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Rae French

Rae French

Learning Abroad Advisor
International Programs
Learning Abroad
(218) 281-8339


  • Assist students with planning for learning abroad experiences

  • Multicultural Specialist who works on bringing diverse groups of potential students to the University of Minnesota, Crookston. I work closely with the M.E.P. (Multicultural Excellence Program) in St. Paul and serve on the MnACC (Minnesota Association of Counselors of Color). I continue to work closely with liaisons in any area who work with students of color wanting to pursue a college education.

Research Interests

  • Communications

  • Korean Adoption

  • Multicultural Relations

Educational Background

  • B.A. in Speech Communications with a minor in Theater from Minnesota State University of Moorhead

Professional Memberships

  • MnACC Collaborative Workshop Committee

  • MnACC Fair Committee, holding the position of coordinator of MnACC fairs

  • UMC Art Committee



My name is Rae French and I have been working at UMN Crookston for 25 years, most recently in the area of international admissions and study abroad. I’ve had the distinct pleasure of meeting students from around the world, traveling, and creating an environment of sharing culture.

I live in Crookston with my husband and our two children. My husband also works at UMN Crookston as a professor of music and theater and my kids are both in high school. Together we are involved with many organizations throughout the community. We love it here!

One of the most rewarding experiences about my job is meeting students like you for the first time and watching the growth they go through while attending UMN Crookston. Some of the activities I organize for them include the International Dinner Series, International Week, volunteering at the schools, experiencing host families, fishing, biking and so much more. Many of our alumni are now very successful business owners, nurses, teachers, accountants and software engineers. 

In closing, I am the first person you will meet on campus and through me, you will meet a community of wonderful people who you will be able to stay in touch with for a lifetime. I hope UMN Crookston will be your home-away-from-home.

In the News

March 10, 2023
Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students preschool through high school, and they’re available by contacting French at or calling 218-281-8339.
February 21, 2022
Resilient is an adjective which has been abundantly used throughout the past two years to describe the dedication and hard work that many have shown in the face of challenging times. This word best describes Tsebaot Getachew and her 7,688-mile journey to the University of Minnesota Crookston.
November 8, 2018
International Education Week is November 12 through 16, and several events are planned at the University of Minnesota Crookston.