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International Student and Scholar Services
Congratulations on your admission! Here's what you need to do next.
When you confirm your enrollment, we will hold your place in the incoming class.
Sponsored students are international students whose tuition is directly paid by a third party (not themselves or their family).
You will be responsible for scheduling your visa appointment after you receive your I-20/DS-2019.
You will need to transfer your I-20/SEVIS Record if you currently hold F-1 or J-1 status at another U.S. institution.
You can obtain a dependent visa for your spouse and/or children under age 21.
At a minimum, you should plan to arrive at least 10 days before the program start date on your I-20 or DS-2019.
It is important that you determine if you will have sufficient funding to cover your finances.
There are a variety of housing options available for students both on-campus and off-campus.
You will need to carry your documents with you during your travel, and you should get your I-94 record after arrival.
There are many options for getting to campus from the airport, including light rail, buses, shuttles, and taxis.
You will have to complete certain requirements before you can begin your position.
It is important that you complete the International Student Preparation Course as soon as possible. It will help you prepare for your transition to the UMN.
After you arrive in the U.S., you must scan and submit your documents to MyISSS. Students studying online from outside the U.S. will not do this until after arriving.
Depending on your English test score, you may be required to take an English test when you arrive on campus.
Most international students have two or more holds on their student records. You will need to complete certain actions to have them removed.
You will need to use Duo Security to access your UMN email, MyU, G Suite, Canvas, and more.
Undergraduate students must submit a secondary school transcript and proof of high school graduation.
Minnesota law requires all students to be immunized against measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, and diphtheria.
You can pay tuition online through your Student Account by using Flywire.
It is important that you learn about the U.S. banking system including currency exchange, bank accounts, and debit cards.
The weather in Minnesota varies a lot depending on the time of year. You can make the most of it by being prepared.
All international students must purchase the Student Health Benefit Plan unless they are eligible for a waiver.
You will need to get a U Card and decide if you will get a state ID or driver's license.
The University of Minnesota works hard to ensure that campus and the surrounding neighborhoods are safe for students.
You can explore public transportation, use the University buses, or ride a bike to get around campus.
The DRC is committed to making the University accessible and inviting for all students and community members.
The Minnesota English Language Program, Tandem Plus, and more are here to help you.
ISSS provides services for international LGBTQIA+ students, including counseling and referrals.
The University of Minnesota has an on-campus clinic, mental health support, and state-of-the-art recreation facilities.
Make new friends and prepare for classes by joining events and programs created specifically for new students.
ISSS is a unit of the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance, the central international office for the University of Minnesota system.
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