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We strongly believe in the value of an internationally diverse learning environment. Our environmental focus, safe campus community, and hands-on education has drawn students from all over the world to study here, in Ashland, Wisconsin. We have been recognized as a leader in environmental education by the Princeton Review, the EcoLeague, and more. Your personal education journey would include experience with faculty members in your field getting to know you, your passions and your goals.

Why Northland?

Northland’s commitment to environmental education has been noticed around the United States by some of the most prestigious college reviews. In the last several years, we have been recognized by Sierra Magazine’s 2011 Cool Schools list, the Princeton Review’s Best of the Midwest and Green School Honor Roll, U.S. News and Weekly World Report’s Best Liberal Arts Colleges in the nation, the North American Alliance for Green Education, the EcoLeague, and more. The students at Northland College are passionate about making a difference in the area of sustainability, and they find faculty and staff ready to encourage them to take the next steps.

Our location in the safe community of Ashland, Wisconsin, puts families at ease when sending a student far from home. Our community of 8,200 on the south shores of Lake Superior (the largest body of freshwater in the world), surrounded by a million acres of a national forest provides a living and learning experience that you won’t find anywhere else.

International Scholarships

Northland College is able to offer scholarships ranging from $15,000 to $19,000 per year to international students outside North America and guarantees a campus employment award of up to $3,000 annually.  While this significantly reduces the cost of attendance, international students will still need to contribute between $25,000 and $28,000 per year to tuition, room, board, and student fees.

Dual citizens will apply for scholarships using the admissions application and need-based financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

International students from North America (students from Canada, Mexico, or undocumented students living in the United States) will apply for scholarships using the admissions application and need-based financial aid using the CSS Profile. You will also need to submit a certification of finances form and financial documentation, as highlighted in the financial aid section below.


Northland accepts students into both our fall and winter terms. We are on rolling admission which means that we will accept and review your application as we receive it, up until the start of term. However, you are encouraged to begin your application process as soon as possible to ensure your ability to start in your desired term and to take full advantage of scholarship opportunities.


Jeron Schmidt works closely with international students throughout the admissions and enrollment process.  He can be contacted at jschmidt@northland.edu, or by phone at 715-209-6878. He will be happy to provide more information.

STEP 1: application process

To be considered for admission you must:

  1. Complete the online application
  2. Submit official proof of secondary school completion
  3. Submit official TOEFL score from ITS, SAT score from College Board directly, or an IELTS score.
    Minimum TOEFL scores required:

    • Paper based scoring 525
    • Computer based scoring 193
    • Next generation 69

    Minimum IELTS score required:

    • 6.0 minimum academic
  4. If you are a transfer student you must also submit all official transcripts from any and all colleges attended.
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STEP 2: financial aid

We are committed to providing significant financial assistance to qualified international students. Scholarships range from $15,000 to $19,000 per year, and a $3,000 per year campus employment award will be offered to every international student admitted to Northland College.

International students (with the exception of North American students) will be required to pay their first semester of tuition prior to the first day of class. North American students, please contact Jeron Schmidt for more information.

Students will also need to submit financial documents as part of the enrollment process. These include:

  • Certification of Finances Form (PDF) and acceptable supporting financial documents to the Northland Office of Admission. Financial documents must show the following:
    • Bank statement on bank letterhead, stamped and certified by bank in original stamp or seal with the equivalent in US dollars
    • Date on bank statement needs to be within three months of application date
    • Documents that are NOT acceptable: photocopies or faxed documents, bank statements older than three months at the time of application, letters indicating enough funds are available without listing the actual amount available in the bank.
  • North American students may also complete the  CSS Profile, a need-based financial assistance form provided by College Board (school code: 1561).

Step 3: Student F-1 Visa Application

After you have been admitted, submitted financial documentation proving the ability to cover financial expenses, and paid a $200 non-refundable enrollment deposit, we will send you an I-20 form.

  • Submit $100 SEVIS I-901 fee prior to visa interview. Click here for information on how to submit the SEVIS I-901 fee.
  • Contact the United States embassy in your country to arrange a student visa interview. Canadian students may be able to bring these documents to customs instead. Please contact Jeron Schmidt.
  • Take your I-20, your letter of admission, a copy of your financial aid application, supporting financial documents, and receipt from I-901 with you to the embassy for your interview.
  • The embassy will inform you of your visa eligibility and will make arrangements for the issuance of your visa. The visa application process can sometimes take several weeks. Please plan ahead.

Step 4: Plan Your Arrival

  • Notify the Office of Admission when you receive your visa. We will inform you of arrival dates and help you with your travel plans. Do not purchase air tickets before contacting us.
  • Make travel arrangements to arrive in Duluth, Minnesota. United serves Duluth through a connection in Chicago, Illinois. Delta Airlines serves Duluth through a connection in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Make arrangements for final bill payment and other personal financial arrangements. Contact the Office of Admission for details on wire transfer.
  • Review these tips on what to expect as a student in the U.S.
  • As a service for new students, we will pick you up at the Duluth airport and bring you to campus.

Federal Regulations for International Students

Academic study in the United States by non-U.S. citizens is directly regulated by the federal government. These regulations can sometimes be confusing. For more information on federal regulations relating to foreign student visas, please go to the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services.