Welcome to the University of Minnesota!

On behalf of the staff of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) in the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance, congratulations on your admission to the University of Minnesota! We look forward to welcoming you to campus soon!

The University of Minnesota — one of the nation’s top research universities — is centrally located in the thriving, metropolitan area of the Twin Cities. For pursuing your academic program and discovering career and internship opportunities, this is a great place to be. 

As a top research university, UMN provides an amazing range of facilities and resources on campus. With more than 2.1 million square feet of research space, 14 libraries, educational and personal student support services, research programs and centers, social organizations, and career preparation resources, you are equipped for success while in school and in the future.

Get to Know ISSS

The staff of ISSS is ready to help you make your transition to campus. ISSS staff have chosen to work with international students and scholars and can help you navigate U.S. culture and the Twin Cities campus through the various services we provide:

  • Advising to help you maintain your immigration status
  • Counseling to help you navigate academic and personal challenges
  • Programs to help you meet other students and build leadership skills that are essential for your personal and professional success

We strive to make ISSS your "home away from home." 

We are delighted you chose to study at the UMN, and we look forward to meeting you! Please email us at [email protected] if you have any questions.


Barbara Kappler, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean
International Student & Scholar Services

Last updated: May 7, 2024