University of Minnesota Global Excellence Scholarships request for applications for the Global Excellence Scholarship at University of Minnesota, USA. This Scholarship is available for International freshmen and transfer students seeking to enroll in the degree program at the University. Awards are competitive and based on academic merit.

Students selected for awards are among the best in their class and show a record of very strong academic preparation. For the 2022–23 academic year, international freshman can receive scholarships of $25,000, $15,000, or $10,000 per year for up to four years.

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Scholarship Sponsor(s): University of Minnesota, USA

Scholarships to be taken at: University of Minnesota, USA

Scholarship TypeTuition award

Scholarship level: Undergraduate

Scholarship Worth: $10,000 – $25,000 per annum

Subject Eligibility: Various courses offered at the University

Country/Candidate Eligibility: International students

Details on University of Minnesota Global Excellence Scholarships

Transfer students may receive $10,000 per year for up to three years when entering the University in the Fall semester. Transfer students entering in the Spring semester will be considered for scholarships on a funds-available basis.

Students must maintain their F-1 immigration status to remain eligible for these scholarships. If you have been awarded a Global Excellence Scholarship and have questions about the award, please view the Frequently Asked Questions on the International Student and Scholar Services website.

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates are expected to meet the following eligibility conditions;

  • Applicants must be international students.
  • Students admitted into undergraduate degree program.
  • The award is available for undergraduate courses offered at the University.
  • Based on academic merit
  • Students enrolling full time in the Honours program in the semester for which the scholarship is awarded.
  • Exceptional personal success skills (e.g., emotional maturity, motivation, perseverance, etc.)
  • A high school transcript and/or GSE results (if your transcript is not in English, also require a certified translation).
  • Applicants must have a High school certificate or equivalent.
  • Candidates must be highly motivated, responsible, and able to work independently in a structured manner and as good interpersonal and communication skill.
  • Applicants must hold an offer for a full-time program at University of Minnesota, USA
  • Application process based on merit and evidence of leadership.
  • English Language Requirement: Applicants are required to provide evidence of meeting the University of Minnesota’s minimum English language proficiency requirements.

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How to Apply For University of Minnesota Global Excellence Scholarships.

There is no separate scholarship application required; students are considered based on an overall assessment of their on-time admission application. All international freshmen and transfer students who complete their applications for admission by the deadlines are automatically considered for a Global Excellence Scholarship.

Application Deadline: Updated Yearly

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Will I receive my GES award if I am taking a reduced course load?

Yes, but since your tuition cost may be lower, your award amount could also be lower. Also, Global Excellence Scholarship awards require maintaining full-time enrollment of at least 13 credits per semester. When students do not meet one or more of the scholarship renewal criteria, they are allowed to appeal to have their situation be considered for an exception. Please send an email to for more information.

Will I receive my GES award while studying abroad?

Global Excellence Scholarship awards cannot be applied to study abroad programs. However, you will be able to resume your scholarship when you return from your study abroad program. Credits earned while studying abroad can be used to satisfy the 30-credit annual requirement if they have successfully transferred to the UMN.

Will changing my visa status affect my GES award?

Global Excellence Scholarships are only awarded to students on F-1 visas. Students must maintain F-1 status to continue to receive their GES awards.

Is it possible to increase my GES award?

All scholarship award decisions are made at the time of admission. Global Excellence Scholarship award rules do not allow for adjustments to be made mid-degree due to hardship, excellent academic performance, or any other reason. If you are experiencing financial challenges, you should review our other ISSS Funding Programs.

I will need to stay at the University for one or more additional semesters to complete my degree requirements. Will I be able to extend my GES award for this additional time?

Global Excellence Scholarship awards are for four years for students who entered the University as freshmen or three years for students who transferred to the University. If you believe you have extenuating circumstances and need the scholarship for additional time, please contact

If I take a leave of absence, will I be able to receive my GES award when I return to the University?

Global Excellence Scholarship awards require that students maintain consecutive terms of enrollment. If you have taken a leave of absence, you can contact to submit an appeal to request the scholarship to continue, but it is not guaranteed.