Resources for International Students
The Technological Leadership Institute is proud of its many international alumni and encourages qualified students from all over the world to apply to its three Master of Science programs.
We know applying to a program outside of your home country can be confusing and raise many questions. Our admissions associates are here to help and walk you through the entire process.
To help you get started, we have compiled a list of some of the most frequently asked questions and answers to each. For any additional questions, please reach out to our admissions team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are students in the MOT, MDI or ST programs eligible for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or Optional Practical Training (OPT)?
Yes, students in the MOT, MDI and ST are eligible to participate in both the CPT and OPT training. Normal rules and regulations apply. For more information, please refer to the University of Minnesota’s International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) websites:
What CIP designations do the MOT, MDI or ST programs have?
Each program in TLI has a designation:
- MOT: STEM
- MDI: STEM
- ST: STEM
Classified by the Department of Homeland Security, international students with a STEM designated degree are eligible for a 24-month Optional Practical Training (OPT) work permit extension in addition to the 12-month-post-completion work permit. This change is effective for the upcoming fall 2023 academic year. Learn more about the 24 month STEM OPT extension on the International Student and Scholar Services website.
How much does it cost to submit an application?
The cost to submit an application as an international student is $95.
Do international students pay the same tuition rate as U.S. students?
Are there resources to find on-campus or off-campus housing?
Yes, the University of Minnesota provides resources to help all students find housing both on- and off-campus.
- The University of Minnesota offers both dorm and apartment housing: https://housing.umn.edu/
- Graduate housing options: https://housing.umn.edu/graduate
- Need help finding off-campus housing options? https://housing.umn.edu/off-campus
Need temporary housing before your lease starts? https://housing.umn.edu/international
I’ve been admitted to my program, what do I do now?
Congratulations on your program admission! It is now important to start working on preparing for the fall semester. The best place to start is by visiting the following pages: