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Program Center

Deputy Hall 103
Summer office hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (M-F)
Office hours (during the Academic Year): 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (M-F)
Phone: 218.755.4096
Fax: 218.755.2074

Mailing Address:
1500 Birchmont Dr. NE #13
Bemidji, MN 56601-2907


International Students

Bemidji: Minnesota Northwoods

Bemidji State University is located on Lake Bemidji, 200 miles north of Minneapolis, in the city of Bemidji, a regional center for northern Minnesota with excellent recreation and shopping opportunities, and complete medical facilities.

Bemidji is served by Delta Airlines (via Mesaba AirLink) and by Jefferson Bus Lines.


The local climate offers a great variety among the four seasons. Summers are generally warm and comfortable (17C to 32C), but winters may be very cold (-7C to -37C). A heated indoor walkway system provides access to almost every building on campus from the residence halls.


With over 400 lakes in a 25 mile radius, Bemidji has some of the best recreation in Minnesota and the Upper Midwest.

Diamond Point Park

Across from the residence halls, this city park has a swimming beach, changing house, picnic tables to sit at, and trees to lean against. Take your journal or note pad and meet your muse at the water's edge.

Bemidji State Park

Just a five-minute drive from campus, at the north end of the lake, this excellent park offers a swimming beach, and four walking trails, including a bog walk. Information is included in the check-in information packet.

Itasca State Park

Established in 1891, Itasca is Minnesota's oldest state park. Today, the park totals more than 32,000 acres and includes more than 100 lakes. Walk across the mighty Mississippi as it starts its winding journey 2,552 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. Stand under towering pines at Preacher's Grove. Visit the Itasca Indian Cemetery or Wegmann's Cabin, landmarks of centuries gone by. Camp under the stars, or stay the night at the historic Douglas Lodge or cabins. Explore Wilderness Drive past the 2,000-acre Wilderness Sanctuary, one of Minnesota's seven National Natural Landmarks.

The Lost Forty

East of Blackduck, MN, this 400 acre park was spared the woodsman's axe by a mapping fluke: the land was designated as a lake, so ownership was not determined, and the loggers of the early 1900s cut around it. The half-mile walking trail leads to the edge of a marvelous swamp, fed by a stream. Hear the wind in the high pines,identify woodland flowers, sit on a fallen log and write in your journal. Easily worth the 40 minute drive from Bemidji. A map is included in the check-in information packet.

Bemidji Links

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Bemidji Visitor's and Convention Bureau:
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