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International Student Services

Welcome, International Students! Saint Paul College is proud to have you as a part of our campus community. Below you will find information about maintaining your F-1 status, SEVIS, employment eligibility, health insurance, and resources for living in Minnesota.

Your International Student Advisor is here to support you if you have questions about your F-1 status and being an international student at Saint Paul College.

Schedule an appointment with the International Student Advisor through Navigate, or by calling 651.403.4470 or emailing

Maintaining your F-1 Status

International Student Services Forms

On-Campus Employment

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

IDs: SSN, Minnesota Driver’s License, and State ID


Health Insurance


Transfer-Out, Graduation, and Early Withdrawal

Resources for International Students

Housing Options

Saint Paul College does not have any on-campus housing. Students are responsible for finding their own housing. There are many apartment options available throughout Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

Useful apartment search websites:

Saint Paul College also partners with two homestay agencies:

Public Transportation

There are public bus routes all over Minneapolis and Saint Paul, and two light rail train lines. As a Saint Paul College student, you can purchase an unlimited public bus and light rail Metro Transit pass for $165/semester and $85/summer.

These passes can be purchased in the bookstore.

Find your bus or light rail route here: Metro Transit

Financial Resources
  • Banking, Budgeting, Purchasing a Vehicle, and Loans
    • A financial resource document for international students
  • Saint Paul College Scholarship
    • The Saint Paul College scholarship application opens every Fall and Spring semester, and you have the option to apply for it after their first semester.
    • The scholarship website also lists external scholarships that may have different deadlines.
  • External Scholarship Search Websites:
  • Saint Paul College Emergency Funds
    • Saint Paul College has an emergency fund for our current students to cover an unexpected financial emergency. Any current SPC student is eligible. You can apply for up to $500 per semester. The emergency fund is not intended to cover regular, ongoing expenses. Examples of emergencies are: a medical emergency and medical bills, serious illness or death of a family member back home, an unexpected catastrophic loss of income by a parent that is supporting you.

It is the student’s responsibility to know the F-1 regulations and to stay in compliance of the F-1 regulations. If you are arrested and charged with a crime (example: drinking and driving), it is highly recommended that you hire an attorney who knows both criminal law and immigration law. There are a few law firms in the Twin Cities that do both of these types of law:

If you are seeking support with changing your F-1 status to another status, applying for asylum, marriage or family matters, or other complex issues surrounding your status in the U.S., you can reach out to:


Saint Paul is an urban city and it’s important that you take the normal precautions you would in any large city. Be aware of your belongings, avoid walking alone at night, and don’t carrying large amounts of cash with you when possible.

  • United States Emergency Number: 911
    • If you feel you are in immediate danger, call 911.
    • You will be connected with a dispatcher. You will need to explain the danger, where you are located, and what help you need. Only call 911 in case of a true emergency.
  • Public Safety
    • The Saint Paul College Public Safety team is here to keep the campus community safe.
    • If you are unsure if there is an emergency, or notice something suspicious or threatening on campus, you can call Public Safety at 651.846.1322
Scams and Identity Theft

There are many scams that target international students, using potentially made-up visa issues to trick you into giving money or stealing your identity.

As a general rule, the U.S. Government, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Social Security Administration (SSA), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), USCIS, or any other U.S. government agency will never call you on the phone demanding personal information such as your name, address, social security details, or request money over the phone.

Never give away your personal information, bank information, social security number, credit card information, or other sensitive information to anyone over the phone or email that you do not know and trust.

Be cautious of anyone that attempts to contact you through e-mail, social media, or by phone that you do not know and is not verified to be from a government agency.

Mental Health/Counseling

Your mental health is very important, and there are a lot of unique challenges that come with being an international student. It is important that you take care of yourself, both physically and mentally. Saint Paul College values your mental health and wants to support good mental health. Your International Student Advisor and Saint Paul College staff are here for you.

Saint Paul College has Mental Health Counseling services available. These services are free and confidential for you to use as a student.

The Ramsey County Mental Health Crisis phone line is 651.266.7900 which is answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Global Cultures Club

Recognized by the Office of Student Life and Diversity, the Global Cultures Club was established in Fall 2019 with the first group of 26 international students from 16 different countries. The Global Cultures Club plans social events throughout the year. The main event is the "International Extravaganza" in April of every year.

Membership is open to any Saint Paul College student. You might consider running for the Club Board, which consists of a President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The club has a budget, through Student Life, to plan these social events.

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