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.

Upcoming Events

Welcome to the University of Minnesota!

The Global Gopher Experiences schedule for Summer and Fall 2022 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 this summer for any updates.


Preparing for Off-Campus Living

June 15
8–9 a.m. CST

Open to all international students

Learn how to navigate off-campus housing, such as signing legal documents like a lease, and discover the UMN Off Campus Living website. Hosted by ISSS, Housing & Residential Life, the Office of Student Affairs, and University Student Legal Service.

Register now.

Q&A Session

June 29
8–9 a.m. CST

Open to all international students

Get all your questions answered in this Q&A session with ISSS staff.

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. 

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How to Take Care of My Health and Navigate the U.S. Health Care System

July 13
8–9 a.m. CST

Open to all international students

Learn how to navigate well-being and health in the U.S., including immunizations, in this webinar with ISSS, Housing & Residential Life, the Office of Student Health Benefits, and Boynton Health.

Register now.

Level Up for Career Success

July 27
8–9 a.m. CST

Open to all international students

Discover how to navigate student employment, research, volunteering, and off-campus internships with Jane Sitter, International Undergraduate Career Consultant. Hosted by ISSS and Career Services.

Register now.


What Is It Like to Be a UMN Student?

August 10
8–9:30 a.m. CST

Register now.

Official Global Gopher Experiences Welcome

August 17
8–9:30 a.m. CST

Open to all international students

Join ISSS in an official welcome as you prepare to arrive to the University of Minnesota. Meet leaders and staff and connect with other students virtually!

Register now.

Mandatory Arrival Date for International Freshmen

August 22

All international freshmen will register for an on-campus orientation in August through the New Student Checklist. You will attend your ISSS Welcome Session in person on the morning of your on-campus orientation.

Graduate Student Welcome

August 23
9–11 a.m. CST

Graduate students should register for this in-person event through the ISSS Check-in and Welcome Session e-form in MyISSS.

Welcome Week: In-Person ISSS Welcome

August 28
5–7 p.m. CST
Goldy's Gameroom

Open to new undergraduate international students

Join us at Goldy's Gameroom for games and food, meeting ISSS and Welcome Week staff — and perhaps, a special guest from the University of Minnesota!

Mandatory Arrival Date for International Transfer Students

August 29

After you arrive in the United States, complete your ISSS Check-In and Welcome Session.

Undergraduate transfer students will attend an in-person ISSS Welcome Session on August 31. You will sign up for this session through the “ISSS Check-in and Welcome Session” e-form in MyISSS after you arrive in the U.S. The ISSS Welcome Session will finish shortly before Transfer Welcome Week begins. 

Undergraduate transfer students who are not able to arrive in Minnesota by August 31 will complete an online ISSS Welcome Session. The link to the online Welcome Session will be available in the “ISSS Check-in and Welcome Session” e-form in MyISSS (see Step 1).

Academic Resources Exploration and Fair

August 30
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. CST
Walter Library

Open to all new international students (non-degree, undergraduate, transfer, graduate, and professional school)

Join us in person for an academic resource fair where you will meet and tour some of the resources that have been preparing to welcome international students on campus.


Welcome Week: OTE Exploration Fair

September 2

Welcome Week: Late Night Movie on the Football Field

September 3

Time Management as an International Student

September 7
4–5 p.m. CST

Open to undergraduate international students

Student Academic Success Services and the Office of Undergraduate Education will share time management tips and resources for succeeding academically.

Meet the Libraries

September 21

Affinity Groups

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].