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International Student
Funding Program



International Student Work Opportunity Program (ISWOP)

The International Student Work Opportunity Program (ISWOP) assists international graduate students who have financial need to receive an assistantship position in departments that otherwise would not be able to fully fund an assistantship. For an ISWOP award, ISSS provides half the salary and fringe benefits for a 25% or 50% graduate assistantship appointment, and the academic department funds the remaining half. Funds will be transferred directly to the department by the end of the fiscal year that the ISWOP was awarded.

Students are responsible for paying any mandatory fees. International graduate students who have completed all their coursework and thesis credits are not eligible for this award. If awarded, students are expected to register for at least 6 credits each semester.

Receiving an ISWOP award may limit your eligibility to receive other types of ISSS funding.

Eligibility Requirements

Below is the criteria. Meeting these criteria does not guarantee that you will receive ISSS funding.

  • You must have financial need.
  • You must be admitted to and enrolled full-time in a graduate or professional degree program at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
  • You must be in legal F-1 or J- 1 student status , and you must have held this status for at least 12 months while attending the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
  • Your cumulative GPA must be at least 3.0.
  • You must have completed at least 12 credits if a graduate student or 24 credits if a professional school student.
  • ISWOP applications are not renewed automatically. Students must reapply for subsequent appointments after the current ISWOP award ends.
  • Students enrolled in Grad 999 are not eligible to receive any funding.
  • Students who have completed all their coursework and thesis credits are not eligible.

Required Documentation

You will need to submit the following documents with your application.

  • The completed ISWOP application form
  • Brief essay explaining your financial need
  • (If applicable) Any documents you that explain your financial need, including medical bills, employment records, or financial documents


There is not an application deadline for the International Student Work Opportunity Program. Funds are limited, however, and they will only be given out until funding is exhausted.

The ISWOP application is currently not available. We will begin taking applications for Fall 2017 in early August.