International Applicants and Non-native English Speakers

The University of Minnesota greatly values international students and the College of Pharmacy has students from more than 15 different countries! Many international pharmacists with a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree have chosen to pursue the PharmD program at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy to further develop their clinical skills and broaden their career options.

International applicants follow the same admissions process as all other applicants, with the additional requirement of submitting a foreign coursework evaluation and TOEFL, depending on the circumstances explained below.

International Coursework

The University of Minnesota requires using World Education Services (WES) evaluation services for a course-by-course foreign transcript evaluation (FTE). This evaluation must be sent directly to PharmCAS.

A WES course-by-course foreign transcript evaluation showing all coursework completed at the time of application is required for all applicants who have taken international coursework, unless the credit appears as transfer credit on a U.S. transcript or was taken at a Canadian college or university at which the language of instruction is English (French Canadian institutions require a foreign transcript evaluation). More information can be found on the PharmCAS website. Foreign transcript evaluations must be sent directly to PharmCAS.

Verify Your Prerequisites

After you have your course-by-course evaluation, you can verify that your international coursework fulfills the prerequisites by submitting the Request for Prerequisite Evaluation. It’s a good idea to do this as early as possible in order to know which prerequisites you still need to complete. We strongly encourage you to submit a WES course-by-course FTE to ensure an accurate review of your prerequisites. If you submit another type of evaluation, there is a risk of WES not evaluating the courses in the same manner which could result in differences in what prerequisite requirements are considered fulfilled.

Completion of a bachelor’s degree outside of the United States does NOT automatically fulfill the public speaking/international communication, advanced English composition, or social/behavioral science prerequisites.

English Language Requirements

Applicable if English is not your first language

The TOEFL is a pharmacy school admission requirement for all applicants whose first language is not English, regardless of U.S. citizenship status. Exceptions are granted to applicants who have completed 24 quarter credits or 16 semester credits (within the past 24 months) in residence as a full-time student at a recognized institution of higher learning in the United States (or other English-speaking country) before entering the University of Minnesota. Due to the complexity of this exception, applicants must contact us in advance of submitting their application to confirm that they qualify for an exemption to the TOEFL requirement.

Official TOEFL scores must be submitted directly to PharmCAS (code: 8246); do not send TOEFL scores directly to the University of Minnesota. TOEFL scores are valid for two years from the testing date and a minimum score of 79 is required for admission consideration.

Taking the PCAT Abroad

The PCAT is required of all applicants, including international students. You can see available test centers at Pearson VUE.

Financing Your Education

US citizens and permanent residents are provided with financial aid through the federal government by completing the FAFSA. International students must secure their own funding for their PharmD education and provide proof of funding for the first year of the PharmD program when their are admitted into the program. Check the current cost of attendance.

All students, including international students, are eligible to apply for College of Pharmacy scholarships. The average scholarship award is about $3,700 with a range of scholarship awards from $500-$11,300. There are no full tuition scholarships.