International Graduate Students

International Grad Student

More than 30 percent of students enrolled in our graduate programs are from other nations, making for a dynamic, diverse learning community. You can learn much more about the University, student life and the admissions process at the University’s website for prospective international students. You also can find out more about the University and the Twin Cities metropolitan area by watching this video titled “Wish You Were Here.”

To be successful, all University of Minnesota students are required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language, so, before you apply, learn more about the language assessment for applicants. You’ll also want to find out which kind of visa and other documents you need.

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services is dedicated to serving the University of Minnesota’s international community. Its primary mission is to assist international students and scholars in successfully accomplishing the goals that brought them to the University. The Graduate School also offers programs and services for international students.

Finally, our Office of International Programs supports both students coming from other countries and those studying abroad. We offer Small World Coffee Hours and other social events so that all students can learn about other cultures and countries.

As you consider studying in the United States and at the University of Minnesota, visit EducationUSA, a U.S. Department of State-supported network of hundreds of advising centers around the world. Each year, EducationUSA advisers provide millions of international students with accurate, comprehensive, and current information about how to apply to U.S. colleges and universities.

If you be working in the classroom, the University requires that all non-native English speakers to demonstrate language proficiency before instructing students as a TA or instructor. Language proficiency is measured with the Spoken English Test for Teaching Assistants (SETTA). This test is offered throughout the year.