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Academic Services

Library, A.C. Clark

Reference: 218-755-3342
For Hours: 218-755-2955

The A.C. Clark Library provides access to nearly one-quarter of a million books, more than 18,000 periodicals, a large collection of government publications, audio visual materials, maps, and more than 811,000 microforms. The Aleph online catalog provides comprehensive bibliographic access to institutional holdings throughout Minnesota. MnLINK, a state-wide virtual catalog, is accessible from the Library’s Web page, which also provides access to library catalogs from around the world, a wide variety of electronic indexes, abstract and full text resources, and many electronic reference tools.

The A.C. Clark Library’s Interlibrary Loan Service provides access to library resources from Minnesota public and academic libraries through the MINITEX system, and also to library resources beyond the state.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Bemidji State University offers a multi-level individualized program for the non-native English speaking student. The minimum TOEFL requirement for graduate students is 550. The ESL program is designed to encourage the learning of the structure and usage of the English language and to perfect the student's overall comprehension and communication skills in all language areas. The program assists students who have a limited background in English by providing the following: a flexible curriculum with specialized courses that focus on the particular needs (speaking, writing, listening, reading, and comprehension) of the international student; individualized learning strategies; activities for practicing English in everyday situations and academic settings; and an ongoing support system while students are making the cultural adjustment.

All international students whose first language is other than English are required to participate in the English assessment and placement program at orientation. Students who are required to participate in ESL must satisfy all language deficiencies within two consecutive semesters.

International Program Center

103 Deputy Hall

The International Program Center is responsible for international student admission. It provides orientation for international students and processes immigration documents related to student visas, employment, extension of stays, etc. The Center also offers administrative support for international studies activities, including study abroad, domestic travel study, and exchange programs.

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