Personal Statement Consultations

for UMN International Students

Are you an undergraduate international student (F-1 or J-1 visa) preparing an application for a graduate or professional school program?

The Personal Statement is an important part of the application process!

We have two options for you to participate:

  • Meet with a Personal Statement Consultant virtually to have yours reviewed in a consultation appointment. Live Appointments are 30 minutes on Zoom, and available by making an appointment in Google Calendar.

  • Submit your Personal Statement to receive a recorded video of feedback and comments that you can view on your own time.

[Personal Statement Consultations are now closed for the 2021-2022 year. We encourage you to visit UMN Student Writing Support, UMN Student English Language Support, or your Career Services office through your college.]

Our consultants are current graduate students, and staff who work in UMN Career Services. They can answer your questions about graduate/professional school. They will work with you to locate meaningful life experiences and turn them to a compelling story about yourself in clear, concise words that flow.

Email Jane at if you have any questions about Personal Statement Consultations.

All current UMN international undergraduate students are welcome to participate in Personal Statement Consultations.

Personal Statement Consultation Live Schedule:

Personal Statement Consultations are now closed for the 2021-2022 school year.

Email Jane at with questions about the schedule.

Meet our consultants:

Peter [he/him]

Peter is a Graduate Student Intern in Career Services. He is a 2nd year Masters Student in the University of St. Thomas Leadership in Student Affairs Program.

Sehyun (Liz) [she/her]

Liz will begin offering consultations December 27th.

Jane [she/her]

Jane is the UMN International Career Consultant in Career Services Administration in the Office for Student Affairs.