Cross-Cultural Discussion Groups

Join a Cross-Cultural Discussion Group to make new friends, expand your world-view, and discuss new topics with other UMN students!

The Cross-Cultural Discussion Group program is an opportunity to meet other UMN students from a variety of colleges, majors, and nationalities in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. During a group’s weekly discussion, you will share cross-cultural experiences and reflect on various topics including friendship and relationships, taboos and stereotypes, culture shock, educational systems around the world, adjusting to online classes, managing daily life amidst the ongoing pandemic, and much more.


All UMN students (international and domestic) can join one of the following Cross-Cultural Discussion Groups being formed for the Spring 2022 semester. All Cross-Cultural Discussion Groups will be facilitated online via Zoom this spring. Each group will meet weekly from early February to late April for 90 minutes. Groups will be held during various times to accommodate time zone differences.

Registration spots for each group will be limited, so please apply as soon as possible. You can join one of the following groups (times listed are Central Time; go here to convert the time to your local time zone):

  • Wednesday: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Central Time
  • Wednesday: 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Central Time
  • Thursday: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Central Time
  • Thursday: 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Central Time)
  • Friday: 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. Central Time
  • Friday: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Central Time
  • Friday: 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Central Time