Cross-Cultural Discussion Groups

Join a Cross-Cultural Discussion Group to make new friends, expand your worldview, and engage in meaningful conversations with other UMN students!

The Cross-Cultural Discussion Group (CCDG) Program is an opportunity to meet other UMN students from different countries, backgrounds, majors, and colleges in a fun and relaxing atmosphere. During a group’s weekly discussion, you will share cross-cultural experiences and reflect on various topics including food, friendships, relationships, taboos/stereotypes, culture shock, educational systems around the world, work-life balance, and much more.

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Who can join?

All UMN students, both international and domestic, graduate, professional and undergraduate, are encouraged to join a Cross-Cultural Discussion Group. We also welcome UMN faculty and staff to apply to be group facilitators.  

How does it work?

You can apply to join either as a Participant or a Facilitator. 

As a participant, you will commit 1-2 hours every week to participate in a cross-cultural discussion group, either in-person or virtually. It is a great option if you want to meet people from diverse backgrounds, exchange perspectives on cross-cultural issues, and grow your support network. 

As a facilitator, you will commit 2-3 hours every week to co-plan and co-lead weekly meetings with your assigned CCDG group, either in-person or virtually. Because this role comes with leadership responsibilities, prior cross-cultural experience and strong organizational and communication skills are highly recommended. 

It is our priority that you are matched to a group that works best with your schedule and is as diverse as possible. 

How do I apply?

We are now accepting applications for participants for Spring 2024.

Apply to be a participant

Spring 2024 discussion group times:

  • Thursday, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (in-person)
  • Friday, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (in-person)
  • Friday, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (in-person)
  • Wednesday, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (virtual)
  • Friday, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (virtual)


Please contact Thi Nguyen, CCDG Program Coordinator, if you have any questions and/or requests. 


Cross-cultural discussion group