International Admissions

Bemidji State welcomes international applicants from around the world.

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Why BSU?

Our lakeside campus is situated in Bemidji, Minnesota, a small and welcoming town with all the conveniences of a big city. Academic programs at BSU focus on personalized, hands-on learning. From their first class to their final presentation, students are challenged and supported by professors who are committed to their success.

Affordability & Flexibility

We offer all international students an in-state tuition rate which provides huge savings to international students. Whatever your academic interests and professional goals, we can help you reach them without putting you and your family deep in debt. Once you are ready to apply, review our application instructions and contact the International Program Center with any questions.

English Language Center and Pathway Program

Unfortunately–due to COVID 19–we have suspended the ELC programs for the foreseeable future. We hope we can continue the ELC program but at this time are not accepting applications for the English Language Center, bridge or pathway programs.


The English Language Center (ELC) prepares students for academic success at BSU.  The ELC offers full-time programs located on our beautiful, lakeside campus.  Students can enroll in the ELC for one or more semesters depending on their needs.   The ELC is a great option for students who do not yet meet BSU’s English requirements or who simply wish to improve their English.

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An international student is a student who is required to be registered under the federal Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).

International students usually need an F-1 or J-1 visa to enter the United State to study. Once they are in the U.S., it is relatively easy for them to transfer to Bemidji State.

If you are in the United States on a temporary visa other than F1 or J1 visa and would like to study at BSU as an F-1 or J-1 student, please contact International Program Center by phone at (218) 755-4096 or by email at

If you are currently a U.S citizen, you have a U.S. permanent resident card (green card) including those who have submitted residency application documents to the USCIS but have not received formal approval or you are an undocumented immigrant or a refugee, Please contact Office of Admissions by phone at (218) 755-2040, toll Free at 1-877-BEMIDJI (236-4354) or by email at

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