Gain foundational knowledge

The Visiting Scholars year is for students who are looking for a rigorous, interactive academic experience, to establish transferable skills and knowledge which are at the core of Minerva’s transformational education.

Through the courses offered through the Cornerstone Curriculum Certificate program, students develop the cognitive skills needed to succeed in their academic and professional endeavors. This unique curriculum taught on the Forum™ online learning environment allows students to learn how to think critically and creatively and communicate and interact effectively. Visiting Scholars also take an Integrated Learning course that provides students with tools to face the challenging process of personal and character growth and effective citizenship in a diverse multicultural society.

Minerva University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).


Attend active learning classes from anywhere in the world

Affordable tuition and fees totaling $20,600 for two remote semesters

Collaborate within a community committed to solving complex global problems

Engage with expert faculty and peers from around the world

Access coaching and talent development resources

Program Details

This two-semester offering allows high school graduates, current university students or university graduates the opportunity to engage in an unparalleled learning experience. The Cornerstone courses and Integrated Learning course — 33 units in all — teach the breadth and depth of transferable interdisciplinary knowledge that will be your foundation whether your next step is continuing your academic endeavors, launching a business, or entering the workforce. Every class is highly interactive utilizing Minerva’s fully active learning methodology.

With no residential requirement, Visiting Scholars can learn from anywhere in the world alongside students who share the same goals of developing new ways of thinking and problem solving, but have very different backgrounds, values, and future ambitions. Scholars will engage with their classmates inside and outside of class through virtual community programming, as well as group career coaching and talent development sessions.


Each discussion-based seminar pushes you to continuously interact with your professors and classmates. Through this deep collaboration, you learn to question assumptions, analyze information, perform simulations, devise novel solutions, and fundamentally reshape the way you think about the world.

Admissions Process

The application has three parts. In the first step, we want to know who you are and you will be asked to share basic background information. In the second step, we are looking to understand how you think. You will be asked to complete a series of challenges that can be taken at any time on a computer with internet and a webcam. In the last step, you will be asked to share what you have achieved both inside and outside the classroom. Minerva will invite qualified students based on their applications for admissions to the Undergraduate program.

Additional information can be found in our FAQ.

Applications for Fall 2023 are now open.