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International Student Preparation Course

You Are About to Begin the International Student Preparation Course

The International Student Preparation Course was developed specifically for new international students based on input from current international students. We worked with them to create this course to share important information so that you will know what to expect as you prepare for your arrival to the University of Minnesota.

The International Student Preparation Course has helpful modules that address some of the questions most frequently asked by international students, including:

  • What is International Student and Scholar Services, and how can you help me before and after I arrive at the University of Minnesota?
  • What do I need to do BEFORE and AFTER I arrive?
  • How do I register for classes?
  • What it is like to study or teach in the USA?
  • What do I need to know about employment in the USA?
  • What do I need to travel?
  • What resources does the campus have to support my cultural adjustment?

You should complete this course as soon as possible as it will give you a better awareness of your visa status and resources available on-campus.

Things to Know Before You Begin

  • You will need your University of Minnesota Internet ID and password. If you have not already, visit to claim your UMN account.
  • You do not need to complete the course all at one time. Your progress will be saved as you go, so you can take breaks and return later
  • We recommend using broadband, high-speed Internet access, although it is not required.
  • We recommend you complete use a laptop or desktop computer to view this course. Some sections will not work correctly if you view the course on a mobile phone.

Begin the International Student Preparation Course

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