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Saint Paul College A Community & Technical College

​Contact: Katie Sivanich | 651.403.4470 |  international@saintpaul.edu

Thank you for considering Saint Paul College! We do not require the SAT or ACT.

Here are the top four (4) reasons why you should choose Saint Paul College as an international student:

  1. Value – our tuition is one of the lowest in the country. You’ll pay between $5800 - $7000/year while most other four-year universities start at $25,000/year and go up to over $45,000/year.
  2. Location – we are right in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota. You have easy access to public transportation from Saint Paul College to Saint Paul and Minneapolis. The combined population is over 1 million people in this vibrant, urban environment.
  3. Our credits transfer – you can complete the first two years of classes at a fraction of the cost and transfer the credits to a four-year university. We have guaranteed conditional admissions with other universities.
  4. Majors – we offer business, engineering, other STEM majors and liberal arts majors!

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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

Academic TermNew students outside of the U.STransfer students currently in the U.S. and on an F-1 visa
Fall SemesterMay 1July 1
Spring SemesterOctober 1December 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. Your first step is to submit your online application. 

After you submit your online application, there are additional documents and information required for your admission.

Please send the following via email, in one email to international@saintpaul.edu, and include your Saint Paul College Tech ID or Star ID number in your email: 

  1. Copy of valid passport 
  2. Copy of secondary school/high school records
  3. F-1 International Student Agreement Form
  4. Financial Certification Statement: Must also include a matching bank statement showing at least $24,015 (USD)
  5. Proof of English Language Proficiency: Click here to see English proficiency requirements and accepted tests/assessments.
  6. Immunization Record eForm: Complete the Student Immunization Record eForm by logging into the eForm with your Star ID and Password. Do not use a phone for this eForm – it works best on a laptop or desktop computer.
  7. Your current, physical mailing address and phone number (you can include this in the body of the email) 

Please send only your own documents. Unless the Authorization to Release Student Information form is submitted by the student, documents sent by relatives, friends, or third parties of an applicant will not be accepted, and we will request that you send your own documents.

All application documents must be submitted by the deadline.

You will receive an email about your admission status within 3 days of completion of the above steps and receipt of the required documents, along with additional admission instructions.

The US government allows us to send you an electronically signed I-20. We sent this by email. We will not mail a physical copy.

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

International SEVIS Transfer Student Admission

If you are a current international student with an F-1 visa attending a U.S. university, please complete these steps.

1. Your first step is to submit your online application.

After you submit your online application, there are additional documents and information required for your admission. 

Please send the following via email, in one email to international@saintpaul.edu, and include your Saint Paul College Tech ID or Star ID number in your email: 

  1. Copy of valid passport
  2. I-20
  3. F-1 visa
  4. Most recent I-94: Download your I-94 here.
  5. Copy of secondary school/high school records
  6. College/university transcript from your U.S. institution
  7. F-1 International Student Agreement Form
  8. Financial Certification Statement: Must also include a matching bank statement showing at least $24,015 (USD)
  9. Proof of English Language Proficiency: Click here to see English proficiency requirements and accepted tests/assessments.
  10. Immunization Record eForm: Complete the Student Immunization Record eForm by logging into the eForm with your Star ID and Password. Do not use a phone for this eForm – it works best on a laptop or desktop computer.

Please send only your own documents. Unless the Authorization to Release Student Information form is submitted by the student, documents sent by relatives, friends, or third parties of an applicant will not be accepted, and we will request that you send your own documents.

All application documents must be submitted by the deadline.

You will receive an email about your admission status within 3 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.

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. Present your Saint Paul College admission letter along with the SEVIS Transfer Eligibility Form to your DSO at your transfer-out school to transfer your SEVIS record.

The US government allows us to send you an electronically signed I-20. We sent this by email. We will not mail a physical copy.

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

Guaranteed Conditional Admissions

Saint Paul College has partnered with the following four-year universities for guaranteed conditional admissions along with your Saint Paul College admission. At the time you apply to Saint Paul College, you pick one of these universities and you will also receive a guaranteed conditional admission letter from that university. You complete two years at Saint Paul College and then transfer for completion of your bachelor degree.

FAQs

  • What if my plans change?
    A: You can accept an offer of admission from a different university and you can change your mind later on.
  • Will the university contact me?
    A: Yes, Saint Paul College will give your contact information to the university.
  • When I apply for my student visa, should I show the consular officer both letters of admission?
    A: Yes, you should and also be prepared to explain your four-year academic plan.

List of partner universities:

Augsburg University  
St. Catherine University (for women only)  
St. Cloud State University  
Concordia University  
 
Hamline University  
St. Mary's University in Minneapolis  
Metro State University  
University of Minnesota Duluth  
 
Mankato State 
NDSU 
Saint Johns 
WSU 

While the University of Minnesota Twin Cities is not a participant in this guaranteed conditional admission program, Saint Paul College is part of the Minnesota Cooperative Admissions Program (MnCAP). You can transfer credits from Saint Paul College to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

International Credit Transfer and Evaluation

Saint Paul College does not evaluate international transcripts. If you have a transcript from a foreign country, you must have a third party transcript evaluator determine how the courses translate to U.S. courses.

While we will accept evaluations from any AICE (www.aice-eval.org) or NACES member (www.naces.org), we highly recommend Educational Credential Evaluators (www.ece.org) or World Education Services, Inc. (www.wes.org). Saint Paul College reserves the right to request additional information from you such as course descriptions, syllabi, etc. Once you are admitted to the college, your Pathway Advisor can look at a copy prior to evaluation if the transcript is in English to determine whether it is worthwhile to pursue the third party evaluation process (i.e., whether there are courses that are likely to transfer).

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