International Student

Group of students at Century College.
Are you a resident of a country other than the United States, and wish to attend Century College?

The international student application process is for those students who will be applying for, or already have, an F-1 visa to attend Century College.

Steps to Apply

  1. Complete the online application and submit the non-refundable application fee of $20 U.S. dollars.
    Please note, F-1 international students must be degree-seeking and pursuing an associate’s level degree. F-1 students may not choose a certificate or diploma program on the application.
  1. Submit the following required documentation:

Proof of English Proficiency

  • Please complete and submit your valid TOEFL or IELTS scores to Century College. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date. Century College’s school code is 6388. Minimum TOEFL scores are: Internet Based Test: 61; Paper Test: 500; Computer Test: 173; Minimum IELTS score is 5.5.
  • If you are applying from within the United States, you may meet the English Proficiency requirement through the ACCUPLACER Assessment, ACT scores, or US college-level coursework. Please visit the Testing Center webpage for details.
  • The English Proficiency requirement may also be met through successful graduation from an English-medium high school or university. An original letter, in English, from the school principal/headmaster/rector on school letterhead must be submitted as part of the application. The letter must state that English is the medium of instruction and attest to the applicant's English language abilities.

Proof of High School Completion

Submit high school or secondary school certificates showing date of completion, with English translation if original document is not in English. If you are applying as an F-1 visa transfer student from a college within the United States, please submit official university/college transcripts for credit evaluation.

Financial Responsibility Form and Supporting Documents

Century College offers a first-rate education with tuition rates among the lowest in Minnesota. International Students pay the same tuition rate as domestic students, making Century College a tremendous value. F-1 students must have the financial resources to live and study in the United States. Financial aid is not available and there are few scholarships and on-campus jobs for International Students. Students must be prepared to have sufficient funds available to pay all necessary expenses for the duration of their studies at Century College.

Submit a signed and notarized Financial Responsibility Form.

  • A notary is someone that is licensed by the State to authenticate documents and witness signatures. You can find a notary at many banks and public libraries. If the person(s) signing the form are not in the United States, they should have their signature witnessed and notarized by someone in a position similar to a notary in their country.

Submit supporting financial documents. All financial documents must be certified originals or certified true copies, and issued within 90 days of the date of submission to Century College. Documents must include the name of the account holder (i.e. student or sponsor), date, bank name, and total balance. Please black out all account numbers when submitting. Financial documents must show "accessible funds" such as a savings or checking account balance. Salary statements, tax documents, investment portfolio, et cetera are not acceptable. If the original documents are not in English, they must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

Additional Required Documents

Transfer Students Please Submit the Following

Students transferring in F-1 status from a school from within the United States must also submit:

Note: If you are an F-1 student at a different college and you are not transferring your SEVIS record to Century College, you will be a visiting student. Visiting students do not need to complete the International Student application process and supplemental documents. Please follow the admissions steps for Visiting Students. The SEVIS school code for Century College is: SPM214F00424000.

Please submit all required documents to International Student Admissions via email to or via mail to:

Century College 
International Student Admissions, W2303  
3300 Century Avenue North
White Bear Lake, MN 55110

  1. Notification of admission status
    Once the application is complete and processed, you will receive an email from Century College regarding your admission status. Please allow two weeks for processing.

Application Deadlines

Academic Term Date Classes Begin Application Deadline (from outside the US or changing status) Application Deadline (for F-1 transfer students)
Spring Semester 2022 January 10, 2022 October 1, 2021 December 1, 2021
Fall Semester 2022 August 22, 2022 May 1, 2022 July 1, 2022
Spring Semester 2023 January 9, 2023 October 1, 2022 December 1, 2022

All required documentation must be received in the Admissions Office by the deadlines above. Students who submit applications or application materials after the deadline will be considered for the following semester.

