Arriving to Fargo-Moorhead
Please plan to arrive to Fargo-Moorhead on Thursday, August 23, 2018. International Student Orientation will take place on Friday, August 24 to Saturday, August 25. Remember that Fargo, North Dakota, (FAR) is the closest airport to Concordia. Complete the airport arrival form, and Intercultural Affairs will arrange for someone to pick you up at the airport.
Overview of Fargo-Moorhead
Moorhead is adjacent to Fargo, North Dakota, and really the two can be seen as one city with a river running through it. On the west side of the river is Fargo, North Dakota, and on the east side of the river is Moorhead, Minnesota. The population of Fargo-Moorhead is about 224,000 with about 30,000 college students.
Most international students purchase a mobile phone upon arrival, and you can choose from a variety of prepaid or service plans.
Students commonly use a VOIP service (such as Skype) for calling other countries. Pre-paid phone cards may be purchased at various retail stores in Fargo-Moorhead. You may wish to ask current international students what phone cards or plans they have found that work well for them. Most residence halls have one or two phones available, but there is no service in each room.
The cafeterias on campus are not open when you first arrive. The two closest grocery stores are Hornbacher's and Family Fare. Both have ready-to-eat deli food as well as groceries, and both are located on bus transportation routes. Restaurants in the area include McDonald's, Taco Bell, Burger King, Dairy Queen, China Garden, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Taco John's, Speak Easy, Tastee Freeze, Subway, Papa John's Pizza, Pizza Patrol, Village Inn, Qdoba, Noodles & Company, Starbucks, and Erbert & Gerberts.
Work on campus
International students are eligible to work on campus up to a maximum of 20 hours per week while school is in session. International students are prohibited by federal regulations from working off campus without authorization. Check out which jobs are available online.
There are many different types of stores within the Fargo-Moorhead area, and bus transportation is available to most of the shopping districts. Target, Walmart and Kmart are three large discount stores in east Moorhead that should have most of what you need to get settled. Herberger's is a department store within walking distance in Moorhead Center Mall. West Acres in Fargo is a large shopping center with many stores.
Concordia students ride the Fargo-Moorhead city bus FREE using their Concordia ID. You can pick up the bus at one of three bus stops on campus.
The Health Center is located in the north wing of Hoyum Hall and is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on school days. During the academic year, a nurse practitioner is available from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with a registered nurse available during all office hours. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome.
The Health Center needs copies of required immunization documents:
- Tdap (Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis) should be within 10 years
- 2 MMRs (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) should have been given after your first birthday
- All records that are not in English should be accompanied by a certified translation.
Upon arrival, give your health and physical forms to nurse Kathy Benson in the Health Center. Kathy will discuss the form with you and make sure all your immunizations are correct and current. If you have additional questions, please contact Kathy.
If these health forms are not completed and given to the Health Center and/or if immunizations are not current, students will be prohibited from registering for classes. If additional immunizations are needed, they will be given at the student's expense.
Finally, if you are under 18 years of age, your parents must sign permission for the Health Center to treat you medically.
Concordia's campus has a security office that is able to help you with any security concerns. The Concordia campus is normally a very safe and friendly place to be. However, common sense is always necessary:
- Lock your bicycle if you have one.
- Lock your residence hall room when nobody is there.
- Do not prop open outside building doors that are normally closed and locked.
- Do not leave laptop computers, purses, backpacks, or valuables unattended.
Across the United States, dialing 911 is a way of calling police, ambulance, and/or fire fighters. If you have an emergency that is life threatening, dial 9-911 (from a campus phone) or simply 911 on any other phone.
Your visa, passport, I-20 form, and social security card are valuable documents. Please photocopy these and keep the originals in one safe location and copies in another. If you will be far from campus you should carry these original documents in case they are requested.
Susanna Lu, assistant director of International Community, will be your primary contact with international issues, including questions regarding immigration status issues, assisting with OPT and CPT applications, maintaining SEVIS records, assisting with academic and cultural concerns, and general advising. Susanna also serves as the International Student Organization advisor.
Please take the time to meet the Resident Assistant (RA) on your floor and the Hall Director of the building. They are valuable resources and can help you get settled and answer questions about campus life and hall policies.