Each year the University of Minnesota hosts a number of students for short-term or non-degree programs. Last year, the university hosted approximately 290 international students who were not intending to earn a degree directly from our institution. The University’s short-term or non-degree programs offer several options for students who wish to study with us for less than an entire degree. These programs vary in length from just a few weeks to a single semester or entire academic year. Programs also vary by topic area. Some offer academic credits that can be transferred to your home institution, while some are more recreational in nature. Please see the descriptions below and follow the links to each program’s website to learn more about offerings and eligibility.
Visiting Students and Study Abroad
Study at the University of Minnesota without an exchange program.
Visiting international students have the opportunity to attend and earn credit at the University of Minnesota through our Global Opportunities Minnesota (or GO Minnesota) program without the need for an exchange agreement or sponsorship from an academic department. GO Minnesota offers a semester or academic year program for both undergraduate and graduate students, as well as a summer session for undergraduates.
Earn credit at your home institution through an established exchange program.
Students who would like to attend and earn academic credits as an exchange student may be nominated through one of the University's exchange partnerships. Students are also nominated to study here based on agreements with governmental agencies. The University of Minnesota accepts applications for exchange students who have been nominated by their home university. We encourage prospective exchange students to consult with their home university's international office to be nominated. A formal agreement between the two universities/institutions must be in place for students to be eligible for "exchange student" status. Exchange students must be enrolled in full-time coursework in order to maintain their visa status.