University of Minnesota
Minneapolis & St. Paul, MN
University Info | College of Engineering Info | Exchange Student Info
University of Minnesota
- is a major research university in the heart of a vibrant metropolitan area!
- campus is directly connected to an international airport by light rail.
- has hundreds of student organizations.
- College of Science & Engineering houses new innovation labs for hands-on learning.
- The Twin Cities are home to professional sports teams, global companies, and engaging arts. (YouTube introduction)
The College of Science and Engineering (CSE) is part of the comprehensive Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota. CSE has 5,500 undergraduate students and 2,800 graduate students. The entire university has over 50,000 students. The University of Minnesota is recognized worldwide for research, but visiting students also live the classic American “college experience” including major sporting events, concerts, and active student groups. Our engineering facilities are in the heart of our historic Minneapolis campus, on the banks of the Mississippi River. Students easily use our light rail system to access our international airport and shopping districts like the Mall of America. University of Minnesota students have the best of both worlds—a traditional research university experience surrounded by a vibrant urban landscape.
Terms of Exchange
- Undergraduate students: Accepted
- Graduate students: Accepted
- Computer Science majors: Accepted
- Students should have the equivalent of a 3.0 on a 4.0 GPA grade scale. Students with GPAs slightly below a 3.0 may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Students must be beyond their second year of study before starting an exchange term.
English Proficiency Requirements
- Minimum TOEFL iBT score – 79 with a writing sub-score of 21
- Minimum IELTS score – 6.5 with a writing sub-score of 6.5
Fall, Spring, or Academic Year
Academic Calendar | Semester Dates (including exam period)
- Fall: early September to mid-December
- Spring: mid-January to mid-May
Restricted Disciplines and Courses
Courses in Architecture and the Management of Technology program are not available to exchange students at the University of Minnesota.
Course Descriptions | Schedule of Classes
Workload per Semester
12 credits per semester minimum. 20 credits maximum. Keep in mind: at the University of Minnesota, undergraduate and graduate credits are not equivalent. Students interested in taking graduate level credits should be mindful of their total workload.
Additional Application Materials
Students nominated by IIE to University of Minnesota will also need to submit the following forms (also listed online).
- UMN non-degree student application
- Housing Request Form
- TOEFL or other approved English language test result
- Post-secondary transcripts
- Financial documents confirming total available funds for duration of study
- Personal statement and list of courses you are interested in taking
- Passport copy
Recommendation letter from a professor or academic staff:
Admissions decisions will be confirmed one month of receipt of application, and students should receive the admissions documents and DS-2019 6-8 weeks after the application is received.
Exchange students can request to live in an apartment managed by the University during the application process. This is a good option, especially for students only staying one semester.
Our University is surrounded by other housing options, and many visiting students choose to live “off campus.” Many “off campus” options are extremely close to campus, so commuting is not necessary.
Estimated Cost of Living
Cost of Attendance
Cost of attendance is also outlined on page four of our exchange application. Students living in an apartment managed by the University are not required to have a meal plan, but they can opt-in to a meal plan.
Office Responsible for International Exchange Students
CSE International Programs | firstname.lastname@example.org
CSE International Programs
115 Lind Hall
207 Church St. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Minneapolis and St. Paul are the “Twin Cities” of Minnesota. The two cities have a combined population of about 800,000 but the entire metropolitan region has several million people. This makes the Twin Cities area the highest populated area in this part of the United States, and an economic hub hosting 19 Fortune 500 companies. The Twin Cities are served by the MSP airport, and catching flights to explore the US is extremely easy. The Twin Cities are home to a number of professional sports teams, including the Vikings, Timberwolves, Lynx, Wild, and United FC. Major touring musical groups make a point of stopping by the Twin Cities for a show. There is also a thriving performing arts community. Minnesotans pride themselves on living “outdoors.” The Twin Cities have a number of urban lakes, and miles of protected bike trails and bike lanes. The northern border of Minnesota includes the massive wilderness area on the border with Canada, known as the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The University offers planned excursions into the BWCAW. Minnesota is a land of four seasons, with some weather extremes. Winters can be very cold, and summers can be very warm and humid. Students arriving in August should be prepared for hot weather (average high of 27º C), and students arriving in January should be prepared for very cold weather (average high of -5º C).