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International Student

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. 

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 the original or certified official copy of academic records (transcripts and diploma) from all previous high school/secondary schools attended. Original paper copies are required. E-mailed, scanned or photocopied records will not be accepted.

      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 online Immunization Record eForm

    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.

    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 the original or certified official copy of academic records (transcripts and diploma) from all previous high school/secondary schools, and colleges or universities attended. Original paper copies are required. E-mailed, scanned or photocopied records will not be accepted.

      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 online Immunization Record eForm

    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
  • Concurrent/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 applied as a visiting student but are on a non-immigrant visa (F, J and certain other visas), please email international@saintpaul.edu providing the name of your current US college/university and your StarID or Tech ID. The Saint Paul College F-1 international student advisor will contact your current U.S. college/university confirming that you are in F or J status.

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

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Virtual Tour

The Saint Paul College ​virtual tour is a great introduction to our campus and the services within the buildings.

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    Saint Paul College—A Community & Technical College, has been ranked the #1 community college in the nation in 2010 and 2013, by Washington Monthly magazine, for student engagement in active and collaborative learning, student-faculty interaction and support for learning. Saint Paul College was established in 1910, and we are proud to be honoring over a century of education.

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    Saint Paul College has a beautifully landscaped campus and overlooks the vibrant City of Saint Paul. The College is conveniently located near the intersection of I35E and I94, with ample off-street parking available in a new parking ramp and multiple parking lots.

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    Saint Paul College offers day, evening, weekend and online courses, as well as 43 associate degree programs, including the Associate in Arts degree, and 79 career certificate and diploma programs.

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    The new Health and Science Alliance Center includes science laboratories, STEM/health flexible classrooms, business and industry classrooms, general classrooms and a state-of-the-art Simulation Center for Health Sciences programs.

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    The new Simulation Center has 3 ICU beds, 1 Operating Room Center, 1 Pharmacy Technician Center, 1 Med-Surg with Isolation Room Center, 1 Physician Office Center and 1 Long term Transition Care Center. The SIM Center is equipped with state of the art high fidelity and low fidelity mannequins.

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    The Saint Paul College Instrumentation Lab and Clean Room Facility is a multi-user facility designed for use by students and faculty, as well as users from business and industry.

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    The Saint Paul College theatre is used for events, presentations, orientations, and performances.

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    The Learning Commons area also has plenty of electrical outlets for students to charge their computers, phones, and other technical gadgets. It’s located on the main floor and easily accessible from all areas of the College.

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    The Library is located by the Learning Commons area on the main floor, with a newly expanded circulation area and group study area. A lounge reading area is another amenity that offers students additional study space and adds to the Library’s attractive and inviting environment. A copy machine is available for student use. The Student ID Card also serves as the library card, which allows for full access to MNPALS, including interlibrary loan.

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    The Coffee Shop has a new location next to the Learning Commons area and is open from 7:00am to Noon, Monday through Friday during each semester. Order your favorite latte or cappuccino, tea or regular coffee!

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    Comfortable seating is available next to the Coffee Shop and City View Café (cafeteria) for eating, studying, and just meeting with friends.

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    The College’s cafeteria, which is known as the City View Café, is open to campus visitors, students and employees. Breakfast and lunch are served daily, and dinner is available Monday – Thursday. Microwaves are also available in the City View Café seating area.

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    The City View Café seating area is near the Learning Commons. A built-in gas fireplace offers a cozy amenity during winter, with ample seating available in the lounge area. A permanent stage area is located in the City View Café for special programs and events.

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    The newly remodeled lower level has easy access to the Career and Technical lab areas, multiple classrooms, vending machines and snack area, and the parking ramp.

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    The Bookstore not only has textbooks and college supplies, but sells campus wear, backpacks, gifts and cards.

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    Our Career and Technical Education programs are well connected to employers who often donate the state-of-the-art equipment upon which our students train, such as those pictured in our Manufacturing Technology labs.

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    Students in the construction and building trades all benefit from receiving hands-on training on top-notch equipment and learning the solid basic skills and newest techniques required in the industry. Pictured: Students receiving hands-on training on equipment in part of the Electrical Technology program lab.

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    The Carpentry and Cabinetmaking programs provide hands-on training where students learn and use the skills they will need on construction and building sites, and participate in Service Learning projects constructing and building homes for veterans through partnerships with community agencies.

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    The Automotive Service Technician lab (pictured) provides ample space and training on equipment meeting transportation industry standards. With the complexity of today’s vehicles, our students gain the skills and knowledge necessary to diagnose and repair cars.

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    In the Truck Technician lab, students receive hands-on training on trucks using modern testing equipment and acquire the knowledge and skills to service and repair medium and heavy duty trucks and trailers, including gas and diesel engines.

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    The well-equipped Chemistry Labs are used by students in Health Science and STEM programs, as well as those students taking chemistry courses to meet general education requirements.

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    The Computer Graphics lab provides ample computers and space for students to learn during class and lab time. Students benefit from small class sizes with individualized attention from program instructors.

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    Medical Laboratory Technician Lab facilities offer students training in proper use, calibration, adjustment, and operation of most laboratory precision instrumentation including clinical microscopes, spectrophotometers, centrifuges, computers, and automated laboratory analyzers.

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    Health Science programs provide hands-on training for students on state-of-the-art equipment and hi-fidelity manikins in realistic situations in the Simulation Lab, as shown by Respiratory Therapy students. Students are very well-prepared for working with real patients in clinical settings.

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    Practical Nursing students also benefit from hands-on practicing clinical skills on sophisticated manikins in the Simulation Center labs. All skills labs rooms can be video monitored and recorded by instructors, who also can monitor and provide remote instructions to students from the SIM Center control room.

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    The Fitness Lab is used for instruction and hands-on training by Sport and Exercise Sciences students. The Fitness Lab also has open-lab hours for Saint Paul College students and staff to use the exercise facilities and equipment.

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    Saint Paul College's Esthetician program is a CIDESCO school. This means the program prepares candidates for the CIDESCO examination. CIDESCO is an internationally recognized esthetics credential. Students pictured are learning proper techniques from an esthetics program instructor on state-of-art equipment.

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    In the Cosmetology and Nail Technician programs, students receive practical experience working in salon settings on campus, providing real-world services for clientele. Students also learn and practice delivering exceptional customer servi

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    The Sign Language Interpreter/Transliterator program is one of the original six interpreter programs in the United States. It was established in 1972. As part of the Sign Language Interpreter/Transliterator curriculum, students in the program practice ASL skills in the Sign Language Interpreter Training Lab.

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    Students in our Culinary Arts programs gain a strong foundation in food service skills and receive training in multifaceted techniques in our new culinary kitchens, preparing them for many areas of the food and hospitality industry. Our Culinary Arts degree and diploma programs are accredited by the ACFEF and are the only Exemplary Status programs in public education in Minnesota.

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