International Student Application Process

At Lake Superior College, International Students will find a welcoming environment, small class sizes and a fantastic variety of courses to choose from. Lake Superior College is located in beautiful Duluth Minnesota, a city known for it’s breathtaking views of Lake Superior, outdoor recreational opportunities, and
friendly people. Students who attend Lake Superior College can earn the first two years of a Bachelor’s degree at a significant cost savings and enjoy the smaller class sizes, free tutoring and caring faculty and staff. Please browse the Lake Superior College website for additional information about our campus and programs and the Duluth area.

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Estimated Expenses for a Full Academic Year 2015 – 2016
Tuition, based on 15 credits ($171.28 per credit) $ 5,138.40
(not including a summer session/subject to additional technology fees)
Health Insurance, this is waived if proof of insurance is provided $1,300.00
Other expenses (room, board, books, fees, etc.) 14,000.00*
TOTAL $20,438.40
*Since there are currently no dormitories at Lake Superior College, this is only an estimate.

Application Process:

1. Submit Application:

You can apply online OR fill out a paper application. The application process requires a $20 non-refundable application fee.

2. Submit Transcripts:

All international applicants are required to submit their secondary school transcripts.  A transcript of grades should be sent directly from your high school to Lake Superior College. You must have earned the equivalent of a United States high school diploma credential, and your transcript of grades should also note that the credential was earned. If the language of instruction was not in English, the transcript must be translated into English by an official translator and sent along with the original transcript attached.

Post-Secondary transcripts may be required for admission if the secondary work completed is not equivalent to a United States high school diploma. These transcripts must be sent directly from the institution of study to Lake Superior College and an official translation should also be sent if the language of instruction was not English. You may also have your post-secondary transcripts sent to either meet course prerequisites or for consideration of transfer credit; these must be sent directly to LSC from the schools of study.

3. English Proficiency:

English proficiency is required and documentation of your proficiency is necessary in order for you to be accepted. Proficiency in the English language cannot be over-emphasized, as your ability to follow class instructions and your stay in this country are largely dependent on it. Acceptable forms of English proficiency include:

  •  TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) – a score of 500 or more (paper-pencil) or a score of 173 or more (computer), or a score of 61 or more (internet based). To send your official score report from ETS:
    Lake Superior College DI Code is 6389.
  • Proficiency through the completion of an ESL program from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • A resident of an English-speaking country or otherwise proficient in the use of the English language.
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) test score of 75 or more.  For more information on MELAB:

4. Financial Certificate:

You will be required to submit a detailed Financial Certificate. You should not rely on financial aid from the college or employment in the United States as a source of income. For a vast majority of international students, neither financial aid nor employment permission is available as they are difficult to obtain. You will need to supply the college with a financial statement showing the total amount of required funds for the academic year before Lake Superior College will issue you an I-20 Form needed for admission into the United States. I-20 Forms cannot be issued until all admission requirements are met and it is determined that an applicant can be accepted into a degree-seeking program.

5. Proof of Health Insurance:

Proof of health insurance and means to be evacuated: All international students and visiting scholars engaged in educational activities are required to purchase the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities international student accident and illness insurance plan (approximate cost of $1,162 per year) unless they can provide written verification that their government or sponsoring agency accepts full responsibility for any medical claims that might occur. Go to to “Find My School’s Plan”, search for Lake Superior College and select the “International Student Enrollment Form” to sign up for insurance.

Please Note:  This admissions procedure can be a time-consuming process, so you should apply well in advance before your beginning semester. Not only must you allow Lake Superior College adequate time to process your application, but you should also consider the time required for your visa processing before you may leave your country. The U.S. government requires a SEVIS fee (or I-901) of $200 to be paid prior to obtaining your visa. If you are presently in the United States, you must allow time for requesting your official academic transcripts be sent directly to LSC, official translations (if needed), the signing of your Financial Certificate, and sending in your bank statements with the balances noted in US dollars.

Acceptance into a particular program requires that students test at a certain level in reading, writing, and math when taking the required LSC placement test. Qualified applicants should be aware that some program class sizes are limited, which may delay acceptance into programs after the pre-requisites are completed.