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

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 complete an English language proficiency exam. TLI’s minimum requirements exceed the University of Minnesota Graduate School requirements. Below are the accepted tests and their corresponding scores:

  • TOEFL (total): 90 or above
  • IELTS (total): 7.0 or above
  • MELAB (total): 83 or above

Exceptions apply to those that meet one of the following criteria.

If you completed post-secondary coursework in: 

  • United States 
  • Canada (except Quebec) 
  • United Kingdom/Ireland 
  • Australia 
  • New Zealand 
  • Most current and former British and U.S. territories in the Caribbean/Central and South America 

To qualify for an exemption, the coursework: 

  • Consists of at least 16-semester credits or 24 quarter credits 
  • Does not include ESL coursework, and 
  • Was completed within the past 2 years

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

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?

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