University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota

New Students

English Proficiency

Strong language skills are important for any student to be successful at the University of Minnesota, and we are committed to supporting students as they develop their skills while at the UMN.

Students without a valid English test score, or a score below the minimum required by the University, may be required to take an English test when they arrive on campus. They may also be required to take a supportive English class during their first semester, in addition to their other coursework.

If you have an AZ hold on your student record instructing you to go the Minnesota English Language Program, please arrive by the mandatory arrival date so you have enough time to take the test.

For information about minimum test scores, how to send your scores to the UMN, and the English as a Second Language course requirements, go to

Want to Enhance Your English?

If you are interested in improving your English skills before beginning your academic classes, the Minnesota English Language Program offers an Intensive English Language Program during the summer. MELP also offers American English courses during the school year for credit, including courses focused on Grammar, Pronunciation, Reading & Writing, and Listening & Speaking.

You can also go to to review self-study materials, practice quizzes, tips, videos, and links to provide English language practice with speaking, vocabulary, reading, American culture, and more!

To learn more, visit their website or email