Living in the Twin Cities
The University of Minnesota is located in both Minneapolis and St. Paul (together called the Twin Cities). The Minneapolis campus is divided by the Mississippi River creating an “East Bank” and “West Bank”. The Department of Spanish & Portuguese is located on the East Bank of the Minneapolis campus in Folwell Hall.
The Twin Cities is a vibrant metropolitan area with a thriving art, music, and theater scene. Over 400,000 residents in the area speak a language other than English at home, and 32% speak Spanish. Other language groups with a large presence in the region include African languages, Hmong, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Russian.
Many people are attracted to Minnesota because of our diverse seasons. Summer, winter, fall, or spring, the Twin Cities area is the perfect place to savor the seasons. When it's cold, students enjoy winter activities like skiing or hiking, or stay cozy in our skyways and tunnels. When it's warm, students visit our sparkling lakes, miles of bike trails, and dozens of outdoor festivals. Visit the sections below to learn more!