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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: Schedule Your Immigration Document Check
Schedule your Immigration Document Check appointment time online with International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). You will not be able to register for fall classes until you have completed Document Check. You are required to attend Document Check BEFORE you attend a Transfer Orientation program. Click here to schedule your document check.

STEP TWO: Select Your Transfer Orientation Date
After you complete your Document Check, you will attend an on-campus Transfer Orientation program in order to schedule your fall classes. Be sure to complete your new student checklist prior to attending Transfer Orientation. Please visit the Preparing for Orientation web page to find the checklist for your college and determine what you need to do before attending Transfer Orientation. You should sign up for Transfer Orientation through your college.

STEP THREE: Complete Your Online Orientation
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 FOUR: Attend an International Student Orientation Program (ISOP)
The International Student Orientation Program (ISOP) is mandatory for all new international students. ISOP allows international students to become better acquainted with the University of Minnesota, the office of International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS), as well as other international students. During ISOP, you will receive information about living and studying here, as well as valuable information about maintaining your non-immigrant legal status. You must complete Document Check before attending ISOP. At Document Check you will sign up for ISOP. Click here for more information about ISOP.

Information About Transfer Orientation

Are you driving to campus?
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.

Due to multiple construction projects on and around campus, please follow the directions listed on the above Website. DO NOT USE GPS DIRECTIONS, as these routes will be incorrect. Please allow an extra 20 minutes in getting to campus, as traffic congestion around campus will be significant.

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 and Resource Fair (Check-in is on the ground floor of Coffman Union)
8:40 a.m. University Welcome
9:15 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
(times vary)
College Meeting, Advising, and Registration
11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
(times vary)
12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. Campus Tour (optional)
2:00-3:00 p.m. Q & A Session (optional)

What to Bring

  • University Internet ID and memorized password
  • Name of health insurance company and policy number (you may purchase University insurance instead)
  • $6.00 per day for parking
  • Photo ID for U Card
  • Certificate of Online Orientation completion
  • Notebook and pen or pencil
  • Comfortable clothing and shoes
  • Warm outdoor attire (you will be walking around campus)
  • Umbrella in case of rain

Resources for Parents
Will a parent or guest accompany you to Transfer Orientation? If so, parents and guests are encouraged to register in advance for the Parent Orientation program. For more information and registration, click 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, visit www.ofyp.umn.edu/trstudents.html or email transfer@umn.edu. We look forward to seeing you at Transfer Orientation!

Resources Upon Arrival

Airport Transportation
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 every hour from 10:00 am to 9:20 pm from Monday, August 13 through Saturday, August 25.

For more information about and to submit your online reservation, please visit: http://www.bhs.umn.edu/peer-health-promotion/gopher-chauffeur-airport-rides.htm. 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.

Get Your Top 5!

Transfer students are invited to take the online StrengthsFinder® assessment to learn about their Top 5 strengths. 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. Knowing about your Top 5 is part of your U of M experience.

By August 17, you will receive instructions to your UMN email account for completing the assessment. 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 due to possible language barriers please email strengths@umn.edu. Visit strengths.umn.edu to learn more.

Orientation & First-Year Programs
612-624-1979 or 1-800-234-1979

International Student and Scholar Services

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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