More than 2,700 international graduate students across 190 fields study at the University of Minnesota every year.

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Our graduate students come
from all 50 states and more
than 130 countries around the world.

Embracing students and scholars from the international community is critical to achieving our goal of developing the next generation of leaders, innovators, and researchers. Together, we will fuel the advancements of our fields, our industries, and our society.

Prospective Students

When you’re ready to apply for admission to the University of Minnesota, make sure you have all of the correct forms, documents, and certifications.

Admitted Students

Congratulations on your admission to the University of Minnesota! To ensure that your travel and arrival experience is as seamless as possible, be sure to complete the following steps:

Resources for UMD International Students

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International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) 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 by using all available resources.

Minnesota English Language Program

The Minnesota English Language Program (MELP) offers English as a Second Language courses for admitted students who want to improve their English language skills as well as an Intensive English Program for students preparing to apply for admission to a university or college, or for those preparing to take an English proficiency exam.

International TA Program

The International TA Program offers courses and individual consultations to international graduate students who seek professional development in their teaching and use of English in the U.S. cultural context.

Minnesota International Student Association (MISA)

MISA is an organization of over 4,000 U.S. and international students that represents the interests of international students and promotes cultural awareness and understanding on the university campus and surrounding community.

The Council of International Graduate Students (CIGS)

The Council of International Graduate Students (CIGS) provides a place for international graduate and professional students to advocate their voices about their academic, professional, and social development. The group organizes events tailored specifically to benefit the international student community at the University, while allowing international students to form ties with domestic students.

Global Programs & Strategy (GPS) Alliance

The GPS Alliance is the central, coordinating international office for the University of Minnesota system.  It focuses on international services for faculty on all campuses, academic exchanges with institutions around the world, and funding information for graduate study and research abroad.


EducationUSA is the U.S. State Department’s guide to higher education for international students.

Visa Wait Times

Find out the wait times for visa appointment interviews and estimated visa processing times at U.S. consulates worldwide.

More Information on Visa Wait Times

SEVIS I-901 Fee

File the I-901 form online or print a PDF, check your payment status, or learn how to use Western Union Quick Pay.