International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS)
As an international student, you have a lot to do once you arrive in Minneapolis.
- Go to ISSS for Document Check
- Find permanent housing
- Remove "holds" that prevent course registration
- Attend the International Student Orientation Program
- Attend the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) orientation.
- Register for classes (undergraduates register at CLA orientation)
- Complete paperwork for on-campus employment and assistantships (if applicable)
- Take any exams such as English proficiency or SPEAK test (if applicable)
To accomplish all of these tasks, you should arrive in Minneapolis no later than January 11. International students should attend the earliest possible CLA orientation session in January.
You must complete your document check as soon as you arrive to campus.
International transfer students must attend two orientation programs: the International Student Orientation Program (ISOP) and the CLA orientation. ISOP is run by the International Student and Scholar Program, and you will schedule this orientation during document check. For Spring 2015, the ISOP is scheduled for January 15. CLA orientation is run by the CLA Student Services, and you will prepare for it by completing the New Student Checklist .
Learn about your housing options online at the international student housing site before arriving in Minnesota.
- Temporary housing before arriving in Minnesota.
- Finding housing is an important step for living and studying at the University of Minnesota. You need to secure temporary housing before arriving in Minnesota.
- Permanent On-Campus Housing.
- There is very limited permanent, on-campus housing available. Be prepared to look for off-campus housing.
- Permanent Off-Campus Housing.
- Most international students arrange permanent off-campus housing when they arrive in Minnesota. We recommend you arrive approximately three weeks in advance if you need to search for off-campus housing.