Global Gopher Events

Start your UMN experience off in the best way possible by attending Global Gopher Events!

During Global Gopher Events, you will learn how to succeed academically at the University of Minnesota and how to prepare for a career after graduation! Most of all, we hope to welcome you to the University of Minnesota and the international community.

Why should you join us? Students say Global Gopher Events was where they met their best friends and started their adventure at the U!

This is a special opportunity for new international students to prepare for classes, make new friends, and discover all of the amazing services the University offers with advice from international student leaders.

Welcome to the University of Minnesota!

The Global Gopher Events schedule for Spring 2022 includes exciting workshops and events just for new international students! You will have opportunities during this virtual event to make new friends and learn about the resources available at the University of Minnesota.

  • How to be a successful student using University of Minnesota resources (January 12, 8:00-10:00 a.m. Central): There are a lot of useful resources at the University of Minnesota. Come to this virtual session where UMN staff will share tips and suggestions for how you can succeed during the Spring semester, and you will have the opportunity to ask questions in our breakout rooms. Register now to join us!
  • How to survive a Minnesota winter: Our Global Gopher Influencers will be sharing their winter fashion tips and other useful information on Instagram!
  • Additional programming: We are hosting additional virtual gatherings for international students who identify as any of the following: LGBTQIA students, Muslim students, Black-identifying International Students, International Latino/a/e/x students, and Sponsored students. These gatherings will be opportunities to meet other peers along with UMN staff to ask questions and share your experiences. To sign up, please select the groups you wish to participate in on this Google form. You will need to log into your UMN email to access this form. If you are unable, you can email [email protected].

NOTE: All Global Gopher Events are optional, and they are separate from (and do not replace) any of your orientation requirements including Welcome Week or Freshman/Transfer Orientation. All new international students are encouraged (but not required) to participate in Global Gopher Events.