Get Involved

Interested in international and intercultural experiences and ideas? Looking for a way to be more involved? There are a number of organizations where your unique talents, perspective, experience, and knowledge are needed.

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Culture Corps

Culture Corps provides an opportunity for international students to share a piece of their culture and knowledge with the campus community through individually designed projects. By participating, you’ll gain skills in leadership, public speaking, and event organization, as well as having the experience of seeing yourself, your culture, and your strengths in a new light.

Small World Coffee Hour

Small World Coffee Hour provides the opportunity to meet people in a fun and relaxing social environment where you can learn about other cultures and traditions from around the world. Events take place every-other Friday and feature a different theme for the activities, music, and food. Small World Coffee Hour is open to all University of Minnesota students, faculty, and staff.

International Buddy Program

The International Buddy Program program was created to help new international students adjust to the U.S. and the University by partnering them with current U.S. and international undergraduate students who can connect with them before arriving on campus and then show them around once they are here. There are opportunities for individual meetings as well as large group events.

Students Crossing Borders

Students Crossing Borders is a collaborative effort between Housing & Residential Life and International Student and Scholar Services that brings international and domestic students together into a single housing community that gives residents a global experience through interactive cross-cultural learning. Whether it is eating lunch with your roommate or participating in one of our regular community-wide events, this community will enhance your intercultural communication and knowledge of other peoples of the world.

Cross-Cultural Discussion Groups

For more than 20 years students have gathered in cross-cultural discussion groups to discuss culture shock, customs, friendships, communication styles, family, and other topics. It is a great way to make friends with people from all over the world as well as expand your cultural understanding, give and receive support, and develop self-awareness of your cultural background. Several discussion groups are formed each semester.

Student Organizations

There are hundreds of student-led organizations on campus. Minnesota International Student Association (MISA) is just one example of the many student leadership opportunities with an international theme.

Community Engagement Opportunities

International students are encouraged to become involved with the community to learn more about the U.S. and Minnesota along side U.S. students and community members. There are opportunities for volunteering, service-learning, internships, and more!

Global Leadership Program

The mission of the Global Leadership Program is to create global citizens who, through authentic engagement in diverse local and international communities, will be prepared to lead in a culturally complex world. Building on the University's currently existing leadership minor (academic home: College of Education and Human Development in partnership with the Humphrey School), the Global Leadership Program is collaboratively sponsored by Global Programs and Strategy Alliance, the Office for Student Affairs, and the Office for Equity and Diversity.