Application Process

When to Apply 

Application Deadlines:

Submitting your application by the deadline will ensure that you receive your paperwork from the University of Minnesota in time to apply for a student visa. You may apply before the deadline, but to do so you must be nominated by your home school coordinator.

  • Fall application deadline: April 1
  • Spring application deadline: September 1

Late applications will delay your acceptance to the program and important visa paperwork. If you cannot submit your application materials by the deadline, email with an expected delivery date.

Fall 2019 Carlson Application

2019-20 Academic Year Carlson Application

Spring 2020 Carlson Application 

How to Apply 

Application Instructions:

Get nominated to the Carlson School as an exchange students from your home school. We only accept nominations from our partner schools. Partner school coordinators nominate students by emailing the Carlson Global Institute with the name, gender, email address, term, level of study, and date of birth by the deadline.

View a list of our partner schools

Complete the University of Minnesota Application for International Exchange Admission (see above).  All application documents (application form + supporting documents) should be submitted electronically - no hard copy applications will be required. 


  • Be sure to complete the "Financial Certification Statement" section on page 4
  • Do not apply online through the University's admissions page - use the application form attached above
  • Do not submit an application fee
  • Review all documents for name consistency

In addition to completing the Financial Certification Statement, you must provide proof of funding for your semester abroad. The documentation must match the amount of funding you indicate in the "Sources of Funding" section of the form. For 2019-2020 you must provide documentation of at least:

  • $9,485 (Fall or Spring)
  • $18,970 (Academic Year)

Examples include: student's bank statements, a letter from student's bank stating you have sufficient funds, a letter from the student's parents/guardians with either their bank statement or a letter from their bank stating they have an excess of the dollar amount required, or a letter from a government agency or organization.

Submit an English language transcript from the school you currently attend or most recently attended.

Submit a current English language resume or CV.

Submit proof of English language proficiency in one of the following ways:

  • iBT TOEFL (Internet-Based test): Minimum score of 79 with minimum 21 on writing subscore
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery): Minimum score of 80 with a minimum 80 on writing subscore
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System):  Minimum overall score of 6.5 with minimum 6.5 on writing subscore
  • PTE Academic (Pearson's Test of Academic English): Minimum overall score of 59 with a minimum of 59 om the writing subscore
  • Cambridge Assessment English (CAE) C1 Advanced: Minimum overall score of 180 with a minimum of 180 on the writing subscore
  • We waive this requirement for most native English speakers

Submit a photocopy of the picture and information page of your passport.

When your application is complete you must send the application form and all supporting documents electronically and submit by email to  Please use the subject line, "(your name) Application Materials".  See the dates and deadlines section of the website for application deadlines.

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