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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 Application
  2. Official High School Transcripts
  3. Official Credit Evaluation of credits earned/degrees completed at any non-United States institution*
  4. Certification of Finances indicating the financial source for the expense of attending Concordia University
  5. 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 Application
  2. Official College Transcripts (for all institutions attended)
  3. Official Credit Evaluation of credits earned/degrees completed at any non-United States institution
  4. Certification of Finances indicating the financial source for the expense of attending Concordia University
  5. Proof of English Proficiency (see tab below)
Undergraduate & Transfer Admission Deadlines

Fall Admission for New Freshmen and Transfer Students

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

Spring Admission for New Transfer Students Only

  • November 1: 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. IELTS overall band score of 5.5 or higher (International English Language Testing System)
  2. Students from Global Language Institute (GLI) Completion of Mastering Level
  3. Students from Atlanta English Institute (AEI) Completion of Level Seven
  4. Students from Spring International Language Center (SILC) Completion of Level Six
  5. Students from English Language School (ELS) Completion of Level 109 AND IELTS test score of 5.5 or TOEFL iBT 59 or completion of Level 112
  6. TOEFL iBT 59 or 513 PBT
  7. ACT/SAT score
  8. PTE result of 46 or higher
  9. iTEP score of 3.5 or higher
  10. Duolingo language test option, score of 45

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. Official College Transcript from institution granting bachelor’s degree
  3. 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
  4. Certification of Finances indicating the financial source for the expense of attending Concordia University. This form will be emailed with acknowledgement of application.
  5. 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.
  6. Proof of English Proficiency (see tab below)
Graduate Admission Deadlines

Fall Admission for New Graduate Students

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

Spring Admission for New Graduate Students

  • November 1: 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
  8. iTEP score of 3.7 or higher
  9. Duolingo language test with score of 55
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
  • Information Technology Management
  • Leadership and Management
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Orthotics and Prosthetics
  • Sports Managment
  • Strategic Communication Management

Meet Our International Students

Jonas Schenderlein

CSP senior Jonas Schenderlein is in the final year of his business management degree in addition to a double minor in accounting in finance. Originally from Jena, Germany, Schenderlein began his studies in the United States in Blountville, Tennessee.

Q: What were your most important factors to consider when you were researching universities?

A: I basically went through the recruiting process with football. What made me decide to come here were the cities. I liked the environment. It’s a nice campus, not too big and not too small. I came here as a junior in high school as an exchange student in Tennessee with the same host family that my sister stayed with. I started playing football and liked the whole system and being connected to sports. I started picking up on it and my host family encouraged me to stay another year. I transferred to a private Christian university to give it a shot. It worked out for college!

Q: Share a favorite moment from your time at CSP.

A: I have a lot of football moments. Homecoming is always a cool experience with the fair and everything. It’s like having the school spirit come out with the excitement around campus. Another favorite was my second season when we won the first games and played Duluth at home which was a night game. We lost at the last minute, but I thought it was one of my favorite games and a cool experience. It was a different spirit around campus.

 

Nada Abou Elnaga

Nada Abou Elnaga came to CSP from Alexandria, Egypt. A sophomore at Concordia, she is studying exercise science and plans to pursue physical therapy (PT) and graduate school following her undergrad. We asked Elnaga what her experience has been like as an international student in the United States.

Q: What made you want to pursue exercise science and physical therapy?

A: In middle school, I had surgeries on my knees, my wrist, and my thumb. I did a lot of physical therapy in my life so I felt like – if I’m the therapist, I feel like I’ve been through the same thing. I know these people have pain and they need to know how long it takes – especially for athletes – to return to sports. I feel like I need to help people reduce pain because I’ve been through the same exact situation.

Q: Tell us about your experience with classes at CSP.

A: Colleges in my hometown are different. Classes were a culture shock. In Egypt, we don’t have majors. If I wanted to be a dentist, I would go to a school for dentists. Everyone travels from basic classes to their specialized classes with the same group of people. And we don’t choose our classes – it’s stable for the first year. It’s all set and classes are already scheduled. At CSP, it was something new for me, of course.

Q: If you could give advice to an international student, what would it be? 

A: Get the benefits of tutoring. The tutors are really helpful. Have a good relationship with your professors. Don’t be shy to ask questions.

Jamesetta Kollie

CSP student Jamesetta Kollie is pursuing her degree in secondary education with an emphasis in social studies. In fact, Kollie is Concordia’s first international student to pursue an education degree; Kollie is originally from Liberia. She shared her thoughts about what drew her to Concordia, her next steps as she approaches graduation in 2019, and her advice to students who want to follow a similar path.

Q: What drew you to Concordia? 

A: The first thing was the religious point of view – the Lutheran Missouri Synod (LCMS). My dad is a pastor. Diversity: having people you can relate to creates a better academic experience because people perform better when they have people they connect with. Also, the community: it’s a really small campus you can get around easily. From the dorm room to the classroom is really close!

Q: Tell us about a favorite moment from your time at CSP thus far. 

A: My favorites are the classes I take and the work that I do at the International Student Services (ISS) office. It’s good getting to know the ISS students coming in. They all face the same challenges you faced before. So, it’s been really interesting and I’ve made good friends. My favorite class has been about inclusive classrooms and my class for students with special needs. Getting to know the kids in class and their needs, wants, and how to make them comfortable – that has been my favorite so far.

Q: If you could give advice to a student who wants to pursue a similar career path as you, what would it be? 

A: I would tell them that I’m the first international education student that CSP has had. There might be difficulties, but it’s worth it! Once you know the professors, they will help you and it will get easier. Social studies teachers are needed. Go for it! Hear the kids’ points of view. It means a lot to hear them say that it’s important and makes a difference in my life.

Phong Nguyen

CSP student Phong Nguyen hails from Vietnam and is studying educational leadership. We sat down with Phong to see what his experience has been like as an international student at CSP and what his career goals are for the future.

Q: Do you feel you have established significant relationships with the CSP faculty? What importance did those have in the quality of your classroom experience? 

A: I did establish such a nice relationship with almost all of my faculty members as they made lots of effort to help me in learning in class.

Q: Have you encountered any challenges at CSP? If so, what were they and how have you worked through them?

A: As an international student, I did face a language barrier as I was having lots of mistakes in writing assignments. Fortunately, Brainfuse helps me out. Big thanks to them.

Q: What are your next steps?

A: I will come back to Vietnam for teaching at school and earning valuable experiences before pursuing a higher degree (Ph.D.)

Q: In what ways do you feel CSP prepared you to pursue your path?

A: Through doing assignments, I have chances to observe and learn from teachers at local schools.

 

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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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Multilingual Language Support

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