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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 for situations like academic probation. 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 attend the New International Student Seminar (NISS) during their first semester. 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. There is also a resource fair during NISS where students can learn and meet with staff from the various academic and support services on campus.

Academic Resources for International Students

Working with the different academic offices around campus, ISSS Academic Counselors collaboratively manage the Academic Resources for International Student Website. This website has up-to-date information of academic resources on campus that are helpful for international students.

Major Exploration Coaching

The Center for Academic Planning and Exploration (CAPE) hired 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.

Peer Research Consultants

Do you want help planning how to do research for your next paper? You can now meet with a Peer Research Consultants on Tuesdays and Thursday at 1:30-4:00 p.m. in the ISSS Welcome Center.

These fellow 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 5 locations:

West Bank Locations
ISSS Office located in H. H. Humphrey School
SMART Learning Commons located on the fourth floor of Wilson Library

East Bank Locations
MCAE Instructional Center located in Appleby Hall
SMART Learning Commons located on the second floor of Walter Library
Bio-Medical Library located on the second floor (tunnel entrance) of Diehl Hall

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

ISSS Student Videos

Do you want to see videos from other international students sharing their experiences at the University of Minnesota? Visit the ISSS Panelists Website. You can also share your story to help employees of the University of Minnesota understand the experiences of international students and you could be awarded a stipend to be an Intercultural Workshop panelist.