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We want you to have a successful transition to the University of Minnesota. Below are a few reminders as you prepare for your arrival in 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 AT LEAST one day before 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.

Orientation & First-Year Programs works with International Student & Scholar Services to provide one orientation program for you. Watch your U of M email soon for more information about this combined orientation program that happens in late-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 to indicate your preferences for some events. This process started July 17 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. Talents represent how you most naturally think, feel, and behave. The U of M uses 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.

The confirmation email you receive to your UMN email account after you complete the Welcome Week Event Selection will include the code and instructions you need to complete StrengthsFinder®. Learning about your strengths and seeking out opportunities to apply them is part of your U of M experience. 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 more than 20 different languages. If you have questions or concerns about taking the assessment because of language barriers please email strengths@umn.edu. Visit strengths.umn.edu to learn more and check out our video for international students.

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Gold Book is a resource to assist you in your transition to the the University of Minnesota. Please review Gold Book prior to your New Student Orientation. To view or print a PDF, click here.

Resources Upon Arrival

Airport Transportation
Boynton Health Service will provide a free bus (the Gopher Chauffeur) to transport international students from the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport to the University of Minnesota campus every hour from Monday, August 11 through Saturday, August 23 from 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Click here to make a reservation. If you need to find other airport transportation options go to www.mspairport.com.

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 from July 15 to August 23. Cost of temporary housing is $23 a night. Reserve a space at www.housing.umn.edu/international/irc or view other temporary housing options at www.housing.umn.edu/international.

Download U Minnesota to Your Mobile Device
U Minnesota is the official mobile app for the University of Minnesota. Use the Class of 2018 guide on the app to get Orientation and Welcome Week information. Click here for more information.

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 parent@umn.edu. Give this information to your parent!

Chinese Parent Orientation
Chinese Parent Orientation Program is a program specifically designed for parents of Chinese international students to help them better understand the U.S. educational system and campus resources to support students. The one-day orientation program includes a tour of campus, simulated classroom experience, and several mini "lectures" that cover concerns such as campus safety, career planning, the U.S. healthcare system etc. A similar international parent orientation program is available in English and in other select languages. Please contact program coordinators atipop@umn.edu for language availability and additional questions.

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