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  • Fall 09/06-12/22
  • Spring 01/17-05/13

Tuition & Payments
You will pay in-state/in province tuition/fees directly to your host campus.
OPEN - Host campus accepts ALL qualified applicants.

You will pay your normal tuition/fees to your home campus.
EVEN - Host campus accepts no more students than it sends out.

Estimated Per Semester
Costs For Plan A Tuition & Fees:

Estimated Per Semester
Costs For Room Only:

Additional Information
Receive From Canada

Campus Diversity
1%Native/First Nation
0%Hawaiian/Pacific Island
3%Two or more races

Campus Links
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Outgoing Students

NSE Links
Policies & Procedures
Campus Detail Info
Member Campus Links

How to Apply
Applications are submitted through your home campus coordinator.
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University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities is one of the largest campuses in the U.S., with nearly 50,000 students on campus. Nearly 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 US, & contributing to the U of M's academic prestige are 20 Nobel Laureates, 86 Guggenheim Fellows, and 2 MacArthur "Geniuses" on campus right now! 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 "Cities", with a population over 2 million, are recognized as centers for the arts with nationally acclaimed theaters, museums, & a vibrant music scene. Winter's are snowy & cold, but the majority of the year is mild and beautiful.

Campus Location - -located on the Mississippi River in the heart of the Twin Cities - in the city with easy access to shopping and entertainment - connect to ample trails for walking, running, and biking.

Helpful Information - We are "open" on Plan A, so your acceptance is basically guaranteed under that Plan. We are "even" on Plan B, so your acceptance is not guaranteed under that Plan...either be willing to come on Plan A or have some strong back-up school choices.

Don't worry if you are accepted without on-campus housing...there are many, many rental houses and apartments within walking distance to campus.

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 business courses are closed. Nursing courses are closed. Chemical Engineering and Materials Science are closed. Elementary Education, Business and Marketing Education, Human Resource Development, Kinesiology, and Sport Management are closed.

Architecture courses are limited (see "Closed Programs"). Students wishing to take any course offered by the Carlson School of Business must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and have course flexibility. Upper division (3000 level and above) courses for Microbiology and Neuroscience are limited. Students should have access to lower division courses within the College of Science and Engineering as long as they have the appropriate prerequisites completed...they must work with each department to register. Psychology, Spanish, Photography, and upper-division Economics are in high demand and space may not be available. Music, Theater, and Dance courses may require audition.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Psychology
  • Business
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Sciences

Special Options
Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students
Aerospace Sciences: Aerospace Studies

Agriculture: Agricultural Business, Agricultural Communications, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Education, Agricultural Sciences, Agricultural Technology Management, Agronomy, Animal Sciences, Horticulture, Plant Genetics, Plant Science, Soil Science

Anthropology: American Indian Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology

Architecture: Architecture, Landscape Architecture/Design

Area Studies: African Studies, Afro-American Studies, American Studies, Art Studies, Asian American Studies, Chicano/Mexican American Studies, Cinema and Cultural Studies, Comparative American Studies, East Asian Literature/Studies, Gender, Ethnicity and Multicultural Studies, Hispanic Studies, International Studies, Jewish Studies, Native American Studies, Russian Studies, Scandinavian Studies

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Art Education, Art History, Ceramic Art/Ceramics, Digital Arts, Drawing, Fine Art, Media Arts, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Studio Art, Theater Art, Visual Arts

Biological Sciences: Biology/Life Science, Botany/Plant Sciences, Cell Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Physiology, Wildlife Biology

Business: Accounting, Actuarial Science, Business, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Finance/Banking, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, Management Information Systems, Manufacturing, Marketing, Operations Research, Public Relations, Retailing, Supply and Logistics Management

Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry

Communications: American Sign Language, Communication, Electronic Media and Culture, Film, Journalism, Scientific and Technical Communication, Writing/Editing

Consumer and Family Studies: Child Consumer and Family Studies, Family Science/Services, Family Studies

Criminal Justice: Criminal Justice, Criminology

Earth Sciences: Astronomy, Astrophysics, Earth Science, Geology, Physical Sciences, Science

Economics: Applied Economics, Economics

Education: Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)

Engineering: Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Biosystems Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Geological Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

English: Comparative Literature, Creative Writing, English, Film Studies, Linguistics, Literature, Poetry, Technical Writing, Writing

