Non-affiliated Programs Process

Application Deadlines

Applications must be completed by:

If you are traveling to a country with a US State Department Travel Advisory, you should apply at least 8 weeks prior to your departure deadline to ensure you have enough time to obtain the required ITRAAC approval.

Application and Program Fee

A $50 non-refundable application fee will be charged to your UofM student account when you initiate an application.  Your UMTC student account will be charged a non-refundable $175 program fee once you confirm, in addition to the cost of international health insurance required by the UofM.

Before Applying to Your Nonaffiliated Program

  1. Complete a First Step Session either in-person or online.
  2. Submit a Nonaffiliated Program Pre-Application Petition Form. An LAC adviser will review the form and email you with the next steps if you are eligible for the nonaffiliated application process.
  3. Meet with your academic/major/minor advisers.  Consult the Meeting with Your Advisers page for details on what to discuss.
  4. Confirm with the Office of Admissions that the University of Minnesota will post the credits from the program/institution as transfer credits.  In the web form use 'Nonaffiliated Study Abroad Program' as the subject, and in the description section you must include 1) a link to the program/institution, 2) information about the institution providing you with a transcript, 3) a list of the courses you plan to take abroad along with syllabus, if available, and 4) dates of your program.
  5. As you are waiting for a response from the LAC and Office of Admissions, thoroughly review the Considerations for Non-affiliated Programs page and the Non-affiliated Programs- What you Need to Know Before Committing page. 
  6. Schedule a financial aid preview meeting with the Office of Student Finance (if you plan to use financial aid).

Starting Your UofM Application

Do not start your application until your petitition has been approved by the LAC. 

You will receive a petition approval email from the Learning Abroad Center with detailed application instructions, including a link to our online application portal. 

At this time, you may also start your program application directly with your nonaffiliated program provider.  Consult the Non-affiliated Programs Paperwork page for any form-related questions.  Learning Abroad Center staff cannot sign any forms until you have started the UofM application process.


Completing Your Application Checklist

Once you have submitted the initial online application, you will be notified via email that an application checklist has been assigned to you which requires you to submit the following:

A Learning Abroad Center representative will process this part of your application within approximately one week. Once approved, your application status will be changed to "conditionally accepted", and you will need to submit:

Once you submit the items on the conditionally acceptance checklist, your application will be changed to "confirmed" status and assigned an additional checklist of optional items to complete as part of your confirmation in the non-affiliated process, which includes:

Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you. 

After You Are Accepted to Your Nonaffiliated Program

  1. If you plan to use financial aid, download the Contractual Agreement and study abroad cost estimate (SACE) template and send them to your nonaffiliated program provider/host institution.  Your program provider/host institution must complete these documents and send them directly to the UofM Office of Student Finance. Do not submit them to the LAC.

  2. Once you have submitted all required documents on the confirmation checklist, you will receive email instructions for registering for a block of placeholder credits during your term abroad.  You will also be enrolled in international insurance and receive information about the policy and claims process via email.

  3. If you decide not to continue with the Nonaffiliated Program process, you must log into the online application and submit a cancellation request.  Depending on the date of cancellation, the Learning Abroad Center will make a notation of your cancellation on your transcript.  Keep in mind that canceling from your program after the program has begun can result in ramifications to your financial aid and student loans.  If you change your program location, you must submit a new application through the Non-affiliated Program process.


Next Steps and Essential Information