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University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Minneapolis, MN

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  1. Top-tier research campus & member of the Association of American Universities.
  2. Good public transportation system connects campus with much of the Twin Cities.
  3. Experience all 4 seasons in Minnesota!

About This Campus

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities is one of the largest campuses in the U.S., with nearly 50,000 students on campus. Roughly 4700 classes are offered annually in over 160 undergraduate academic programs. The U of M is generally ranked amongst the top 10 public research institutions in the U.S., and contributing to the U of M's academic prestige are 20 Nobel Laureates and 86 Guggenheim Fellows. As a land-grant institution, the U of M has a strong tradition of education and civic engagement. It is a member of the Big Ten conference of the NCAA. The park-like main campus of the U of M is nestled in the heart of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis & St. Paul and dissected by the Mississippi River. The Twin Cities, with a population over 3 million, are recognized as centers for the arts with nationally acclaimed theaters, museums, & a vibrant music scene. Winters are snowy & cold, but the majority of the year is mild and beautiful.

Location Information

We are an urban campus so you'll have easy access to shopping and entertainment, but our location also allows you to connect to nature by hiking in the Mississippi River Gorge and walking, running, and biking on the trails adjacent to campus. Our public transportation system is quite good connecting students with all parts of the metro including both downtowns of Minneapolis and St. Paul, the airport, the Mall of America, and many places in between.

Helpful Information

Course flexibility is key at this campus, especially if you are hoping to take courses in the College of Science and Engineering, Carlson School of Management, or the College of Design. Please read the Academics tab below for more information.

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2022/2023 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Minneapolis
Population | 3,280,000
Enrollment | 49,000
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home & Host
Term Dates
Fall | 09/08-12/23
Spring | 01/19-05/12

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 1%
Asian | 11%
Black | 6%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Hispanic/Latino | 5%
Two or more | 4%
White | 64%
Other | 9%
International | 12%
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  • Campus Catalog
  • Priority: According to class standing
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
Closed Programs
Architecture studios and workshops, and courses in apparel, graphic design, and interior design are closed. Professional journalism courses are closed. Some upper-division courses in the Carlson School of Management (CSOM) are closed. Nursing courses are closed. Chemical Engineering and Materials Science are closed.

Architecture courses are limited (see "Closed Programs"). Students wishing to take any course offered by the Carlson School of Management (CSOM) must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and have course flexibility. CSOM students may not have access to all services (job/internship fair, job/internship database, etc) offered through the college. Upper division (3000 level and above) courses for Microbiology and Neuroscience are limited. Students should have access to most lower division courses within the College of Science and Engineering (CSE) as long as they have the appropriate prerequisites completed...they must work with each department to register. Upper-Division courses in CSE CANNOT be guaranteed. Both lower and upper division courses in Computer Science are limited. Psychology, Spanish, Photography, and upper-division Economics are in high demand and space may not be available. Music, Theater, and Dance courses may require an audition.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Education & Human Development - Top-ranked undergrad and grad programs with these majors: Business and Marketing Education, Developmental Psychology, Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Family Social Science, Human Resource Development, Kinesiology, and Special Education.
  • Animal Science - Top-ranked program offering hands-on experiences with a variety of animal species.
  • Economics - Consistently ranked among the top departments in the world.
  • Psychology - Nationally-ranked undergrad and grad programs in Psychology, Clinical Psychology, and Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
  • Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics - Nationally-ranked program that is ABET accredited.

Unique Academic Programs

  • American Indian Studies - The Department of American Indian Studies' oldest and continuing strengths are courses in Dakota and Ojibwe language, culture, and history.
  • Public and Non-Profit Management - This major blends general management-focused courses from the Carlson School with nonprofit-focused courses from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.

