Undergraduate Exchange Semester


Exchange students from partner universities


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


12-16 credits per semester


TOEFL 68 or
See ESL Requirements below

Program Fee

Check with the international office at your university


On-campus dormitories or apartments
Off-campus options available

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Eligibility & Credit


Students from exchange partner universities are eligible to apply provided they meet the following requirements:

  • Nominated by your home university
  • Provide proof of academic proficiency in English
  • Be in good academic standing with at least one year of university-level coursework


As an exchange 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 applying for Spring or Fall 2022. 

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; students will be tested upon arrival and may be required to take additional English language classes.

Program Dates

Spring Semester 2022

Application Deadline October 15, 2021
Arrival Date January 12, 2022
Mandatory Orientation January 13-14, 2022
Semester Begins January 18, 2022
Spring Break (University Closed) March 7-11, 2022
Final Exams May 5-11, 2022
Departure May 12, 2022

Fall Semester 2022

Application Deadline April 15, 2022
Arrival Date August 31, 2022
Mandatory Orientation September 1-2, 2022
Labor Day Holiday (University Closed) September 5, 2022
Semester Begins September 6, 2022
Thanksgiving Holiday (University Closed) November 24–25, 2022
Final Exams December 16-22, 2022
Departure December 23, 2022


  • 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 Exchange Semester Fees

Student should check with their home institution and their UMN acceptance letter for tuition benefit details.

Tuition varies based on exchange agreement  
University Fees mandatory $960
International Health Insurance mandatory $1,398
Housing and Meals (estimate) $1,386/month x 4 months $5,547
Transportation minimum $150
Personal/miscellaneous minimum $1,000
Fees, dates, and activities are subject to change.



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 semester: April 15
  • Spring semester: October 15

If the deadline falls on a weekend, materials are due the following Monday.

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