Undergraduate Semester


Visiting international undergraduate or gap-year students


Semester or Academic Year fully integrated with U.S. students


13-16 credits per semester


TOEFL 68 or
See ESL Requirements below

Program Fee

$13,465 per semester


On-campus dormitories or apartments
Off-campus options available

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Eligibility & Credit


Visiting international students must meet the following requirements:

  • Be in good academic standing with at least one year of university-level coursework; gap year students will be considered on a case-by-case basis
  • Receive approval from your home university, if required
  • Provide proof of academic proficiency in English

Note: Exchange student applications will not be considered without a nomination from their home institution.


As a GO Minnesota student, you will take 12–16 credits per semester.

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 before submitting your Undergraduate Semester application.

Upon completion of your program, you will receive an official University of Minnesota transcript that includes the classes, credits, and final grades you earned.

ESL Requirements

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 subscores must take English courses as part of their academic program at the University of Minnesota.

Alternative test options are available for students impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Please contact our office for more information. 

Internet-based TOEFL (iBT)
79 No ESL course required
79 with writing subscore below 21 ESL 3402 required
68–78* Two ESL courses required
6.5 No ESL course required
6.5 with writing subscore below 6.5 ESL 3402 required
6.0* Two ESL courses required
Minnesota Battery Test
75 No ESL course required
75 with writing subscore below 83 ESL 3402 required
70–74* Two ESL courses required

*not eligible to enroll in Carlson School of Management courses

Other Accepted Tests
  • Germany: DAAD B2 or C1
  • Denmark: Danish upper secondary school transcript: Minimum GPA of 4 at A-level English or 7 at B-level, or 60 ECTS of English
  • Sweden: Gymnasiebetyg English Grade VG or C

Students submitting the DAAD, Danish Upper Secondary School transcript, or Gymnasiebetyg will be tested upon arrival and may be required to take additional English language classes.

Program Dates

Spring Semester 2021

Application Deadline October 15, 2020
Arrival Date January 12, 2021
Mandatory Orientation January 14-15, 2021
Semester Begins January 19, 2021
Spring Break (University Closed) March 8-12, 2021
Final Exams May 6-12, 2021
Departure May 13, 2021

Fall Semester 2021

Application Deadline April 15, 2021
Arrival Date September 1, 2021
Mandatory Orientation September 2-3, 2021
Semester Begins September 7, 2021
Thanksgiving Holiday (University Closed) November 25–26, 2021
Final Exams December 16–22, 2021
Departure December 23, 2021


  • Dates are subject to change.
  • Some applicants may be asked to arrive before the date listed above if they require additional English testing or have other requirements.
  • Late applications are considered on a space-available basis.


2021–22 Semester Program Fees

Program Fee one semester, 12-16 credits         $13,465
University Fees mandatory $960
International Health Insurance mandatory $1,310
Housing and Meals (estimate) $1,386/month x 4 months $5,547
Total Cost of Attendance   $21,282
Fees, dates, and activities are subject to change.

Exchange students should check with their home institution for tuition benefit details.


GO Minnesota offers a limited number of scholarships to qualified students enrolled in its programs. Scholarship awards are granted on the strength of a student's essay. This scholarship is not based on merit or financial need.


You must be accepted into a GO Minnesota semester or academic year program.

Scholarship application and essay must be submitted by the deadline.

Essay Question

Applications will be evaluated based on how thoroughly you answer the following question:
The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?

Your response must be 250–500 words.

Deadlines & Award Amounts

Term Amount Deadline Date Notification Date
Fall semester 2021 $1,000 May 15, 2021 by June 15, 2021
Academic year 2021–22 $2,500 May 15, 2021 by June 15, 2021
Spring semester 2022 $1,000 November 15, 2021 by December 15, 2021

Academic year recipients will receive half of the scholarship in the fall and half in the spring. Recipients must maintain a 2.5 GPA to qualify for the spring disbursement.


University Housing

You have three different University housing options to choose from. They are all located close to classroom buildings, libraries, shopping, and recreational areas. Residents may participate in social, educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities, and benefit from the services, skills, and time of a committed on-site staff.

Radius Apartments
Radius living room

Radius is one of the newest on-campus housing options.

  • Apartment-style accommodations
  • Full kitchen and living room
  • Private or shared bedroom
  • Located near Dinkytown
Yudof Hall
A common area in Yudof Hall

Yudof is one of the most conveniently located on-campus housing options.

  • Apartment-style accommodations
  • Kitchenette and living room
  • Private or shared bedroom
  • Located near Coffman Memorial Union and Boynton Health Center
Centennial Hall
Staff at Centennial Hall ready to greet new students

Centennial Hall offers a traditional U.S. dormitory experience.

  • Single, double, or 3-person suite
  • Shared bathrooms
  • Meals provided in dining halls
  • Located near Stadium Village


You also have the option of living off-campus, giving you the freedom of selecting your own housing while also being close to all of the action. The Off-Campus Living office provides useful information for finding housing, including things to consider when searching for off-campus housing.


Fall and academic year applications have closed. Contact us if you are interested in Spring 2022.