Checklist for Accepted International Students

Register for your Concordia Scholarship Interview

Scholarship Interviews for Fall 2021 are closed. The first round of Concordia Scholarship Interviews for Fall 2022 admission will be offered on December 1, 2, and 3, 2021. Admitted students who have already demonstrated the ability to pay at least $23,000 USD (or more) per year are eligible to participate in the interview and will receive a personal invitation with a link to the RSVP form via email. If you have questions about your eligibility or about preparing for the interview, please contact us at intl@cord.edu. Students applying for Spring 2022 admission will be contacted directly following enrollment decisions.

Make Your Deposit

Reserve your place at Concordia by submitting your deposit of $300 (refundable until May 1). In return, we’ll start to make preparations for your arrival at Concordia. To complete this process, you will need to use your Concordia username and password.

Deposit by credit card using a Visa or MasterCard issued from a major bank. If you do not have this type of credit card, please contact intl@cord.edu for alternate deposit instructions.

Obtain Your I-20 Form

Once you have been admitted and demonstrated adequate funds for your first year of study at Concordia and made your $300 enrollment deposit, we will issue the required I-20 form. Currently, we are allowed to provide you with a scanned, digital copy of your I-20, so this document will be emailed to students. We will start that process in mid-April. If students wish to receive the original signed paper copy, you are responsible for covering the Priority Shipping cost.

For those students who wish to receive a printed, paper copy of the I-20, Concordia is partnering with SASS-SmartShip for delivery of your I-20. Once you pay your enrollment deposit to Concordia, please follow these steps to obtain your I-20 and Admission Packet:

  • Register on the STUDENT LOG IN tab at http://www.sass-smartship.com/sass-smartship/StudentLogIn.aspx
  • Once registered, please log in (on the Student Tab) and select CONCORDIA COLLEGE - MOORHEAD – INTERNATIONAL ADMISSIONS from the drop-down menu to create your pending shipment.
  • Next, follow the link to the secure payment portal to pay with a credit card as a guest.
  • When your transaction is successful, Concordia will promptly receive a prepaid shipping label via email, which will be printed and affixed to your pending shipment. (Please allow the college 24-48 hours to prepare your shipment or documents once the label has been generated/received.)
  • You can monitor the status of your shipment on your homepage by clicking on your tracking number. Once in transit, international shipments typically deliver within 3-5 business days depending on the country.  Shipments destined for delivery within the domestic United States arrive overnight or the next business day.

For questions, please contact Matt (mbeatty@cord.edu) or Steve (schaefer@cord.edu) or you may reach out directly to SASS@airconceptsusa.com.

Pay Your SEVIS Fee

Student and Exchange Visitor Information System is commonly called SEVIS. You are required to pay for this service online.

Regulation requires all prospective F-1 students to pay the I-901 Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) Fee before the Department of State issues you a visa. To pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee, visit FMJfee.com to access the SEVIS Form I-901.

Who needs to pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee?

  • All prospective F-1 students from countries where a visa to travel to the United States is mandatory.
  • All prospective F-1 students from visa waiver countries (before seeking admission at a U.S. port of entry).
  • Any nonimmigrant in the United States applying for a change of nonimmigrant status to F-1 status (before applying for a change of nonimmigrant status).

How do I pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee?

  • Most prospective F-1 students also have the option to make a credit card payment on FMJfee.com. However, prospective international students with a country of citizenship or country of birth of Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, or Gambia must pay by money order, Western Union Quick Pay, or certified check drawn from a U.S. bank.
  • SEVP will accept third party payments, meaning someone else can pay your I-901 SEVIS Fee using the same method of payment. For students who cannot pay the fee by credit card, third party payers are also restricted from paying the fee by credit card.

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Apply for Housing

The Housing Application for incoming Fall 2021 students is open. You will gain access to the application approximately 24 hours after you have paid your $300 enrollment deposit. You can access this application through MyHousing.

When the roommate matching process begins, you'll have the opportunity to browse the profiles of other students who have been assigned to your same residence hall and then match up with one of these students.

The housing office will post a video about the process that you'll be able to watch to better understand how to complete your housing agreement and the roommate matching process.

The video will have information about how to hide your profile and opt out of this process. If you do that, our office will match you with another unmatched student after June 15 (using the preferences you shared on your housing application).

Inquiry Seminar

First-Year international students only: Inquiry Seminars are unique first-year courses on topics ranging from climate change to women in sports. 

When you complete your Student Registration Inventory, you will be asked to rank your top three choices for the Inquiry Seminars that interest you the most.

Inquiry Seminar Course Descriptions

Student Registration Inventory

First-Year international students: Please complete the inventory. You will need your Concordia student ID number, which begins with 900. You can find that on your financial aid offer and some of the other correspondence you've received from us. Your answers to the questions on the inventory will be used by the Registrar to complete your Fall 2021 course schedule. Your entire fall semester schedule will be sent to your Concordia email in June.

Student Registration Inventory

Transfer and exchange international students do not need to complete the inventory and can schedule an appointment to register for classes after completing the phone registration questionnaire. Please contact Matt Beatty or Steve Schaefer to receive the questionnaire.

"Not Anymore" Training

This video-based program will provide critical information about Consent, Bystander Intervention, Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Stalking, and much more. "Not Anymore" will help you better understand how important these issues are and what you can do to help make our campus safer.

This program is required to be completed before a student is allowed to begin courses. It takes approximately 90 to 120 minutes to complete; however, you can start the program, save and exit, then continue from where you stopped.

Complete the program

Find a Campus Job

International students enrolled on an F-1 student visa are permitted to work on campus beginning their first semester. Beginning in August, deposited students who have completed their class schedule may create a Handshake profile and apply for positions on campus.

Handshake

Health Forms and Tuberculosis (TB) testing

The Mandatory Immunizations form is required to be completed by all students. The Immunization Exemptions form need only be completed if it applies to you.

Mandatory Immunizations
Immunization Exemptions

In compliance with the United States Centers for Disease Control, Concordia College is to screen all new international students for tuberculosis (TB) upon their arrival. This testing is coordinated through Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, North Dakota. Associated costs for this test are included in your health insurance estimate for the 2021-22 academic calendar. The corresponding course registration hold cannot be removed until you have completed the screening process.

Submit Final Transcripts and Diploma

This one is important! Failure to submit final high school academic records containing your graduation date will prevent you from registering for subsequent semesters. Click below for a complete list of required academic transcripts by country.

Students requesting transfer of credit for courses taken at universities outside of the United States must have their final transcripts evaluated by an approved credential evaluation agency found on the NACES website and sent to Concordia College. Students must request a course-by-course evaluation from the agency.

Arrival Details

First-Year and Transfer international students: Arrival dates for Fall 2021 will be August 14 and 15 (pending final approval from our campus COVID task force). International Student Orientation will then begin on Monday, August 16. This is REQUIRED for all new international students.

If your travel itinerary gets you to the Moorhead-Fargo community before the approved dates, it is your responsibility to make arrangements for lodging and meals prior to being able to move into your residence hall on the stated dates.

Fill out this Arrival Form survey so we can plan for your arrival.