Eligibility and Credit

To be eligible for this program you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be in good academic standing with at least 1 year of university level coursework
    • Recent high school graduates will be considered on a case-by-case basis
  • Prove academic proficiency in English

English Language Proficiency

You must meet the requirement on one of the following English language proficiency tests. Students with lower-range overall and/or writing sub-scores must enroll in English coursework as part of their academic program. 

Internet-based TOEFL (iBT)

Test Score English Course Requirement
79 none
79 with writing subscore below 21 ESL 3402
68-78 One ESL course (see listand UC 1005

IELTS

Test Score English Course Requirement
6.5 none
6.5 with writing subscore below 6.5 ESL 3402
6.0 One ESL course (see list) and UC 1005

Minnesota Battery Test (MN Batt)

Test Score English Course Requirement
75 or greater, with writing subscore 83 or greater none
75 or greater, with writing subscore below 83 ESL 3402
70-74 One ESL course (see list) and UC 1005

Pearson Test of Academic English (PTE Academic)

Test Score English Course Requirement
59 none
59 with writing subscore below 59 ESL 3402
50-58 One ESL course (see list) and UC 1005

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)

Test Score English Course Requirement
180 none
180 with writing subscore below 180 ESL 3402
160-179 One ESL course (see list) and UC 1005

DAAD

Test Score English Course Requirement
B2 or C1 Students will be tested upon arrival and may be required to take additional English language classes.

Danish Upper Secondary School Transcript

Test Score English Course Requirement
Minimum GPA of 4 at A-level English or 7 at B-level, or 60 ECTS of English Students will be tested upon arrival and may be required to take additional English language classes.

Gymnasiebetyg

Test Score English Course Requirement
English, Grade VG or C Students will be tested upon arrival and may be required to take additional English language classes.

Visa Requirements

You will study in Minnesota on a F-1 student visa. The University of Minnesota will issue you an I-20 which you will need to take to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate to apply for your visa. More information on the process of obtaining a visa is found on our International Student and Scholar Services page. Please contact us with any questions.

Class Credit and Transfer

Upon successful completion of the Minnesota Semester, you will receive an official University of Minnesota transcript that includes the classes, credits (between 13-16), and final grades you earned. If you are interested in transferring the credit back to your home institution, you must speak with your university's international office about the correct process. We recommend you confirm this prior to submitting your Minnesota Semester application. The U.S. Department of Education provides information on how credits and grades are structured.