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Feb 3rd, 2017 (Fri)
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  Discover Good Luck and Superstitions with Small World Coffee Hour

Small World Coffee Hour is back with its first event of the semester. The event will highlight the theme of good luck and superstitions in different cultures. We will feature the Egyptian Student Association and the Korean International Student Organization who will discuss some of the events and symbols that some in these cultures correlate with good and bad luck. We will also have several Egyptian activities, games and dances to try and authentic Egyptian food to eat.

DATE: February 3, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Yudof Hall, Clubroom
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Feb 6th, 2017 (Mon)
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
  H-1B Visa Workshop

At our H-1B visa workshop, an immigration attorney from a local immigration law firm will provide information on H-1B eligibility requirements, the application process, and the necessary timelines. This workshop is specifically for people who are interested in becoming an H-1B for employers other than the University of Minnesota.

DATE: February 6 at 4:30-6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Mondale Hall, Room 40

Feb 9th, 2017 (Thu)
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  Culture In-Depth: Indian Students at the U of M — ISSS Intercultural Workshop Series

Presenter: Lalitha Urs, Department of Psychology
Location: Heller Hall, Room 1210

There are over 100,000 students from India in the United States, including nearly 1,000 individuals studying at the University of Minnesota. While there is one country called India, the diversity that emerges from the 2nd most populous country on Earth is significant. This interactive workshop will be an introduction to important factors to consider when inviting, building trust, and working with Indian students.

At the end of this workshop, you will we able to:

  • Understand more about the Indian student experience
  • Identify specific Indian values that will help you build productive relationships
  • Develop an appreciation for a range of food restrictions students from India may face

This workshop is part of the ISSS Intercultural Workshop series for UMN staff. See the full list and learn more about ISSS's training for UMN staff, faculty and departments at isss.umn.edu/training/intercultural.html.

Feb 10th, 2017 (Fri)
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  International Korean Veteran Readjustment Workshop

Dear international Korean military veterans returning to UMN after military service: Welcome back! Congratulations on finishing your duty for your country. You proudly served your country for two years, and now it is the time to resume your studies! We know coming back to the UMN after the military can be challenging. It is a completely different environment and a different lifestyle, so readjusting takes time and effort.

We strongly recommend that you attend the International Korean Veteran Readjustment Workshop. During the workshop you will:

Explore different ways to improve your English skills
Learn academic readjustment tips from college advisors
Learn how to be successful in academics from senior international Korean veteran students
Network with other international Korean students to learn from their experience
Enjoy a free Korean dinner!
There are many students, staff, and faculty on campus willing to help you readjust and succeed academically. This workshop will give you good guidance to resume your studies and build your network again.

DATE AND TIME: Friday February 10, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Hanson Hall, Recruiter Lounge
RSVP Required. Email linxx040@umn.edu by February 9

This workshop is organized by International Student and Scholar Services, the Carlson School, College of Liberal Arts, College of Science and Engineering, and the Minnesota English Language Program.

Feb 10th, 2017 (Fri)
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  Communication in LGBTQ Relationships - International GLBTQ Discussion Group

t's February, and Valentine's Day is coming! The International GLBTQ Discussion Group invites Brenna Wernersbach to talk about communication in LGBTQ relationships on Friday, February 10!

Brenna Wernersbach is a counselor specialized in LGBTQ issues in the Student Counseling Services. We will be discussing respect, communication, intimacy, dating, and healthy relationship in the LGBTQ community. It will be a great chance to explore intimate LGBTQ relationships right before Valentine's Day!

If you have any question, please feel free to contact Peiying Shi at shixx300@umn.edu.

DATE/TIME: February 10, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Appleby Hall, Room 41
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Feb 16th, 2017 (Thu)
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
  New International Student Seminar: Succeeding at the U

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) will be holding a New International Student Seminar (NISS) for new international freshmen and undergraduate transfer students on Thursday, February 16 in Coffman Union's Great Hall.  All new international freshman and transfer students are required to attend this seminar. Check-in will take place from 3:30-4:00, and the program will be from 4:00-5:30.

