Visiting Scholars FAQs

Is Minerva Schools an accredited institution?

Yes. Minerva Schools are part of KGI, which is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

Will my credits transfer to my university?

Acceptance of credits is at the individual discretion of each university. Most schools allow a transfer of up to two years of study. Minerva will work with each Visiting Scholar’s original institution to transfer Minerva’s first-year credits to that institution. Because Minerva cannot guarantee the transferability of courses at each Visiting Scholar’s original institution, applicants are encouraged to check with their school’s registrar.

Is this a remote or residential program? Where is Minerva Schools located?

The Visiting Scholars year enables scholars to study remotely. There is no provision for residency and no residential requirement, so there are no additional expenses for travel or housing. If you wish to relocate, you are free to do so, but we do not sponsor student visas for this year. Minerva Schools is headquartered in San Francisco with global residences around the world.

Which courses are part of the Foundation Year curriculum?

Instead of basic introductory material, your first-year curriculum is devoted to the four Cornerstone courses: Complex Systems, Empirical Analyses, Formal Analyses, and Multimodal Communications. Collectively, these courses focus on developing the habits of mind and foundational concepts (HCs) that underlie four core competencies — thinking critically, thinking creatively, communicating effectively, and interacting effectively. The Cornerstones are structured to teach you to apply all four core competencies across multiple disciplines.

How long is the Visiting Scholars year?

Visiting Scholars year enrollment is available for both the fall semester (September-December) and the full 2020-21 academic year (September - April.) Students who enroll for just the fall semester are eligible to extend their studies, if needed.

When are the dates of the Visiting Scholars year courses?

Dates for the fall semester for the 2020-21 academic year are September 7, 2020 through December 10, 2020. Spring semester classes will begin January 11, 2021 and end on April 15, 2021. There are two academic breaks per semester and a winter break from December 19, 2020 to January 7, 2021.

Can I take one, two, or three but not all four courses?

Students may choose whether to enroll in just the Fall semester or the full 2020-21 academic year. Credit is awarded for each semester separately, so if a student completes courses in fall, they will earn credits that may be transferable. Acceptance of credits is up to the discretion of each student’s individual university.

What time will the courses be offered?

The course times will be determined by the time zone and geographical range of enrolled Visiting Scholars.

Who will be teaching the courses?

Visiting Scholars courses will be taught by regular Minerva Schools faculty.

What is the tuition for the Visiting Scholars year?

The complete cost of the Visiting Scholars year is $15,950 comprising $13,950 tuition and $2,000 in fees. If accepted into the program, there is a $1000 deposit, non-refundable, which will be applied towards tuition.

The complete cost of the Fall semester-only option is $7,975 comprising $6,975 tuition and $1000 in fees. If accepted into the program, there is a $1000 deposit, non-refundable, which will be applied towards tuition.

What is included in the student fees?

The student fees include costs associated with orientation, community program access, and work associated with transferring credits.

What are the technical requirements to participate?

The technical requirements include a computer and headset that meet the requirements for use of the Forum and access to high-speed internet.

If I sign up for the Visiting Scholar year, am I eligible to enroll at Minerva Schools?

No. While Visiting Scholars will complete the same Foundation Year coursework, this is separate from Minerva’s undergraduate program. The Visiting Scholars year is not equivalent to admissions to the Minerva School’s undergraduate program.

If I am selected as a Visiting Scholar, will Minerva sponsor my F-1 or J-1 visa application?

No. The Visiting Scholars Year is not a residential program and is not intended to qualify any student for the F-1 (student) or J-1 (scholar) visa category.

Which universities are considered leading and selective institutions?

The pre-approved universities for Minerva’s Visiting Scholars Year can be found here. In order to ensure students are prepared for success in Minerva’s Foundational Year courses, we have selected schools with academic rigor and English language requirements. Students from universities not on the pre-approved list are encouraged to apply if they are able to demonstrate high standings in their academic coursework and English language proficiency. Applications from additional universities will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Is financial aid available for Visiting Scholars?

No. Minerva does not provide financial aid for the Visiting Scholar year. Students are encouraged to search for external resources.

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