New International Students

Diversity Center meet in Benthal Commons

Pre-Arrival Information

Once you've decided on Luther as your first choice, you will be asked to pay a non-refundable $300 enrollment deposit. Upon its receipt, the International Admissions Office will send you the pre-arrival guide. An online link to the pre-arrival can be found here.

Among the documents in the packet, you will find health forms, information about immunizations, a health insurance application, the travel arrangements form, and information about New International Student Orientation. It is extremely important that you arrive on campus in time for orientation. This is the time when you learn vital things about living in the United States, receive help opening a bank account, registering for classes, and much more.

The most important documents in your packet will be your I-20 form. International Admissions will also send you a I-901 form which is your SEVIS receipt. You will need to take both forms to the embassy to apply for an F-1 Student Visa. The packet also contains tips for a successful consular visit.

International Student Orientation 

Each August, current students and Center for Cultural Engagement and Student Success staff welcome the incoming international students at International Student Orientation. International Student Orientation is a week packed with all the information you need to start your life at Luther. We also take the time to explore the community, get to know other students, and have some fun. Some highlights of the 2015 orientation were: exploring Water Street, setting up an American bank account, learning about campus resources, playing “Norse-opoly”, and meeting other Luther students.

Friendship Family Program

All new international students are matched with a family through the Friendship Family Program. You will meet your family during orientation. You do not live with the family. Instead, your family will occasionally invite you to activities, home-cooked meals, or celebrations. It's an excellent way to get to know an American family and for them to learn about you and your home and culture. You are not required to have a Friendship Family. If you do not wish to have a family, please contact Amy Webber.

To sign up, see the Friendship Family Application for Students, and complete your application before August 1, 2018.