Last updated: February 2, 2023


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Traveling internationally over summer break? Check whether you need to request a new travel signature.

Advising hours change: ISSS offers in-person drop-ins for F-1/J-1 students on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Virtual drop-ins are on Mondays and Wednesdays. Check our hours.

USCIS is now offering Premium Processing for OPT and STEM OPT applications. They guarantee you will receive a decision within 30 calendar days. Learn more.

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In-person course requirement for F-1 students

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has indicated it plans to return to the usual registration requirements for F-1 students in Fall 2023. As classes at the University of Minnesota have returned to primarily in-person and blended modes of delivery and the U.S. government’s COVID-19 emergency will end in May 2023, the Department of Homeland Security’s exception allowing additional online courses no longer applies and will expire.

This means that there is a limit to how many credits of online courses can count toward your full-time registration each semester.

Learn more


The Culture of Fashion

Posted on: May 24, 2023

Bolanle Dahunsi shared her knowledge of Nigerian fashion through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, gaining valuable teaching experience that helped her get a position as an assistant professor.

Four International Students Receive Mestenhauser Award for Excellence in Campus Internationalization

Posted on: May 8, 2023

Two students from the Twin Cities campus and two students from the Crookston campus of the University of Minnesota have been awarded the Josef Mestenhauser Student Award for Excellence in Campus Internationalization.


ISSS and academic advisors will share tips for talking to your academic advisor and navigating American culture during advising.

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