International students

Welcome, International Students

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is an academic community that cares for you and wants to see you succeed. Here you can pursue a wide range of academic programs and opportunities to achieve your education goals.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota has a long tradition of serving students from many different backgrounds. International students from Asia, Africa, Europe, and South and North America are part of our student body today. 

At Saint Mary’s, you will focus on a particular major as preparation for future careers, but also study subjects outside your major area — with the goal of becoming a well-rounded, critical thinking citizen of our globally interconnected world.


APPLICATION PROCESS
  1. Application Form
    Complete and submit a Saint Mary’s online application at smumn.edu/applyinternational.
  2. Official Transcripts
    Transcripts from countries other than the United States must be evaluated on a course-by-course basis by SpanTran, World Education Services, One Earth, Educational Perspectives, Education Credential Evaluators and be deemed equivalent to accredited U.S. university standards. Students are responsible for having their transcripts evaluated, as well as for the associated costs.
  3. English Proficiency Test Score Reports
    Provide official TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, MELAB, PTE Academic, ITEP, EIKEN, or Duolingo score reports. The TOEFL and SAT require the Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota school code of 6632. The IELTS does not require a code. Learn more at smumn.edu/englishtest.
  4. Essay
    Submit a 650-word essay addressing why you want to attend Saint Mary's University and why your chosen major appeals to you.

APPLICATION DEADLINES
First-time first-year OR transfer from international colleges/universities Fall: July 1 | Spring: November 1
Transfer from U.S. colleges/universities Fall: July 20 | Spring: November 15

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS
TOEFL iBT 72
TOEFL PBT 533
IELTS   6.0
SAT Critical Reading + Math Test 900 (480 or higher on Critical Reading)
MELAB   74%
PTE Academic   51
ITEP   4.0
EIKEN   Pre-1
Duolingo   100

 

Additionally, students that have completed 30 undergraduate or 12 graduate credits from an accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent of these credits from an institution in a waiver country listed below will be exempt from English Language Proficiency test. See the complete list of approved waiver countries.


Cost of attending 2022-2023 (Late August to early May)

Tuition*: $40,520
Room**: $5,720
Board: $4,500
Activity fee: $170
Technology fee: $380
Laundry fee: $80
Orientation Fee: $60 (Includes one-way airport pick-up)

Total: $51,430

*Additional fees may apply for certain residence halls

Additional Expenses That May Apply:

Medical insurance: $500–1,000 per year (approximately)
Books: $600-900 per year (approximately)
Airfare and personal expenses—varies by student


SCHOLARSHIPS

Discover academic scholarships exclusively for international students:

Type: New Student
Total Annual Scholarship: $28,000
Requirements: High school GPA 3.60–4.00, live on campus
Renewable: Yes, GPA 3.0

Type: New Student
Total Annual Scholarship: $25,000
Requirements: High school GPA 3.00–3.59, live on campus
Renewable: Yes, GPA 2.0

Type: New Student
Total Annual Scholarship: $22,000
Requirements: High school GPA 2.00–2.99, live on campus
Renewable: Yes, GPA 2.0

Type: Catholic School
Total Annual Scholarship: $1,000
Requirements: Graduate from a Catholic high school
Renewable: Yes

Type: Alumni Legacy
Total Annual Scholarship: $1,000
Requirements: Family member has graduated from Saint Mary’s or College of Saint Teresa
Renewable: Yes

Type: Art
Total Annual Scholarship: $2,000 to $4,000
Requirements: Must major in Art, portfolio review required
Renewable: Yes

Type: Music
Total Annual Scholarship: $2,000 to $4,000
Requirements: Audition required
Renewable: Yes

Type: Theatre
Total Annual Scholarship: $2,000 to $4,000
Requirements: Must major in Theatre, audition required
Renewable: Yes

Type: Dance
Total Annual Scholarship: $1,000
Requirements: Audition required
Renewable: Yes

Type: GAC
Total Annual Scholarship: $2,000
Requirements: Completion of at least one year of the Global Assessment Certificate Program.
Renewable: Yes, GPA 3.0

Transfer students will be considered for each of the scholarship categories above. Scholarship determination for transfer students with 12 or fewer credits will be made using high school GPA; for those with more than 12 credits, university GPA will be utilized.


WHEN YOU ARE ADMITTED

You will need to provide the following:

I-20 Application Form
Complete and submit the online form at smumn.edu/i20

Passport
Copy of your passport identification page

Financial Verification Documents
Original bank statement, investment letter, or government support document showing proof that your financial sponsor has sufficient funds to cover your costs at Saint Mary’s for at least one academic year.

LEARN MORE ABOUT SAINT MARY’S

We value the rich diversity in culture and experiences that international students bring to our campus. At Saint Mary’s, international students can pursue a wide range of academic programs and opportunities to achieve their educational goals.