International Student Resources

International Student and Scholar Services

The International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is an inclusive and engaged international learning community that provides resources and support to all U of M international students. 

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Students studying on the bridge on campus
Minnesota English Language Program

The Minnesota English Language Program (MELP) at the University of Minnesota provides English as a Second Language (ESL) courses that can help non-native English speakers develop their reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.

Additional Resources

International Student Ambassadors: For information on what it's like to be a student at the University and to hear stories from current international students on their experiences with studying, living, and achieving at the U of M.

Student Group Directory: For students who want to learn about the international organizations and activities at the U of M and across the Twin Cities.

Center for Writing: For students who would like help with their academic, professional, or personal writing skills at any level. 

Undergraduate-specific Resources

Office of Undergraduate Education: For international freshmen and transfer students interested in applying for admission to an undergraduate degree program at the U of M.

Credit transfer information: It is important that you contact a College of Design advisor if you completed transfer coursework directly related to your major. Just because you completed credits related to your major doesn't mean those credits will transfer to meet requirements in your University of Minnesota major.

Global Excellence Scholarship: International students are automatically considered for the Global Excellence Scholarship based on an overall assessment of their admissions application. Students will be notified by mail if they are offered a scholarship.

Graduate-specific Resources

International Graduate Student Overview

The Graduate School: International Student Information

Program-specific graduate resources

Note: International graduate students apply directly through their prospective departments


Design Graduate Program (Apparel Studies, Graphic Design, Interior Design, and Product Design tracks)

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