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Join an ISSS Online Cross-Cultural Discussion Group

Friday, January 22, 2021

ISSS's Cross-Cultural Discussion Groups are an opportunity to meet other UMN students from a variety of colleges, majors, and nationalities in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. During each group's weekly discussion, you will share cross-cultural experiences and reflect on various topics including taboos and stereotypes; culture shock; maintaining and making relationships; educational systems around the world; adjusting to online classes; managing daily life amidst the ongoing pandemic; and much more. 

Several groups are forming, and they are open to all U of M students (international and domestic from all academic levels). In Spring 2021, all discussion groups will be online through Zoom. Review the International Student and Scholars website for the days/times for each group. There will be groups convenient for students who are not currently in the central time zone. Applications are due February 5. If you have any questions, please email


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