No matter what language you speak, you should know that you are always welcome at Minnesota State University Moorhead! MSUM has an environment which appreciates your culture and the diversity that you will bring when you become a "Dragon." We are glad that you are interested in us and we believe students who choose MSUM are making the right choice!
If you’re interested in transferring college credits to MSUM, please review the Transfer Student section.
A freshman student is a student starting university for the first time or is transferring with less than 12 university credits. Usually the student is enrolling directly out of high school/secondary school with no previous university experience.
Students must provide evidence that they have completed their secondary education within their home country (usually 12 years) and be entitled to acceptance into the universities in their home countries. As a result of the extreme differences in educational systems among countries, admission requirements vary depending on the country from which the student originates.
Your academic performance will be evaluated for acceptance to Minnesota State University Moorhead. If your grade reports are not issued with a U.S. 4.0 grading system, our Director of International Student Services will evaluate your grade reports or mark sheets to determine eligibility.
You are required to have English proficiency as evidenced by a TOEFL score (500 on paper test, 173 on computer test or 61 on internet test), IELTS score (5.5 or better), MELAB score (80 or better), completion of ELS course 112 or completion of Kaplan course.
You must prove to be financially self-sufficient and able to provide proof of at least US$17,041.
All undergraduate international students must submit the following information to be considered for admission:
We strongly recommend students receive their acceptance packets via express mail (FedEx or DHL). If you wish to receive your documents via express mail, please go to https://study.eshipglobal.com/home/?q=s. Register and activate an account, prepare a shipment request, pay the mailing cost online and eShipGlobal will route the request to MSUM. You will receive the acceptance packet approximately 3-5 business days from the date of mailing. This must be done within 3 days of acceptance into MSUM.
(MSUM TOEFL institutional code is 6678)
We accept the entire application, high school certificates, bank statements, and other supporting documents via e-mail (clear scanned copy). But if you are attending a U.S. university/college, all official transcripts MUST be sent to us directly from the institution. All other documents can be sent via scan/e-mail or fax to save time. However, you must always keep the original or certified documents with you in case we need you to send us the official/certified documents. You will also need the official/certified documents to present at the U.S. visa interview.
As international students who required an
I-20 immigration form must be able to provide current financial
affidavit and a bank statement indicating that they have the necessary
funds to finance the costs associated with his or her education at
Minnesota State University Moorhead. The student will need the I-20 form
for their F-1 student visa interview.
students who plan to join as exchange students must provide the
sufficient funding documents according to their program if they wish to
study at Minnesota State University Moorhead before the required DS-2019
form can be issued by the university. The student will need the DS-2019
form for their J-1 student visa interview. For more information for
your costs please contact the appropriate program advisor.
The figures are based on
non-residency at the University (all F and J students). All figures are
subject to change.
Fall Semester 2012
Tuition and Fees 12-19 credits
Room & Board On-Campus
Health Insurance for full year
International Student Fee
Books & Supplies
Spring Semester 2013
Books & Supplies
In-State ScholarshipAll international students will receive an automatic scholarship upon admissions to Minnesota State University Moorhead. If you are a new international student to MSUM, you do not have forms to complete for this. Once you are admitted, the scholarship will be applied to you automatically. This will qualify international students to receive in-state tuition from the very first semester. Students must follow the following scholarship criteria.
For more information pertaining to scholarship criteria, please visit our scholarship page.
MnSCU, which governs the Minnesota Colleges and Universities, has a policy in place which requires all MnSCU F-1 / J-1 International Students to purchase the mandatory Student Health Insurance: Policy 3.4, Procedure 3.4.1, Part 3 International Students: International students must purchase the system-approved student health insurance, except those students whose sponsoring agency or government certifies that the student is covered under a plan provided by the sponsoring agency or government.
For more information, please visit our health insurance page.
Congratulations and welcome to all of our new international students! We are honored that you have decided to attend Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM). All students are required to attend the mandatory orientation for international students. It is critically important that you attend the orientation programs assigned to international students. This is only two days and after completing the International Student Orientation you will be joined with the University orientation program, along with all the new students at MSUM. These programs will introduce you to MSUM's great international community and to those programs and services that may help you with some of the special concerns you have arriving and settling in.
Please note, all new international students MUST attend the orientation and/or check-in with International Student Services the first business day upon your arrival.
For more information on fall and spring orientation, please visit our orientation page.
For an international student to study at Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM), there are a variety of special requirements to fulfill that need careful attention prior to arriving on campus. Please read the information below that includes the necessary steps to follow to become an MSUM student.
For more important information pertaining to your pre-arrival, please visit our pre-arrival page.
Jeremy Simpson, Ghana, tells his story.