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University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD)

Available places: 3 semester places for the Academic Year 2024/25.

Established: 1947
Number of students: 11,000
Campus: Campus is located in the city of Duluth, about 5 kilometres from the city centre. Several buildings are overlooking Lake Superior - the worlds largest fresh water lake.
Student life: The university offers several leisure activities to participate in, such as sailing, skiing, mountain climbing and surfing. Some activities are seasonal while others are offered all year.

On campus there is an art museum, a concert hall and a planetarium.

Students have access to a gym, a swimming pool, climbing wall, tennis courts and group training classes such as aerobics and yoga. In addition there are more than 130 student clubs to engage in.

About Duluth

Duluth is a port city with about 86,000 citizens. The city is located next to Lake Superior and has more than 20 city parks, sculpture gardens and Rose Garden with over 3,000 rose bushes.

One of the top tourist attractions is the Great Lakes Aquarium that houses over 200 species of fish, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals.

Duluth has been ranked one of the most affordable cities to live in, in USA.

Information from University of Minnesota Duluth


The spring term at University of Minnesota Duluth starts before the end of the fall term at Umeå University. Attendance at first day of class is mandatory at UMD.

UMD is a liberal arts school, science and engineering students will have to take humanities courses. UMD encourage students to take courses in their major and beyond, if possible.

Students applying for UMD have to provide an English test with their application, such as TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo.

Closed programmes: Programmes/courses on graduate level.

UMD can only accept undergraduate students.

Highlighted courses for exchange students:  
Comm 3535 Intercultural Communication  
African & African American Studies  
American Indian Studies 

Full time studies (corresponding to 30 hp): Undergraduate studies: 15 credits

Course types: 1–3 credit courses (=term courses)

Course levels:
100–199: Basic Undergraduate
200–299: Undergraduate, prerequisite 100
300–399: Undergraduate, prerequisite 200
400–499: Advanced Undergraduate, prerequisite 300
500–599: Graduate

Academic year:
Autumn term: September–December
Spring term: January–May

Cost Estimates

As an exchange student attending UMD, you do not pay tuition. However, you are responsible for housing and other expenses. Depending on which courses you choose, you could also be charged course fees. Read more here


On-campus: Housing options consist of dormitories or apartments. After students are accepted, they will be given email instructions on how to complete the online housing application. Students will need to pay a USD 200 application fee when applying.

Off-campus: The UMD Study Abroad Office staff is not equipped to advise or assist with this process. Students will need to make all their own arrangements and notify the Study Abroad staff of their address as soon as it is known


Incoming students
Course information (select campus Duluth)
Exchange Costs & Insurance

Student grants and loans for studies outside of Sweden

You may be entitled to student grants and loans from CSN when studying abroad.

As the cost of living and accommodation may be higher abroad, you can apply for an extra loan known as an additional loan for studies abroad.

You can also apply for an additional loan to cover additional costs, i.e. travel and insurance costs. 

Latest update: 2023-10-13