Process after you accept our financial support and admission offer:
If you are interested in doing summer research (from mid-May to mid-August), you may contact the professors you are interested in working on research with. Once you have found a professor to work with, please send an email to Amanda Hawkinson (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please also include your start date, which is decided upon by you and your advisor.
There is an Orientation Program for new graduate students that you are required to attend, scheduled to begin on August 22, 2016. During this program, you will meet with your pre-academic adviser who will be assigned to you based on what PhD research you are interested in pursuing. S/he will talk with you about your academic background so that you can register for the most appropriate classes in the fall. You can discuss with him/her if you should take the qualifying examination right away, and other issues which may be of concern to you. There will also be a special seminar program designed to prepare you to teach the laboratory and recitation section classes, which will be part of your teaching assignment. The first day of Fall Semester classes is September 6, 2016.
U.S. immigration law requires proof of citizenship as a condition of employment. Acceptable proof of citizenship is (1) a current passport or (2) a picture I.D. (preferably a driver's license) and a birth certificate or original social security card. If you do not have these items, please arrange to get them before you come to Minneapolis.
The University sponsors a Teaching and Language Kick-off (TALK) program beginning on Monday, August 8, 2016, for Teaching Assistants whose native language is not English. You are required to attend this program. (Note that the exemption of TOEFL does not mean that you are exempt from this program since a major component of this program is about teaching culture in the U.S.) Due to the F-1 visa rules, you are not allowed to arrive in the US more than 30 days before the “Report by” date on your I-20. We do not have funds for foreign students who arrive before the beginning of the language program. In addition, if you arrive early you will have to purchase your own health insurance. The earliest arrival date for 2016 is August 1st, 2016. Please contact ISSS if you have any questions about international travel and visas.
You are required to pass the test at the end of this TA language training session to be certified to teach in the fall. It is important that you make every effort to pass. During the training session, you will not only learn how to communicate better in English -pronunciation, listening, grammar, etc. - but also how to be a good instructor at an American university.
Because of the constraint on the entry date imposed by INS mentioned above, we are not able to offer a summer research opportunity to those that are not US citizens.
There is an Orientation Program for new graduate students that you are required to attend, scheduled to begin on August 22, 2016. During this program, you will meet with your academic adviser who will be assigned to you based on what PhD research you are interested in pursuing. S/he will talk with you about your academic background so that you can register for the most appropriate classes in the fall. You can discuss with him/her if you should take the qualifying examination right away, and other issues which may be of concern to you. There will also be a special seminar program designed to prepare you to teach the laboratory and recitation section classes, which will be part of your teaching assignment. The first day of Fall Semester classes is September 6, 2016.
We will be glad to help you resolve any problems you might encounter in coming to Minneapolis to begin graduate study. Many questions including those related to visa and housing can be answered by
International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS):
190 Hubert H. Humphrey Center
301 19th Ave. South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455
Telephone: (612) 626-7100
Fax: (612) 626-7361
For international students, there are various student organizations offering new students help in adjusting to American life. Their webpage can be found here. If you are aware of other such organizations, please let us know and we will list them here.
To check on the status of your application in the future, the most up to date information is in your ApplyYourself application record. For access to the ApplyYourself system click here. If you have misplaced your PIN or password, click on “Forgot your PIN or Password?” and then follow the instructions. Do NOT use “Create Account” to obtain this information.
See below for the types of credentials required from various countries. However, we can consider you for admission if you mail a photocopy or fax us a legible copy of your credentials. If you do that, do not send official or certified credentials at this time; if you are admitted, we will request official or certified credentials from you when we send you the admission letter. Credentials can be mailed to The Graduate School address listed below, or faxed to 612-625-6002.
All international applicants who have attended universities that issue official transcripts on request must submit such credentials; the transcripts must be received in The Graduate School Office of Admissions directly from the schools. An official English translation should be attached if the transcript is not in English.
If your native language is not English, you are required to take one of the following:
The operational standard for admission to the Graduate School is a TOEFL score of 79 on the internet-based TOEFL with section scores of 21 on writing and 19 on reading (213 on the computer-based TOEFL, 550 on the paper-based TOFEL) or a MELAB score of 80, or an IELTS score of 6.5. Individual departments may have a higher requirement. Scores must be less than two years old.
TOEFL information is available on the web, at U.S. embassies and consulates, information agency offices, and educational foundations, or by writing to: TOEFL Services, Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 899, Princeton, NJ, 08541-6151, U.S.A.
MELAB information is available from The English Language Institute, MELAB Office, University of Michigan, 500 East Washington Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2028, U.S.A. Overseas testing is available on a limited basis in selected countries.
IELTS information is available on the web or by writing to IELTS International, 825 Colorado Blvd, Suite 112, Los Angeles, CA 90041.
An official report of the TOEFL, or MELAB, or IELTS scores should be sent to The Graduate School. Our TOEFL institutional code is 6874.
If you have completed 16 semester credits/24 quarter credits (within the past 24 months) in an academic program in a recognized institution of higher learning in the U.S., you do not need to submit the TOEFL, or MELAB, or IELTS scores as part of the application procedure.
The address to have your transcript and official TOEFL scores sent:
University of Minnesota
309 Johnston Hall
101 Pleasant St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0421