International Admissions

Exchange and Short-Program Students

Here are the essential pieces of information you need to apply. Your institution or university needs to recommend you for this process.


Priority-registration deadlines:

  • March 1 for Fall semester
  • Oct. 1 for Spring semester

These deadlines give students the best chance at getting the courses they want. We accept applications after the deadlines, but some courses may be full.

Incomplete files cannot be processed.


Complete the paper application (PDF) and submit the following documentation:

Official English Proficiency

English Proficiency if not from a country where English is the official language. Proof can be in the form of:

  • Original or copy of TOEFL report (dated within the last two years) showing a score of 500-549 (paper-based) or 61 (iBT), with subscores not below 15 for reading, writing, and listening. To be exempt from ESL placement we will need a TOEFL score of 550 or higher (paper-based) or 80 (iBT), with subscores not below 17 for reading, writing, and listening.
  • St. Cloud State does not accept the TOEFL ITP scores. ETS clearly states that TOEFL ITP scores are for internal use only and should not be used for admission purposes.
  • Original or copy of IELTS report (dated within the last two years) showing 5.5 or higher. To be exempt from English placement tests we will need a score of 6.5.
  • If all of the courses at your institution are in English or all of the courses in the student’s major are taught in English, then a letter from the international student office official stating that the courses at the institution are taught in English and the student’s English will be sufficient for this program may be submitted. We reserve the right to test the student’s English, upon arrival.


Submit a copy of the passport biography page to

Official Transcript (English-translated)

Have your institution or university send us your transcript. It cannot come directly from you.

Financial document (English-translated)

Financial documentation is for the DS 2019 visa document. We need a copy of a bank statement. The original bank statement will be used for the visa application at an Embassy or Consulate.

Cost Estimates

The tuition-portion of your costs may change in Summer 2017. All costs are estimates. Learn about our flat-rate tuition proposal.

Exchange Students Short-Program, Fee-Paying Students
One Semester Two Semesters One Semester Two Semesters
Tuition (based on 15 credits)* Waived Waived $3,452 $7,422
Fees $500 $1,000 $500 $1,000
Books and Supplies $600 $1,200 $600 $1,200
On-Campus Living Expenses $4,115 $8,235 $4,115 $8,235
Orientation and Programming fee $175 one time fee $175 one time fee
Health insurance $550 $1,400 $550 $1,400
Amount to show on financial documentation for the DS2019 $5,940 $11,835 $9,392 $19,257

*Tuition is waived for exchange students up to 15 credits per semester or as defined by agreement.

**Estimated living expenses are based on a double-occupancy resident hall room. A meal plan of $1,500-$1,800 per semester is optional.
***St. Cloud State health insurance is required. This is purchased upon arrival.


Exchange students are determined by the exchange balance, per the agreement.

Fee-paying students are students enrolled above the exchange number or because we are out of balance. These students pay in-state tuition, a discounted amount.