ISSS offers many services to international students and scholars to encourage and support a successful academic experience at the University of Minnesota. Along with the programing and the advising, our staff provides a variety of support services as well. Academic Services include academic coaching for students on probation, collaboration with academic advisers, as well as a variety of resources available to improve academic progress. Part of ISSS’s mission is to assist students and scholars to attain their career goals and we therefore offer assistance in the form of individual sessions, workshops, and resources pertaining to career services. Many of the advisers at ISSS are also trained in counseling, which has been helpful to students and scholars needing someone to talk with about more personal issues that may be affecting their academic progress. Sometimes when unforeseen changes happen that affect a student’s financial resources, ISSS can offer minimal scholarships to a very limited number of students through our Financial Aid program. While ISSS staff is not trained to assist with tax forms, we do provide on line tools and in person workshops and individual meetings with tax advisers to help the university’s foreign national community understand the complexity of tax information.
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Sometimes students experience challenges managing their coursework or may encounter a difficult academic situation. ISSS Academic Counseling and Support can help international students be successful students.
ISSS counselors are trained to provide both counseling and advising. Counseling usually involves a more in-depth meeting than advising.
In an effort to assist international students who are experiencing financial hardship due to unforeseen circumstances, ISSS offers a very limited amount of funding to international students at the U of MN-Twin Cities campus.
Overviews the tax preparation software that ISSS provides to all students and scholars. This annual February orientation features presenters from the IRS and Minnesota Department of Revenue. They discuss the return process and the state income tax program.