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International Programs

Welcome to the University of Minnesota Crookston!  Our campus is located in northwest Minnesota and a part of the University of Minnesota system.  We are a very transfer friendly, safe and close-knit campus with many things to offer our students.  We offer no out-of-state tuition, which is a huge savings for many of our International students.  Apply now and earn your prestigious University of Minnesota degree!

Why choose UMC?

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  • No Out-of-State Tuition
  • Transfer Friendly
  • Small & Safe Campus
  • Prestigious University of Minnesota Degree

What services does UMC's International Programs department provide?

Advising (Immigration,Cultural & Transition, Learning Abroad Advising), Orientation for new International Students, International Ambassador Program, Airport pick up services for new International Students, Tax Workshops, Monthly Programs, International Education Week Activities and the Study Abroad Fair.

What countries are currently represented at UMC?

Canada, China, Cote D'ivoire, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Iran, Jamaica, South Korea, Liberia, Malaysia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Singapore, Somalia, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States and Zambia.

Study Minnesota Logo

University of Minnesota Crookston is a member of Study Minnesota promoting international students to study in Minnesota.

For Prospective International Students

For Prospective International Students

Students from many countries attend the University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) - a coordinate campus of the University of Minnesota system. They contribute a unique world view and participate in all aspects of campus life.  We pride ourselves on being a small, safe and transfer-friendly campus which seeks to meet the individual needs of all students through technology, personal attention, and dedicated career planning. 

Meet some of our students

Roseline "Rose" Kansoole, of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (West Africa), shares her story as agricultural business major at UMN Crookston.

Meet international student, Manpreet Singh, of Punjab, India. Manpreet found his calling at UMN Crookston while studying information technology management with a minor in sports & recreation management.

More info for prospective international students

For Current International Students

For Current International Students

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Current International Student Forms

Important Forms for F-1 Students
Caution: Completion of an F-1 Form does NOT guarantee approval of your request. An adviser will review your request, and they will contact you if there are any issues that need to be resolved.  
Add/Update U.S. Mailing Address
(Review directions)
Reduced Course Load for F-1 Students (Only first & last semester) PDF
Replace a Lost/Stolen I-20 PDF
Transfer Release PDF
Statement of Responsibilities PDF
Program Extension
Change of Degree Level
Change to F Status

Release of Information PDF
Verification of F-1 Student’s On-Campus Job (To be used for applying for a Social Security Number) PDF
F-1 Departure Form PDF
Curricular/Optional Practical Training Application Forms Document
CPT Course Instructor Verification Form PDF
OPT Request and OPT Application Packet PDF
24-month Extension of OPT Application Packet PDF

Returning International Student Forms

English Proficiency

English Proficiency

The University of Minnesota requires all non-native English speakers to demonstrate a command of the English language that is necessary for success in college level classes taught in English.

International applicants whose first language is English from the following English-speaking countries will be exempted from English proficiency testing:

  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Canada (except Quebec)
  • Cayman Islands
  • Dominica
  • England
  • Federated State of Micronesia
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Montserrat
  • New Zealand
  • Northern Ireland
  • Scotland
  • Seychelles
  • Shetland Islands
  • St. Kitts-Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Wales

Applicants from US Territories including American Samoa, Guam, Marshall Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, and Virgin Islands whose first language is English are similarly exempted.

Acceptable ways to demonstrate adequate English proficiency

The following methods can be used to demonstrate a student has adequate English language ability to be accepted to academic programs at University of Minnesota Crookston:

  1. IELTS academic test result with overall band score of 5.5 or higher
  2. TOEFL iBT test result of 68 or higher (equivalent to 520 paper test result)   
  3. Duolingo English Test of 105 or higher                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
  4. MELAB test result 75 or higher   
  5. Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test result 52 or higher                                                                                                                                           
  6. Pearson PTE Academic test result 52 or higher                                                                                                                                                                                       
  7. IB students taking English A or B, HL or SL, with a score of 5 or higher                                                                                                                                                                 
  8. SAT test result with scores on Critical Reading and Writing section at 60th percentile or higher                                                                                                                     
  9. ACT test result with scores on English and Reading section at 60th percentile or higher                                                                                                                           
  10. Students who successfully pass grade Pre-1 or higher of the Japanese STEP Eiken test                                                                                                                           
  11. SEPT (Sakae English Proficiency Test) result 11 or higher. Students with Level 10 result who join summer ESL can join Bachelor program in Fall                                                 
  12. Students from Norway with grade 4 or higher in secondary school English                                                                                                                                                 
  13. Students from Sweden with grade B or higher in secondary school English                                                                                                                                                 
  14. Students from Finland with grade 8 or higher in secondary school English

ESL options available at University of Minnesota Crookston 

Students who do not yet meet the English communication entry requirements for academic programs at University of Minnesota Crookston may join our ESL program beginning Fall 2021.

