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ENHANCED ACADEMIC EXPERIENCES

The University provides many resources designed to help students succeed in all aspects of their education. International students are supported throughout their time on campus with a variety of programs specifically for students from other countries and through an array of programs designed for all students. Furthermore, the University of Minnesota is dedicated to preparing graduates for the future. Whether you intend to further your studies or step into a career immediately after university, these resources will give you the necessary tools for success. 

International Student and Scholar Services

International Student and Scholar Services (known as ISSS) is dedicated to serving international students at the University of Minnesota—all the way from before enrollment to graduation and beyond. At ISSS, you’ll find helpful and knowledgeable staff to assist with visas and related issues, academic and career goals, financial issues, and social involvement. Counselors and advisers are trained to provide guidance on academic, personal, financial, and family matters. And the office’s programming helps students with cultural adjustment through programs such as International Student Orientation, International Buddy Program, Cross-Cultural Discussion Groups, a bi-weekly Small World Coffee Hour where students share their home-country cultures with each other, and many other activities to help you get engaged on campus.  

Service-Learning

Service Learning combines community involvement with coursework, giving you the opportunity to engage in the local community while completing your course requirements. The University offers approximately 50 courses with a service-learning component in 20 academic departments, providing opportunities for more than 2,000 students each year. These courses create opportunities to deepen your knowledge by applying concepts you learn in the classroom to real problems that the community has identified. These experiences act as powerful learning tools that complement class readings, discussions, and lectures.

Tutoring and Writing Center

If you’re looking for tutoring services, workshops, writing assistance, and other personal academic support, the University of Minnesota can help. Many student services are available, including: one-on-one tutoring, course support workshops, peer-assisted learning, research assistance, individual counseling, test preparation, and more. For assistance with writing projects, you will have access to in-person and online help with all stages of the writing process at the Center for Writing’s Student Writing Support.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

It’s no secret that the University of Minnesota is one of the world’s great research universities. The Twin Cities campus ranked 8th in research expenditures among public research institutions by the National Science Foundation.  This passion for research is displayed through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, or UROP.  Open to all undergraduate students in good academic standing, UROP provides funding to students to work on research projects with faculty mentors. UROP is a great way to build your experience, learn from experts, and prepare for further studies or the workplace.  

If you are especially interested in research, you can search the Experts@Minnesota database to find many of the research areas the University of Minnesota is engaged in.

Freshmen Seminars

Freshmen Seminars are small, discussion-oriented seminars specific to first-year undergraduate students with a goal to enhance the first-year experience. These classes are developed around specific interests and include varied topics like How to Win a Nobel Prize, Cosmic Catastrophes, and How to Think About Weird Things. With a limit of 20 students per seminar, you’ll get to know your classmates and enjoy meaningful discussion, all while learning from an expert in the field.

Career Centers

Each college offers specialized Career Centers that provide information and advice to students in planning for their future career successes. (Read student success stories here.) Services include: