The NorthStar Visiting Scholar Academy at Bemidji State University promotes understanding and cooperation between American and international university scholars through a unique experience of mutual enrichment.
NorthStar Scholars are immersed in the culture and daily life of the Bemidji State campus and the city of Bemidji, in the heart of Minnesota’s beautiful north woods.
Scholars attend lectures, workshops and classes while learning about the American educational system. They may complete selected courses on a non-credit basis. In addition, they will visit historical sites, parks, businesses, American Indian reservations, schools and other places of interest.
Each scholar is assigned a professor at Bemidji State University as a mentor who helps them get the most out of their experience. Ideally, this professor belongs to the same discipline as the visitor, enabling work on research projects on common interests.
Scholars live in fully furnished apartments on or near the Bemidji State University campus. Each scholar has a private bedroom, while kitchens, bathrooms and other living spaces may be shared with fellow visiting scholars of the same sex.
English Language Center
Four separate classes are offered in the English Language Center at Bemidji State University: reading, writing, listening and speaking. Each class meets one hour daily, five days a week. The per class, per semester fee is currently $750. Although scholars are not required to complete any of these classes, Bemidji State University encourages attendance in at least the classes in listening and speaking.