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The College of St. Scholastica

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Graduate in Four Years — Guaranteed

Student greeted by a faculty member at CommencementAt many colleges it may take up to six years to earn an undergraduate degree, which can cause problems with student visas and cost you a lot more money. At CSS, if you follow our guidelines, you will graduate in four years — guaranteed — or any remaining courses are free.

Outcomes of a St. Scholastica Education

Faculty meeting with a student in the Cloister Walk at St. Scholastica.And once you graduate, you’ll be able to use your degree. In fact, 98% of our graduates are employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation. Columbia University, Harvard, University of Paris and University of Milan are a few of the universities that have accepted CSS international students into post-graduate (Doctoral, MA, MBA, MD) programs.

Find Lifelong Friends. Make Lifelong Memories.

Group of international students on the Duluth campus during orientation.With more than 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 40 countries, we have a vibrant and active student body. From athletics to student clubs to recreation to ministry to living on campus, the College offers plenty of opportunities for you to connect with other students, explore Duluth and shape your own college experience.

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International students are students who wish to pursue an academic program or degree at the College of St. Scholastica and are in the United States on an educational immigration status of F-1 or J-1 visa. These students are not citizens, permanent residents or refugees in the United States.

Find My Degree

Explore our undergraduate and graduate programs and discover your purpose.

Scholarships and Financing

Review scholarships and financial aid available to select international undergraduate students.

Admission Information

Are you a graduate, doctorate or online student?

Contact the admissions counselor of your program for additional documentation that may be required for admission.

International Student Application for Undergraduate Admission

An international student is one who is not a U.S. national, a U.S. permanent resident, a permanent resident of the Northern Mariana Islands, or a permanent resident of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands.

International Application Deadlines

All application materials must be received by the following dates (for all applicants except those from Canada or transferring from another college or university in the United States):

  • Fall semester – July 15
  • Spring semester – November 15

Applicants from Canada or transferring from another college or university in the United States:

  • Fall semester – August 15
  • Spring semester – December 15

After these dates it is not practical to complete the necessary paperwork and issue the I-20 in time to schedule the visa interview and make travel plans. Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Academic Readiness

Applicants must have completed a college preparatory program in secondary school. This program should include coursework in the humanities, laboratory sciences, mathematics, social sciences, and history. Applicants must have ranked in the top one-third of their secondary school class.

English Proficiency

All applicants for admission must demonstrate their ability to participate in college courses where English is the language of instruction by achieving acceptable scores on one of the following exams (dated within two years of application):

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
    Minimum Scores of:

    • 79 on the internet based TOEFL
    • 213 on the computer based TOEFL
    • 550 on the paper based TOEFL (taken before July 2017)
    • 57 paper based TOEFL (taken after July 2017)
  • Duolingo
    • Minimum score of 105
  • IELTS
    • Minimum Score of 6.5

Transfer Requirements

Students transferring from another institution may apply for admittance for any academic semester. Transfer applicants must have earned a minimum of a C average (2.0 GPA) or equivalent and be eligible to return to the college or university he or she is leaving to attend St. Scholastica. Foreign post-secondary/university level transcripts must be WES or ECE evaluated, and that evaluation must be sent along with the transcript.

If international students have taken International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP) or College in the Schools (CITS) credits through accredited institutions, these credits may transfer to CSS. However, the College will need to perform an official transcript evaluation to see exactly which of the IB, AP or CITS may transfer to St. Scholastica. International students will need to have an official transcript sent to CSS from the institution that the IB, AP or CITS courses were taken.

Application Procedures

International Students applying to The College of St. Scholastica must submit the following materials:

  1. A completed St. Scholastica International Student Application Form, which includes a written essay.*
  2. Original or certified copies of all secondary and post-secondary school transcripts. English translations must be included with these transcripts. Foreign post-secondary/university level transcripts must be WES or ECE evaluated, and that evaluation must be sent along with the transcript.
  3. TOEFL test scores (including the TWE (Test of Written English) Essay Rating), IELTS Test Scores (if the student has these available) or Duolingo test score. For direct reporting of your TOEFL test scores, use code 6107.
  4. An essay on a significant event that has happened in your life and your reaction to it, or one of the Common App prompts if submitting the Common App. Must be a minimum of 500 words in length.
  5. A completed St. Scholastica International Student Scholarship form and copies of bank statements (used to determine additional financial aid after acceptance and I-20 eligibility).