Special Applications, Prerequisites, and High Demand Programs

Century College has several special application programs that international students can apply to. They are:

  • Dental Assisting
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Nursing
  • Orthotic and Prosthetic Clinical Applications
  • Paramedic
  • Paramedic Fire Science
  • Radiologic Technology

If you apply to Century College for one of these programs, you will be admitted into a pre-program (i.e., pre-Nursing, pre-Radiological Technology, etc.). You will be required to take prerequisite classes before you can submit a special application to start classes for these programs. These prerequisite classes will take one or more semesters to complete. After completing the required prerequisite classes and any additional requirements, you can submit a special application to start that program.  Each program has a deadline for when you can submit a special application. You are not guaranteed admission into the program, even if you complete the prerequisite classes and apply. These programs are competitive and admit a limited number of students. If you are not accepted into the program, you may need to change your program of study. It is recommended that you meet with your academic advisor while you are taking your prerequisite classes in order to plan for your special application.

If you have questions about what this means for you and your major, please contact

After Acceptance to Century College

  • Form I-20 and F-1 Status

    At the time of acceptance, students receiving a new SEVIS ID and Form I-20 will be sent instructions on how to have the original document mailed to their address. International Student Services uses an express mailing service that allows students to request original documents be sent via FedEx, UPS or DHL. Students are responsible for all mailing fees. **The Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP) has issued temporary guidance allowing schools to send the Form I-20 electronically to students. Students will receive more information about this process in their acceptance letter.

    Students receiving a new Form I-20 are required to pay the I-901 SEVIS fee ($350.00 USD).

    Students applying from outside the United States will need to apply for an F-1 visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate in their home country after paying the I-901 fee.

    Students applying for F-1 status inside the United States must petition to change status with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services after paying the I-901 fee.

    Students applying as an F-1 visa transfer student from a college within the United States, must request that their current school transfer their SEVIS Record to Century College. SEVIS transfer students are not required to pay the I-901 fee.

  • Course Placement
    All students are required to have a course placement before they can register for classes. A course placement will tell a student what classes they can take. Options for getting a course placement can be found on the Testing Center webpage. Please note: The course placement test is often different from the proof of English proficiency required in the application. International language tests, such as the TOEFL and IELTS cannot be used for course placement at Century College.
  • Orientation
    All new international students will complete an online orientation. Information regarding a general new student orientation and an international student orientation will be sent to students via email before the semester begins.
  • New Student Check-In and International Student Welcome Day
    F-1 students should plan to arrive at Century College at least two weeks before the first day of classes. Upon arrival students are required to meet with the International Student Services Coordinator for a New Student Check-In appointment. Students should bring their Form I-20, passport, visa, and I-94 record to their appointment. Appointments can be scheduled here. Students must complete this appointment before registering for classes.

    All new international students will also attend Welcome Day before the start of the semester. At Welcome Day we will review important information about maintaining visa status and living in the United States as an international student. Information and details about Welcome Day will be emailed to students before the start of the semester. Students should check their email on a regular basis.

  • Health Insurance
    International students must purchase the Minnesota State system-approved health insurance before registering for classes. Students must purchase the insurance each year. Details on how to enroll will be provided at the New Student Check-in Appointment. More information about the health insurance requirement and coverage can be found on the International Student Services page.
  • Course Registration
    To maintain F-1 status, students are required to register for a minimum of 12 credits during each Fall and Spring semester. Of the 12 credits, at least 9 must be on-campus courses. Registration in courses during the Summer Session is optional. *Please note, due to the COVID-19 pandemic federal guidance may allow for additional online courses. After arrival at Century College, an academic advisor will assist students with registering for the courses needed to maintain F-1 status and make progress in their degree.
  • Tuberculosis Screening
    After arrival at Century, students can contact the Student Health Clinic to schedule their required TB screening test.

Current international students can find resources and event information on the International Student Services page.


If you have questions regarding the International Student application process, please email International Admissions at, call 651-773-1700, or schedule an appointment.