About us

Our mission is to increase and promote international educational opportunities and produce graduates who are able to shape our global society and excel in an increasingly multicultural workforce.

The International Program Center also strives to promote the integration of international perspectives within BSU.

Our goals include:

  • Recruiting and admitting a diverse international student body
  • Supporting and serving international students
  • Providing education abroad (study abroad) opportunities, for all students
  • Instilling a global perspective within our students, centered on civility and respect

Services for International Students and Scholars

The International Program Center at Bemidji State University serves international students, conducts the international student orientation and serves as a resource throughout enrollment on matters related to F-1 and J-1 student visa status.

A Family Friends program is available to provide international students with an American friend while studying in the U.S. The program provides an easy access point into the American culture. Participation in this program is voluntary.

Meet Our Staff
Mary Carlson, Office Manager
Email: Mary.carlson@bemidjistate.edu
Phone: 218-755-4096
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Cherish Hagen-Swansan, Coordinator, International Student Support Services
Email: Cherish.Hagen-Swansan@bemidjistate.edu
Phone: 218-755-4096
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Jo Li, Coordinator, NorthStar Academy
Email: jo.li@bemidjistate.edu
Phone: 218-755-2400
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Patrick Liu, Director
International Recruiting & International Program Center
Email: patrick.liu@bemijistate.edu
Phone: 718-755-4017