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We want you to have a successful transition to the University of Minnesota. While you may have already completed some of these items, we have listed a few reminders as you prepare for your arrival in the United States.

As a First-Year International Student you need to:

Select your New Student Orientation Date
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. Go here for more information on what you need to do before Orientation.

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. Check out your New Student Checklist.

Complete the Global Gopher Online Orientation
All new international students are required to complete the Global Gopher Online Orientation, an interactive tool created to help you learn about your immigration status and prepare to be successful at the University of Minnesota. You must complete this orientation before you attend your New Student Orientation. Learn more and access the website by visiting www.isss.umn.edu/new.

Complete Immigration Check-In
You will complete an Immigration Check-In at the start of your Orientation session. Please arrive to Orientation by 8:00 a.m. and bring an original and a copy of the following documents to your orientation:

  1. Your passport identification/picture page
  2. F-1 visa page from your passport (except Canadian citizens)
  3. Entry stamp from your passport (make the copies after you arrive in the U.S.)
  4. Your I-20

Learn more about what will occur at your Immigration Check-In, along with the mandatory Global Gopher Online Orientation that you must complete at least one week prior to your orientation, at http://www.isss.umn.edu/new.

Sign up for Global Gopher Week
Before the start of Welcome Week, you have the opportunity to meet new international students and learn about the University of Minnesota by attending Global Gopher Week, August 24 - September 1.

During Global Gopher Week, you can participate in experiences that will give you an advantage to do well in your first weeks on campus specifically as an international student. Join us to connect with other international students on campus and learn about how to stay healthy, succeed in your classes, and develop the skills to become a student leader. See the full schedule of events, and sign up by visiting www.isss.umn.edu/programs/ggwumn/.

Complete the Welcome Week Event Selection
Welcome Week takes place after Global Gopher Week and is designed to help you meet other new 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 22 and will end August 26. 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 it 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, go 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 17 through Saturday, August 29 from 10:00 a.m.-9:20 p.m. Go 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 27. Cost of staying at the IRC is $23 a night. Reserve a space at www.housing.umn.edu/international/irc. If you are traveling with family or want to consider other temporary housing options, visit 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 2019 guide on the app to get Orientation and Welcome Week information. Visit 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!

International Parent Orientation Program and Chinese Parent Orientation Program
International parents who sign up for the Parent Orientation offered by Orientation & First-Year Programs (OFYP), occurring August 26-27, 2015, are invited to attend an additional International Parent Orientation Program (IPoP) or Chinese Parent Orientation Program (ChiPoP). These orientations are a supplement to the two-day orientation, and there is no additional charge. The programs will address any international student and parent-related questions, and it is being offered by ISSS, the Parent Program and Orientation & First-Year Programs.

More information on this program (including a flyer written in Chinese) is available at www.isss.umn.edu/new/parent.

For questions about IPoP, please e-mail ipop@umn.edu. We are able to respond in different languages, if needed. For questions about ChiPoP, please e-mail lixx0887@umn.edu.

Learn About UMN Student Groups
Joining a student group on campus is a great way to get connected at the University. You can find a list of over 800 groups at sua.umn.edu/groups! Also, you can find student groups who have shown an interest in connecting with International students. Please see the list of groups for more information.

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