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International Student Admission

To help you find the correct program and complete the required application process, please follow these steps:

  1. Visit our Areas of Study page to determine the program that will best fit your educational and career goals.
  2. Contact us if you have questions about the admissions process.
  3. Complete the application process as outlined on your specific program page.
  4. Complete the additional international student admission requirements:
    • English language proficiency exam (see below)
    • Academic credential evaluation (see below)
  5. If you have questions about the I-20 and Visa process please see Applying for the I-20.
  6. If you have further questions, please contact Alison Block at (612) 728-5208 for programs administered out of the Twin Cities campus, or Winona campus.
English Language Proficiency Exam

Students with transcripts from universities located outside of the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia and Canada (except for the Quebec Province) are required to take and pass English proficiency testing. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 79, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.5 or the Michigan Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) with a minimum score of 80%.

Additionally, students that have completed 30 undergraduate or 12 graduate credits from an accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent of these credits from institution in the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia and Canada (except for the Quebec Province) will be exempt from English Language proficiency test.

For those who do not successfully pass the English Proficiency test as outlined above but score higher than 69 in TOEFL, 5.5 in IELTS or 70% in the MELAB are eligible to take the courses ELA400 and ELA401 offered on the Twin Cities and Winona (De La Salle Language Institute) Campuses. Passing these courses with a B or higher will waive any additional testing requirements within one year.

Academic Credential Evaluation

Transcripts from countries other than the U.S. must be evaluated on a course-by-course basis by World Education Services or the Education Credential Evaluators and be deemed equivalent to accredited U.S. university standards. Students are responsible for having their transcripts evaluated, as well as the associated costs.

Tuition Information

Tuition at Saint Mary’s is based on the enrolled program. International students do not pay a higher rate.

Tuition & Fees