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The U of M would like you to have a successful transition to college. Below we have outlined some important information for you as you prepare for your arrival to the United States.

Mandatory for New International Transfer Students

STEP ONE: 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 at least one week before attending your New Student Orientation. Learn more and access the website by visiting www.isss.umn.edu/new.

STEP TWO: Complete Your Online Orientation
New transfer students are required to complete Online Orientation before attending an on-campus Transfer Orientation program. Students who attend Transfer Orientation without completing Online Orientation may not be able to register for fall classes until they do so. If you are unable to complete Online Orientation before you attend Transfer Orientation, you will be able to complete it at a computer lab on campus. Be sure to print the Certificate of Online Orientation verification page and bring it with you to Transfer Orientation. Click here to complete the Online Orientation.

STEP THREE: Select Your Transfer Orientation Date
To confirm the date of your New Student Orientation, complete the New Student Checklist.

STEP FOUR: Attend the University Transfer Orientation Program & Complete Immigration Check-In
At the start of your New Student Orientation, you will be required to complete an Immigration Check-In. Please bring an original and a copy of the following documents to your orientation:

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

To learn more about the mandatory Immigration Check-In, visit http://www.isss.umn.edu/new. This website also has answers to many of the frequently asked questions international students ask.

Check-in for Transfer Orientation is on the ground floor of Coffman Memorial Union. For directions and parking information, visit www.ofyp.umn.edu/directions.

After parking in the East River Road Garage, take the elevator to Level 1/Plaza Level. Then follow the signs to Coffman Memorial Union for Transfer Orientation Check-in.

Orientation Schedule

8:00-8:40 a.m.

Check-in, Immigration Check-In Part 1, and Resource Fair
(Check-In is on the ground floor of Coffman Union)

8:40 a.m. University Welcome
9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
(times vary)
College Meeting, Advising, and Registration
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Chat 'n' Chew with Transfer Student Ambassadors
12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. Campus Tour
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.. Immigration Check-In Part 2 (Required for International Students)


What to Bring

  • University Internet ID and memorized password
  • $6.00 per day for parking
  • Photo ID for U Card
  • Certificate of Transfer Student Online Orientation completion
  • Notebook and pen or pencil
  • Comfortable clothing and shoes
  • Appropriate outdoor attire (you will be walking around campus)
  • Umbrella in case of rain

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

Resources for Parents
Will a parent or guest accompany you to Orientation? If so, they are encouraged to register in advance for the Parent Orientation program. For more information and registration, click here! In addition, international parents and guests are invited to meet other international parents, learn about international student specific resources and have specialized tour
of campus at the International Parent Orientations.

Learn more about these programs (occurring August 25 and 25) here.

For additional resources to help your parent better understand your transition, visit the Parent Program website at www.umn.edu/parent. Parents can sign up to receive information from the Parent Program by sending their email address to parent@umn.edu. Give this information to your parent!

For more information about Transfer Orientation, click here or email transfer@umn.edu. We look forward to seeing you at Transfer Orientation!

STEP FIVE: Register for Global Gopher Week (August 24-September 4)
Join ISSS for Global Gopher Week (August 24-September 4), a collection of workshops and events to help you meet other international students and learn to succeed at the University of Minnesota. The optional activities during Global Gopher Week will allow you to prepare for your classes and learn about the resources available on campus to gain leadership skills and reach your academic and personal goals. We also will visit some exciting locations on campus and throughout the Twin Cities including the Rec Center and the Mall of America. See the full Global Gopher Week schedule at Global Gopher Week.

STEP SIX: Save the date for Transfer Welcome Days (TWD)
Transfer Welcome Days will take place September 3 - 6 and will be the official welcome for new transfer students.  For more information about Transfer Welcome Days, and a more complete schedule of events and workshop details, download the "New Transfer Students!" guide on the U Minnesota app. Click here for download instructions.

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. For other airport transportation options go towww.mspairport.com.

Temporary Housing Available Upon Arrival
The International Reception Center (IRC) is an inexpensive temporary (July 15 to August 27) on-campus housing option available to all newly admitted international students from. The cost of staying at the IRC is $23 a night. Reserve a space atwww.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.

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 connect with student groups who have shown an interest in connecting with International students.  Please see the list at http://isss.umn.edu/new/pdf/studentgroups_2015.pdf for more information.

Orientation & First-Year Programs

International Student and Scholar Services

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