International Student Experience

International students in our full-time Master of Science in Supply Chain Management program have unique opportunities to engage with the Minneapolis and Saint Paul business community. With classes held predominantly in the evenings, international students have their days open during the week. Many students use this time to focus on their full-time job search for after graduation, while others choose to pursue part-time employment. 

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The MS in Supply Chain Management program is a STEM-designated degree program. STEM-designated programs are those selected by the U.S. Customs & Immigration Services as providing an in-depth curriculum in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Students graduating from a STEM-designated program are eligible to apply for an additional 24 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT) STEM Extension.

Please visit the International Student and Scholar Services Optional Practical Training (OPT) and 24-Month STEM OPT Extension websites for detailed information at the University of Minnesota.

You can also visit the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement website for up to date information.

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Campus Employment and CPT

Students with F-1 visas are allowed to work on campus in a wide variety of roles, which may include Graduate Assistantships, Research Assistantships, and Teaching Assistantships. When beginning work on campus, it is important for international students to familiarize themselves with the regulations related to their visa status.

For complete information on pursuing on-campus employment, please visit the International Student and Scholar Services On-Campus Employment website.

The program may also authorize CPT (Curricular Practical Training) during Summer semester. Please visit the International Student and Scholar Services Curricular Practical Training website for additional information.

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

University-wide resource for all international students at the University of Minnesota. Central directory for all information regarding student visas, important documents, travel, and legal, as well as international student resources for living in Minnesota, navigating the University of Minnesota campus, and other important handbooks and guides.

Graduate School International Student Resources

University-wide resource for international students pursuing graduate school at the University of Minnesota. Central directory for admissions and application instructions, as well as additional supporting information regarding important documents and a detailed list of resources for the University of Minnesota and the United States.

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Cost of Living

The Minnesota Employment and Economic Development website offers the most up-to-date cost of living calculator. There are many other useful tools online for calculating cost of living in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Note that these are just estimates and cost of living will vary depending on your lifestyle choices and situation.

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Graduate students at the University of Minnesota have a variety of housing options, including on-campus and off-campus accommodations. Most of our students choose to pursue housing off-campus. Visit the Housing & Residential Life website to learn more. Please note that on-campus graduate student housing is quite a bit more difficult to acquire than off-campus housing.


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