Kamal Elbasher, Director of International Student Services
Founders Hall 136
Phone: 651-793-1219
Fax: 651-793-1546

Linda Martinez, International Admissions Advisor
Founders Hall 137
Phone: 651-793-1315
Fax: 651-793-1546

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Application Deadlines

International student applicants must follow procedures required for all prospective students. However, due to longer processing time involved in evaluating international transcripts, international applicants are required to submit applications by the following deadlines:


Applicant Term Deadline
Transfer Students Fall Semester June 30
Transfer Students Spring Semester November 15
Overseas Applicants Fall Semester May 1
Overseas Applicants Spring Semester October 1

Application Requirements

Freshman Students

A freshman is a student starting college or university for the first time or transferring with fewer than 16 semester credits.

Your academic performance will be evaluated for acceptance to Metropolitan State. If your grade reports are not issued with a U.S. 4.0 grading system, International Student Services will evaluate your grade report or mark sheet to determine eligibility.

International applicants must also provide:

  • An official transcript from the secondary school must be submitted directly from the issuing school(s)
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Provide proof of at least US $27,019
    ($ 10,089 - Tuition
           2422 - Books and supplies
        14,508 - Living expenses)
  • Photocopy of passport (picture page, page with expiration date)
  • Photocopy, if available, of visa page and I-94, clearly indicating the port of entry
  • International home address and phone numbers--if you only have a P.O. box, more information is needed (i.e., street name, house number or section of town or rural areas)

Transfer Students

A transfer student is a student coming from another college or university with more than 16 college/university level credits. A transfer student can be transferring credits from a college/university overseas or within the U.S. All transfer credits must be from an accredited college/university.

For students transferring from another U.S. institution, the following documents are also required:

  • A copy of the current I-20 or visa approval document.
  • A completed Transfer Verification Form--this form must be mailed directly to the Admissions Office from the current institution

Official Transcript Evaluations

Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by an accredited agency, such as Educational Credential Evaluators Inc. (ECE).

The type of evaluation report should be general for students who have only a high school diploma, and a course-by-course report for students who have earned credits beyond high school. The report must show the equivalence of a U.S. GPA of at least a 3.0.

We will not accept student or fax copies. Official transcripts must be sent directly to the Admissions Office.

It often takes six to eight weeks to receive a report, so it is important to send transcripts well in advance so that the report is received by the application deadline date. Metropolitan State University is not responsible for any delays in receiving the reports.

Proof of English Proficiency

Official TOEFL scores must be submitted, student copies are not acceptable. Metropolitan State University's school code for TOEFL is 6445. TOEFL minimum scores for admission:

  • 500 on paper test
  • 173 on computer-based exam
  • 61 on internet-based exam

You can also submit your official IELTS score. You must achieve a 6 or higher.

Financial Statement

To receive an I-20 and F-1 Visa, you must show that you have adequate funding to meet all the expenses that will be incurred in your proposed program of study.

You must submit a current (not over 90 days) and certified copy of your financial statement from a registered bank or savings institution in U.S. dollars showing adequate financial resources for the period of intended enrollment. The I-20 will not be processed until we have received this information. This document must be included with your admissions application.

Do not send this information to any other office except to the International Admissions Office. For questions concerning the I-20 or your financial documents, contact International Student Services at 651-793-1219.

If support is coming from outside of the U.S., then submit a certified letter from the sponsor indicating that they will be responsible for all educational expenses and a bank statement showing availability of U.S. $27,019 plus the additional amount required for each dependent. For more information see International Student Admissions Application.

Copies will not be accepted.

Immunization Requirements

Minnesota Law (M.S. 135A, 14) requires all students born after 1956 be immunized against diphtheria, tetanus (every 10 years), mumps, and rubella. Minnesota high school students who graduated in 1997 or later are exempt from the immunization requirements. In addition, a student may be exempted for medical or conscientious reasons. Unless exempt, a student must provide immunization data at initial registration.

For more information and to obtain an Immunization Form, contact the Admissions Office, visit the Immunization Requirements section or download the student immunization record form.

Submit the completed application packet to:

International Student Services
Metropolitan State University
700 East Seventh Street
Saint Paul, Minnesota, 55106-5000

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