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.

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. 

Upcoming Events

8:00am | Wednesday, May 31, 2023

ISSS and academic advisors will share tips for talking to your academic advisor and navigating American culture during advising.

For freshmen and transfer undergraduate students

8:00am | Wednesday, June 14, 2023


Join ISSS, Housing & Residential Life, the Office of Student Affairs, and University Student Legal Services to learn how to navigate off-campus housing, including signing legal documents like a lease.

Open to all international students

8:00am | Wednesday, June 28, 2023


Join ISSS student leaders and staff and get to know each other! This will be in a Zoom meeting format, meaning that you will get to connect with each other, talk to each other in small groups, and ask questions. Join us for an interactive meeting with your fellow Global Gophers!

Open to all international students

8:00am | Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Join ISSS and Career Services and find out how to navigate student employment, research, volunteering, and off-campus internships.

Open to all international students

8:00am | Wednesday, August 9, 2023


Are you curious to learn more about your college? Join us to meet new faces, know key places, and learn the community spaces for your college. College staff, current international students, and new international students in your college will meet and share what they know!

5:00pm | Sunday, August 27, 2023

Goldy's Game Room, Coffman Memorial Union

Join us in person at Goldy's Game Room for some games and food, meeting ISSS and Welcome Week Staff, and perhaps, a special guest from the University of Minnesota!

For all new students