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New Students



New Student Information

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Welcome to the University of Minnesota

Students who will be studying at the UMN on a visa type other than F-1 or J-1: You are not required to do the items listed below. Please email for more information about your Electronic Document Check.

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Global Gopher Events (January 17, 9:00-Noon)
International Buddy Program

*NOTE: Some programs are only for undergraduate and/or non-degree students.

On behalf of the staff of International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) in the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance, congratulations on your admission to the University of Minnesota!

Our Twin Cities campus is centrally located in the exciting and friendly cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Minnesotans place a high value on education, and they also realize that hosting international students is an important component of what makes the University of Minnesota a vibrant and globalized campus. We think you will find this a warm and accepting community.

As You Prepare

In order to ensure the University of Minnesota can verify your immigration status, there is currently an AI hold on your record that will prevent you from registering for classes. You will not be allowed to register for classes until this AI Hold is removed by International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). You must complete three tasks before this hold will be removed:

  1. Complete the International Student Preparation Course,
  2. Scan and upload your documents to MyISSS after you arrive in the United States, and
  3. Attend your ISSS Check-In and Welcome Session.

Please note, many international students have at least two holds on their record when they arrive
at the University of Minnesota, so make sure to visit MyU and navigate to the "Holds" tab to
determine if there are any actions you must take (learn how here). All of these holds need to
be resolved before you will be allowed to register.

Get to Know ISSSS

The staff of ISSS is ready to help you accomplish your academic
and career goals. Our office provides:

  • Information to help you adjust to the University and American culture,
  • Advising and counseling services to help you maintain your immigration status and succeed at the UMN,
  • Academic and career support, and
  • Educational and social programs to help you meet students from the USA and around the world.

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

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