You are required to stay for the entire program, so do not schedule anything else during the New International Student Seminar. If you have a class during the seminar, please email isssniss@umn.edu so we can make an alternative arrangement to ensure you do not miss class.

At this seminar, you will:

  • Learn tips for being a successful student
  • Have a place to ask your challenging questions and get advice from other international students
  • Access key resources around campus
  • Connect with other current and new students

Registration is required to attend NISS, so go to z.umn.edu/s17niss to register before Wednesday, February 15.

 

Feb 16th, 2017 (Thu)
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  Global U: A Celebration of Internationality

Join us for a taste of food and music that represents our global community at the University, complimenting the unveiling of the Global U mosaic art piece.

There will be a short program starting at 5:00, followed by performances from Ecuador Manta and Away Runakuna.

Learn more on Facebook, RSVP not required.

In partnership with: International Student and Scholar Services, Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence, Multicultural Student Engagement, Minnesota International Student Association, Global China Connection, Somali Student Association, Al-Madinah Cultural Center, La Raza Student Cultural Center, and Small World Coffee Hour - University of Minnesota

DATE/TIME: February 16, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Coffman Union, Second Floor Art Gallery

Feb 17th, 2017 (Fri)
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  Prepare for the Job & Internship Fair Workshop for International Students

Are you going to the UMN Job & Internship Fair on February 24? You need to prepare! At this workshop, you will learn what to expect at the Job and Internship Fair, how to target and research companies, how to talk about your visa status, and the elements of how to introduce yourself to a company.

DATE/TIME: February 17, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
LOCATION: Bruininks Hall, Room 412
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Feb 17th, 2017 (Fri)
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  Small World Coffee Hour Present: Parents with LISA (Latino Student Association) and PERSISMA

Join Small World Coffee Hour on February 17 at Yudof Hall! In this event, we are proudly to present you guys different culture from South East Asia and Latino region which is presented by PERSISMA (Malaysian Student Association) and LISA (Latino International Student Association). Immerse yourself in this multicultural events accompanied with cultural presentations, clothing and most importantly a variety of FOOD.

DATE/TIME: February 17, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Yudof Hall, Club Room

Feb 18th, 2017 (Sat)
9:00 AM - 2:30 AM
  Tax Orientation for International Students and Scholars

ISSS is holding Tax Information Sessions on February 18 for individuals who file non-resident tax returns. At these sessions, speakers will explain how to use the Glacier Tax software (a free software system) to file non-resident State and Federal Tax returns. This software will soon be available on the ISSS website.

Individual tax clinics will also be held for non-resident filers during February, March, And April. The exact schedule, including room locations, will be announced soon.

Please Note: ISSS advisors and staff cannot provide tax advice or assistance. Attend one of the Tax Clinics if you want assistance filing your nonresident tax forms.

DATE: Saturday, February 18, 2017
TIME: 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Carlson School, Honeywell Auditorium
Due to limited seating, we recommend attending the morning workshop.
The workshops are identical, so you only need to attend one.

Feb 21st, 2017 (Tue)
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  Culture In-Depth: Chinese Students at the U of M — ISSS Intercultural Workshop Series

Presenter: Mingzhi Li, International Student and Scholar Services
Location: University International Center, Room 101

Like many other higher education institutions across the U.S., the University of Minnesota has seen a significant increase in the size of our Chinese student population over the last ten years. Approximately half of the international students at the University are from China, and these students bring unique experiences and curiosity to our campus.

During this workshop, a panel of Chinese students will share their personal stories about interactions on campus. From their discussion and other interactive exercises, you will learn about the academic choices Chinese students make and how unique aspects of Chinese culture (such as collectivism, face saving, and shame) impact the student experience. Walking away from this workshop, you will be better able to connect with Chinese students and help bring their talents and perspectives to the forefront in the classroom and student life.

