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Kristi Kienast-Hernandez
International Student Coordinator


International Students


International Admissions Checklist:

  1. Application for Admission- Choose First-Year Student as admit type if you have not taken coursework at another university. Choose Transfer Student as admit type if you have taken coursework at another university.
    (a one time $35 application fee is required)
  2. Application for Housing- All international students are required to live on campus and have a meal plan. There is a one-time application fee of $50.
  3. A copy of your passport picture page. This will be used as an official document to create your form I-20. You may send the copy via email, fax, or postal mail.
  4. Secondary school or post-secondary school transcript evaluation completed by a NACES-approved organization.

    • Find a list of NACES-approved members at this website:
    • Choose one of the organizations on the list and follow the instructions on the organization’s website to complete your transcript evaluation.
    • Request that your completed transcript evaluation be sent directly to Lake Region State College
  5. Financial Statement
    • Please send the original copy of the financial statement via postal mail. LRSC cannot accept faxed or scanned copies of the financial statement.
  6. Immunization Records
    • You are required to show proof of two MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) immunizations.
    • If you are 21 years old or younger when you enter Lake Region State College, you are also required to show proof of a meningococcal immunization. (If you are 22 years or older, you are not required to show proof of this immunization.)
    • You can send your immunization records via fax, email, or postal mail.
    • Tuberculosis testing is required of new students from all countries except those classified by U.S. health officials as "low risk for tuberculosis." We will tell you if your country is a “high risk” country when you arrive on campus.
    • LRSC requires that immunizations are completed and on file with us before you attend class or live on campus.
  7. English Proficiency Test
    • TOEFL score of 525 (paper) or 65 (ibt) or higher
    • IELTS score of 6.0 or higher
    • This test is not required of native English speakers from the following countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Canada, Dominica, Great Britain, Grenada, Ireland, Jamaica, Mauritius, Micronesia (Federated States of), New Zealand, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Scotland, Solomon Islands, Trinidad and Tobago.

Note: Lake Region State College reserves the right to request an English proficiency test from any student regardless of the country of origin.

Once you have completed all steps listed above, you will receive a letter of acceptance from Lake Region State College. In addition, you will receive a packet with your Form I-20 and instructions on how to pay the fee.

Canadian Residents:

The transcript evaluation described in step 3 is not necessary for students from Canada. An official transcript sent directly from your school to Lake Region State College after you have graduated is required. The transcript must be original and must have your graduation date listed on it.

The English proficiency test described in step 7 is not required of native English speakers from Canada.

All other checklist items listed above are required by Canadian residents.

RATES: Canadian Provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan pay USA resident tuition rate. Other provinces are charged the international rate.

HEALTH INSURANCE: Canadian students are exempt from the health insurance purchase requirement, but are still expected to have health insurance that is valid in their home province. Check with your insurance company before you travel to LRSC to ensure you have adequate coverage.

RECEIVING YOUR STUDENT VISA: When you have your I-20 document and your I-901 receipt, you will present both at the Canadian Border when you cross the border to come to school for the first time and each subsequent trip you make from Canada to the United States.

What's Next?

  • How will I receive my form I-20?
    Your form I-20 will come to you in the mail. You have two options for receiving your I-20:

    1. Fed-Ex Courier: Your form I-20 will be sent via Fed-Ex Courier. It generally takes 2-7 days to receive your form I-20. You will receive a tracking number and have the ability to track the package on its way to you. The cost for this option starts at $50 and varies depending on the country. The final cost of the Fed-Ex bill will be charged to your student account and you may pay that bill when you arrive on campus.
    2. United States Postal Service: Your  form I-20 will be sent via United States Postal mail. It generally takes two weeks to several months to receive your package. Using this method, you do not have the ability to track your package. If you choose this option, you will not be billed for the shipping charge.
  • Questions on how to pay your I-20 fee? The fee associated with your I-20 is called the I-901 fee. Once you receive your I-20, go to and follow the instructions to pay the $200 fee. Once you have paid the fee, print the receipt. You will need this receipt to present with your I-20 at your visa interview (or at the Canadian Border for students from Canada).
  • Are there scholarships for international students? Yes! International students can apply for a scholarship HERE.
  • Are you prepared? Check out tips for international students for information on working in the U.S., insurance, proper attire and other provisions.
  • Learn about Campus Connection. What Campus Connection can do, the mobile app and keeping your information up-to-date.
  • Any other questions? Ask Admissions or ask the International Student Coordinator, Kristi Kienast Hernandez at

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