Undergraduate International Students
An international student a citizen of another country who requires F-1 visa status to engage in academic studies in the United States. They must be able to comply with the provisions and eligibility to study in the U.S.
Additional details will be provided as you complete various steps in the admission process. Students with U.S. Resident Alien status apply through the Concordia Admissions Office.
Apply for Admission
Apply for free online.
Provide High School Transcripts and Evaluation Report
Request to have your high school transcripts sent to Concordia. If your transcript is not in English or not from an American international school, you must provide an evaluation report to verify your credentials, degree and U.S. equivalencies. A comprehensive or course-by-course report is required. An evaluation may be obtained from wes.org or an approved transcript evaluation partner.
Take an Entrance Exam
You'll need to take the ACT or SAT College Entrance Exam and have your scores sent to Concordia.
Visit ACT.org or collegeboard.com to find testing options. In addition to admissions requirements, scores help determine academic scholarships available to all students.
Provide English Language Proficiency Scores
Non-native English speakers must provide proof they are proficient in the English language to be accepted and begin college studies. TOEFL is our preferred test, but Concordia will accept these tests for undergraduate admission:
- TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language) – 78 total score or above required
- Duolingo – 100 total score or above required
- English3 Proficiency Test – 67 total score or above
- IELTS (International English Language Testing) – 6.5 total score or above required
Please request to have your official test scores forwarded to Concordia University, Nebraska.
English proficiency is required by the United States government for an international student to prove they meet all admissions requirements and can come to the U.S. on an F-1 visa status to engage in academic studies. Students in the Intensive English Program (IEP) at Concordia University, Nebraska who successfully pass the Advanced II level will satisfy the English proficiency requirement.
Once you have fulfilled the admission requirements and been accepted to Concordia, you will need to complete several more steps to enroll and to gain your F-1 visa to attend. Please complete the next steps below and let your admissions counselor know if you have any questions.
Next Steps After You've Been Accepted to Concordia
Confirm Visa Status
Complete and return the Visa Status Information Form, along with a copy of your passport ID page.
- Complete and return the Financial Understanding and Agreement form to show personal or family funds.
- If using a sponsor, have your sponsor also complete the Sponsor Support Statement.
Bank Letter Template
The U.S. government requires proof of financial support from all international students.
To verify the support noted on the Financial Understanding and Agreement and the Sponsor Support Statement, Concordia requires each individual providing support (student, parent, sponsor, etc.) to request a letter from their bank to verify account status and amount available.
Bank letters should be:
- Current (received within 4 weeks of being signed and dated)
- Written in English
- Printed on bank letterhead
Please include the items listed below:
- Bank Letterhead
- Including bank name and location
- Name of bank customer
- How long individual has been a customer of this bank
- Average amount available in accounts and amount that is currently readily available
- Amount should be listed in local currency and in U.S. dollars
- Signed by bank representative
- Notarized by bank representative
- Dated by bank representative
Send your $200 enrollment fee to Concordia.
Confirmed Student Documents
Now that you have confirmed you will be a Concordia student, review the International Student Enrollment Checklist on the additional tasks to be done and documents to be completed and returned as soon as possible.
- Course Pre-registration
- Consent / Housing / Emergency Contact
- Medical / Health / Insurance
- Athletic Forms (complete if you are on an athletic team and age 18 or under)
- Athletic Forms (complete if you are on an athletic team and age 19 or older)
Review the Options for Paying your Balance and make sure this is taken care of prior to your arrival.
I-20, Certificate of Eligibility
Receive initial I-20 from Concordia. Once you receive your I-20, make an appointment to apply for an F-1 student visa for undergraduate study at a U.S. embassy or consulate office in your home country. You will need to submit form I-901 and pay the I-901 fee at https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/paying-your-i-901-sevis-fee.