For Parents

The decision to study abroad is a big one, not just for students, but for their families as well. We understand that you may have many questions about your son or daughter’s decision to study abroad. To help answer some of the most common questions, we have pulled together resources for parents onto this page. Please do not hesitate to contact us directly with any additional questions or concerns.

Global Opportunities Minnesota

Global Opportunities Minnesota (GO Minnesota) is a unit of the Global Programs and Strategy (GPS) Alliance at the University of Minnesota that offers standardized theme-based short-term programs for international students and professionals, as well as semester study options for international undergraduate non-degree students.

Our Mission

The mission of GO Minnesota is to educate and connect people from around the world through the excellence of the University of Minnesota.

Our Vision

GO Minnesota programs are transformative, providing participants with lasting knowledge and connections to help expand their world. Our diverse programs offer excellent value to participants and enable the GPS Alliance to expand its mission and reach.

Academics

Minnesota Semester

GO Minnesota offers visiting international students the opportunity to enroll in university classes along with U.S. students for 1 or 2 semesters.

The GO Minnesota experience extends far beyond the classroom to include all that a study abroad program at a U.S. university can: access to a vibrant campus life that includes more than 600 student organizations, dozens of music and theatre productions, and hundreds of sporting events.

Upon successful completion of the Minnesota Semester, students will receive an official University of Minnesota transcript which includes the classes, credits (between 13-16) and final grades. If students are interested in transferring the credit back to their home institution, they must speak with their university's international office about the correct process.

Minnesota Summer Session

GO Minnesota offers international students the opportunity to enroll directly in University of Minnesota classes during the summer.

Upon successful completion of the Minnesota Summer Session, students will receive an official University of Minnesota transcript which includes the classes, 12 credits, and final grades. If students are interested in transferring the credit back to their home institution, they must speak with their university's international office about the process.

Housing

Minnesota Semester and Minnesota Summer Programs

Students have the choice between staying on-campus in a residence hall or living off-campus in a furnished apartment.

Residence Hall/Dormitory

Residence hall life allows students to meet and live with U.S. students to get the most authentic university experience. Living on-campus will provide amenities such as dining halls, free laundry facilities, and computer labs. Visit Housing and Residential Life for more information and to view the many accommodation options.

Apartment

GO Minnesota staff work with popular housing complexes near campus to provide safe, comfortable, and furnished apartment options. These allow students to have the freedom of living away from campus and preparing their own meals, while also being close to all of the action! *This option is based on space availability.*

Health & Safety

The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus is among the safest college campuses in the country. Parking facilities, skyways, and tunnels are monitored 24 hours a day with the aid of security cameras and security monitors. Alarm buttons and emergency phones are located around campus.

Medical expenses in the U.S. can be extremely high. One day in the hospital can cost well over $10,000, even for routine care. To prevent students from worrying about their health and being stuck with huge medical bills, the University requires all international students and their dependents to carry the University’s Student Health Benefit Plan (SHBP). GO Minnesota students will be automatically enrolled.

Students have access to University of Minnesota staff 24 hours per day, 7 days a week either in person or through an emergency phone number.