To Do Checklist

To Do Checklist

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Before You Arrive

1. Take time to read through the Student Guide website!

You are responsible for the information provided to you through this website. The guide contains all of the necessary information to help you complete the following tasks. Bookmark this page for easy reference.

2. Complete all Forms and Waivers
3. Activate your University of Minnesota (UMN) email
  • Set up your student account, also known as your internet ID.
  • Go to to initiate your account.
  • Your student account gives you access to your University email, tuition bills, and critical information from instructors and administrative offices.
  • When asked for your Social Security number leave that section blank.
  • For technology support, go to
4. Update all contact information, check this website, and answer emails
  • Please make sure the contact information you have provided to us is up-to-date.
  • Always check your email and our website regularly for new information.
  • Remember to read and save ALL materials sent to you from GO Minnesota and the University of Minnesota. These materials will provide answers to most of your questions.
5. Obtain a valid passport and apply for a visa
  • Minnesota Semester and Summer Session students will need to apply for F-1 visas. See the Applying for a Visa page for a step-by-step guide to obtaining your visa.
  • Remember, all international students MUST obtain a proper visa in order to study in the U.S.
  • You will not be able to participate in this program without completing your visa paperwork.
6. Complete the International Student Preparation Course and sign up for ISSS Check-In
7. Complete immunization requirements for the U.S.
8.  Apply for University-owned housing and sign up for the International Early Arrival Housing for temporary housing, if needed, before the semester begins
9. Request any necessary health, disability, or other accommodations from GO Minnesota

The University of Minnesota is very committed to accommodating students with disabilities. Please see our Academic Support section for more information.

10. Bring your official English proficiency test scores

If you have not asked your testing agency to send your official TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB scores to the University of Minnesota, bring an official copy.

11. Pack for your trip!

Refer to the What to Bring section of this handbook.

12. Leave copies of documents with a family member or friend
  • Remember that any important documents related to your travel (e.g., passport, credit cards, health insurance) should be copied and left with a family member or trusted friend while you complete your GO Minnesota studies.
  • If your original documents get lost, the copies will help in the process of receiving replacement documents.
13. Prepare for cultural learning
  • Living in another country can be a very exciting experience. It is important, however, to remember that it can also cause anxiety and stress.
  • For more information about cultural shock and study abroad see the Culture Shock section.
14. Review the Student Code of Conduct

All UMN students must read and understand the Student Code of Conduct.

15. Optional Activities:

After You Arrive

1. Move into housing
2. Attend ISSS Check-in
3. Remove all “holds” on your record
4. Attend GO Minnesota orientation program
5. Update your “current mailing address” in your MyU account
6. Register for classes (during orientation)
7. Cancel or add any classes by the end of the first week of the semester
8. Check and read your email from GO Minnesota and other University offices
9. Pay tuition and fees by due date
10. Have fun!