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Applying for Exchange

Congratulations on being nominated by your home university as an exchange student to the University of Minnesota Duluth! You must complete and submit UMD application materials to officially apply.

If you are interested in studying at UMD but have not been accepted by your home university, visit your university’s international office for details.

Forms to Complete

Complete and submit all forms below. Forms will be accepted by email. Forms should be completed electronically and emailed to

Complete and submit necessary documents by the corresponding deadlines:

  • March 1: Fall semester or academic year (August start)
  • September 15: Spring semester (January start)

1. Application

Complete the online application form here. This form will be used to generate your immigration paperwork and must match your passport. If you do not go by your given name, you can indicate your preferred name in the appropriate space.

English Language Proficiency

You are required to have a minimum level of English language proficiency and sufficient documentation is needed to indicate your English language ability. For Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores, the minimum requirements are: 

      • TOEFL - Written: 550, Computer: 213, Internet (iBT): 80 
      • IELTS - 6.5

2. Financial Certification Statement

You are responsible for demonstrating that you have sufficient funds to meet all educational and personal expenses for the duration of your F-1 status at the University. You must fill out all the information on this form and submit supporting documentation before the University of Minnesota will accept you and issue you an I-20.

Note: Costs listed on the financial certification documents include prices valid for the  2017-18 academic year, actual costs may increase for the 2018-19 academic year and will be updated in June.

3. Class Request Form

Indicate the individual classes you would like to take on the UMD Class Request Google Form. Choose from a variety of classes within or outside of your area of study.

Exchange students are eligible for undergraduate courses in levels between 1xxx-5xxx, as long as you meet prerequisite requirements. Make sure you check with your home university to see how the classes you take at UMD will count towards your degree.

You must enroll in a minimum of 12 credits at UMD. Full-time enrollment during a term ranges from 12-16 credits. Note: the terms “class” and “course” are interchangeable at UMD.

Finding Classes
Search for available classes by using the online Schedule Builder. Select the Duluth campus and the term you will be studying at UMD. Along the left-hand side, under “Explore”, click on ‘Subjects’ to browse for classes by subject areas. It’s important to consider prerequisites, credit amounts, and the days and times of each class. More detailed instructions are listed on the class request form. Class selections cannot be guaranteed.

Some classes may have fees associated with them. When selecting a specific class, be aware of additional fees. Fee details can be found at OneStop. Course fees will be automatically billed to your UMD account. Course fees not relevant towards your degree will need to be paid by you.

Collegiate fees, some student service fees, course fees relevant toward your degree, and computer lab fees are paid for by UMD.

Recommended Class
UMD exchange student alumni highly recommend the class COMM 3535: Intercultural Communication. There is a course fee associated with this class, but Study Abroad will pay for it as we believe it is very beneficial to international students and a great way to meet people.

COMM 3535 – Intercultural Communication | Class Description:
This is a skills class in which students learn how to engage in effective intercultural communication and relationships. Students apply what they are learning by participating in intercultural communication with classmates from a wide variety of cultures. Students learn about variations in cultural practices and values and how social, political, and economic forces have both been influenced by and influence those cultures.

4. On-Campus Housing

We encourage all exchange students to live on campus, as it is a great way to meet people and to be provided with furnished accommodation. Almost all exchange students elect to live on campus.

Housing at UMD is consists of dormitories (dorms) and apartments. Students living in the dorms are required to purchase a meal plan for the UMD Dining Center. If you are not in the dorms, you can still purchase meals at the UMD Dining Center or at on-campus eateries if you wish.

Be aware of the check-in (exchange student arrival dates) and check-out dates for on-campus housing when making your travel plans. During your last term at UMD you must be checked out of on-campus housing by the last day of finals. Plan your departure accordingly.

Apartments offer cooking and toilet/shower facilities that you share with 3 other UMD students. These are recommended for a more independent living arrangement that allows you to cook for yourself.

Residence Halls
Residence halls —also known as dormitories (or dorms), offer shared rooms with no cooking facilities or toilet/shower facilities in the room. Instead, you share a toilet/shower facility with the rest of the floor. The residence halls are connected to the university which allows students to move from their room to their classes without going outside. This is an advantage in the winter time!

Off-Campus Accommodation
You may live off campus if you choose, but our office doesn’t provide support or guidance. Housing options can be found via UMD’s website for off-campus housing. Once you have secured housing, notify us of your off-campus address. Make sure to indicate you will live off campus on your application.