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Beyond the Classroom

Two students study together, one has a laptopThe University provides a variety of resources to help you succeed in all aspects of your education. You will be supported throughout your 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 graduation, 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 who can 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 helps students with cultural adjustment through programs such as Global Gopher Events, International Buddy Program, Cross-Cultural Discussion Groups, and Small World Coffee Hour, where students share their home-country cultures with each other.  

Academic Counseling

The University of Minnesota provides a wide range of academic support services to help you be successful. You will be assigned an academic adviser within your college who will help you choose courses, accomplish educational goals, and graduate on time. You can get help planning your educational program from:

Tutoring and Writing Centers

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, peer-assisted learning, research assistance, test preparation help, 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. Additionally, the Peer Research Consultants at the SMART Learning Commons provide one-on-one assistance for developing the research strategies needed to write an excellent research paper.

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 (also called 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 explored at the University of Minnesota.

University Honors Program

The University Honors Program (UHP) provides highly qualified and motivated students with an enhanced learning experience that crosses academic boundaries. UHP features an exciting curriculum comprising Honors Seminars and foundational and discipline-specific courses. Students are also given opportunities to engage outside of the classroom through Honors Experiences like research, creative expression, internships, study abroad, and community service. First-year students can even live with other honors students in a residential community. UHP students work closely with Honors Academic Advisors in selecting their course(s) of study and other Honors Experiences, planning for graduation with Latin Honors, and preparing for life beyond college. Each freshman applicant is carefully reviewed for admissions to UHP, and invitations are offered to the most competitive applications. You can also apply after you enroll, and applications are reviewed each spring.

Community Engaged Learning

Community engaged 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. You can also get official recognition for your public service through the Community Engagement Scholars Program, which combines reflection, volunteering, service-learning classes, and a capstone project.

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.


University of Minnesota Libraries offers several makerspaces for students to use for free. You'll find 3D printers, smart cutters for vinyl stickers and other materials, soldering irons, sewing machines, VR headsets, rotary tools, and software for 3D modelling and embroidery design. Plus, basic supplies for prototyping and crafting.