Personal Statement Consultations

for UMN International Students

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

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

We have three options for you to participate:

  • Meet with a Personal Statement Consultant in person in Bruininks Hall room 524 (Minneapolis, East Bank), these appointments are 30 minutes and available by claiming time through Google Calendar.

  • Meet with a Personal Statement Consultant virtually to have yours reviewed in a Zoom consultation appointment. Live Zoom Appointments are 30 minutes, and are 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.

Our consultants are current international graduate students. They can answer your questions about graduate/professional school, and share their experiences as international graduate students. 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.

This program is a partnership with UMN ISSS Culture Corps. We thank the UMN ISSS Culture Corps Program for supporting us and making it possible to work with three graduate international student consultants.

Personal Statement Consultation Live Schedule:

Personal Statement Consultations will open the week of November 14th!

Email Jane at with questions about the schedule.

Meet our consultants:


As a writing consultant, Sunga is committed to establishing a safe and supportive environment that ensures writers can express themselves authentically. Specifically, she is interested in helping international undergraduate writers demonstrate their passion and creativity in their statements. Sunga believes writing is an iterative process and that iteration helps us become better writer


Jiwon is a PhD student in the School Psychology program at the department of Educational Psychology. She is originally from South Korea, where she received her MA in Cognitive Psychology.


Tina Jeon is a first year PhD student in the Learning Technologies program. Being an international student from Korea, and studying / working in the US, she is excited to share her experience of graduate school applications as well as learn from advisee throughout the process.