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International Students

Bachelor's Degrees

Degrees that require less than 4 years of education are not regarded as equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree. If you hold this type of degree, you must complete an additional year of higher education coursework to be considered for admission.

Official Transcripts (required after offer of admission)

If you attended universities that issue official transcripts of records upon request, please submit these credentials if you are offered admission. We cannot accept attested true copies of records.

Funding Requirements

You must demonstrate that you have sufficient funding to meet all educational expenses for the duration of your study in the U.S. This includes tuition, fees, room and board, transportation, and other expenses. Additional financial resources are required if your spouse or children will accompany you.

If you're admitted, you will receive a financial certification statement. The University issues I-20s only after receiving financial support verification.

Visas

Full-time students must hold an F-1 student visa to pursue study at the University of Minnesota unless your funding source requires you to hold a J-1 exchange/visitor visa. If you're admitted, you will receive a financial certification statement. The University issues I-20s only after receiving financial support verification. You will be required to demonstrate that you have sufficient funds available to meet all educational expenses for the duration of your status at the University of Minnesota. This includes tuition, fees, room and board, transportation, and other expenses. Additional financial resources are required if your spouse or children will accompany you.

Part-time students cannot be issued an F-1 or J-1 visa. You must have a work permit or dependent visa in order to pursue the part-time program.

English Testing

The TOEFL or IELTS is generally required of all applicants whose native language is not English, regardless of U.S. Citizenship status. Applicants who have completed 24 quarter credits/16 semester credits (within 24 months of the applicant's proposed term of entry) in residence as a full-time student at a recognized institution of higher learning in the United States or other English-speaking country before entering the University of Minnesota are generally exempted from this requirement.

International students must achieve these minimum scores to be considered for admission:

  • TOEFL iBT: 79 or above with section scores of 21 on writing and 19 on reading
  • TOEFL Paper-based: 550 or above
  • IELTS: 6.5

Please have official TOEFL scores sent to institution code 6874.

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