University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota


Exchange Students: Forms and Checklists

Student nominated to participate in formal exchange program should read the application process before completing these forms

Admissions Deadlines:

Fall Semester (begins early September): April 1

Spring Semester (begins mid- January): October 1

Admissions Requirements:

  • At least 2 semesters of college work
  • GPA 2.5
  • Proof of English Proficiency (see the list of accepted tests and subscore requirements)
  • Other requirements vary by college/department

Application Checklist

Item Description

Application for International Exchange Admission

Although you may not be an undergraduate student, you must complete this form for admission to the University of Minnesota as an exchange student. You do not need to pay the $55 application fee.

Please do not apply online.

Your visa document will be prepared using this information so it must match your passport information exactly.

A J-1 is the appropriate visa for students on a short-term exchange program.  If you will be in the U.S. prior to your exchange program, notify your exchange coordinator in advance.

Application for International Admission

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Housing Request Form

Required for all applicants, including those living off-campus

A link to a special online application will be sent to admitted students. Do not apply through the regular online method.

Housing Request Form (pdf)

Nomination by Home Coordinator

Submit a letter from your home institution coordinator indicating your nomination for an active formalized exchange program.

Personal Essay and Course Interest List

Please provide a brief (approx 2 pages) essay describing your academic and personal goals for exchange along with a list of five to ten courses that interest you from the "University Catalogs" page, using either "Search for a Course" or the "Course Descriptions" links.

Note: Enrollment in specific courses is not guaranteed. Not all courses listed are offered every semester, and some classes may be full.

Official Transcript

Submit an English version of a transcript from your home university.

Proof of English Proficiency

Include test results documenting a minimum TOEFL score of 79 ibt with a writing sub-score of 21, or a 6.5 IELTS with 6.5 writing sub-score, or a MELAB score of 80 with a writing sub-score of 80.. TOEFL pbt scores of 550 or higher are also accepted. If the test requirement is waived by formal institutional agreement, your home institution coordinator can provide a letter documenting English proficiency.

Passport Copy

Photocopied or scanned document is acceptable

Documentation of Funding

All applicants indicating personal or family funds must provide a recent one-page bank statement indicating the account balance. If the bank statement is not in the student's name, an accompanying statement of support from the account owner is required. Applicants indicating other sources of support must provide funding agency statements.

We can convert currency amounts.