Information for UMN Faculty and Staff

Global Opportunities Minnesota (GO Minnesota) is a unit of the Global Programs and Strategy (GPS) Alliance that offers semester and summer study options for international non-degree students on the Twin Cities campus.

Our Mission

GO Minnesota connects people from around the world to the excellence of the University of Minnesota. We offer high value to participants and enable the GPS Alliance to engage partners and to expand its mission and reach.

Our Vision

GO Minnesota programs enrich and diversify the campus community and provide participants with lasting knowledge and connections to help expand their world.

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Who are GO Minnesota students?

Our students typically are current undergraduate or graduate students at a university abroad, and enroll in a variety of UMN courses for one or two semesters, or for the summer term. Students may be coming from one of our bilateral exchange partners, or as a fee-paying student. While most GO Minnesota students return to their home institution to finish their degrees, a few have had such a positive experience they apply for transfer admission.

Who determines their eligibility?

GO Minnesota receives and reviews all student application materials to ensure they meet the program requirements, then forwards them on to the appropriate college for final review.

How do GO Minnesota students receive academic advising and support?

Students are admitted as non-degree students in the College of Continuing and Professional Studies, but their main point of contact is Leah Brink, GO Minnesota program director. Leah provides initial advising and will refer the student to a collegiate adviser or faculty if necessary.

How do GO Minnesota students register for courses?

As non-degree students, GO Minnesota participants register for their semester courses after arrival, usually the week prior to the start of the semester or summer session. GO Minnesota connects the students with academic advisers for registration guidance and assistance. If a student needs a permission number, they are instructed to email the professor or department directly explaining their academic background and why they feel they would be an appropriate fit for the course. We also recommend they include a copy of their home university transcript in the email.

Can my department work with GO Minnesota to bring a group of students to the University?

Absolutely! We work closely with departments to develop such opportunities and can provide some administrative support, depending on the type of program. Please contact Cathy Huber, GO Minnesota director, if you would like to discuss the program further.

Why do students come to UMN through GO Minnesota?

Like UMN students who study abroad, GO Minnesota students are interested in improving their language skills, experiencing a new culture and a new way of learning, and sightseeing. Another reason we often hear is some students wish to “try out” the U.S. university system first, or may feel that a semester abroad will make their graduate school application more competitive. It’s a great opportunity for departments to promote their graduate programs to these prospective students!