University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota

ISSS Programs



New Student Programs

International Buddy Program

IBPProvide UMN students open and safe place for cultural exchange. Pair up new international students with the current UMN undergraduate students, either domestic or International, before they arrive on campus!

Global Gopher Events

Global Gopher WeekWorkshops and events to help international students prepare for the school year, connect with campus resources, and visit exciting locations on campus and throughout the Twin Cities


Global Gopher Academy

Introduces new international students to other U.S. and international students, U.S. culture, and life at the University of Minnesota through workshops, training sessions, tours, and fun activities. This six day program transitions students to their new life in Minnesota and provides important skills and experiences to help them succeed both in and out of the classroom.