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Prospective International Students


Students from many countries attend the University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) - a coordinate campus of the University of Minnesota system. They contribute a unique world view and participate in all aspects of campus life.  We pride ourselves on being a small, safe and transfer-friendly campus which seeks to meet the individual needs of all students through technology, personal attention, and dedicated career planning. 

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How to Apply

Please provide the following documents/application materials to be considered for admission. 

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  • Demonstration of English Proficiency (Ex: TOEFL, IELTS) for non-native English speakers
  • Official ACT or SAT scores for native English speaking students. Institution code for SAT is 6893 and ACT is 2129. This requirement is for freshman students only.
  • Official or certified transcripts (in original language) from all foreign and U.S. secondary schools (high school equivalent) attended. Records must be originals, certified, or notarized copies. Note: Official English translations are also required for any document not submitted in English
  • Official or certified transcripts (in original language) from all foreign and U.S. postsecondary schools (university equivalent) attended. Records must be originals, certified, or notarized copies. This requirement is for transfer students only. Note: Official English translations are also required for any document not submitted in English
  • International Student Agreement form PDF File Icon
  • Certification of Finances form PDF File Icon
  • Declaration of Support form PDF File Icon
  • Supporting documents for Declaration of support. Supporting documents must be from the person(s) that signed the Declaration of Support (Ex: bank statement or letter from bank stating available funds).
  • Copy of your passport ID page

Two female international students working in one of the UMC science labs.
Because academic preparation is key to student success in college, the strongest consideration in the decision is given to student’s academic preparation, or primary review factors:

Additional Review Factors—Students who fail to meet minimum requirements of GPA and ACT or SAT scores will be referred to the Admissions Committee for an admission decision, where the following factors also will be considered:

  • Evidence of exceptional achievement, aptitude, or personal accomplishment not reflected in the student’s academic records or standardized test scores 
  • A pattern of steady improvement in academic performance 
  • Participation in extracurricular college preparatory programs (MEP, PSEO, Talent Search, Upward Bound, Admission Possible, and others)

International students parading the Chinese New Year Dragon in Bede Ballroom.

Secondary FactorsIndividual circumstances listed below are also considered as part of the overall assessment of each application. Enrolling a diverse student body—with students bringing differing experiences, talents, and perspectives to their campus experience—is essential to achieving the outcomes of a University of Minnesota education.

The Admission Committee review takes into consideration the individual circumstances that make each individual student unique. We consider the following secondary factors in our decision review.

  • Outstanding talent, achievement, or aptitude in a particular area
  • An exceptionally rigorous academic curriculum (enrollment in honors, AP, IB, or college-level courses)
  • Strong commitment to community service and leadership
  • Military service
  • First-generation college student
  • Personal or extenuating circumstances

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International Programs Student BrochurePDF File Icon

Applying International Student Forms

Admission Forms: Online Admission Form  or  Paper Admission Form PDF File Icon

Application Materials Checklist PDF File Icon

Transfer Recommendation/Release PDF File Icon

International Students Returning After Absence

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English Proficiency

International student taking notes in class at UMC.

The University of Minnesota requires all non-native English speakers to demonstrate a command of the English language that is necessary for success in college level classes taught in English.

International applicants whose first language is English from the following English-speaking countries will be exempted from English proficiency testing:

Exempt Countries

Antigua and Barbuda
British Virgin Islands
Canada (except Quebec)
Cayman Islands
Federated State of Micronesia

New Zealand
Northern Ireland
Shetland Islands
St. Kitts-Nevis
St. Lucia
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos Islands

Applicants from US Territories including American Samoa, Guam, Marshall Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, and Virgin Islands whose first language is English are similarly exempted.

Acceptable ways to demonstrate adequate English proficiency

The following methods can be used to demonstrate a student has adequate English language ability to be accepted to academic programs at University of Minnesota Crookston:

  1. IELTS academic test result with overall band score of 5.5 or higher
  2. TOEFL iBT test result of 68 or higher (equivalent to 520 paper test result)
  3. MELAB test result 75 or higher
  4. Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test result 52 or higher
  5. Pearson PTE Academic test result 52 or higher
  6. IB students taking English A or B, HL or SL, with a score of 5 or higher
  7. SAT test result with scores on Critical Reading and Writing section at 60th percentile or higher
  8. ACT test result with scores on English and Reading section at 60th percentile or higher
  9. Students who successfully pass grade Pre-1 or higher of the Japanese STEP Eiken test
  10. SEPT (Sakae English Proficiency Test) result 11 or higher. Students with Level 10 result who join summer ESL can join Bachelor program in Fall.
  11. Students from Norway with grade 4 or higher in secondary school English
  12. Students from Sweden with grade B or higher in secondary school English
  13. Students from Finland with grade 8 or higher in secondary school English
  14. Students from Kings Education who have successfully completed Level 7 (completion of EAS4 curriculum). Students who have completed Level 6 may be considered on a case by case basis.

Full Course of Study; International and ESL

Immigration regulations require that all F-1 students register for and complete a full course of study every term. If you enroll for less than a full course of study, you must have approval from ISSS before the semester begins. If you take less than a full course of study without approval from ISSS, you will lose your legal status. Online and Distance Learning (ODL) courses are limited for F-1 students. Students with F-1 status may count a maximum of 1 ODL course OR 3 ODL credits per semester toward their full course requirement.

Learn more about academic year ESL sessions

Frequently Asked Questions by Prospective International Students

Student working on a laptop in Heritage Hall second floor commons area.

What degree programs are available at UMC?
Get your prestigious University of Minnesota degree at the Crookston campus!  We deliver more than now delivers 35 bachelor's degree programs, 24 minors, as well as 16 degree programs entirely online, in agriculture and natural resources; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; and math, science and technology.

International students during graduation with their faculty advisors.

How much does it cost?
International students pay the same tuition as Minnesota residents! Scholarship and grant opportunities are also available after the first year.

International student planting flowers at the entrance of the University of Minnesota Crookston.

What employment opportunities are available for International Students?
International students attending UMC are only able to work on campus while attending school. Some of the jobs available are in the bookstore, dining services, mail room, agriculture, computer help desk, dairy barns, networking and more. If you are interested in a job on campus while you take classes at UMC please contact us to discuss your options. 

Students from a diverse background stand in front of Heritage Hall at UMC.

What options are available for housing?
There are several options for housing from on-campus dorms and apartments to off-campus apartments and homes in and around Crookston.

Several UMC students enjoying the big snowflakes during winter.

What is campus life like at UMC?
Life as a college student is more than just studying. It’s about having fun, meeting new people, and making memories. UMC students are involved on campus by joining clubs and organizations, attending athletic events, and partaking in on-campus events hosted by various groups. Explore the ways UMC makes your college experience the best it can be!

The way you’ll spend your time out of the classroom is just as important as the time you’ll spend in the classroom. Crookston and the surrounding Red River Valley bring opportunities for relaxation and enjoyment year round!   See a short list of endless activities to explore and links to community Web sites.

Students taking part in a Knockerball tournament on the UMC Mall in the late evening.

Where is Crookston, MN? What is there to do?
The City of Crookston is located in Northwest Minnesota - about 25 miles east of Grand Forks, North Dakota; 70 miles north of Fargo, North Dakota; 150 miles south of Manitoba, Canada, 295 miles northwest of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Please visit our maps section for more specific information on major local highways and distances to other cities.

Rae French with henna ink design from one of UMC's female International students.

How do I apply?
Applying online is fast and easy or contact Michelle Christopherson, director of admissions, for more information. (Canadian students click here for additional information).

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