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The University of Minnesota provides a high-quality education at a reasonable cost, especially compared to our peer institutions. Since we charge a flat tuition rate, the tuition cost will not increase for students taking 13 credits or more per semester. Students typically take 15–16 credits per semester in order to graduate in four years.

Costs for International Undergraduates

International Undergraduate Costs, 2020-21
Tuition & Fees (full academic year or two semesters) $34,334
Mandatory Health Insurance (12 months) $2,544
Living Expenses & Books (12 months) $18,795
Total $55,673

The costs above are for the 2020-2021 academic year, which is used as the estimated cost of attendance for 2021-2022.  However, tuition and fees are subject to change and actual expenses will vary for individual students. The University of Minnesota is not responsible for any difference between these estimated costs and your actual costs. Cost increases should be expected for each subsequent academic year. Tuition and fees for the 2021-2022 academic year will be finalized in July 2021 by the Board of Regents. 

Some programs and colleges have additional mandatory fees and/or tuition surcharges. Students enrolled in the Carlson School of Management (CSOM), College of Science and Engineering (CSE), and some College of Liberal Arts (CLA) majors will be charged an additional $1,000 per semester tuition surcharge to maintain innovative classrooms and laboratories.

Scholarships

The University of Minnesota offers undergraduate scholarships to international students based on merit and financial need:

Global Excellence Scholarships (merit-based awards)

All international freshmen and transfer students who complete their applications for admission by the deadlines are automatically considered for a Global Excellence Scholarship. For the 2020–21 academic year, international freshman can receive scholarships of $25,000, $15,000, or $10,000 per year for up to four years. Transfer students may receive $10,000 per year for up to three years when entering the University in the Fall semester. Transfer students entering in Spring semester will be considered for scholarships on a funds-available basis.

Awards are competitive and based on academic merit. Students selected for awards are among the best in their class and show a record of very strong academic preparation. There is no separate scholarship application required; students are considered based on an overall assessment of their on-time admission application. Students must maintain their F-1 immigration status to remain eligible for these scholarships. If you have been awarded a Global Excellence Scholarship and have questions about the award, please view the Frequently Asked Questions on the International Student and Scholar Services Website.

International Student and Scholar Services Scholarships (need-based awards)

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2020–2021 school year.

Various scholarships are available for new international students based on criteria such as financial need, academic merit, and educational goals. Students are required to complete an online application and several short essays for consideration. Applications for need-based scholarships must be completed no later than February 1, 2021. To be eligible for consideration for the need-based scholarships, students must complete their application for admission by the regular deadline (November 1 or January 1 for freshman applicants; transfer admission deadlines vary) and be admitted to the University of Minnesota by April 1.  

Candidates are more likely to receive an award if they demonstrate financial need within the range of available scholarship funding.  Last year, awards ranged between $1,000-$5,000. In awarding the need-based scholarships, the selection committee is guided by the following statement: The University values diversity, broadly defined, to include diversity of experiences, perspectives, backgrounds, and talents. Enrolling a diverse community of scholars interested in learning with and from each other fosters discussion and discovery inside and outside of the classroom. 

Recipients of awards are notified via email by April 1 of the year they plan to enter the University.

These ISSS scholarships are for new students only. If you are already enrolled at the University of Minnesota, please visit the International Student and Scholar Services website for financial resources.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Scholarship (UROS)

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Scholarship (UROS) is awarded to high-achieving students with an interest in research. Recipients work on a research project with a faculty mentor and receive a stipend of approximately $1,700.