International Students

International Admissions Overview

The following admissions overview is for international students (i.e. students who are not U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or refugees, and who are on temporary visas). 

Applicants are evaluated on an individual basis, with consideration given to the academic record of each student in relation to the educational system of his or her native country. Students applying must show evidence of exceptional academic achievement and probability of success at UMD. 

The Office of Admissions requires several application materials to be sent to our office in addition to your application and your application fee. See below for further information on those documents.

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COVID-19 Update

UMD is closely monitoring the global public health concern involving the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

As this issue continues to evolve, our goal in the Office of Admissions is to support applicants and admitted students in impacted areas who may need additional time completing next steps for admission.

Admissions FAQs

Q: How is the University of Minnesota Duluth approaching issuing I-20s amid this current health situation and new travel ban?
A: At this time there is no change to I-20 issuance for admits. The International Student Services (ISS) is monitoring the impact of the coronavirus on F-1 international students, and will reach out if we anticipate any impact on students who are planning to attend for UMD.

Q: My local university or high school is closed due to the virus and I am not able to get the academic documents needed to complete my application or enrollment at this time? Can I have more time?
A: Yes, we will review situations on a case-by-case basis. Please email us at [email protected].

First-Year International Students

Application Requirements

A complete first-year international application consists of the items listed below. Applications cannot be reviewed until all of these items are received. 

Application Fee

Submit your one-time $50 non-refundable application fee. We do not waive the application fee for international students. The fee can be paid online at the time you apply, or paid online at a later date. Please note, your application will not be complete until the fee is paid.

High/Secondary School Records

Original or certified copies of ALL secondary (high school) records must be issued by the school in a sealed envelope and mailed to the university.

Proof of English Proficiency

Applicants from the following countries are exempt from the English language test requirement but are required to submit either ACT or SAT test scores: Canada (English-speaking provinces), Ireland, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Commonwealth Caribbean. If English is not your native language or language of instruction we will accept TOEFL, Duolingo, or IELTS scores. 

  • TOEFL: Minimum iBT score of 80
  • IELTS: Minimum Academic Test score of 6.5
  • Duolingo: Minimum English Proficiency score of 105

Applicants who are otherwise admissible, but not yet fully proficient, may be conditionally admitted to UMD through its ELCI program. Successful completion of the ELCI Intensive English Program curriculum provides a direct exemption from UMD's TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo requirements.

Please note: Test scores are considered official if sent to UMD directly from the testing agency (College Board, ACT, etc.)

  • TOEFL: UMD test code is 6873
  • ACT: UMD test code is 2157
  • SAT: UMD test code is 6873

Photocopy of Passport

Only required if a student is in need of an I-20 form for F-1 student visa.

Financial Certification Statement

International students who will be studying at UMD on an F-1 visa are required to submit a completed Financial Certification Statement.
 

Send application materials to:

UMD International Admissions Processing
123 Darland Admin Bldg
1049 University Drive
Duluth, MN 55812

Transfer International Students

Transfer international students include:

  • Transfer international applicants from universities outside the United States
  • Transfer international applicants from U.S. colleges and universities

Application Requirements

A complete transfer international application consists of the items listed below. Applications cannot be reviewed until all of these items are received. 

Application Fee

Submit your one-time $50 non-refundable application fee. We do not waive the application fee for international students. The fee can be paid online at the time you apply, or paid online at a later date. Please note, your application will not be complete until the fee is paid.
 

Official College or University Transcripts

  • Non-U.S colleges or universities: All academic records from colleges/universities outside U.S must be originals/official copies and must be translated into English. For information related to the transferability of college/university credit from outside the U.S please visit our One Stop Student Services page. UMD accepts credential evaluations completed by providers affiliated with the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).
    • We recommend the following credential evaluation providers:
      • ECE (Education Credential Evaluators)
      • WES (World Education Services).
    • Always request a course-by-course evaluation be sent to: [email protected]. It is best to request evaluation after all your grades are final.
  • U.S colleges or universities: official transcripts from U.S colleges or universities must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions by each college or university.

High/Secondary School Records

Original or certified copies of ALL secondary (high school) records must be issued by the school in a sealed envelope and mailed to the university.

Proof of English Proficiency

Applicants from the following countries are exempt from the English language test requirement but are required to submit either ACT or SAT test scores: Canada (English-speaking provinces), Ireland, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Commonwealth Caribbean. If English is not your native language or language of instruction we will accept TOEFL, Duolingo, or IELTS scores. 

  • TOEFL: Minimum iBT score of 80 
  • IELTS: Minimum Academic Test score of 6.5
  • Duolingo: Minimum English Proficiency score of 105

Applicants who are otherwise admissible, but not yet fully proficient in English, may be conditionally admitted to UMD through its ELCI program. Successful completion of the ELCI Intensive English Program curriculum provides a direct exemption from UMD's TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo requirements.

  • TOEFL: Score of 79 or lower
  • IELTS: Score of 6.0 or lower
  • Duolingo: Score of 100 or lower

Please note: Test scores are considered official if sent to UMD directly from the testing agency (College Board, ACT, etc.)

  • TOEFL: UMD test code is 6873
  • ACT: UMD test code is 2157
  • SAT: UMD test code is 6873

Photocopy of Passport

Only required if a student is in need of an I-20 form for F-1 student visa.

Financial Certification Statement

International students who will be studying at UMD on an F-1 visa are required to submit a completed Financial Certification Statement.
 

Send application materials to:

UMD International Admissions Processing
123 Darland Admin Bldg
1049 University Drive
Duluth, MN 55812

Primary Factors

  • Coursework through high/secondary school graduation
  • Grades (and grade point average if calculated by school)
  • TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, ACT, or SAT scores
  • College/university coursework (transfer applicants)

Secondary Factors

  • Contribution to the cultural, gender, age, economic, racial or geographic diversity of the student body
  • Evidence of having overcome barriers to educational achievement
  • Exceptional talent
  • First generation college student
  • Personal statement and letters of recommendation
  • Significant responsibility in a family, community, job, or activity
  • Specific high/secondary school courses, grade trends, and rigor of academic curriculum