Academic Year ESL Sessions - Fall 2021

Fall and spring semester programs are available during the academic year. Students will study to earn 12 pre-collegiate level credits each semester. The program includes classroom instruction, directed outside activities, and individual conversation tutors each week.

International Agreements and Partnerships

International Agreements and Partnerships

The University of Minnesota Crookston has several agreements and partnerships with institutions across around the world, which provide opportunities for students and faculty to study, conduct research, develop contacts and interact with people from different cultures.

For international agreements and partnerships, please contact Sok Leng Tan at tans@crk.umn.edu

Scholarships and Grants for International and Study Abroad Students

Scholarships and Grants for International and Study Abroad Students

The University of Minnesota Crookston is pleased to have scholarships available to students for studying at Crookston (international students) and studying abroad (all UMC students). Here are some scholarship details.

In-state tuition scholarship
All students attending the University of Minnesota Crookston pay the same tuition rates –in-state tuition. The university waives the out of state tuition costs for all students coming to the University, regardless of residency or citizenship. This is scholarship is automatically granted to students. No additional applications are required to apply.

International Student ½ Tuition Waiver
This scholarship opportunity is for International students studying at the University of Minnesota Crookston on an F-1 visa.


  • Must have completed at least 24 credits from UMC
  • Must possess leadership skills, be involved with clubs and organizations on campus, and be an active UMC student overall
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above and be enrolled full-time (12+ credits)

Specialty Scholarships
International students are encouraged to review the criteria for specialty scholarships and to apply for ones that fit their programs of study.

U-Wide Study Abroad Scholarship
Scholarships are available for learning abroad. Award amounts are $2000 for year long programs, $1000 for semester long programs, $500 for short term programs.

Study Abroad Scholarships
The University of Minnesota, Crookston is pleased to offer some travel grant money. Awards of up to $500 are offered to help cover travel expenses on a learning abroad program. 

Learn more about Financial Aid & Scholarship information for International Students


Additional study abroad scholarship opportunities

U of M Scholarship

Katherine E. Sullivan Scholarship
This scholarship is open to seniors on any campus of the University of Minnesota campus to enrich their academic experience with a fifth year of undergraduate study in another country. (2 scholarships up to $15,000).

National Scholarships

David L. Boren Scholarship
Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

Fulbright Scholarship
For students who will have earned their bachelor’s degree prior to grant start date to continue research, teaching, or study in another country.

Morgan Stanley Scholarship to Japan
Morgan Stanley is awarding two $7,500 scholarships to US students who will be studying in Japan. Applications can be downloaded from their website.

Bridging Scholarships
The Association of Teachers of Japanese awards scholarships from $2,500 to $4,000 for students studying abroad in Japan. Deadline to apply is early April for study in the Fall and early October for study in the Spring.

Gilman Scholarships
Awards of up to $5,000 given to students studying abroad who are also receiving Pell Grants.

Freeman Asia Scholarships
The Freeman-ASIA Scholarship Program is designed to support US-based undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. The program’s goal is to increase the number of US citizens and permanent residents with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures.

Fund for Education Abroad
This scholarship is to support students who are underrepresented among the US study abroad population by supporting minority, community college and first-generation college students before, during and after their study abroad programs.

Rhodes Scholarships
Each year, 32 students from US colleges and universities full financial support to pursue a degree at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships
Rotary International offers several scholarships to US students studying abroad. Awards of up to $26,000 available.

Scholarship Databases

International Education Financial Aid
Provides free searches for study abroad.

Searches for scholarships based on conditions you enter, sends regular email updates alerting you to awards that fit your description.

Website with hundreds of entries for scholarships, grants, fellowships, and other sources of funding for studying or interning abroad.  It also has great source of information on preparing for studying abroad. 

Travel Guidance for Faculty, Staff and Students

Travel Guidance for Faculty, Staff and Students

Don't Pack a Pest
Not sure what you can bring when entering the United States? Find out at Don't Pack a Pest

Cuba Travel License
Travel to Cuba may require the use of the University’s travel license.

Travel Approval
Individual students or faculty-led groups who wish to travel to countries on the U.S. State Department’s travel warning list need prior approval from the University’s Education Abroad Suspension Committee.

International Health Insurance
All students and some faculty/staff must obtain international health insurance before participating in a learning experience abroad.

Travel Resources
Health, safety, and travel resources and advice for international travel.

Department Faculty & Staff

Department Faculty & Staff

Rae French
Learning Abroad Advisor
(218) 281-8339
Director of Global Programs
170-D Owen Hall
(218) 281-8442

International Programs

University of Minnesota Crookston

170 Owen Hall

2900 University Ave

Crookston, MN 56716

PHONE: 218-281-8442, 218-281-8339

FAX: 218-281-8588


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