International Student Information About Orientation

For more information for new

students, visit International Student

& Scholar Services (ISSS)

As an international student, you have many things to do once you arrive in Minneapolis.

You will complete your document check as a part of your orientation. Please refer to ISSS for more details.  

International transfer students who are a non-native speaker of English should consult with their advisor at orientation to discuss if they have already completed the second language requirement. 

If you plan to live in Minnesota to attend any in-person classes, you should contact ISSS regarding your arrival date. International students should attend the earliest possible CLA orientation session.


Housing Information

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.