Special Programs

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Science
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • African American Studies
  • African Studies
  • Agricultural Business
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Education
  • Agricultural Technology Management
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • American Sign Language
  • American Studies
  • Anatomy
  • Ancient Studies
  • Animal Sciences
  • Animation and Special Effects
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Art
  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
  • Asian American Studies
  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Life Science
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Botany/Plant Sciences
  • Business Administration
  • Business Education
  • Business Management
  • Cell Biology
  • Ceramic Art/Ceramics
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • Choral Music
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communication
  • Communication Disorders
  • Comparative Literature
  • Construction Management
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminology
  • Dance
  • Digital Arts
  • Drawing
  • Earth Science
  • East Asian Studies
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • English
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Design
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Epidemiology
  • Equine Science
  • Exercise Science
  • Family Studies
  • Film
  • Finance/Banking
  • Fine Art
  • Food Science
  • Forestry
  • French
  • Genetics
  • Geography
  • Geological Engineering
  • Geology
  • German
  • Government
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • History
  • Horticulture
  • Human Resource Management
  • Industrial Engineering
  • International Business
  • International Studies
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Jewish Studies
  • Journalism
  • Kinesiology
  • Landscape Architecture/Design
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marine Biology
  • Marketing
  • Mass Communication
  • Materials Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Microbiology
  • Mortuary Science
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Music History
  • Music Therapy
  • Native American/American Indian Studies
  • Natural Resources Conservation
  • Nutrition
  • Performance and Directing
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Plant Science
  • Political Science
  • Portuguese
  • Printmaking
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Public Relations
  • Recreation Management
  • Religious Studies/Theology
  • Risk Management
  • Russian
  • Scandinavian Studies
  • Sculpture
  • Sociology
  • Soil Science
  • Spanish
  • Speech Pathology and Audiology
  • Sports Management/Administration
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • Sustainable Resource Management
  • Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)
  • Technical Writing
  • Theater Arts/Drama/Acting
  • Urban Planning
  • Urban Studies
  • Visual Arts
  • Water Management
  • Wildlife Biology
  • Women and Gender Studies


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.5 GPA
  • FOR ALL STUDENTS: Course access can be difficult and students must be flexible with desired courses. Students must meet all prerequisites.
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of N/A paper, 213.00 computer or 79.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.50
Summer Exchange
  • Host/Home Pay
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on either

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 06/04/21

  • Campus Budget
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment Students
  • Estimated cost: $7618.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: 19
  • Home Payment: 19

Financial Aid - Host Payment
For Host Payment U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Host Payment applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • CWS
  • Perkins
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 003969

Financial Aid - Home Payment
For eligible Home Payment students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Financial Aid - Canada
Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
NSE Program Fee $50 Semester Host & Home Mandatory
Health Service Fee $139 Semester Home Mandatory
Parking Fee $296 Semester Host & Home Optional
Transportation Fee $25 Semester Host & Home Mandatory
Academic Records Fee $75 Year Host & Home Mandatory

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 06/04/21

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 12% living on campus
  • Double: $5179 (includes meals)
  • Full-year contract required for a full-year exchange
  • On campus living is limited
  • Maximum unrestricted housing reserved: 15
Off-Campus Housing
  • Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $868
  • Proximity to campus: within 1 mile
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
During the 2021/2022 school year, on-campus housing options for NSE students will be limited to: Centennial Hall (traditional dorm with required mealplan), Radius Apartments, and Yudof Hall (kitchen in unit so no mealplan required). Visit https://housing.umn.edu for more information including on-campus room options and rates. Want to live off-campus? Check out the Off Campus Housing website: https://housing.umn.edu/other/off-campus.

Meal Plans

Notes About Meal Plans
Meal plan required only for students living in Centennial Hall.


Figures per Semester are current as of 06/04/21

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Health Insurance $1273 Semester Home & Host Waiver Available

Important Notes about Health Insurance
Waiver available with proof of adequate (U.S.-based coverage) coverage.

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $1,272 per semester.


  • Health records due by: start of classes
  • Home campus copy acceptable
  • Immunization before residence hall move in
  • Health / accident insurance
  • Immunization: DTap (diptheria, tetanus, pertussis)
  • Immunization: MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
  • Immunization: Covid-19

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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