Program Overview

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About PSEO admission.

We have partnered with the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program (PSEO) to offer high school students entering into their junior and senior year, the opportunity to enroll in Beginning Dakota I & II, or Beginning Ojibwe I & II.

This program is designed to offer a tuition-free opportunity for high school students interested in learning how to speak one of Minnesota’s indigenous languages.

What will you learn?

  • Basic techniques to become a fluent speaker
  • Reading and writing Dakota or Ojibwe
  • Indigenous language revitalization history, issues, and research
  • Basic principles of language revitalization

What are the benefits?

  • Earn college credits
  • Gain college experiences
  • Help preserve Minnesota's indigenous languages
  • Enjoy campus at the University of Minnesota

Admission Requirements

First, apply with the Department of American Indian Studies for the Dakota or Ojibwe Language PSEO Program.

You must submit:

  • 250-word essay that describes your interest in learning the Dakota or Ojibwe language
  • Your high school transcript
  • Two academic letters of recommendation from non–relatives (Please limit to one page each)
  • Completed application form: PSEO Application

Next, you complete to the University of Minnesota PSEO Application.

Submit your application: You can email, fax or mail your completed application to the Department of American Indian Studies.
For more information, call Brittany Anderson at 612-626-5759, or email her at