These materials must be received no later than 90 days prior to the beginning of the fall or spring semester. While The College of St. Scholastica does not offer an early decision program, we strive to evaluate complete international applications within 30 days of submission and advise the student of acceptance or denial. Once these materials have been received by the College, the standing committee on international students will review the application and recommend granting or denying admission to the College. Students will be notified in writing of their admission status as soon as possible after the committee review.

Campus Housing

International students are required to live on campus all four years. However, if you are a college transfer student bringing in 12 or more college credits earned after high school or a non-traditional aged student, students may qualify to live off campus. Please note, the Global Benedictine Scholarship level may have mandatory residency requirements.

Financial Aid

In general, international students who are admitted to the College are responsible for securing the funds necessary to attend The College of St. Scholastica from sources outside the College. The College will use your completed St. Scholastica International Student Scholarship form to determine eligibility for some need-based grant funding.

After an international student has been accepted to the College, the applicants’ request for student financial aid will be reviewed. To assure that international students have no financial difficulties when they arrive at St. Scholastica, the College requires every international student to make a deposit of US $500. Failure to make this deposit will result in delayed processing of I-20, which is required to obtain a F-1 student visa.

A student’s Global Benedictine Scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years or until receiving a bachelor’s degree as long as you maintain full-time enrollment status and Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). SAP is defined as a 67% completion rate and a 2.0 GPA, or better. Please note that graduate students are not.

Estimated Annual Expenses (in U.S. dollars)

Estimated Annual Expenses 2022-23 (in U.S. dollars)

Tuition: $38,750 (includes $500 deposit)
Room and Board: $10,996
Fees: $735 (Technology, Orientation, Health Services, Students Services)
Estimated Health Insurance (required): $3,000
Estimated costs for books: $1,200
Estimated personal expenses: $2,500

Estimated total costs: $57,181


Estimated Annual Expenses 2021-22 (in U.S. dollars)

Tuition: $38,750 (includes $500 deposit)
Room and Board: $10,696
Fees: $735 (Technology, Orientation, Health Services, Students Services)
Estimated Health Insurance (required): $3,000
Estimated costs for books: $1,200
Estimated personal expenses: $2,500

Estimated total costs: $56,881

Frequently Asked Questions

Admissions and Application Process

Do I need to take the SAT/ACT?

We do not require SAT/ACT for international students.

Do you accept the Common Application?

Yes. We prefer that you use the College of St. Scholastica International Application but will accept the Common Application available on the Common App website.

Does St. Scholastica admit transfer students?

Yes, St. Scholastica welcomes transfer students. Contact international@css.edu, our international admissions counselor, for more information.

Can I finish my application first, then forward the rest of the required documents or are they all due at the same time?

You can complete your application first, then forward the remaining required documents to international@css.edu, our international admissions counselor. All documents are due by the deadlines listed above.

What is St. Scholastica’s policy regarding the use of agents?

Agents who may be retained by students to help with the application process are not recognized as representatives of The College of St. Scholastica and do not have a contractual agreement or partnership to represent the College.

Immigration Process and Visas

What are the visa requirements for international students?

In order to study full-time in the United States, international students need to apply for and be approved for the F-1 student visa. Students apply for the F-1 student visa in their home country at the U.S. Embassy. Please view information on how to apply for the F-1 visa on the U.S. Embassy website for the embassy in your home country. The process varies slightly from country to country. Note: Canadian citizens do not need to apply for a U.S. visa, their F-1 status is approved upon entry to the U.S.

Once a student has applied, been accepted and provided all the necessary documents to The College of St. Scholastica, we will issue the I-20 for a student to apply for an F-1 visa. St. Scholastica’s Office of International Programs (OIP) will issue the I-20 and direct students through the visa process.

How do I pay my SEVIS fee?

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires each student issued an initial Form I-20 to pay a fee before applying for a visa. Access the SEVIS fee website.

A fee of $350 must be paid at least three days before your visa interview, and you must bring the receipt with you to the interview. Please carefully read the instructions for fee payment. It is recommended that you pay the SEVIS fee using a Visa, MasterCard, or American Express credit card because you will be able to print out an online receipt immediately. If you do not have one of these credit cards, try to find someone who does and who could pay for you. Then you can reimburse that individual.

Once the fee is paid, you may attend a visa interview at your nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Due to recent changes to visa processing and special clearances needed for some applicants, you are strongly encouraged to schedule your visa application appointment as early as possible.

What is the process for travel and entry to the U.S.?

Upon approval of the F-1 student visa international students can make their travel plans to the U.S. The Office of International Programs (OIP) will provide information to students on how to ensure travel to the U.S. and through U.S. Immigration and Customs is as smooth as possible.

Academics

Do you offer an ESL program?

