You can download the study app to your phone. It is a good idea not to take this placement testing with little sleep, and being travel-weary. Study and take your placement test after you have been in Duluth for at least two days. Your score will determine which classes you can initially register for.
Student Orientation Accuplacer and Registration (SOAR)
Sign up for SOAR. We recommend to schedule your testing after you have had a couple of days to rest. You can arrive up to 1 month before the start of the semester.
Registration for Classes
Be prepared to show proof of health insurance and updated address and contact information. Stop by and see Victoria Shaw Carlson in Student Services to drop off a copy of your current class schedule, update your local contact information (address and phone) and to pick up an updated copy of your I-20 Form that shows you have registered for classes. You will need to do this for every term that you are enrolled at Lake Superior College to remain in good standing for your student visa
There are several options listed on the LSC Housing site. Review the housing options in your acceptance packet. The University of Wisconsin-Superior is just over the bridge (but an hour on public transit – which is free for LSC students) and they have a block of rooms reserved for our students and this includes a meal plan. While Campus Park Apartments has reserved a block of apartments for our students, and they provide a free shuttle to LSC, but this does not include meals, and there isn’t bus service in the evenings or on the weekends. Other local housing options exist, check out the links on our website.
You can either fly directly to the Duluth airport or to the Minneapolis St. Paul (MSP) airport and then take the Skyline Shuttle to Duluth.
Note: If you will be dependent on public transit, make sure that the Duluth Transit Authority (DTA) stops by your chosen housing option, this will be very important in the winter months.
US Customs Information
Once you have passed the immigration inspection at your U.S. Port of Entry, you will be asked to declare to a U.S. Customs inspector what you have brought into the country. Usually, you will fill out a declaration from on the plane and make a verbal statement to the official, who may or may not inspect your baggage.
You may bring in anything for your personal use without paying duty. Quantity limitations are placed on alcoholic beverages (1 liter, if you are over 21 years old); cigarettes (1 carton); cigars (100); smoking tobacco (2 kilograms). A total of $400 worth of gifts may be brought in duty free every six months. Any value over $400 will be assessed duty. Any amount of money may be brought into the U.S. without paying duty; however, you must declare any amount over $10,000. Certain articles may not be brought into the U.S. including meats, vegetables, fruits, plants, drugs without a prescription, articles made from endangered species, pornographic materials, lottery tickets, and switchblade knives. Food items that are canned or otherwise hermetically sealed are acceptable. For more information, contact a U.S. Consulate.
All financial arrangements are to be made before you arrive in Duluth. Lake Superior College cannot and does not assume financial responsibility for international students and their families. To be admitted to and attend LSC, you are responsible for supplying the amount of money you indicated on the financial affidavit you submitted to LSC and you are to have access to the total amount typed on Item #7 of your I-20 Form. On-campus employment is limited. In addition, students should not expect to be able to finance their studies by working in the U.S. Evidence of financial support was a required part of your application and also required for your visa in verifying that you would not have to work to support yourself.
It is unwise to carry large amounts of cash with you. It is recommended that you have immediate access to least $5,000 in cashier’s or traveler’s checks (in USD) or credit card to cover the majority of your first year’s immediate tuition expenses. If you wish to deposit your money in the LSC Business Office, the checks are to be made payable to “Lake Superior College.” Money on deposit is refunded when the student terminates enrollment at the college. It is also recommended that you bring $200 to $500 cash in U.S. currency for taxi, phone, and other charges that may occur upon your arrival.
While in the U.S., you are responsible for all financial obligations: rent, telephone bill, credit card expenses, food, shelter, etc., and for all bills owed to Lake Superior College. This is a serious matter because a student will not be allowed to continue their studies at our institution and register for future semesters until all tuition fees are paid in full. You will not be permitted to work off campus until you have completed 2 full semesters in your program of study (other restrictions apply) and on campus jobs are very limited.
It may take few days for you to open a bank account. You can do this at any local bank or credit union and you will need to bring your passport and show your visa to set up your account. US Bank 218-723-2800, Wells Fargo 218-723-2694 or Members Cooperative Credit Union 218-625-8500 are some local options. You will need to confirm that they are able to accept international wire transfers.
Important: You may want to have Traveler’s Checks to cover immediate expenses like, health insurance (approximately $1300) and registration deposit, first month’s rent and other expenses if you are planning to live off-campus. US currency should be in small denominations. Approximately $200-$500. Purchase a money belt, neck pouch to carry your valuables such like passport, I-20, money order, checks and cash.