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At the University of Minnesota, we believe that all people are enriched by greater understanding. Our students learn in an exciting environment, where students and faculty openly exchange ideas.
Our students are members of a thriving academic community. Our renowned faculty come from around the world to deliver great academics and great opportunities to students.
University of Minnesota students take a variety of core classes in humanities, literature, math, history, science, and more. They also take specialized courses in their field of study.
Students usually attend classes during fall semester and spring semester. Fall semester begins in September and ends in December. Spring semester begins in January and ends in May. Classes are also offered between May and August. Most students take four or five classes per semester for a total of 13 to 16 credits. A minimum of 120 credits are needed to earn a degree.
Students typically take a combination of large classes (like Introduction to Biology, with 340 students in lecture) and small classes (like University Writing, with 26 students in each class).
Usually, U.S. students study two hours outside of class for each hour in class. English language learners may need to study longer.
Our international student community finds support through the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office. Its primary mission is to assist international students and scholars in successfully accomplishing the goals that brought them to our campus. Staff at International Student and Scholar Services can offer advice about academics, housing, employment, student visas, and more. To learn more about ISSS, visit www.isss.umn.edu.