM) students
- Students with employer-provided health insurance (CPT)
- Exchange students from SoonChunHyang University, United International College and InfoLink
If you plan to park on campus or commute to your classes, you must register any vehicles with CSP Security.
To register your vehicle(s) online, please go to our parking permit registration site.
- Ensure you have the following information available:
- Your name, phone number, and address
- Your student ID number
- Your vehicle make, model, VIN number, and license plate
Once you register online, you can pick up your permit from our CSP Security office (Meyer Hall 124) during the first week of classes.
Concordia is one of the first universities to partner with Microsoft to license Microsoft Office for all students. This software will be available at no cost to students and the license allows installation on up to five devices owned by the student. Sign up here!
As you prepare for your first day of class, you may be wondering how you will navigate around campus. We want to help!
To view your class schedule:
- Login to Blackboard using your CSP network account credentials
- Click on “Student Page” found under the University Links section
- In the “Registration Tools” drop-down, select “Class Schedules”
- At the next screen, choose the semester you’d like to see and click “Submit”
- Prior to the first day of classes your schedule will be updated with the classroom building code and room number your class will be held in
To find your classrooms on campus, please reference this map.
Prepare for Your Travel to the U.S.
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 city is 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.
Before you arrive, find out from your bank at home how to wire money to the U.S., 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 confirmation once the funds are wired. The article is taken from the 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):
- Summer clothing
- Light fall jacket
*Temperatures start to cool down in October
Recommendations for arriving during spring term (January):
- Long sleeve shirts
- Warm shoes
- Gloves (several pairs)
- Warm hats and scarves
- Warm boots
- Winter coat
*Temperatures warm up in April