Global Gopher Experiences

Goldy Gopher holding one hand high with text: Global Gopher Experiences

Be a part of the Global Gopher Experience series to start your UMN journey off in the best way possible!

During our series with Global Gopher Experiences, 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 Experiences 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.

2024 events

The Global Gopher Experiences schedule for 2024-2025 includes exciting workshops and events just for new international students! Make new friends and learn about the resources available at the University of Minnesota during these virtual, hybrid, and in-person events.

You will receive welcome emails every month from  April-August (for Fall admits) and December-January (for Spring) for any updates.

Most events taking place May through August will occur every 2 weeks with opportunities to connect with peers starting at the end of June.

In-Person Events

Starting August 15, ISSS will be hosting in person events. Additional information will be sent to your email address.

Mandatory Arrival Date for Freshman Undergraduate students: August 19, 2024 (if you cannot arrive by this date email [email protected])

All international freshmen will register for a required on-campus orientation in August through the new student checklist. Your August orientation will include an ISSS Welcome Session, which will take place in the morning on either August 19, 20, or 21. More information will be sent to your UMN email address.

NOTE: All Global Gopher Experiences 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 Experiences.