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Information About Fall 2020 for New International Students

Have you already completed at least one semester at the UMN? Review our information for continuing international students.

Dear New International Students,

For information about the August 24 modification to the UMN's Fall 2020 plans, review our update and the Safe Campus website.

We know you probably have a lot of questions about planning for fall. We are working with departments across the University to develop plans that will give you the flexibility needed to ensure you can begin your studies at the University, whether that is here in Minnesota or online from your home country. There are still many questions that we are not able to answer at this time, but we will update this page as more information is available.

You should also refer to the ISSS New Student website, the International Student Preparation Course, and our Virtual Forums for Incoming Students for updates.

Frequently Asked Questions

ISSS has created a Frequently Asked Questions document for New International Students that will be regularly updated with answers to the questions we are receiving from students. If you have questions that are not answered here, please email isssnew@umn.edu.

New Student Virtual Forums

Please Note: Most Forums will be hosted on Zoom. Links and passwords will be available on the registration form.

ISSS is hosting a series of Virtual Forums for international students and families. Speakers from both forums will take questions from you through the chat function and address as many as possible. Please be aware that, depending on the number of questions submitted, we may not be able to answer all of the questions. To help, we encourage students who have individual questions (items related to your personal situation) email isssnew@umn.edu.

Recordings from Past Student Virtual Forums

For recordings of the Global Gopher Events sessions, please go to the Global Gopher Events webpage

Graduate/Professional Degree Student Forums

  • August 4, 2020 New International Student Webinar for Incoming Graduate/Professional Degree Students
    Second webinar for new graduate/professional degree students with updates from from International Student and Scholar Services and the Graduate School. Guests speakers for this webinar will be from Boynton Health Services and Housing & Residential Life.
  • July 28, 2020 New International Student Webinar for Incoming Graduate/Professional Degree Students
    Staff from International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) and the Graduate School provide updates for new international students who will be starting as graduate/professional degree students in September 2020.

Undergraduate Student Forums

Please Note: All of the following forums were recorded before the UMN's Fall 2020 plan was announced, so they will not include information about taking classes online.

  • June 5, 2020 Preparing for Your Undergraduate Virtual Advising Session
    All undergraduate students will complete a Virtual Advising Session with their Academic Advisers before registering. In this webinar, ISSS staff, Academic Advisers, and international students share recommendations about why you can expect during this time.
  • May 26, 2020 Global Gopher New Student Virtual Session: Orientation and Registration Updates
    Presenters from International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS), Orientation & Transition Experiences (OTE), Academic Advisers and international students discuss how to prepare to register for classes
  • May 19. 2020 Global Gopher New Student Virtual Session: Admissions Updates and Next Steps
    Presenters from the Office of Admissions, Orientation & Transition Experiences, and International Students and Scholar Services discuss what you should do now that you have been accepted to the University of Minnesota

Parent and Family Forums

Recordings from Past Parent and Family Forums

Please Note: All of the following forums were recorded before the UMN's Fall 2020 plan was announced, so they will not include information about taking classes online.

  • May 14, 2020 (Mandarin-Speaking Parents)
    Presenters included staff from International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS), Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Orientation & Transition Experiences (OTE), and the Parent & Family Program
  • May 12, 2020 (Hosted in English)
    Guest speakers were from Boynton Health Services and the Parent and Family Program
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