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Orientation attendance is required for all international students.


Students will learn about their legal obligations as a nonimmigrant student in the U.S. and other important information related to being a student at UMD.  It will be a great opportunity for you to meet other new students and to learn your way around campus before classes start.  All international students have a hold on their student record that will not be released until they have completed both online and in-person orientation requirements.  Students who fail to complete these requirements will not be able to register for classes in the future.

Please bring the following documents with you to orientation:

    • Passport and visa stamp
    • I-20 or DS-2019
    • I-94
    • Previous school's I-20 or DS-2019 (if you attended another school in the U.S.)
    • University of Minnesota ID number (on your admission letter)

Undergraduate Students

New international undergrad student orientation is mandatory and spans four days:

  • Saturday, August 18th -  Tuesday, August 21st, 2018  (note that on-campus housing is not available until August 17th). 

Here is a brief overview of the schedule each day.  You will receive many more details about the schedule after you arrive.  Your attendance is required.

  • Saturday, August 18th, Griggs Center (KSC 201)
    • 9:30am Check-in/Breakfast
    • Lunch Provided
    • 1:45pm required activities end
    • 2:00pm - 8:00pm optional activities (ISS will offer shopping trips, help getting cell phones, etc)
  • Sunday, August 19th, Griggs Center (KSC 201)
    • 12:00pm Check-in/Lunch
    • Dinner provided
    • 8:00pm required activities end
    • 8:00pm - 10:00 PM Optional social activities (location TBA)
  • Monday, August 20th, Griggs Center (KSC 201)
    • 9:00am LSBE students required meeting
    • 9:15am Check-in/Breakfast
    • Lunch provided
    • 1:00pm SCSE students required meeting
    • 3:00pm - 8:00pm Tour of Duluth and Dinner off campus
    • 8:00pm Optional shopping trips
  • Tuesday, August 21st,  KAML 4th Floor Library Rotunda
    • 9:30am Check-in/Breakfast
    • Lunch provided
    • ISS orientation will end mid-day on Tuesday
    • 5:00-7:00am Dinner Provided by Bulldog Welcome Week  (required Bulldog Welcome Week activities begin on Wednesday, August 22nd).

Graduate Students

New international graduate student orientation is mandatory, and will be held: 

  • Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018  KAML Library 4th Floor Rotunda
    • 10:00AM Check-in/Breakfast
    • 12:00PM End

We look forward to meeting you!