Programs for New Students

Make new friends and prepare for classes by joining events and programs created specifically for new students.

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International Buddy Program

New undergraduate or non-degree international students can apply for the International Buddy Program before the fall and spring semester. You will be matched with a current University of Minnesota student who can serve as your mentor and provide guidance during your transition. IBP exists to help you make friends and succeed in your first semester at the UMN.

Global Gopher Experiences

Global Gopher Experiences is a series of workshops and events to help you and other international students prepare for the school year, connect with campus resources, and visit exciting locations on campus and throughout the Twin Cities.

Global Gopher Community

The Global Gopher Community brings international and domestic undergraduate students together into a single Living Learning Community where residents have a global experience through interactive cross-cultural learning.

International Parent Orientation

International Parent Orientation is an opportunity for your parents to learn more about the University of Minnesota. Go to the Parent and Family Orientation Resources webpage of the Orientation and Transition Experience website for more information.

Last updated: July 26, 2022