AdmissionsAccepted International Students

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

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 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.

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 visa application fee by following the instructions on your local U.S Embassy or Consulate website
  • 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. (2×2 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 Transcript Evaluation

An official transcript 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

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.

On or Off Campus Housing
  • Students Entering Concordia in Spring 2019:

    To be placed in an on campus residence hall, please complete and submit the housing application along with the housing down payment (non-refundable after December 1, 2018).  The housing application will not be processed without payment.

    Students Entering Concordia in Fall 2019:

    Housing information for the 2019-2020 academic year will be sent to you in Spring 2019.

    Students Living Off Campus

    First-year students are required to live on campus unless living at home with a parent or guardian.  If you meet this criteria you must submit the Petition to Live Off Campus in lieu of the housing application.

    Transfer students (students with college credits post high school) planning to live off campus are exempt from submitting any housing materials including the housing application, housing down payment, and petition to live off campus.

    Learn about all of the resources available to you as part of our thriving commuter community!

    Students Requiring Housing Accommodations

    Students requiring any accommodations should complete the housing accommodation form and contact Student Accessibility Services at as soon as possible when applying for housing.
    The deadline for accommodation requests is May 1 for fall term and December 1 for spring term.

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

For enrollment and tuition deposits:

  1. Log into the CSPConnect portal and select the Financial Aid and Billing tab
  2. In the center column, underneath My Account is an area labeled “Payments”. Select “Make an online payment”
  3. From the new screen you will see a My Account box. Select “Click here to make a payment”
  4. Choose from the deposit type you are making from the list at the bottom of that page and proceed to checkout.

For tuition deposits:

  1. Log into the CSPConnect portal and select the Financial Aid and Billing tab
  2. In the center column, underneath My Account is an area labeled “Payments”. Select “Make an online payment”
  3. From the new screen you will see a My Account box. In that box will be your balance by term. Select “Click here to make a payment”. Select “Click here to make a payment”
  4. Select which term you wish to make a payment for, enter the amount, and proceed to checkout
Review Concordia's Technology Requirements

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.

Attend the Mandatory International Student Orientation

All new international students are required to attend International Student Orientation. Details will be sent to you by email.

Fall  2018 Undergraduate International Student Orientation is August 28 and August 29.

Spring 2019 Graduate International Student Orientation is January 10 and January 11.

If you would like to stay in temporary on-campus housing, please contact Please include the day and time you will arrive

Attend Welcome Weekend Activities

View the events going on as part of Concordia’s Welcome Weekend.

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

Contact the Office of International Student Services


  • Phone: 651-641-8883
  • Email:
  • In Person: Luther 116
  • Hours: 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday
  • Walk-in Advising Hours: 1:00-3:00 p.m., Monday – Friday