Visas for International Students
If you are not a U.S. citizen or immigrant, you will need a non-immigrant or student visa to study at Minneapolis College.
F-1 or Student Visa
The F-1 or student visa is the most common visa for students who want to study in the United States.
International students admitted to Minneapolis College will be issued an I-20. Once an international student has received their I-20, they can obtain the F-1 student visa through their embassy.
If you are an international student transferring from another U.S. college or university, your I-20 will be issued once you have been admitted and your record has been released to Minneapolis College.
You are strongly urged to remain in your home country until you obtain your student visa.
Studying Under an F-1 Visa
You are required to:
- Be a full-time student in a degree program
- Take at least 12 credits per semester. If not, you risk penalties by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services including deportation. Should you need to drop below 12 credits, contact the international student advisor in Counseling and Advising.
- Take courses other than English as a Second Language (ESL). Many students take a mixture of ESL and general education courses.