University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota

New Students

International Student Preparation Course

Summer/Fall 2018 students: See below for the information you need to enroll in the International Student Preparation Course. We recommend you complete this program as soon as possible.

You should complete the mandatory portions of the course at least 24 hours before attending Immigration Check-In. You may be delayed in registering for classes if you have not completed it when you arrive at Immigration Check-In.

Things to Know Before You Begin

  • You will need your University of Minnesota Internet ID (x500) and password. If you have not already, visit to initiate your x500 account.
  • Although other browsers can be used, the program is best viewed by using Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari. If you use Firefox, you may be shown an error warning when you first open some of the videos. The videos should function properly, however.
  • We recommend using broadband, high-speed Internet access, although it is not required.
  • Some of the International Student Preparation Course will not work properly on mobile devices, so we recommend you use a laptop or desktop computer. If you are using an iPad or iPhone, you will be prompted to download a free VoiceThread app to watch some of the videos.

How to Access the International Student Preparation Course

Type globalgopher into the Self Enrollment box  to enroll
How to Enroll in the
International Student Preparation Course
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You will need to enroll yourself in the International Student Preparation Course. This can be done by doing the following:

  1. Open the website by clicking "Begin the International Student Preparation Course" below.
  2. Type "globalgopher" (without quotation marks) in the Self Enrollment box.
  3. Click "Enroll Me."
  4. Your progress will be saved, so you do not need to complete the course at one time. Reenter the site by clicking the link below.

Begin the International Student Preparation Course

If you have any problems when accessing or using the site, please email