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Pre-Arrival Information

Graduate International Students

Graduate students must attend a mandatory orientation session for all new international students on Monday, January 19th from 9:00 - 10:30am in Griggs Center (2nd Floor KSC). Light breakfast will be provided.

Spring Semester Classes begin January 20th, 2015.

Graduate students should contact their specific department for more information and any additional requirements.

If you would like to be picked up from the Duluth airport or where the bus or shuttle drops you off in Duluth, please email ISS with your arrival information.

Document Check

All new students on an F-1 or J-1 visa are required to attend Document Check after their arrival in the U.S.  Students will not be allowed to register for classes until they complete Document Check.  Document Check is a procedure that verifies a student’s immigration status to ensure that the student is eligible to start an academic program at the University of Minnesota Duluth for the upcoming academic semester.  Your registration holds, which prevent you from registering for classes, will be discussed with you during Document Check.
Bring the following documents with you to the ISS office (KSC 237):

  1. I-20 or DS-2019
  2. Passport and visa stamp (in your passport)
  3. I-94 (if you have a paper I-94 - a white card in your passport that was stamped during your immigration inspection, otherwise we will help you find your electronic I-94 online)
  4. Dependent documents (I-20 or DS-2019, passport, visa stamp, and I-94 card) if you have dependents with you
  5. Previous school’s I-20 or DS-2019 (if you attended another school in the U.S.)
  6. University of Minnesota ID number (on your admission letter)
  7. Sponsor letter (if your tuition & fees are paid directly to the University by a government or international agency)

If you are unable to bring your documents before orienation, please bring your documents to orientation and we can make copies at that time.

Housing Information

There is temporary housing available in on-campus dormitories from August 1st - August 16th for a charge. This housing must be reserved at least 7 days in advance. If you arrive on campus without a reservation, you will not be able to stay there. Email ISS to requst a reservation. Students are encouraged to arrive in Duluth during this time so that they will be able to look for and secure off-campus housing. Due to limited space, UMD in unable to offer on-campus housing for graduate students.

Temporary community housing is sometimes offered by families interested in meeting international students. Please let us know two weeks in advance if you would like to request temporary community housing. Email ISS.

For other housing information, click here.

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