University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota

ISSS Programs



New Student Programs

International Buddy Program

IBPEases the transition of new undergraduate and exchange international students through peer mentorship. New students communicate with current international and U.S. undergraduate students before they arrive on campus!

Global Gopher Events

Global Gopher WeekWorkshops and events to help international students prepare for the school year, connect with campus resources, and visit exciting locations on campus and throughout the Twin Cities


iSuccess: The Global Gopher Academy

ISuccessIntroduces new international students to other U.S. and international students, U.S. culture, and life at the University of Minnesota through workshops, training sessions, tours, and fun activities. This six day program transitions students to their new life in Minnesota and provides important skills and experiences to help them succeed both in and out of the classroom.