Resources for International Students

From the day you are admitted to the day you graduate from Bemidji State University, we will be here to help you make the most of your time and guide you every step of the way.

Use the links below to learn more about required forms and documents for international travel and student registration, as well as support services, offices and organizations on campus.

Welcome and Orientation

Travel, Immigration and Visas

  • Preparing for Travel
    Information on obtaining your visa, traveling to Bemidji and what you’ll need when you arrive.
  • Arrival Notification
    Please notify us as soon as possible to confirm your attendance and inform us of your arrival information.
  • Visiting Canada
    Learn about what you need to prepare for a short visit/vacation in Canada on a student F-1 visa.
  • Sevis Fee
    All F-1 and J-1 visa applicants are required to pay this fee.
  • I-20 and DS-2019 Mailing Options
    Learn about ways you can have your time sensitive immigration documents express-mailed using UEMS.
  • Visa Information
    10 Points to Remember When Applying for a Non-Immigrant Visa
  • Immigration Links
    Important links to government sites with immigration information.
  • Maintain F-1 Status
    What you need to know to maintain your F1 status.
Health Insurance and Immunizations
  • Health Insurance
    Learn more about required health insurance for international students.
  • Housing
    Information about BSU’s residence halls and housing options for international students.
  • Immunization
    Immunization requirements for enrollment.
Courses and Release of Information
  • BSU Authorization to Release Information If you wish to authorize another person (relative/individual/organization) to have access to your BSU records, please complete (be sure to check one or more of the first nine options or the final one “All of the above”), sign, and return the form to our office. If you want the individual/organization copied on our email correspondence to you, please include their email address.
  • Reduced Course Load
    Learn about the limited but important exceptions to the “full course load of study” requirements.
Emergency Grant Application
  • Maury Sullivan International Studies Grant
    For international students experiencing significant unexpected financial constraints, including, but not limited to, medical bills, counseling services, transportation assistance, legal advice, etc. can apply for this one-time emergency grant.
Employment and Activities
  • Graduation Invitation Letters
    As a courtesy, we will create an invitation letter for out-of-country guests you would like to invite to your commencement ceremony. Please email our office and we’ll send you the form for you to complete and submit.