Accepted International Students List

1.  Register and Prepare for your Concordia Scholarship Interview

The first round of Concordia Scholarship Interviews for Fall 2020 admission are being offered on December 4 & 6, 2019.  Admitted students who have already demonstrated the ability to pay at least $20,000 USD 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.

2.  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.

3.  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. Students are responsible for covering the Priority Shipping cost; otherwise, the college will send it to you via standard post.

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 I20 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 Home Page 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

4. 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 F1students 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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5.  Register for Housing

The Housing Application for incoming Fall 2020 students will open in January.  Once it is open, the application becomes available approximately 24 hours after students have paid their $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. 

In order to prepare for this process, please be sure to watch this short video tutorial. This video is also available on the MyHousing homepage.

The video also has 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).

6.  Student Registration Inventory

First Year international students:  Check your Concordia email starting in the final week of April and first week of May for the link to this important interest inventory. Results will be used by the Registrar to complete your Fall 2020 course schedule. Your entire Fall semester schedule will be sent to your Concordia email in July.

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.

7. "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 register for 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

8. Inquiry Seminar

First Year international students only: Inquiry Seminars are unique first-year courses on topics ranging from climate change to women in sports. They are paired with a written or oral communication course. 

Beginning in early March 2020, you will be able to  review the list of available Inquiry Seminar courses from the link below.  You can use that link now to look at Inquiry Seminars currently being offered.

Inquiry Course Descriptions

9.  Find a Campus Job

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

Handshake

10. Health Forms and Tuberculosis (TB) testing

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

Mandatory Immunizations
Immunization Exemptions

In compliance with the United States Centers for Disease Control, upon your arrival Concordia College is to screen all new international students for tuberculosis (TB).  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 2020-2021 academic calendar.  The corresponding course registration hold cannot be removed until you have completed the screening process.

11.  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 websites (www.naces.org) and sent to Concordia College.  Students must request a "course by course" evaluation from the agency.

12. Arrival Details

First Year international students: Arrival dates for Fall 2020 are still being determined and will be updated here when they are confirmed.  You can generally plan to arrive in August of 2020. 

Transfer and Exchange international students are expected to arrive to campus on Thursday, August 20.

If your travel itinerary gets you to the Moorhead-Fargo community before these 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 survey so we can plan for your arrival: Arrival Form