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International Students


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


All applicants outside the United States are encouraged to contact your local EducationUSA Advising Center for assistance with your application. To find an EducationUSA Center near you, please visit
Be sure to read all of the information on this page before submitting your application.

The Admission Application Process:

1. Submit a completed International Student application and $20 application fee (non-refundable; required for processing). [NOTE: Applying for admission to the English Language Center at BSU for either "Conditional Admission" or "Language Training Only," requires you to complete only one application, the ELC application (not listed below).]

To apply online as an international student:

Complete this BSU online application. Under "Citizenship" on the application's first page, select "International Visa Holder or Seeker."

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The following are the paper application options:

  • You may access the application form in PDF format. Download and print a hard copy of the application, International Student Application for Admission form, complete the information and mail to BSU, along with the $20 fee and required documents. (Address is on the form).
  • E-mail, write, or call, the International Program Center to request that an application be mailed to you.

2. We require original transcripts or officially certified copies of original transcripts from all institutions previously attended, including all secondary/high schools, colleges, universities, or technical polytechnic schools you have attended or are currently attending. If the language of the records is not English, a certified translation must be included with the official transcript. The following documents are not necessary and you do not have to send them with your application: folders, plastic sleeves, copies of awards or extracurricular accomplishments, SAT, compact discs, etc.

If you have attended a non-U.S. post-secondary institute, college or university which does not have a current articulation agreement with Bemidji State, you are required to have your coursework evaluated by a professional credit evaluation agency. BSU will accept evaluations prepared by any National Association of Credentials Evaluation Services ( member.

3: For proof of English proficiency, request official copies be sent directly to Bemidji State University:

  • TOEFL scores: Minimum score for undergraduate students is 500 on the paper-based test or 61 on the internet-based test. For graduate students, the minimum score is 550 on the paper-based test or 80 on the internet based test. TOEFL test code for Bemidji State University: 6676.
  • IELTS scores:  Minimum score for undergraduate is 5.5 and 6.5 for graduate students. IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia, and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations.
  • SAT scores – Undergraduate students minimum critical reading sub-score of 370 or higher. Click here to access upcoming test dates and/or to register. Alternatively, you may also visit College Board's SAT website by clicking here.
  • If you would like to apply to Bemidji State University but do not meet our minimum English requirements, you can apply for conditional admission by first improving your English at our English Language Center.

4. A completed BSU Financial Affidavit Form must be submitted, verifying evidence of adequate funding to meet all of the expenses that will be sustained during the student’s proposed program of study. This form must include the required signatures, supporting bank statements, affirmation of support or official letters. Please see Instructions on completing the Affidavit Form.

2015-2016 International Student Estimated Cost Breakdown:





      Miscellaneous Expenses

             Health insurance ($1,400)

             Orientation fee ($100)

             Books/supplies ($900)





5. Include letters of recommendations, as follows: Undergraduates: None required.
Graduates: See the Graduate Studies Web page for details.

6. Include a 300-500 word autobiographical essay describing your academic background, type of program you are seeking and educational objectives at Bemidji State University. In addition to writing the 300-500 word essay, students applying to graduate programs, please see the Graduate Studies Web page.

7. Carefully read over, sign, and return the International Student Agreement Form.

8. Minnesota state law and the Federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) classifies everything related to your application and student records as private and confidential. If you want to give one or more people the authorization to inquire about your application status, etc., you are required to complete and submit an "Authorization to Release Student Information." This completed form must be on-file in order for the IPC/BSU to answer questions (from anyone in addition to you) related to your application and/or to release information regarding your educational records. The form (Word document) is available at this link: Authorization to Release Form. Before returning the form as instructed at the bottom of the form, please scan and email or mail a copy to our office.

9Nigerian Applicants ONLY: Submit proof of registration with EducationUSA. Visit to get started. In past years, less than 10% of applicants from Nigeria to Bemidji State University have been approved for F-1 visas. For this reason, we now require that all Nigerian applicants register and set up an appointment with an EducationUSA center in Nigeria. EducationUSA is an organization of non-profit advising centers that are supported and/or endorsed by the U.S. Department of State. Their purpose is to provide assistance to students who would like to study in the United States. Students who work with EducationUSA are more informed about the visa process and therefore more likely to be successful in obtaining a student visa. PLEASE NOTE: Applications from Nigerian students WILL NOT be reviewed and status emails will not be answered until the EducationUSA registration confirmation is submitted. This requirement has been put in place to provide the best possible chance of success with the visa process.

For more information on studying in the United States, please visit

Academic Admission Criteria:

Undergraduate: must have graduated from a secondary/high school with a “C” average or better. Transfer students must have a “C” average or better from any post-secondary schools attended.

Graduate: Please see Graduate Studies for information on entering the School of Graduate Studies.

International Students Transferring from a U.S. Institution:
International students who are currently studying in the U.S. and maintained their F-1 status can easily transfer to Bemidji State University. Along with the other application requirements, students have will need to complete an 'International Transfer Request' form.

Upon admission to Bemidji State, please present your admission letter to your current U.S. school, requesting that your SEVIS I-20 be electronically transferred out to Bemidji State University. Usually, this would occur immediately at the conclusion of your studies at your current school.  Your I-20 would then be transferred in by Bemidji State.

Visa and Travel:
The I-20 is issued after the conditions of admission and financial stability have been met. The Form I-20 must be presented together with evidence of payment of the SEVIS fee, your passport and original records of financial support to the nearest American Consulate. It may be to your advantage to request a multiple entry visa which will allow more flexibility should you desire to visit other countries during your stay in the U.S. Students who will be transferring from another U.S. institution should consult with their present international student advisor as to the required transfer procedures. For planning purposes, we recommend you visit the U.S. Department of State website which lists typical wait times for interview appointments and processing. Please note: Canadian citizens are not required to apply for a visa. Canadians may present their documents at the port of entry. This includes your I-20, evidence of payment of the SEVIS fee, passport and original records of financial support at the port of entry.

Enrollment Requirements:
Once admitted, you will be sent an admitted student packet along with your I-20.
Upon delivery of this packet, you will need to:

  1. Pay SEVIS fee according to the instructions provided
  2. Apply for your student visa
  3. Return the arrival notification form
  4. Return residence hall and dining service contract form
  5. Return the immunization record form

Upon arrival you are required to:

  1. Attend the international student orientation program, which includes English assessment and math placement tests.
  2. Purchase the mandatory health insurance
  3. Have a Mantoux test (a test for tuberculosis)-which is administered by our student health service.

Application materials* should be mailed to:
International Program Center
Deputy Hall 103
1500 Birchmont Drive NE #13
Bemidji, MN 56601

*IMPORTANT: All application materials, including supporting documents (e.g. bank statements, transcripts) become the property of Bemidji State University and can not be returned.

Graduate Studies: