Being an International Student

Each year Lake Region State College welcomes international students from all over the world.

When you study at Lake Region State College, you will enjoy small class sizes with a 14:1 student to faculty ratio, knowledgeable and caring faculty and a community of students from all over the United States and many different countries. Come join the Lake Region State College family and represent your country!

  • Safer, smaller town environment
  • Family-like atmosphere
  • Small classes and personal attention with 14:1 student to faculty ratio
  • Excellent transfer opportunities to 4-year institutions
  • Convenient on-campus student housing
  • Weekly campus events provided free for students
  • Personal attention provided by International Student Advisor and Student Services staff members
  • Free bike rentals for all students
  • Orientation class designed to support international student transitions
  • Tutoring services
  • Excellent technical programs for career training
  • Active clubs and student organizations
  • Six athletic teams with many international students on the roster
  • Located on scenic Devils Lake near year-round recreation such as water sports, bike paths, and snow sports
  • Centrally located less than three hours from metropolitan areas

Guide to Studying in the U.S.
The guide contains information about the various steps of the international student process, including how to:
Prepare. Travel. Study. Apply for student benefits. Change status. Depart.

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Health Insurance
International students are required to purchase a health insurance policy provided by United Healthcare. Please discuss the policy with the International Student Advisor. (Canadian and Norwegian students are exempt from the health insurance purchase requirement.)

The beds in our residence halls are twin-size, extra-long. The sheets are size TWIN XL. Bedding is not provided for you, but at your written request, a basic set of bedding and towels (twin XL sheets, pillow, blanket, bath towel, and hand towel) will be purchased by LRSC staff and placed in your room prior to arrival. The cost for the bedding and towels will be added to your student account.

My first week at Lake Region State College, I struggled because the flight was the longest I have ever had. It was a 30 hour flight and I was very tired. The second day I did the registration for new students and I enjoyed the activities and the party during Welcome Week. I am satisfied with my  study abroad experience because I can see different cultures and different people. My favorite thing about studying at LRSC is that you see people from other countries.

Lake Region State College is a community college which means it offers two degree options. Students may enroll in the transfer-track where they complete the first two years of a four-year bachelor degree program, or enroll in one of about twenty technical programs which can be completed in two years.

Students who enroll in the transfer-track complete two years of liberal arts study at LRSC and transfer to the universities of their choice as junior-status (third-year) college students. This transfer process is very common in the United States, and students who work closely with their advisors experience no difficulty making the transfer from Lake Region State College to a university.

Go to Academic Departments for tranfer-track programs.

Technical Programs
Students who enroll in technical programs are prepared for quick entry into the workforce with earning power that, in some cases, out-paces bachelor degree graduates. Most technical degrees include requirements for a number of general education courses. Often, students complete a technical degree and the transfer-track degree simultaneously, creating an opportunity to earn good wages while continuing their education.

Go to CTE Programs for career and technical programs.

I first intended to come to the States to play basketball and study at the same time. My goal was a different environment to what I am used to. This was what came into play when i chose Lake Region: it's a small town compared to the city I'm used to and a completely different atmosphere. I saw this as a good experience and decided to pursue it. My coach had told me it is a family environment and everyone is very friendly including the girls I would play with, this helped me gain confidence in making the big decision. The university has met my expectations to a high standard, the students and teachers are very understanding, caring and very helpful and are always there when I need something or miss something because we were away for a game.

International Scholars are international students who are interested in sharing information about their countries and their cultures. There are many different ways to do this including, sharing a recipe from your home so that we may experience your food prepared at Lake Region State College, carrying your country’s flag at graduation, volunteering at events on campus, or sharing pictures from your home. Some students give presentations about their country at events on campus and in the community. In exchange for sharing your culture with us, you receive a reduced tuition rate.  

Note: Students who transfer before completing a two-year education plan must refund scholarship funds.

Click here to apply to become an International Scholar.

For the past 20 years, LRSC has participated in the Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX). This program is a fellowship funded by the German Bundestag and U.S. Department of State.

Each year 75 U.S. and 75 German young professionals (ages of 18½–24) have the opportunity to spend one year in each other’s countries, studying, interning, and living on campus or with hosts on a cultural immersion program.

CBYX is open to candidates in all career fields who are interested in a year of academic, professional, and cultural exchange.

Information for LRSC students interested in participating in CBYX.


Interested in LRSC? Contact us...

Casey Zehrer | International Student Coordinator
701-662-1689 |