International Students

Welcoming women from all around the world.

  • Why St. Kate’s?

    When you choose St. Catherine University for your international study experience, you join women from across the United States and around the world who were drawn to the university for its reputation for academic excellence, our emphasis on leadership, and our friendly, supportive campus environment.

    St. Kate’s is the largest, most innovative university for women in the United States. With a wide variety of undergraduate courses to choose from, you’ll find classes that stimulate and challenge you in more than 100 fields of study.

    In addition to the varied coursework, St. Kate’s offers small classes and personal attention, as well as expanded opportunities for research and dual-degree programs, and the opportunity to take graduate-level classes.

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    Liberal Arts Education in the USA

    St. Kate’s integrates liberal arts and professional education within the Catholic tradition, teaching you to think critically and creatively, solve problems, and communicate effectively. A liberal arts education gives you a solid foundation of learning and skills that are useful in any career or graduate field of study.

    Pursuing a bachelor’s degree typically requires four years of study. You can expect to take 50 percent of your coursework in your major field of study, and the other 50 percent of your coursework will cover a broad range of subjects, such as philosophy, history, literature and sciences. These core liberal arts courses will help you develop into a well-rounded and ethical leader.

    Earning a master’s degree usually requires an additional two to three years of focused study in your chosen subject area.

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    On-Campus Activities

    A complete university experience includes activities outside the classroom. Find opportunities to engage with faculty and students while developing into a leader through clubs, events, activities and more.

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    Two-Semester System

    We operate on a two-semester system. The first semester runs from September through December and the second from February through May. We also offer a limited number of classes during the summer.


    Still learning English?

    St. Kate's may offer conditional admission to academically qualified students who do not meet our minimum English language proficiency requirement at the time of the application review. Students will have the following options to meet the required English Language Requirement for full admission:

    • Retake the TOEFL, IELTS, SAT or ACT and meet our minimum score.
    • Attend and successfully pass the required level of Intensive English language training at one of our partner programs:

    St. Kate's does not have an English language training program on campus.


    Paying for an International Education

    St. Kate’s welcomes and encourages applications from international students by offering several scholarships, international financial aid, student employment opportunities and more. See the section below titled Financial Aid Forms for details.


    Apply to the Bachelor’s Degree Program

    Ready to apply? Be sure to complete the application process 6-9 months (or earlier) before you want to begin studying at St. Catherine University. This will allow plenty of time for obtaining international documentation. Once all the required documents have been received, the University can review your application for admission. Please note:

    • All documents must be original or certified photocopies. Original documents may be returned upon request.
    • Any document in a language other than English must be accompanied by an English translation from a certified translator. As an applicant, you may not translate your own documents.

  1. Start and complete the online application, and when prompted, select Day Transfer. There is no fee to apply. St. Catherine University processes applications on a rolling basis. For scholarship consideration, please submit your application by March 15 for fall semester and October 15 for spring semester. [this doesn’t match up with the 6-9 months requirement stated above]
  2. Submit official records from secondary schools attended, listing all subjects completed and grade/mark received.
  3. Submit proof of completion of secondary school (diploma or other certificate). If your secondary education culminates in a maturity certificate or final secondary school examination, also submit an official copy of grades received on each subject of your examination.

    Official electronic certified pdf transcripts will be accepted. Please request the issuing institution to electronically deliver the transcript directly to St. Catherine University at

    Send official paper transcripts directly to:
    St. Catherine University
    Office of International Admission F-29
    2004 Randolph Avenue
    St. Paul, MN 55105-1794 USA
  4. Applicants will be notified of an admission decision within three weeks after required materials have been received. Upon acceptance, pay your $400 tuition deposit to reserve a place in the class. The tuition deposit is fully refundable through May 1 for fall semester and January 1 for spring semester.

1. Send one letter of recommendation. This letter should be written by someone who has known you in an academic context. For scholarship consideration, we recommend that you submit at least two letters of recommendation. Please ask the person(s) writing your recommendation letter(s) to address your abilities as a student, your extracurricular activities and academic accomplishments.

2. Complete a personal statement of 300-500 words. Choose either Topic A or Topic B.

Topic A
Please write an essay in English addressing two of the following points:

  • Your study objectives
  • Your reasons for wanting to study in the USA
  • Why you have chosen to apply to St. Catherine University
  • Describe how you will make use of what you have studied in the US in your own country

— OR —

Topic B
Please write an essay in English in the form of an imaginary letter to your American roommate. Please address two of the following points:

  • Interests outside of the classroom (hobbies, sports, music, community activities, etc.)
  • Describe your best friend and why you like him/her (discuss his/her strengths, his/her weaknesses and his/her personal likes and dislikes)
  • Discuss a favorite work of literature. What is it that you like about this work (novel, poem) and why?
  • Discuss one experience that changed your life. Why do you think this experience was significant for you?

3. Mail all materials to:

St. Catherine University
Office of International Admission F-29
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105-1794 USA

Applicants for whom English is not their native language must provide an assessment of their English language ability. Applicants are not required to take each of the exams listed, but must meet the minimum requirement in at least one. The following are the minimum required scores to establish sufficient English language ability for bachelor’s level programs:

  • TOEFL: 61 on the internet-based exam or 500 on the paper-based exam. The university TOEFL code is 6105
  • IELTS: 6.0
  • SAT: 450 in both writing and critical reading sections. The university SAT code is 6105
  • ACT: 18 in both English and reading sections. The university ACT code is 2096
  • St. Catherine English Placement Test. Contact your admission counselor to schedule a time to take this exam.

All students are required to complete and submit the Certificate of Finances form, which requires verification of finances with a bank statement or other financial documentation (no older than 6 months). The U.S. government requires all applicants to provide proof of ability to pay tuition and living expenses before the University can issue necessary forms to obtain a visa. If you would like to be considered for scholarships, you must also complete the International Student Financial Aid Application.


    Continuing Your Education in the U.S.

    If you are an international student who has already started taking university-level classes, these instructions will help you transfer credits toward a degree from St. Catherine University.

    1. In order to receive transfer credits and/or determine U.S. degree equivalency, a course-by-course evaluation is required. This evaluation must be done by a credential evaluation agency approved by St. Catherine University, such as World Education Services. St. Catherine University reserves the right to render a final decision regarding transfer of credits.
    2. Specific requirements will depend on where you attended school outside of the United States. Some students may be required to complete an official state GED for the high school requirement. St. Catherine University reserves the right to determine requirements needed for an admission decision.
    3. It may take longer to obtain your international documents, so we recommend that you begin your application process 6-9 months before you want to begin your studies at St. Kate’s.
    4. Applicants for whom English is a second language may be required to take the English Assessment Test at St. Catherine University. TOEFL or IELTS scores may be submitted if either test has already been taken.
    5. Any document in a language other than English must be accompanied by an English translation from a certified translator. Applicants are not allowed to translate their own documents.