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Thank you for choosing Saint Paul College!

You are considered an international student if you are not a U.S. citizen and not an immigrant. You will need a non-immigrant F-1 student visa to attend college. Saint Paul College can also accept applications from an international student with an F-1 visa already in the U.S. studying at a different institution.

If you are a permanent resident, refugee or person with political asylum status, apply for general admission as a new college student instead.

We have over 50 different associate degree and numerous transfer options to four-year institutions: View our academic programs.  We can only accept a F-1 international student into an Associate Degree Program and not a Diploma or Certificate program.​

If you have questions about the admissions process, please email the F-1 international student advisor at international@saintpaul.edu.

Admissions Process

Saint Paul College is not able to process a change of status from a B visa to an F-1 visa. A potential student applicant currently in the U.S. on a B visa can apply to Saint Paul College, but you must return to your home country in order to apply for the F-1 visa and return on the F-1 visa.

  • Application Deadlines

    New students outside of the U.S.

    • Fall Semester - May 1
    • Spring Semester - October 1
    • No summer term admission

    Transfer students currently in the U.S. and on an F-1 visa

    • Fall Semester - July 1
    • Spring Semester - November 15
    • Summer Term -May 1
  • New International Student Admission

    If you are a prospective international student not living in the U.S. and want to complete an associate degree at Saint Paul College, and you do not have any university transfer credits, please complete the following steps.

    A new international student can apply for fall and spring admission only. For important dates and information: view Academic Calendar

    1. Online Application. Make sure to write down your StarID created in this step – you will need it for other forms as a student.

    2. Provide Proof of English Language Proficiency

    3. Submit academic records

      1. High school/secondary school transcript
      2. High school/secondary school diploma

      Provide clear scanned copies of original academic records (transcripts and diploma) from all previous high school/secondary schools attended. E-mail scans to international@saintpaul.edu. If the scans are not clear or if Saint Paul College requests the originals, you may be asked to mail in the original academic records or certified official copies.

      Applicant that has been suspended or expelled for disciplinary reasons may be denied admission.

    4. Copy of passport – email submission acceptable to international@saintpaul.edu

    5. Submit Financial Certification Statement

    6. Immunizations – Complete the Immunization Record for Students Attending Post-Secondary Schools

    7. Submit F-1 International Student Agreement Form

    8. Authorization to Release Student Information online form – (optional step)

    Mail all required original application materials and documents in one envelope to:

    Saint Paul College
    F-1 International Student Program – OneStop
    235 Marshall Ave.
    St. Paul, MN 55102
    USA

    If indicated above, you may e-mail some documents to international@saintpaul.edu.

    You will receive a letter about your admission status within 30 days of completion of the above steps and receipt of the required documents, along with additional admission instructions.

    You can pay for express mailing of your I-20 by following these instructions. Saint Paul College will not mail the I-20 visa document using regular mail. You must pay for express mailing through eShipGlobal.

    Saint Paul College will not release the admission decision over the phone.

  • International Student Transfer Admission

    If you are a prospective international student wanting to transfer in university courses from a non-U.S. institution, or you are a current student with an F-1 visa attending a U.S. university, please complete these steps.

    1. Online Application. Make sure to write down your StarID created in this step – you will need it for other forms as a student.

    2. Provide Proof of English Language Proficiency

    3. Submit academic records

      1. High school/secondary school transcript
      2. High school/secondary school diploma
      3. Credential evaluation if requesting transfer college/university credit
        1. World Education Services (WES) - For college/university transfer credit from a non-U.S. institution, course-by-course evaluation
        2. Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) – For college/university transfer credit from a non-U.S. institution, high school and university level course-by-course evaluation
      4. College/university transcript from a non-U.S. institution
      5. College/university transcript from a U.S. institution

      Provide clear scanned copies of original academic records (transcripts and diploma) from all previous high school/secondary schools attended. E-mail scans to international@saintpaul.edu. If the scans are not clear or if Saint Paul College requests the originals, you may be asked to mail in the original academic records or certified official copies. ​

      Applicant that has been academically suspended from another institution must demonstrate the ability to succeed by providing a letter and scheduling a skype/phone call with the Saint Paul College F-1 international student advisor.

      Applicant that has been suspended or expelled for disciplinary reasons may be denied admission.

    4. Copy of passport– email to international@saintpaul.edu

      1. If you are already in F-1 status – require passport, I-20, F-1 visa and I-94 https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/
    5. Submit Financial Certification Statement

    6. Immunizations – Complete the Immunization Record for Students Attending Post-Secondary Schools

    7. Submit F-1 International Student Agreement

    8. Authorization to Release Student Information online form (optional)

    Mail all required original application materials and documents in one envelope to:

    Saint Paul College
    F-1 International Student​ Program – OneStop
    235 Marshall Ave.
    St. Paul, MN 55102
    USA

    If indicated above, you may e-mail some documents to international@sai ntpaul.edu.

    You will receive a letter about your admission status within 30 days of completion of the above steps and receipt of the required document. Saint Paul College will not release the admission decision over the phone.

    You will be required to attend part of the F-1 International Student Orientation. If you are required to take the ACCUPLACER® Assessment, this would be done at the F-1 International Student Orientation. You may be eligible for a waiver of the ACCUPLACER. The F-1 international student advisor will communicate this to you. More information on the F-1 International Student Orientation will be sent to you along with your admission letter.

    After being admitted:

    1. If you are a F-1 SEVIS transfer student, require SEVIS Transfer Eligibility Form

    You can pay for express mailing of your I-20 by following these instructions. Saint Paul College will not mail the I-20 visa document using regular mail. You must pay for express mailing through eShipGlobal.

  • Co​ncurrent/Part-Time Student

    If you are currently in the U.S. on a F or J visa (and certain other visas) and are maintaining that visa status with another U.S. college/university, and you do not want to be enrolled full-time at Saint Paul College but only take a course or two, then you are considered a concurrent enrollment student. Saint Paul College would not issue an I-20. You would stay on the I-20 of your current U.S. college/university.

    For information on applying as a visiting student, go to: https://www.saintpaul.edu/admissions/visitingstudent

    If you have any questions, please email the international student advisor at international@saintpaul.edu.

  • International Student Pre-Arrival Guide

    The International Student Pre-Arrival Guide contains information on planning your arrival date, what you need to have in place, and what to do as a new international student for orientation and getting started on campus:

    View International Student Pre-Arrival Guide

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