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International degree-seeking students

As an international student, your requirements and admissions process will vary depending on whether or not you're seeking a degree. The application steps listed below are for students seeking a degree. If you're not seeking a degree, follow the Nondegree Admissions.

Requirements

As an international student, you're required to provide certain information before attending Metropolitan State University.

  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Proof of adequate funds to attend (at least U.S. $27,019).
    • $10,089 - Tuition
    •  $2,422 - 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)

Freshman Students

A freshman is a student starting college or university for the first time or transferring with fewer than 16 semester credits. An official transcript from the secondary school must be submitted directly from the issuing school(s).

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. 

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 (See Step 2 below)

Health Insurance

All international students are required to have health insurance. Contact United Health Care Student Resources for questions and an application. Health insurance coverage is considered official once the forms are received at United Healthcare Student Resources through Financial Management.

Important: International students (F-1 or J-1 visa visiting scholars) are not eligible to apply for the student health insurance available elsewhere on the website. It is only for U.S. residents. 

Note: In-state tuition waiver applications will not be processed until students purchase health insurance.

To pay:

  • Log into Student eServices
  • From the navigation on the left, click Bills and Payment
  • From the menu in the middle of the screen, click Make a Payment
  • United Health Care Student Resources 

Priority application deadlines

For transferring students

  • June 30: Fall Semester 
  • November 15: Spring Semester 

Overseas student deadlines

  • May 1: Fall Semester 
  • October 1 - Spring Semester 

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 above deadline.

How to apply

1. Apply for undergraduate admission 

Complete the International Student Application form with $20 fee. 

2. Submit transcripts 

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 is not responsible for any delays in receiving the reports.

3. Gather other attachments 

In addition to your transcripts, international students must also provide the following information: 

Proof of English proficiency. Official TOEFL scores must be submitted; student copies are not acceptable. Metropolitan State's school code for TOEFL is 6445. TOEFL minimum scores for admission are 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. 
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)

4. Once accepted, learn about International Student Services (ISS) 

ISS can help you with: 

  • International admission paper processing and policy information dissemination 
  • New international student orientation 
  • Immigration advising related to F-1 status 
  • Advising for on-campus and off-campus employment and work authorization 
  • Interaction with faculty and other support services units including the Registrar's Office and the Admissions Office 
  • Referrals to student support services, such as Career Services, Student Counseling Services, English as a Student Second Language Office, Women's Services and the Internship Office 
  • Learning about educational, social and cultural events involving international students

5. Evaluate Your Transfer Credits 

You’ll receive a transfer evaluation 12 - 14 business days after receiving an acceptance letter. This evaluation (called a Transfer Audit) explains how your transfer credits have been accepted and applied to General Education and Liberal Studies (GELS), including the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). 
 

6. Plan for Your First Tuition Payment 

Your Offer of Financial Assistance explains the different types of financial aid we are able to offer you. If you receive other types of financial aid, such as scholarships, third-party benefits or non-federal student loans, your offer will be updated and possibly adjusted to reflect these additional financial aid funds. 

*There is no formal admissions deadline. Priority admission is given to students who apply prior to the application deadlines noted above.

Graduate Admissions for International Students

Application Deadlines

International students must follow procedures required for all prospective students. However, due to longer processing time involved in evaluating international transcripts, applicants are required to submit applications by the following deadlines, unless otherwise specified by your program of interest.


Int'l Transfer Students

  • Fall Semester    June 30
  • Spring Semester    Nov. 15

Overseas Applicants

  • Fall Semester    May 1

  • Spring Semester    Oct. 1

Application Requirements

Parts one and two of the application can be found by going to your Graduate Studies program of interest and then to the corresponding "Applying to the Program" page. International students also need to complete Part Three, which is described below.

Part Three

In addition to parts one and two of the graduate application packet, international student applicants must provide:

  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Financial statement
  • Immunization records
  • Passport, visa, I-94, international home address and phone numbers
  • Checklist for Newly Admitted International Student (.pdf)

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. Select your program of interest from Graduate Studies and then go to the corresponding program page for score minimums.

Financial Statement
Applicants must be financially self-sufficient and able to provide proof of at least $27,019. 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 the Admissions Office. For questions concerning the I-20 or your financial documents, contact the International Admissions Office 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 the 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.

Additional Documents

  • 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

An international transfer student is a student coming from an accredited college/university overseas or within the U.S.

  • Transfer students must have a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) in an American equivalent system. If your grade reports are not issued with a U.S. 4.0 grading system, the program office to which you are applying will evaluate your grade report or mark sheet to determine eligibility.

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 (obtainable from the International Student Services Office).

Submit Part 3 to:
International Student Services Office
Metropolitan State University 
700 East Seventh Street
Saint Paul, Minnesota, 55106-5000

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