The College of St. Scholastica does not offer an ESL program, however international@css.edu , our international admissions counselor, can refer you to available ESL options.

May I transfer credits from other institutions?

Academic transcripts from other institutions are carefully reviewed by the College and credit is awarded as appropriate. Those who have taken IB, AP and similar advanced coursework are eligible to have credits awarded for their work.

How do I get advice from professionals regarding career paths and career exploration?

The College of St. Scholastica has a career services department dedicated to helping students explore and identify a career path. Learn more about Career Services.

What if I don’t know what major I want to pursue?

No problem. The College of St. Scholastica has a Deciding Major program that assists students in making this important decision.

Do you have an honors program? How do I become a part of it?

The College of St. Scholastica does offer an honors program for its undergraduate students. Learn more information about the honors program.

What honors courses or programs are available?

Learn more information about honors courses.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Do you offer scholarships?

Yes. The College of St. Scholastica awards merit-based scholarship funds (Benedictine Scholarships) to students based on an evaluation of their application and the accompanying materials (i.e., official secondary and/or post-secondary school transcripts and essay).

Note: Scholarship terms will not be changed once a student arrives on campus. The scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years or until receiving a bachelor’s degree as long as you maintain full-time enrollment status and Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Do you offer any athletics scholarships or financial aid?

As a NCAA Division III school, The College of St. Scholastica does not offer athletics scholarships. Learn more information about scholarships and finances.

Can I apply for other scholarships? How do I do so?

Students are welcome to apply for outside scholarships. See the Office of International Programs website for more information on other scholarships.

Can I create a payment plan for my tuition?

The College of St. Scholastica does offer payment plans. Please contact OneStop Student Services to discuss this option.

Employment and Internships

May I work?

An international student may work on campus, although on campus employment hours are both restricted by the U.S. government and by the College. Freshmen are allowed to work 10 hours per week during the semester per College policy. Sophomore, junior and senior students may work 15-20 hours per week during the semester per College policy.

Priority for applying for on campus employment is given to students who are awarded employment as part of their scholarship. Immigration rules allow international students to work no more than 20 hours per week during the semester and 40 hours per week during school breaks.

Off campus employment is allowed in very specific circumstances and only allowed after the student has been in school full-time for one academic year. See the Office of International Programs website for more information on employment in the U.S.

How do I get advice from professionals regarding career paths and career exploration?

The College of St. Scholastica has a career services department dedicated to helping students explore and identify a career path. Learn more about Career Services. Student academic and career clubs, such as the pre-med club or math club, are also great resources. View a list of the clubs and organizations on campus.

What opportunities are available for undergraduate research?

Undergraduate research opportunities are available. Read this story about a St. Scholastica international student’s summer research experience.

Are there volunteer opportunities?

Volunteerism is an important part of student life at The College of St. Scholastica. Volunteer opportunities are available through student clubs, departments and VITA (Volunteers Involved Through Action).

Student Life

What is the weather like in Minnesota?

Minnesota, like the rest of the northern states and countries, has four seasons. You will need to be prepared both for beautifully warm days and for cold and snowy winter weather. Our international students greatly enjoy the range of winter activities available.

May I live off campus?

All undergraduate students (U.S. and International) are required to live on campus their freshman and sophomore years (first two years). This enables students to easily participate in campus activities and get to know their classmates and professors quickly. With permission, students may be approved to live off campus after their sophomore year.

May I stay on campus during breaks, including summer?

Yes. There is a charge for room rental during the summer break only. During other short breaks (Thanksgiving, winter break, spring break and Easter break), there is no additional room charge. During all breaks, students will have to provide and prepare their own food because dining services are limited or closed. The Office of International Programs office is staffed and available during breaks and there are international students that stay on campus during all break periods. Students usually work on campus and social events are arranged during each break.

Is there an international student orientation?

Yes, international student orientation is mandatory for all new international students. Students are able to arrive early on campus, move into their dorm room or apartment and are then provided the necessary information in order to adjust and be successful at college and in the U.S. See the Office of International Programs website for more information about orientation.

Do I need health insurance?

Yes, all international students are required to opt-in (enroll) in the College’s health insurance plan. See the Student Health Insurance page for more information. All students also need to pay a student health services fee. Learn more information about the student health services fee.

What is housing like on campus?

Freshmen live in Somers Hall, which provides dorm and suite rooms for more than 400 students. Somers Hall also includes Greenview Dining Room, laundry facilities, lounges and kitchenettes. Please see the Residential Life website for more information about the housing available on campus.

Are there student clubs?

The College of St. Scholastica has more than 65 student clubs. View a list of the clubs and organizations on campus.

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