Step 3: Next steps

After you apply, here are the next steps:

We will contact you

  • When you apply online, an email confirmation is sent to the address provided on the application within 48 hours.
  • Additional contact is made within two weeks regarding your application status.

If you have any questions or have not been contacted by us within these time-frames, please contact us at:

Your to-do list:

Pay $20 application fee

The $20 application fee must be paid before we can let you know the results of your application. You can pay online, by mail, in person, or by phone at 1-218-733-7610. Financial aid does not cover the cost of the application fee.

If the fee is a hardship for you, please contact the LSC Admissions Office at for more information. If you’re a current high school student and you receive free or reduced lunch, please have your counselor email us at

Submit secondary school 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.

Submit post-secondary transcripts

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.

Official transcripts can be delivered to LSC

Secure / paperless:
By mail: Lake Superior College
2101 Trinity Road
Duluth, MN 55811
In person: Bring in sealed envelope from the institution attended. Do NOT open the envelope.
All transcripts must be official. Please allow process time (2 weeks or more) to take place.

Minnesota State transcripts
If you have attended another college or university (excluding the University of MN) within the Minnesota State system, you do not need to order a transcript. LSC is able to electronically download your transcript after you apply.

Submit a copy of your Passport ID name page – Importance of Name Consistency

To avoid problems or delays in obtaining your Visa and entering the U.S., ensure that all immigration documents reflect the same name, exactly as it appears in your passport. Do not use “nicknames” or shortened names on any of your documents, including your passport, I-20, entry visa stamp, I-94 card (completed in the airplane before your arrival) and any additional documents that you acquire after your arrival in the U.S.

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) – Use LSC’s DI Code 6389 to send your official score report from ETS.
    • Scores:
      • Paper/Pencil: 500 or more
      • Computer: 173 or more
      • Internet: 61 or more
  • 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.
  • 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.

Financial certificate and bank statement in US dollars

You will be required to submit a detailed Financial Certificate and copies of your bank statement and your sponsor’s bank statement that are less than 3 months old. You cannot rely on financial aid from the college nor 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 copies of your Bank statements showing the total amount of required funds (approx. $20,500 USD) 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.

Make arrangements for your acceptance packet and I-20 Form

Please verify your program and personal information in your congratulations e-mail. We cannot send you an I-20 Form until you have completed replied to this email.

If you are outside the United States or Canada, you are required to use E-Ship to arrange a courier pick-up (FedEx, UPS or DHL) at our office to ship your documents. You can also arrange for someone else to pick up your acceptance packet with your I-20 Form in our office. The choice should be indicated in your reply to your congratulations e-mail.

If you have any questions about: Issuance and shipping of your Admission Letter/I-Form, International Student Orientation, or preparing to travel to Duluth MN, please email:

e-Ship – FEDEX, UPS or DHL
We use an express mail service that will allow you to receive your documents through FEDEX, UPS, or DHL. Requesting your immigration documents through express mail is at YOUR expense and your credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover) will be charged upon requesting the service. There is a 15 – 30% discount on shipping by using this service, as opposed to going directly through DHL, UPS or FedEx. This discount varies by country. You must use the website provided above – do not go through the DHL, UPS or FedEx website directly, all communication will go through the e-Ship service, who will notify us that you are requesting your I-20 to be sent by express mail.

If you use this service, you will be required to create your own user name and password in order to create an account. To request shipment, you will need your Tech ID, mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, and credit card information. You may request shipment either to your foreign address or to a U.S. address. If your document(s) will be sent to a U.S. address, please include the name of the person who lives at that address. Please pay close attention to the information submitted, as errors in the credit card information or submitting incorrect or incomplete address information will result in a delay in the mailing of your document(s). If you experience any difficulty in registering and processing the shipment, please use the “Help” link on the e-Ship website for step by step instructions. If you have additional questions about how to use this service, please e-mail

Authorized Agent
If you would like an Authorized Agent (which can be a friend or relative) to pick up or receive your documents, please email,, the following information: name, address, and phone number of the person you would like to act on your behalf. Please include YOUR name and TechID. We must have your permission in writing.

Health insurance

Make arrangements to purchase health insurance and means to be evacuated.

Do this step only after you know the results of your visa interview.

All international students and visiting scholars engaged in educational activities are required to purchase a Mandatory International Student Medical Insurance plan (approximate cost of $1,350 per year) unless they can provide written verification that their government or sponsoring agency accepts full responsibility for any medical claims that might occur.

There are two companies to choose from and you will need to measure out the risk; lower cost plans may not cover all of your healthcare costs and may require more cash up front as a copayment in order to utilize health services.

The International Student Insurance, choose only the Budget, Select or Elite plan for health insurance, see website: You can sign up online and make your payment online as well.

United Healthcare is another option: to “Find My School’s Plan”, search for Lake Superior College and select the “International Student Enrollment Form” to sign up for insurance. You may need to contact United Healthcare directly at 1-888-251-6243 to enroll in the health insurance plan.

You will need to have a health care plan in place before you travel, and you must show proof of health insurance before you will be able to register for classes.

You may want to:

Release your information to others (like your parents or spouse)
Lake Superior College is prohibited by law from releasing your records to an individual (including your family) unless you complete a Release of Information Authorization form

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