International Student

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What is an international student?

Normandale Community College welcomes students from all over the world. An international student is defined as a person seeking admission to the college who is not a U.S. citizen or is not a U.S. immigrant.

Prospective international students may apply to Normandale who are non-immigrants to the United States or seeking an F-1 student visa. (Permanent residents, refugees and political asylees are U.S. immigrants and complete the general admissions process only.)

Study in the States offers free government resources that explain the rules and regulations governing the international student process in the United States.

International Student Admission 

For assistance, please contact Antoinette Bowling-Harris, Coordinator of International Student Admissions, 952-358-8207.  Click the button below to schedule a virtual appointment.  Please note: the appointment times presented are in the United States Central Time Zone.  

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Please do not use the online application for international admission.  Please complete the international application form  We request that you submit all application materials requested below, digitally (PDF preferred) as attachments to  Information regarding your admission status will be sent via the email address you provide on our application or your assigned Normandale student email address.

Official transcripts and exam results must be sent from the secondary school and from all colleges/universities attended. Records must be sent in the original language and in English translation. (Note: If the records are not official or original, send certified or attested true copies signed by authorized government official, U.S. embassy staff or a notary public. The college may decline to use any documents submitted.)

Students whose native language is not English must submit one of the following:

  • Minimum score of 500 on the paper-based Test of the English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or

  • Minimum score of 61 on an internet computer-based TOEFL test score, or

  • Minimum score of 6 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic test only

  • Minimum score of 85 on the Duolingo online English test

NOTE: Students whose home country’s official language is English are exempt from these requirements. Official English- speaking countries include:
Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas,  Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Cameroon, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, England, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland (Northern and Republic of), Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Malta, Mauritius, Montserrat, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, Vanuatu, Wales, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Immunization records for rubella, mumps, measles, diphtheria, and tetanus is required.

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Deadlines for International Student Admissions

All application requirements must be submitted by the appropriate deadline or the student will be considered for the following term.

Students outside of the United States or who are currently in the U.S. but will be returning home:

  • Fall Semester -June 1

  • Spring Semester - October 1

Students inside of the United States & who will be remaining in the U.S.:

  • Fall Semester -July 1

  • Spring Semester - November 1

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Students applying for an F-1 visa: Must show means of adequate financial support by submitting a notarized, current, original bank statement showing a balance of at least $23,000 in U.S. currency to demonstrate adequate financial support to cover all educational and living expenses while you study at Normandale Community College.

If you have a sponsor, your sponsor must submit an Affidavit of Support (I-134) and a notarized, current, original bank statement showing a balance of at least $23,000in U.S. currency.

The bank statement must be in English, certified by a bank official, and not less than two (2) months old at the time of application.

Persons who are already in the U.S.: Submit photocopies of your passport including photo, date valid, your visa and I-94 card.

Students currently attending a U.S. high school: Contact the Admissions Office at (952) 358-8207 to determine the documentation needed for English proficiency.

Students who are currently attending a U.S. college or university and would like to take only a limited number of classes here at Normandale Community College while remaining on that schools I-20: Submit the above documentation (1-4) and a letter from the International Advisor at your current (I-20) school.

F-1 Transfer Students: (maintaining F-1 status only) Students who would like to transfer from a U.S. school/college/university:

Submit the International Transfer Release form and copy of current I-20.

Transferring prior college or university course work from a foreign educational institution to Normandale Community College: Students wishing to transfer credit from a university outside of the U.S. must have their transcripts evaluated by an approved academic credentialing agency.

The companies listed below provide acceptable evaluations for a fee. (Order a Course-by-Course evaluation.) -

World Education Services (WES) Chicago Office
P.O. Box 745, Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10113
Phone: 1-800-937-3895/ Fax: 212-739-6100

Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203
Phone: 414-289-3400/Fax: 414-289-3411

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Other Important Information:


All F-1 students will need to continue to maintain full-time enrollment of 12 credits or more. The United States Student Exchange and Visitor Program will allow F-1 students to temporarily count online classes towards a full course of study more than the standard limits. For Normandale students, this means you may take some or all your credits online. However, this is a temporary provision and is only in effect for the duration of the emergency. Once the emergency passes, students will need to return to maintaining your status with a minimum of 12 credits each semester and of those credits, nine (9) must be on-campus.

Tuition for non-immigrant students; the 2020-2021 tuition rate is $208.30 per credit. Additional costs and financial details for students interested in attending Normandale Community College are provided in the application form.

No college housing is available.

Medical Insurance: All admitted F-1 students are required to purchase the medical insurance plan approved by the MN State system.  The health insurance plan is purchased through the college. The college is not responsible for any medical bills incurred by any student. This may be waived with proof of insurance through an exchange program or government agency.  

INS Forms: INS Form I-20 for F-1 visa application and Form I-539 (if needed) for change of status or reinstatement will only be released or sent directly to an accepted student.

Special Career Programs: Persons interested in the Dietetic Technology, Dental Hygiene, Nursing, and Nursing Mobility programs must complete international admissions to be admitted to the college. After being accepted, the appropriate forms must be completed and submitted to the Health Service Enrollment Coordinator to be considered for one of the specified programs.

Frequently Asked Questions for International Students

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For assistance, please contact Antoinette Bowling-Harris, Coordinator of International Student Admissions, at Normandale Community College, Office of Admissions, 9700 France Avenue, Bloomington, MN 55431, telephone: (952) 358-8207, facsimile: (952) 358-8230.