Requirements for all International Students
In addition to the standard admission requirements, international applicants must also provide a completed, certified financial statement confirming the availability of adequate financial support must accompany the application form. An official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score must be sent directly to the College of Graduate Studies and Research from the testing service. Unofficial copies of TOEFL scores and transcripts are unacceptable. A transcript evaluation by an approved evaluation agency is required for most academic programs. Applicants are expected to have earned the first university degree from an institution recognized and approved to award the degree.
Because of the additional administrative time required to obtain visa documents, international student applications must be complete and received by the posted application deadlines. International students planning to attend Minnesota State University, Mankato should plan to arrive on campus at least one week before classes begin to participate in the required orientation program coordinated by the Office of International Students. There is typically no summer admission for international students.
International students are required to enroll for a full-time graduate student course load (6 semester credits).
Results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the Academic IELTS are required of all applicants whose native language is not English and who have not recently graduated from an educational institution in the U.S. or an English speaking nation.
Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate their ability to study in English by submitting a score of 500 or higher on the paper version, 173 or higher on the computer version, or a score of 61 on the IBT. Prior completion of English coursework at other U.S. colleges does not exempt the student from submitting TOEFL results. Many academic programs have higher TOEFL minimum scores than are noted above.
International Student Office
The office serves international students by advising students about academic, immigration, personal, social and financial issues. There are approximately 600 international students representing more than 70 countries at MSU. The Office of International Students serves as the official contact agent between the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, other government agencies, and the University community.
The ISO also processes immigration paper work for faculty from abroad in J-1 status.
The Office of International Students coordinates and implements international social and cultural activities on campus and within the Mankato community.
Health and Accident insurance is required for all international students and their dependents studying at Minnesota State University on an F-1 or J-1 Visa. All newly arrived international students are required to subscribe to the University's designated health plan prior to enrollment. Health insurance is required for the entire period of study at Minnesota State University - including the summer. Any exception or waiver can only be granted by the ISO Health Insurance Committee.
New Student Orientation
All new and transfer international students are required to attend a New Student Orientation program before they receive authorization to register for classes. An orientation fee will be charged to each new international student who enrolls at MSU.