International Applicants

Important International Information

As international applicants, there are additional circumstances you will need to take in to consideration when applying to the health informatics graduate program at the University of Minnesota. Throughout the admission process, please do not hesitate to contact us with questions or connect with the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS).

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English Language Proficiency

English scores (TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB) are required for all applicants.

The University of Minnesota institutional code is 6874.

  • Exceptions
    • Students from certain English-speaking countries are exempt from providing exam scores or additional proof of English proficiency. Not all countries where English is an official language or is widely spoken are included in the exemption list. Please contact the IHI for more information.
    • Applicants who have taken at least 16 semester-credits or 24 quarter-credits, within the past 24 months, in residence as a full-time student at a university in certain English speaking countries are exempt. Please contact the IHI for more information.
    • Reading≥19
    • Writing≥21
    • Cumulative≥79
    • Reading≥6.5
    • Writing≥6.5
    • Total≥6.5
  • MELAB≥80

Getting a Visa

After you have been admitted to the program, the Graduate School will send you an email with specific information for international students. The email will tell you how to get in touch with International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) department, the international student resource on campus. ISSS will help you with the necessary paperwork.

For a detailed process, please review ISSS's Visa webpage.

When to Arrive

As an international student there are many tasks that must be completed before the semester starts.

Plan your arrival date in Minnesota so you can:

  1. Rest up from jetlag
  2. Go to ISSS for document check
  3. Find permanent housing
  4. Remove “holds” that prevent course registration
  5. Attend the International Student Orientation Program
  6. Attend college or university orientation
  7. Register for classes (undergraduates register at their New Student Orientation)
  8. Complete paperwork for on-campus employment and assistantships (if applicable)
  9. Take any exams such as English proficiency or SPEAK test (if applicable)
  10. Attend Graduate Assistantship training (if applicable)

Additional information about when to arrive can be found on the ISSS arrival webpage.

Immunization Requirements

The Academic Health Sciences has specific immunization requirements beyond the general University requirements. For information on completing your immunization requirements, please visit Boynton Health Service's AHS immunizations requirements page.