International Students

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 tli-info@umn.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions 

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Do I Need to complete an English Language Proficiency Exam in order to apply for the MOT/MDI/MSST program? Are there expectations?

Yes, all international students are required to provide proof of English language proficiency and must be demonstrated in one of the following ways:

  • Complete at least the last 2 years of a bachelor's degree or 1 year of graduate school (Full-Time) in the U.S., U..K., Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Anglophone Africa, or the English-speaking Caribbean and will provide official transcripts. 
  • Complete education solely in English in a country where English is not the official language and will provide documented proof (Ex. India).
  • Will provide the official results of an English language test taken within the last two years. We accept tests from TOEFL, IELTS, PTE Academic, and Duolingo. Competitive candidates typically have scores within the following ranges:
    • TOEFL - 90 and above
    • IELTS - 7.0 and above
    • PTE Academic - 65 and above
    • Duolingo- overall score 120 and above, literacy score 120 and above

If you have questions about your specific situation, please reach out to our admissions team.

Are students in the MOT, MDI or MSST programs eligible for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or Optional Practical Training (OPT)?

Yes, students in the MOT, MDI and MSST 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: 

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

What designations do the MOT, MDI or MSST programs have?

Each program in TLI has a designation:

  • MOT: Business
  • MDI: STEM
  • MSST: STEM

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?

Yes, international students pay the same tuition rate as US students, however, there may be additional fees. For more information on the tuition rate for each of TLI’s programs, please click here.

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.

On-campus housing:

Off-campus housing:

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: 

International Student Resources, Admitted Students

Prepare for Arrival