We want you to have a successful transition to the University of Minnesota, so we have outlined a few reminders for you as you prepare for your arrival to the United States.
As a First-Year International Student you need to:
Schedule your Immigration Document Check
Schedule your Immigration Document Check appointment online with International Student and Scholar Services as soon as possible. You will not be allowed to register for fall classes until you have completed Document Check. You need to attend Document Check no later than the day BEFORE your New Student Orientation.
Make an appointment here.
Select your New Student Orientation Date
One of the steps on the New Student Checklist is to select an orientation date. Be sure to complete your New Student Checklist items as soon as possible. Access your New Student Checklist at myu.umn.edu.
If you are coming to Orientation in August you only need to attend New Student Orientation. Orientation & First-Year Programs works with International Student & Scholar Services to provide one orientation program for you. Watch your U of M email for more information about this combined orientation program later in August.
Click here for more information on what you need to do before orientation.
Complete the Welcome Week Event Selection
Welcome Week is designed to help you meet other students, become more familiar with campus, and meet faculty in your college of enrollment. While some events at Welcome Week are required of all students, you will have the opportunity to personalize your schedule. Use the Welcome Week Event Selection where you will be able to indicate your preferences for some events. This process started July 18 and will end August 15. After you complete Event Selection you will receive an email to your UMN email account with details about your arrival to campus.
Check out the complete Welcome Week schedule online at welcomeweek.umn.edu.
Learn About Your Strengths
At the end of Welcome Week Event Selection you will be asked to take StrengthsFinder®, an online tool that will list your Top 5 talent themes. The confirmation email you receive to your UMN email account will include the code and instructions you need to complete StrengthsFinder®. As a first-year U of M student learning about these strengths and seeking out opportunities to apply them is part of your U of M experience. Here at the U, we use StrengthsFinder® as one of many resources to help you understand yourself and what you're good at so you can succeed in your academics, career, experiences, and daily life. You will begin to use your Top 5 during various Welcome Week activities so complete StrengthsFinder® before you get to campus.
When you create your account to take StrengthsFinder® you will see that is possible to complete it in over 20 different languages. If you have questions or concerns about taking the assessment because of language barriers please email email@example.com. Visit strengths.umn.edu to learn more.
Resources Upon Arrival
The Boynton Health Service will be providing a free bus, the Gopher Chauffeur, to transport international students from the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport to the University of Minnesota campus approximately once an hour from 10:00 a.m. to 9:20 p.m. Monday, August 13 through Saturday, August 25.
For more information and to submit your online reservation, please click here. Alternative transportation options are provided on the ISSS website.
Temporary Housing Available Upon Arrival
The International Reception Center (IRC) is an inexpensive temporary on-campus housing option available to all newly admitted international students before the start of the fall semester. In order reserve a space at the IRC you must register online. Please visit the IRC webpage www.housing.umn.edu/irc to view more details about this opportunity and to begin the registration process. In order to reserve a space you will need to know your University of Minnesota Internet ID and password.
Survival 101: Eat, Sleep, Live
Navigating new systems of identification, banking and account management will impact how you eat, sleep and live during your first semester. Attend this free workshop on Tuesday, August 21 to learn how to use your University identification card to access services, navigate the basics of the banking system in the U.S, understand your One Stop student account, and how to pay your tuition.
Register for this workshop today! Space is limited.
iSuccess: The International Student Success Program
This program helps you start your new life in Minnesota by providing important support, skills and experiences to help you succeed. iSuccess is six days of workshops, training sessions, tours, and fun activities from August 12-18. A few spaces are still available.
Resources for Parents
The University of Minnesota has resources and information to help parents better understand your transition. Your parents and family members can view the University Parent website - www.umn.edu/parent - and sign up for a parent listserv by sending their email address to firstname.lastname@example.org. Give this information to your parent!
This e-mail was sent by Orientation & First-Year Programs (OFYP) at the University of Minnesota, 300 Washington Avenue SE, 315 Coffman Memorial Union, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455. OFYP reports to the Office of Undergraduate Education.
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