International Programs

Welcome to the University of Minnesota Crookston!  Our campus is located in northwest Minnesota and a part of the University of Minnesota system.  We are a very transfer friendly, safe and close-knit campus with many things to offer our students.  We offer no out-of-state tuition, which is a huge savings for many of our International students.  Apply now and earn your prestigious University of Minnesota degree!

Why choose UMC?

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  • No Out-of-State Tuition
  • Transfer Friendly
  • Small & Safe Campus
  • Prestigious University of Minnesota Degree

What services does UMC's International Programs department provide?

Advising (Immigration,Cultural & Transition, Learning Abroad Advising), Orientation for new International Students, International Ambassador Program, Airport pick up services for new International Students, Tax Workshops, Monthly Programs, International Education Week Activities and the Study Abroad Fair.

What countries are currently represented at UMC?

Canada, China, Cote D'ivoire, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Iran, Jamaica, South Korea, Liberia, Malaysia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Singapore, Somalia, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States and Zambia.

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University of Minnesota Crookston is a member of Study Minnesota promoting international students to study in Minnesota.

For Prospective International Students

For 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. 

For more information for prospective international students, please visit our Admissions site.

For Current International Students

For Current International Students

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Current International Student Forms

Returning International Student Forms

English Proficiency

English Proficiency

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:

  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Canada (except Quebec)
  • Cayman Islands
  • Dominica
  • England
  • Federated State of Micronesia
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Montserrat
  • New Zealand
  • Northern Ireland
  • Scotland
  • Seychelles
  • Shetland Islands
  • St. Kitts-Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Wales

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

ESL options available at University of Minnesota Crookston

Students who do not yet meet the English communication entry requirements for academic programs at University of Minnesota Crookston may join our ESL program.

  • Summer 2016 ESL Sessions

We offer two, four week long summer intensive English sessions in 2016 from June 22 to July 19 and from July 20 to August 16, 2016. The summer program includes classroom study combined with extensive activities using and communicating with English in afternoons.
This program is an excellent run up to students who will join fall semester classes at UMC or at other schools. In addition to help building English communication skills, you will learn and experience American teaching methods and style and build your confidence to assure success!

  • Academic Year ESL Sessions

Fall and spring semester programs are available during the academic year. Students will study to earn 12 pre-collegiate level credits each semester. The program includes classroom instruction, directed outside activities, and individual conversation tutors each week.

International Agreements and Partnerships

International Agreements and Partnerships

The University of Minnesota Crookston has several agreements and partnerships with institutions across around the world, which provide opportunities for students and faculty to study, conduct research, develop contacts and interact with people from different cultures.

Current Agreements

The following is a list of current agreements that the University of Minnesota Crookston has with institutions worldwide:


  • Varna University of Management (VUM)


  • University of Lorraine - Nancy
  • UniLaSalle


  • Osnabruck University of Applied Sciences


  • University of Segou

People’s Republic of China

  • Nankai University Binhai College
  • Zhejiang Economic & Trade Polytechnic


  • Wisconsin International University Ukraine (WIUU)
  • National Pedagogical Dragomanov University

Scholarships and Grants for International and Study Abroad Students

Scholarships and Grants for International and Study Abroad Students

The University of Minnesota Crookston is pleased to have scholarships available to students for studying at Crookston (international students) and studying abroad (all UMC students). Here are some scholarship details.

In-state tuition scholarship
All students attending the University of Minnesota Crookston pay the same tuition rates –in-state tuition. The university waives the out of state tuition costs for all students coming to the University, regardless of residency or citizenship. This is scholarship is automatically granted to students. No additional applications are required to apply.

International Student ½ Tuition Waiver
There are 4 international student scholarships. These scholarships are 1/2 tuition waivers for one semester. Students are eligible to apply after completing one term at UMC. Students must possess leadership skills, be involved with international activities on campus, and be an active UMC student overall. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.

Specialty Scholarships
International students are encouraged to review the criteria for specialty scholarships and to apply for ones that fit their programs of study.

U-Wide Study Abroad Scholarship
Scholarships are available for learning abroad. Award amounts are $2000 for year long programs, $1000 for semester long programs, $500 for short term programs.

Study Abroad Scholarships
The University of Minnesota, Crookston is pleased to offer some travel grant money. Awards of up to $500 are offered to help cover travel expenses on a learning abroad program. 

Learn more about Financial Aid & Scholarship information for International Students


Additional study abroad scholarship opportunities

David L. Boren Scholarship-
Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. (From

Fulbright Scholarship -
For students who will have earned their bachelor’s degree prior to grant start date to continue research, teaching, or study in another country.

John T. Petters Foundation -
John T. Petters Foundation offers scholarships to students who are US citizens and wish to study international business abroad or social entrepreneurship service programs. Application deadlines are typically between December and February for students studying abroad in the summer or fall or between August and September for students studying abroad for winter/spring of a given year.

IIE Study Abroad Funding -
Comprehensive database of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, and grants can help make your dream of studying abroad a reality.

Morgan Stanley Scholarship to Japan -
Morgan Stanley is awarding two $7,500 scholarships to US students who will be studying in Japan. Applications can be downloaded from their website.

The Association of Teachers of Japanese awards scholarships from $2,500 to $4,000 for students studying abroad in Japan. Deadline to apply is early April for study in the Fall and early October for study in the Spring.

Gilman Scholarships -
Awards of up to $5,000 given to students studying abroad who are also receiving Pell Grants.

International Education Financial Aid -
Provides free searches for study abroad.

International Education Finance Corporation -
Specializes in giving loans for overseas study.

Phi Kappa Phi -
Offers study abroad scholarships of $1,000 each.

Glimpse -
Students apply and are "hired" as correspondents for the Glimpse project and are required to submit stories and photographs, and possibly videos. Correspondents are given a $600 stipend for their work.

Rhodes Scholarships -
Each year, 32 students from US colleges and universities receive all-expense paid, two-year scholarships for study at Oxford University through the Rhodes Trust.

Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships
Rotary International offers several scholarships to US students studying abroad. Awards of up to $26,000 available.

Fastweb -
Searches for scholarships based on conditions you enter, sends regular email updates alerting you to awards which fit your description.

GoAbroad -
Search engine with entries for hundreds of scholarships, grants, fellowships, and other sources of funding for studying or interning abroad.

Studying Overseas through a Non-University of Minnesota Program?

If you're studying overseas through a non-University of Minnesota program, check if the program provider offers any additional scholarships aimed specifically at participating students.
Ex: Independent program providers ISA and Australearn offer a limited number of scholarships available only to students participating in ISA and Australearn study abroad programs.

Travel Guidance for Faculty, Staff and Students

Travel Guidance for Faculty, Staff and Students

Cuba Travel License
Travel to Cuba may require the use of the University’s travel license.

Travel Approval
Individual students or faculty-led groups who wish to travel to countries on the U.S. State Department’s travel warning list need prior approval from the University’s Education Abroad Suspension Committee.

International Health Insurance
All students and some faculty/staff must obtain international health insurance before participating in a learning experience abroad.

Travel Resources
Health, safety, and travel resources and advice for international travel.

Department Faculty & Staff

Department Faculty & Staff

Learning Abroad Advisor
(218) 281-8339
(218) 281-8442

International Programs

University of Minnesota Crookston

12 Hill Hall

2900 University Ave

Crookston, MN 56716

PHONE: 218-281-8442

FAX: 218-281-8588


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