International Applicants and Coursework
Welcome International Students
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.
A course-by-course evaluation of international coursework is required as part of your PharmCAS application, unless the credit appears on a US transcript or was taken at a Canadian school approved by PharmCAS. Although international grades (with the exception of a few Canadian schools) do not count towards the PharmCAS GPA calculation, the Admissions Committee does review all international coursework evaluations.
The University of Minnesota recommends using World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) evaluation services for the course-by-course evaluation. You may use any evaluation service accepted by PharmCAS.
Verify Your Prerequisites
After you have your course-by-course evaluation, you can verify that your international coursework fulfills the prerequisites by submitting a copy to the Office of Student Services for review. It’s a good idea to do this as early as possible in order to know which prerequisites you still need to complete.
Completion of a bachelor’s degree outside of the United States does NOT automatically fulfill the English Composition prerequisite.
English Language Requirements
The TOEFL is a pharmacy school admission requirement for all international applicants whose native language is not English, except those who will have completed 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 before entering the University of Minnesota.
An official report of the TOEFL score should be sent to PharmCAS. The TOEFL institutional code for PharmCAS is 8246. TOEFL scores are valid within two years of the testing date.
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 FAFSA. International students must secure their own funding for their Pharm.D. education and provide proof of funding for the first year of the Pharm.D. 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.