The following message was sent to all Twin Cities campus faculty and staff from Meredith McQuaid, Associate Vice President and Dean for International Programs; and Barbara Kappler, Assistant Dean, International Student and Scholar Services
This month, more than 1,500 new international freshmen, undergraduate transfers, graduate/professional, and non-degree students are arriving and settling in for the academic year. Hundreds more scholars and researchers from around the world will arrive throughout the fall semester. Each of these individuals brings new perspectives and experiences to our University and a strong motivation to learn and succeed. We are fortunate they have chosen the University of Minnesota, and now, more than ever, we must make sure international students and scholars know they are an important part of our community. We hope you will join us in welcoming them all to campus.
In addition to the usual first-day-of-school questions all students face, international students have the added complexities of long-distance travel, immigration rules, and learning to understand the local culture and U.S. educational system. While each student's experience is unique, in general, their adjustment can be greatly improved through our collective effort to reach out to these students and scholars who are studying far from home.
International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), the Global Programs and Strategy (GPS) Alliance, and others on campus have resources to help you and your colleagues work effectively with international students inside and outside the classroom, including:
- ISSS Training for Staff and Departments that can be customized to meet your unique needs
- ISSS Resources for Departments
- Resources and Training for Academic Advisers
- Culture Corps program that encourages international students to share their perspectives and culture with the campus community
- Internationalizing Teaching and Learning support for faculty
- Academic Resources for International Students
- Data and Research Regarding UMN International Undergraduates
- Immigration Response Team
ISSS also supports new international students and scholars by providing orientations and a variety of services and programs. More information about these resources can be found in the New Student Section and other areas of the ISSS website.
Thank you for all you do to support international students and scholars and the University's goal of preparing global-ready graduates!