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International Students

In addition to the standard application requirements, all international applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the TOEFL iBT or the IELTS. University of Minnesota policy considers a non-native speaker to be a person who grew up in a home where the primary language was not English. The only exception to this rule is for students who earned the entirety of their undergraduate degree at an English-speaking institution. Please note that at least 16-semester credits (or 24 quarter credits) need to have been completed within the past 2 years. To support applicants unable to take in-person tests during the COVID-19 pandemic, additional testing options are available (depending on your region) for Fall 2021. For more information please review the Graduate School's English Language Proficiency page.

The University's operational standard for admission on the TOEFL iBT is, at a minimum:

Total Score 79
Writing 21
Reading 19
Speaking *19

*The minimum TOEFL speaking score requirement for a TA position in the Department of Psychology is a 23Acceptance of an international student whose speaking score falls below this minimum is rare.

The Department's operational standard for admission on the IELTS is, at a minimum:

Total Score 6.5
Writing 6.5
Reading 6.5
Speaking 7

Counseling, advising, and educational services are provided for students and scholars from other countries by International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). Students may receive counseling and advising services regarding visa requirements and other immigration issues; social, personal, and financial matters; international and intercultural educational opportunities; academic issues; and English language requirements.