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.


Graduate School Personal Statement Consultations

November 17–January 13

Are you an undergraduate international student (F-1 or J-1 visa) preparing an application for a graduate or professional school program? The personal statement is an important part of the application process!

Visit the Personal Statement Consultations Program to receive feedback on your statement from trained international graduate student Personal Statement Consultants! We have three options for you to receive feedback (depending on weekly availability):

  • In-person 30 minute consultation
  • Zoom 30 minute consultation
  • Asynchronous video feedback and comments for you to review on your own time

Our international graduate student consultants are uniquely able to share their experiences with you, and to be a part of your support system on your graduate school application journey.

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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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].