Student Life at Minerva University

The Minerva University experience is unique among universities. Learning is more than active – it is immersive. Coursework is rigorous and your potential for impact is limitless. And the community you will build as you travel the world will follow you forever.

The Minerva University experience is geared towards curious, empathetic, resilient, and driven individuals who want to immerse themselves in the world around them before they go on to change it for the better.

Minerva University provides an environment that pushes students out of their comfort zones, has them engaging with people from around the world, and gets them actively involved in coursework and projects that have a real impact on the rotational cities they find themselves living and learning in.

Learn by Living

Minerva University's ILOs include:

  • Self-Management and Wellness

  • Interpersonal Engagement

  • Intercultural Competency

  • Professional Development

  • Civic Responsibility


San Francisco

Buenos Aires
San Francisco

San Francisco embodies the full depth and breadth of the full Minerva University student experience. During your time in this bustling city, you will enjoy intensive, location-based learning with leading figures and organizations. Outside of the classroom, everything from intensive civic projects to morning rituals, running, yoga, and many other stimulating activities are right at your doorstep.

When you are not engaging with the city of Berlin as a globally-curious student, you can engage with it in ways that intertwine with your studies and make a real difference. During your time at Minerva University (not just in Berlin), you’ll have many opportunities to get involved with local organizations to help them tackle relevant real-world issues through dedicated civic projects.
Buenos Aires
Argentina’s cosmopolitan capital city is where you will find yourself engaging in discussions on human rights, climate change, cognitive challenges, and more with local experts. You may attend workshops on human rights activism, and in your free time get your body moving with tango lessons or a visit to the local horse stables.
Visit textile companies for business assignments, attend coffee-making workshops, take in the sunrise at Khajaguda Hill. There is even an opportunity to learn how to cook local dishes for your classmates. At Minerva University, you might carve out a space for yourself in Hyderabad and make lifelong memories with your classmates and the locals.
Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of London, experience the cultural melting pot of the city, and enjoy driving community initiatives amongst your classmates that link directly to your coursework. One example of a previous Minerva University student’s experience in London revolves around her getting her classmates involved in a sustainability drive to demonstrate how achievable a sustainable lifestyle can be.
In South Korea’s fast growing and vibrant capital city, you may find yourself engaging with locals and your classmates in high-energy settings. Whether you are studying infectious diseases, embracing your artistic side and getting inspired by the awe-inspiring city around you, or immersing yourself in K-pop culture, there is no shortage of activities and learning opportunities in Seoul.
Ever wondered what it would be like to tour the first-ever botanical garden, or attend a workshop dedicated to learning about traditional Chinese medicine? In Taipei, you may experience all this and much more. You can also attend forums on global youth trends, network at events, and visit Ircad Taiwan, a state-of-the-art telesurgical training center.

Learning in Context

The global experience at Minerva University include five categories of site-specific learning.

Minerva University Labs

To expand the global reach of hands-on learning, Minerva University offers a series of student-focused labs in locations around the globe to provide immersive research and project opportunities available to students in the summer and during the school year.

Hosted Events

Blend your studies and personal interests by attending regular activities with local individuals and organizations. Through an ongoing series of discussions and presentations you gain exposure to new people, places, and perspectives.

Minerva University students at a palace in Seoul, Korea immersing themselves in the local culture.

City Experiences

Each location you visit allows you opportunities to delve into significant local topics. Participating in curated city experiences expands your understanding of the city and culture you are living in.

Activities & Assignments

Extend your understanding of the concepts and skills you learn in class into the real world. Bringing your lessons to life, assignments are connected to city-based activities and work sessions that blend course concepts and local topics.

Community-based Projects

Make a positive impact on society by practicing skills and applying concepts you learn in class through projects with local partners. You will work with partners in each city on impact projects that connect your formal studies to real problems organizations face.


Meet new people, discover new places, and get a whole new perspective on your studies and your future in every city you visit.

“Our students are active participants, not tourists, in the community. They meaningfully engage and contribute to the city by applying their knowledge to civic challenges and location-based projects.”


Collaborate with your peers, challenge your ways of thinking, explore site-specific issues, and come up with actionable solutions.


Develop an appreciation for different cultural and political contexts by living in diverse global cities. Deepen your understanding of important  issues by connecting with local people and organizations.


Get involved with real-world projects, initiatives, and organizations. Use your practical knowledge to develop realistic solutions to the problems our world is facing.

Student Community

A cornerstone of your education at Minerva University is the connections you make with your classmates. These memorable relationships will follow you throughout your life.

Communal Meals

Socialize, share simple meal prep tips, and gain a world of cultural understanding as you break bread with your global classmates and enjoy opportunities to share and demonstrate your culture through food.


You and your classmates will be invited to share stories with one another to broaden your exposure to different backgrounds and build your understanding of the human experience.

Milestone Events

Community Traditions

Milestone events mark significant moments in your Minerva University journey — from arriving in a new city to celebrating community mid-semester. These moments foster a strong sense of community within the university, encompassing students, faculty, and staff alike.


Once every semester, you will gather with your Minerva University community and connect through food, student performances, and reflection activities at a feast. The first semester feast is Friendsgiving, which is inspired by the American tradition of Thanksgiving, this milestone event is a moment for you to celebrate and express gratitude to the people in the community who support you through difficult times.

Residence Halls

In our residence halls students will live, learn, and build lifelong friendships. At Minerva University, you have access to a range of programs and services, including:

  • On-call student RAs

  • Professional live-in staff

  • Nearby medical facilities

  • A 24-hour emergency hotline

In addition to the above, you can take part in formal programming on topics that range from exercise and nutrition to the prevention of sexual assault that equip you with techniques for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and keeping yourself safe.

Nearby clinics, medical facilities, and mental health professionals are readily available to you, as needed. Every residence hall incorporates appropriate security measures.

Student Profiles

Lean into your exploratory and investigative nature by learning more about Minerva University students and their successes. We have collated a list of profiles for you to gain an understanding, not only of our students but of the experience you can have at Minerva University.