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Citizens of foreign countries are encouraged to apply for admission to the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). Applicants are evaluated on an individual basis, with consideration given to the academic record of each student in relation to the educational system of his or her native country. Students applying must show evidence of exceptional academic achievement and probability of success at UMD.

International Admissions Overview

The following admissions overview is for international students (i.e. students who are not U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or refugees, and who are on temporary visas).

The Office of Admissions requires several application materials to be sent to our office in addition to your application and your application fee. See below for further information on those documents:

    • Submit your application for admission and the $50 non-refundable application fee

    • High/Secondary School Records
      • Official high/secondary school transcripts with senior year (or equivalent) courses must be issued by the school in a sealed envelope and mailed to the university.

    • College/University Record and Transcripts (if applicable)
      • For information related to the transferability of college/university credit from outside the U.S., please visit our One Stop Student Services page.

    • TOEFL/IELTS Scores
      • If English is not your native language (see below for more information).

    • ACT or SAT scores
      • If English is your native language, and no post-secondary education attended.

    • Photocopy of passport
      • Only required if a student is in need of an I-20 form for F-1 student visa.

    • Financial Certification Form
      • International students who will be studying at the University on an F-1 visa are required to submit a completed Financial Certification Statement.

Send application materials to:

UMD International Admissions Processing
123 Darland Admin Bldg
1049 University Drive
Duluth, MN 55812

Admission decisions are based upon the overall assessment of each student's academic preparation and performance, based on the following primary and secondary factors listed below:

  • Coursework through high/secondary school graduation
  • Grades (and grade point average if calculated by school)
  • TOEFL or IELTS Scores (see below)
  • ACT or SAT scores (if provided)
  • College/University Coursework (transfer applicants)

  • Contribution to the cultural, gender, age, economic, racial or geographic diversity of the student body
  • Evidence of having overcome barriers to educational achievement
  • Exceptional talent
  • First generation college student
  • Personal statement and letters of recommendation
  • Significant responsibility in a family, community, job, or activity
  • Specific high/secondary school courses, grade trends, and rigor of academic curriculum

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required if English is NOT your native language.

TOEFL scores must be sent electronically by Education Testing Services (ETS) - code: 6873.

Minimum scores required are:

  • TOEFL - Written: 550, Computer: 213, Internet (IBT): 80
  • IELTS - 6.5

Applicants who are otherwise admissible, but not yet fully proficient may be admitted with one or more language courses required.  Minimum scores:

  • TOEFL - Written: 520, Internet (IBT): 68
  • IELTS - 6


Students will be issued an I-20 only after they have confirmed their enrollment to UMD by registering for orientation and paying the non-refundable confirmation fee.