International Applicants and Students

Embracing our International Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Scholar Communities

Approximately 17% of the current students in our biomedical graduate research programs are international. The five year average for the numbers of international graduate students in a given year within the Medical School is 13.6%, with year-over-year increases over the last 3 years. (please see graph below). Our continual increase in numbers of international students reflects our mission for diversifying the workforce within biomedical research enterprise and the importance of sponsoring a global research community for medical discoveries. The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies works closely with graduate programs, various Medical School units and the International Student and Scholar Services to provide important resources and support for our international students. 

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2023 Enrollment Stats - Medical School - Graduate Programs - Twin Cities Campus

Bar Graph above shows breakdown of total predoctoral/PhD graduate students by US regions or from other counties (depicted as orange). Data supplied by the Institutional Data and Research unit, which serves as the home for official University of Minnesota data and informative analysis. 

GPS Office Marketing - International Location Overview

International Postdoctoral Scholars

For postdoctoral scholars (both associates and fellows), approximately 43% are international on either J1 or H-1B VISAs. Similar to our graduate students, the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies works closely with ISSS to support new scholars and assist with information on J1/H1B VISA status options, maintaining legal status in the United States, travel restrictions/allowances, work options for spouses, dependents, health insurance and living accommodations. Please contact us at for any questions you may have and we will be happy to assist you.

International Students within the Medical School

For the 2022-2023, approximately 17% of our predoctoral and Master's level students are international trainees, with greater than 92% on F Visas and about 5.3% on J Visas.

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

For more detailed information on F and J VISAs, I-94, Living Accommodations, and information about Sponsorship from your home country, please visit the International Student and Scholar Services.

General Contact Information: 
190 Hubert H. Humphrey School,  
301 19th Avenue South, 
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455
Telephone: 612-626-7100, 
Fax: 612-626-7361 

Dedicated to serving the University's international community