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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.

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.

2023/2024 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2024/2025 Placement

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Minneapolis
Population | 3,280,000
Enrollment | 52,000
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home & Host
Term Dates
Fall | 09/05-12/21
Spring | 01/16-05/08

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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RegistrationClosed 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 & Developmental Psychology - Nationally-ranked undergrad and grad programs in Developmental Psychology, 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.
  • Chinese Flagship Program - One of 12 in the nation.
  • Social Justice - Offers the opportunity to theorize about the meanings of social justice and practice "doing" social justice advocacy in community organizations.

Special Programs

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Accounting, Actuarial Science, Aerospace Engineering... ++ show all


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.5 GPA
  • STUDENTS FROM QUEBEC: English language proficiency must be confirmed after placement. 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
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 Home/Host Pay
Canadian Students
  • Will accept Home/Host Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 05/15/23

  • 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: $7484.48.
  • 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 for NSE Students
Regardless of Payment Plan, financial aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
NSE Program Fee $50 Semester Host & Home Mandatory
Parking Fee $308 Semester Host & Home Optional
Transportation Fee $71 Semester Host & Home Mandatory
Academic Records Fee $75 Year Host & Home Mandatory
Boynton Extended Coverage Fee $152 Semester Home Mandatory
Housing and Res Life Service Fee $50 Semester Host & Home Optional

Important Notes: Canadian students may incur additional fees relating to their student visa and services provided by the International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) office.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 05/15/23

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 12% living on campus
  • Double: $5947 (includes meals)
  • Full-year contract required for a full-year exchange
  • 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 2022/2023 school year, on-campus housing options for NSE students will be limited to: Centennial Hall (traditional residence hall with required meal plan), Radius Apartments, and Yudof Hall (kitchen in unit so no meal plan 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 05/15/23

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Health Insurance $1734 Semester Host & Home Waiver Available

Important Notes about Health Insurance
Waiver available with proof of adequate (U.S.-based coverage) coverage. Canadian students must purchase our campus health insurance.

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $1,734 per semester.


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