Kearney Center for International Student Services

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Effective November 16, 2020, the Kearney Center will be providing all services remotely. For updated information on COVID-19 issues and policies, please visit our COVID-19 FAQ pages. Learn More

Kearney Center for International Student Services aspires to foster global citizenship across our diverse campus, community and world About Us

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About Us

The Kearney Center for International Student Services aspires to foster global citizenship across our diverse campus, community and world. A one-stop-shop for international students for support throughout their time in the U.S.

COVID-19 Updates for International Students

The Kearney Center staff continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and strives to provide the most accurate and updated information for international students. Updates may be frequent, so please check back often for new information.

New Students

We are so glad you are joining us in Mankato. Find all the information you need to prepare for your journey including visa tips, orientation, and more.

Returning Students

If you were previously enrolled at MSU, Mankato in good standing but took a leave of absence and wish to enroll again, no problem!

Transfer Students

Students joining us from within the U.S. or abroad need to prepare for the transfer of their previous college or university credits.

Visa Rules and Regulations

While studying in the U.S. it is important to maintain your immigration status. Learn more about your responsibilities as an F-1 or J-1 visa holder.

Update Your SEVIS Record

Changes or updates to your name, address, major, funding, and academic status, to name a few, may impact your immigration record.

Visas and Travel

Be as prepared as possible for your upcoming travel plans. Stay up-to-date with changing travel restrictions and visa requirements.

Employment (OPT, CPT & Work Permits)

The rules and regulations pertaining to employment for F-1/J-1 visa holders are complex. Before accepting any employment AND before working, please discuss your options with an immigration advisor.


All students attending Minnesota State University, Mankato are required to carry comprehensive health insurance. It is always wise to have insurance anyway so you may enjoy your studies healthy and happy.


Minnesota State Mankato values the cultural contribution of international students to our campus and communities.

Programs and Events

The Kearney Center provides programming and events for all Mavericks, faculty, staff and the greater Mankato community.

International Student Association and RSOs

Your Mankato experience will be greatly enhanced by student organizations who will make you feel welcome and help you get connected to our active campus community!

International Student Resources and Forms

We want you to be successful during your time at MSU, Mankato. Here is a list of helpful resources and forms you may need as a Maverick.