International Pre-Arrival Guide

Checklist for Accepted International Students

1. Register for your Concordia Scholarship Interview

Concordia Scholarship Interviews for Fall 2024 admission will be scheduled on an individual basis for admitted international students who have already demonstrated the ability to pay at least $26,000 USD (or more) per year. Click Select an Interview Time in the admitted student portal to check available times. Students who participate in a Scholarship Interview are eligible for at least another $500 per year in scholarship funds. If you have questions about your eligibility or about preparing for the interview, please contact us at

2. Make Your Deposit

Reserve your place at Concordia by submitting your deposit of $300. 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 through the PayMyTuition platform using a Visa or MasterCard issued from a major bank. If you do not have this type of credit card, please contact for alternate deposit instructions.

submit your enrollment deposit

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. A scanned, digital copy of your I-20 will be emailed to you. We will start this process soon after your commitment so you can start scheduling your F1 Student Visa interview. Paper copies of the I-20 are no longer required.

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 a visa. To pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee, visit 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 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.  Set up Concordia network and email account access

Email messages pertaining to housing, course registration, and orientation will be sent to your Concordia email address (  To ensure you receive this important information, you need to claim your Concordia email following the process outlined in the email you received shortly after your admission. Please DO NOT enter an international phone number for the two-factor authentication process.  Instead, you will need to provide a recovery email address that is not your Concordia email address.

Once you have claimed your account, if you want to change your two-factor number or email please click here to access your account security information.  Many students are unable to receive text messages or calls as a two-factor authentication method while abroad, so we recommend downloading the Microsoft Authenticator application to access campus networks from abroad.  For more information about two-factor setup or changes, please click here.

6. Apply for Housing

The housing application for incoming Fall 2024 students is now open. Information will be sent to your Concordia email about how to log in to the housing system. The housing application allows you to pick your preferred residence hall, apply for an affinity community, and find a roommate.

Housing application

7. Dining Plan and Student ID

Students who live in traditional residence halls are required to have an on-campus dining plan as their halls don’t have access to a full kitchen to prepare meals. Dining Services plans are designed to offer flexibility and control with seven different plans, plus two options for adjusting your plan during the semester. You can find a breakdown of available plans on the Dining Services webpage. You will sign up for a plan to be used in Anderson Commons, The Maize, and the Korn Krib through the housing portal after you have selected your room assignment. If you are interested in a dining plan but you are exempt from housing, please consult the Dining Services webpage.

Your Concordia College ID is used for identification, as payment at the campus post office and Parke Student Leadership Center, to check out library resources, and to access your dining plan. Please upload your ID photo and submit for a Student ID through the Student ID portal by August 1.

8. Student Registration Inventory

Completing the Student Registration Inventory (SRI) provides the Registrar's Office with the information needed to complete your fall course schedule. The SRI is now available to new incoming first-year students.

First-year international students: Please complete the Student Registration Inventory below. 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 2024 course schedule. Your entire fall semester schedule will be sent to your Concordia email in the summer.

Student Registration Inventory

Transfer and exchange international students: You do NOT need to complete the inventory. Schedule an appointment to register for courses after completing the phone registration questionnaire. Please contact Alicia Kauffman or Steve Schaefer to receive the questionnaire.

9. First-Year Seminar Registration

First-year international students only: Engaged Citizenship Seminars are unique first-year courses based on a wide range of topics. You can read the course descriptions here. After you make your enrollment deposit, you'll complete the Student Registration Inventory and rank your top choices for which class to enroll in.

10. Attend the Virtual Pre-Arrival Sessions

Ensure a smooth and successful start to your time at Concordia by attending our three-part virtual pre-arrival meetings at 9 a.m. Central Daylight Time on May 15, June 19, and July 17. Please make your best effort to attend as essential information related to your visa application, housing and roommate selection, course registration, and more will be shared. Deposited students will be invited to attend by email. Email Steve Schaefer with questions.

11. Sexual Assault Prevention Training

This video-based program will provide crucial information about Consent, Bystander Intervention, Sexual Harassment, Intimate Partner Violence, Stalking, and much more. This online training course 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, and then continue from where you stopped.

Access the training here by using your Banner ID as your username; passwords are the first five numbers of your Banner ID. If you do not know your Banner ID, you will receive a weekly reminder email to take the training containing your Banner ID.

12. Health Forms and Tuberculosis (TB) testing

The Mandatory Immunizations form is required to be completed by all students. If you require an immunization exemption and cannot mail the form, please contact

Immunization Form

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 2024-25 academic calendar. The corresponding course registration hold cannot be removed until you have completed the screening process.

13. 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 mid-August, deposited students who have completed their class schedule may create a Handshake profile and apply for positions on campus.

14. 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.

15. Arrival Details

First-year and transfer international students: Arrival dates for Fall 2024 will be August 16, 17, or 18 (Friday-Sunday). International Student Orientation will begin Monday, August 19. This is REQUIRED for all new international students.

This year’s International Student Orientation Program (ISOP) is particularly special as you’ll spend part of the week at the renowned Concordia Language Villages in the North Woods of Minnesota. Settle into your Svenska stugor (Swedish cottages) and prepare for a unique introduction to studying in the U.S. and to Minnesota culture. Enjoy a rich program of activities — from service-learning to campfire stories — all designed to help you make the most of your time at Concordia and in the United States.

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

Fill out the online arrival form so we can plan for your arrival.

Arrival Information Form