Environmental Studies: Conservation Biology, Ecology, Energy/Environmental Policy, Environmental Biology, Environmental Design, Environmental Management, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies, Fish and Game Management, Fisheries Science, Natural Resources, Natural Resources/Science/Management, Sustainability Studies, Wildlife Biology/Science

Food Science: Food Science, Nutrition

Foreign Language: American Sign Language, Arabic (some courses), Chinese (some courses), Danish, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hmong, Italian, Japanese (some courses), Lakota, Latin, Norwegian, Ojibwe, Portuguese, Romance Languages, Russian, Spanish, Swedish

Forestry: Forestry

General Studies: Arts and Science, Classical Studies, Gender Studies, Humanities, Individualized Degree Program, Individualized Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Leadership Studies, Liberal Studies, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Social Studies, Spanish Literature

Geography and Urban Studies: Geography, Housing Studies, Urban Planning, Urban Studies

Geology: Geology

Health and Safety Sciences: Emergency Medical Care, Mortuary Science, Public Health

History: History

Industrial Studies: Construction Management

Information Studies: Computer Science, Information Technology

International Studies: International Studies

Marine Sciences: Marine Biology

Mathematics: Actuarial Mathematics, Mathematics, Statistics

Military Sciences: Army ROTC, Naval ROTC

Music: Choral Music

Performing Arts: Acting, Dance, Music, Music Education, Music History, Music Therapy, Theater Arts/Drama

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy, Religious Studies

Physics: Astrophysics, Materials Sciences, Physics

Political Science: American Political Science, Government, International Studies, Political Science, Public Administration/Affairs

Psychology: Child Psychology, Psychology

Recreation: Leisure Studies, Non-Profit Programs Management, Outdoor Education, Parks Administration and Management, Recreation

Sociology/Social Work: Gender Studies, Housing, Law and Society, Social Science, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, Womens Studies

Speech Pathology and Audiology: Communication Disorders, Speech Pathology and Audiology, Speech Therapy

Technology: Manufacturing Technology

Theater: Performance and Directing

Quick Links Registration Priority
  • According to class standing
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. International student acceptances on Plan B allowed only for students from Plan B only campuses. International students MAY NOT work on campus during their exchange.
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 550 paper, 213 computer or 79 Internet
Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Students
  • No graduate or post-baccalaureate students
Summer Exchange
  • Plan A
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan A
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Plan A Students
  • Figures are current as of 2/22/2017.
  • Estimated cost: $6,920.
  • 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 Plan A students.
Tuition and Fees - Plan B 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 Plan B students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Plan A: 19
  • Plan B: 19
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 2/22/2017.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
NSE Program Fee: $50 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
Health Insurance: $1,000 Semester Plan A & B Optional
Transportation Fee: $20 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
CSOM tuition Fee: $750 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Boynton Extended Coverage Fee: $128 Semester Plan B Mandatory
Other Fee: $160 Year Plan A & B Mandatory

Important Notes: Purchase of health insurance ($1000/term) is required for all international students, including those coming from Canada. Plan A and B students without valid insurance must purchase insurance from the U of M ($1000/term) addition Plan B students with OR without their own insurance must pay the Boynton Extended Coverage Fee ($120/term). Plan A students wishing to take classes in the Carlson School of Management (CSOM) must pay the additional tuition surcharge and fees listed above.

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $999 per semester.

Financial Aid
Plan A
For Plan A 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 Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

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

Plan B
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Plan A or Plan B, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.
  • Figures are current as of 2/22/2017.
  • Expect 5% or more increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on the average room and meal plan selected by NSE students. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your selected room type and meals.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • Double: $3,298
  • Full-year contract required for a full-year exchange
  • On campus living is limited
  • Maximum unrestricted housing reserved: 15
Off-Campus Housing
  • Appoximate monthly cost: $868
  • Proximity to campus: within 1 mile
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
On-Campus housing during fall semester is very competitive and cannot be guaranteed. During spring semester, on-campus housing is much easier. During the 2017/2018 school year, the only on-campus housing option for NSE students is University is apartment-style with a kitchen. A meal plan is not required.

Meal Plans Per Semester

  • Meal purchase is not required for on campus living.
  • $$1,894 per semester for 14 meals per week.

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