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Academic Counseling
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Academic Counseling & Support

Academic Counseling

ISSS offers Academic Counseling for international undergraduate students. Academic Counseling can help international students adjust to the U.S. and University of Minnesota, improve study skills, and provide support. Academic Counseling appointments are usually one hour and are scheduled with an ISSS Academic Counselor.

Other Academic Support Services

New International Student Seminar (NISS)

All new undergraduate international students (freshman and transfer) are required to must complete the New International Student Seminar (NISS) during their first year. This seminar is designed to assist international students who are new to the University of Minnesota by helping them explore academic strategies and get advice from other international students.

Major Exploration Coaching

The Center for Academic Planning and Exploration (CAPE) has a CAPE Coach who specializes in helping undergraduate international students choose a major. One-on-one coaching is offered in the ISSS or CAPE offices. CAPE also has a website for international students with step-by-step resources for major exploration.

Peer Research Consultants

Do you want help planning how to do research for your next paper? You can now meet with Peer Research Consultants in the ISSS Welcome Center (190 Humphrey School) during the semester.

These students (also known as Library Research Tutors) provide one-on-one help with library research strategies needed to write an excellent research paper. They can help you:

  • Find sources
  • Narrow down a topic
  • Develop a thesis statement
  • Other research-related needs

Where and when can you meet with a Peer Research Consultant?

The Peer Research Consultants have drop-in hours and also accept appointments at locations (including ISSS) across campus.

See their schedule for drop-in hours or make an appointment online. Peer Research Consultants are organized by UMN Libraries.