Guide to Hosting International Visitors

Campus Resources and Services

Global Programs and Strategy Alliance

The Global Programs and Strategy Alliance (GPS Alliance) is the central international office for the University of Minnesota system. The GPS Alliance is the driving force for the University of Minnesota in globalizing teaching, learning, research, and engagement. We support the University's mission by working closely with campuses, colleges, units, faculty and staff, students, and the community to comprehensively internationalize the University of Minnesota.

The GPS Alliance encourages the hosting of international visitors and is available to provide counsel and tips to assist departments in their efforts. It is common that visitors may want to meet with the senior international officer or a representative to talk about institutional partnerships. Our staff is available to accommodate these requests as possible.

China Center

The China Center was established in 1979 to manage the University of Minnesota's exchanges with the People's Republic of China. For more than three decades, the China Center has reflected the firm and long-standing commitment of the University to international research, teaching, and outreach.

The China Center can provide cultural and protocol advice related to Chinese visitors and can provide information about the University's relationship with China.

International Student and Scholar Services

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is the office dedicated to serving the University of Minnesota's international community. Its primary mission is to assist international students and scholars in successfully accomplishing the goals that brought them to the University. In addition, ISSS supports the University of Minnesota's international efforts by helping departments to bring foreign nationals to our campuses and communities.

ISSS can help with hosting visitors by providing advice and consel about visa status, honoraria for foreign nationals, and other legal issues.

University Relations

University Relations is the central communications office of the University of Minnesota. The office works to develop relationships with people both internal and external to the University through timely and accurate communications.

The office can help with media relations, marketing, and event preparation for prominent visitors.