International Applicants

Dorm residents heading out to enjoy the area bike trails

The Benefits of International Students

Recent studies have found that domestic students who have interacted with international students develop more diverse skills.  These skills include: the ability to examine their own beliefs and values; acquire new skills and knowledge independently; formulate creative ideas; integrate ideas and information; achieve quantitative abilities; understand the role of science and technology in society; and gain in-depth knowledge in a specific field.

During the 2018-19 school year Totino-Grace has students attending from Canada, China, South Korea, Haiti, Liberia, Mexico, and Vietnam. In past years, TG has hosted students from numerous other countries including Argentina, Canada, France, Germany, Guatemala, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, Liberia, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Poland, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, and United Kingdom.

Why the Twin Cities?

In 2015, the Twin Cities was ranked the best place to live in the U.S.  Click HERE to read about the ranking. The State of Minnesota was voted the most kid friendly state to raise a family for the second year in a row.  Click HERE to read about the ranking.  The Twin Cities gets high marks for many reasons:

  • Considered the U.S. Midwest cultural capital with 30 theater venues, 10 dance companies and 60 museums.
  • Home to the Mall of America, the largest shopping mall in the U.S. with unbeatable savings due to no tax on clothing and shoes.
  • Home to multiple professional sports teams including professional football, baseball, basketball hockey and lacrosse.
  • Lowest unemployment rate in the U.S.
  • Home to more Fortune 500 companies per capita than any other state in the U.S.
  • Short distance to the Mayo Clinic, considered the best hospital in the world and a destination for health care for many world leaders.
  • Offers more shoreline than California, Florida and Hawaii combined with almost 15,000 lakes.
  • Offers a four season climate.
  • Lots of green space and clean air.

Housing: On-Campus Boarding

Totino-Grace has an on campus boarding facility which allows domestic and international students to live on campus.  The building is physically connected to the school building.  This is a great benefit for being involved in co-curricular activities and in the winter. For more information about the boarding program, please click HERE.

English as a Second Language

Click HERE to learn about our English Proficiency Requirements for admission. 

Financial Responsibility & Tuition and Fees

Totino-Grace High School assumes that international students and their families will take full responsibility for financing their educations. Students should not plan to receive any financial assistance from Totino-Grace. Families may wire funds for tuition, enrollment fee and tech fee. They should expect to pay separately for lunch, uniforms, transportation (if required) and activities. We highly recommend students establish a U.S. bank account with a debit/credit card so that they can pay other costs directly and be able to access cash for incidental expenses. Here are Fees for 2019-2020:
Tuition: $15,590
Enrollment Fee: $1,000 (re-enrollment drops to $300)
Technology Fee: $400 (students issued an Apple MacBook Air Laptop)
Room & Board: $19,000 (on-campus dormitory)

Admission to TG as an international student

Admission to TG for international students is a four part process:
Step One: Complete application file.
Step Two: Skype interview with Admissions and Academic Officers.
Step Three: Contingent acceptance to TG.
Step Four: Submit Enrollment Contract and $1000.00 fee. 
Click HERE to learn about the I-20.
Click HERE to access the application steps listed above.

International Graduates

Meet a few of our international students from recent years:
Yujie Wang, Class of 2016

  • Grades 9-12 in USA
  • 4.0 GPA
  • 13 honors and 3 AP courses
  • Jazz Band, Show Choir, Cross Country
  • Accepted to six colleges (Villanova, Occidental, University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin, University of Pittsburgh and Marquette University)
  • TOEFL score in 2012: 87
  • TOEFL score in 2016: 111

 Yixuan Dai, Class of 2015

      • Freshman at American University, Washington, DC

Zhengxuan Zhang, Class of 2015

      • Freshman at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Wing Yan Siu Lam, Class of 2014

      • Sophomore at University of Colorado, Boulder

Photo Gallery

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Contact or Questions

Shari Nichols, Director of Enrollment and International Students

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Contact the Admissions Office

Shari Nichols
Director of Enrollment and International Students

Emily Sharockman
Director of Enrollment and Financial Aid

Molly Cullen
Admissions Assistant
763-571-9116 ext. 324

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