At the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Understand the contextual factors influencing the Chinese student experience
  • Appreciate the cultural values that Chinese students bring, including collectivism, face saving, and shame
  • Develop a set of approaches that will increase your effectiveness with international students

This workshop is part of the ISSS Intercultural Workshop series for UMN staff. See the full list and learn more about ISSS's training for UMN staff, faculty and departments at isss.umn.edu/training/intercultural.html.

Feb 21st, 2017 (Tue)
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  Tax Clinics for International Students and Scholars

International students and scholars can use the GLACIER TAX PREP to file their non-resident tax returns. This tax preparation software is completely free to use.

International students and scholars who want help preparing their non-resident tax returns can attend one of the Non-resident Tax Clinics occurring on Tuesdays in February, March, and April.

There will not be reservations, and volunteers will help people on a first-come, first-served basis. We cannot guarantee you will be seen on a specific night, so it best to arrive as early as possible and to attend one of the early sessions.

To learn more and access the Glacier software, see the Taxes section of our website.

DATES/TIMES: 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays from February 21 to April 11 (no clinic during Spring Break, 3/14)
1:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 1
Clinics may be canceled if there is bad weather. Please check the website for room information and any other updates.

Please note: ISSS advisers and staff cannot provide tax advice or assistance.

Feb 24th, 2017 (Fri)
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  Culture Corps: The Origin of Chinese Traditional Clothes

During this Culture Corps presentation, Ruyuan Wan will introduce the history about Chinese traditional clothes briefly, especially for Han nation's traditional clothes since nearly 206 BC to 1644. She will display different kinds of Chinese traditional clothes then explain the differences between them.

DATE/TIME: February 24, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Moos Tower, Room 1-430
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Feb 25th, 2017 (Sat)
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  Culture Corps Presents: Origins of Singlish


This Culture Corps presentation will describe the origins and unique properties Singlish, the slang incorporated into colloquial English used by Singapore. Singlish is derived from four different languages in response to immigrants in Singapore having no common language to communicate. Singlish is seen by many as crude. However, after understanding the history behind this unique creole of English, one can understand how and why it became what it is today.

DATE/TIME: February 25, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Blegen Hall, Room 210
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Feb 27th, 2017 (Mon)
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  Cultural Corps Presents: Drama from Eastern Asia

Why don't you come and join our event talking about dramas from China, South Korea, and Japan? During this Culture Corps presentation, we will discuss dramas and their obvious effects to people's life. After our introduction, we will have discussion time to share dramas from each country, further talk about what you know about dramas, and have an Asian snack!

DATE/TIME: February 27, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Centennial Hall

Feb 28th, 2017 (Tue)
4:30 PM - 6:30 AM
  Employment-based Visas and Permanent Residency Workshop

An immigration attorney from a local law firm will give an overview of employment-based visa options such as H-1B, O-1, and L-1 visas. The second part of the workshop includes information on the process for becoming a permanent resident through employment.

DATE/TIME: February 28, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Mondale Hall, Room 40

Feb 28th, 2017 (Tue)
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  Tax Clinics for International Students and Scholars

International students and scholars can use the GLACIER TAX PREP to file their non-resident tax returns. This tax preparation software is completely free to use.

International students and scholars who want help preparing their non-resident tax returns can attend one of the Non-resident Tax Clinics occurring on Tuesdays in February, March, and April.

There will not be reservations, and volunteers will help people on a first-come, first-served basis. We cannot guarantee you will be seen on a specific night, so it best to arrive as early as possible and to attend one of the early sessions.

To learn more and access the Glacier software, see the Taxes section of our website.

DATES/TIMES: 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays from February 21 to April 11 (no clinic during Spring Break, 3/14)
1:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 1
Clinics may be canceled if there is bad weather. Please check the website for room information and any other updates.

Please note: ISSS advisers and staff cannot provide tax advice or assistance.

 

 

 

 

 

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