University of Minnesota Twin Cities

March 2015 Transfer Newsletter

In this newsletter:

  1. Special event for incoming transfer students
  2. Student involvement opportunities at the U of M-TC
  3. Spotlight: International Student and Scholar Services

As a reminder, current and past newsletters can also be viewed online at http://z.umn.edu/transfernewsletter.

Feedback Welcome:

This is the fourth year since we started this transfer newsletter and we genuinely appreciate your feedback. Please send all comments, suggestions and questions regarding newsletter content to Ms. Alyssa Kotzian, transfer newsletter coordinator, via email at kotz0015@umn.edu.

Additionally, we want to make sure that everyone who may be interested in our newsletters' information is receiving it. If you know anyone that should be added to our distribution list, please don't hesitate to contact Ms. Kotzian.

I. Special event for incoming fall 2015 transfer students

The Center for Academic Planning & Exploration (CAPE) at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities will be hosting a series of sessions to give incoming fall 2015 transfer students strategies and resources to begin exploring the U of M's 140+ major options, and how they can relate to personal and career goals. CAPE is a resource for U of M-TC undergraduate students, with a mission to guide undecided students through the process of finding a major that reflects their interests, strengths, and values.

If you are working with an incoming transfer student who is undecided, or considering a few options, please refer them to one of these upcoming sessions:

Exploring Your Major Options at the University of Minnesota
Thursday, April 9th, 4:00 - 4:30pm
Thursday, April 23rd, 4:00 - 4:30pm
Friday, May 1st, 4:00 - 4:30pm

II. Student involvement opportunities at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities

At the University of Minnesota Twin Cities we know that a student's college experience should go beyond the classroom. At the U of M-TC, there are many ways for students to get involved, build skills, and make connections on campus.

Transfer Experience Programs are designed to help students learn about and connect to the University and each other. Students can learn more about the U of M-TC's Transfer Experience Programs at http://transfer.umn.edu/programs.

Transfer Student Network

The University of Minnesota's Transfer Student Network (TSN) helps new transfer students entering the University make a smooth transition to their new home on the Twin Cities campus. TSN is a peer-to-peer program that pairs new transfer students with current students, known as Peer Guides, who have recently made a successful transition to the U of M.

University Transfer Student Board

The University Transfer Student Board (UTSB) is a central student organization whose purpose is to provide leadership and support for transfer-specific campus organizations. The UTSB plans community service and social events for transfer students to help build connections and make friends, and works to provide University administration insight into the transfer student experience.

Transfer students can also serve on their college governance. For example:

CFANS Transfer Student Advisory Group

An organization housed in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) Student Services Office that provides an opportunity for transfer students to become more involved and familiar with the University of Minnesota, hold social activities to meet other transfer students, and articulate concerns and ideas about the transfer process.

For additional student involvement options, students can also explore the 800+ student organizations and clubs on campus. These clubs range from academic and professional focus to special interest and hobby, and everything in between. To learn more about student groups and organizations, visit http://sua.umn.edu/groups/directory.

III. Spotlight: International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

The International Student and Scholar Services office (ISSS) is dedicated to supporting international students and scholars in successfully accomplishing their academic and career goals. ISSS advisors/counselors are professionally trained to provide information on numerous topics, including information about non-immigrant visa issues, counseling for personal and family matters, as well as providing understanding of cross-cultural adjustment and professional integration upon returning home.

There are several outstanding programs offered to new students, including the International Buddy Program and the International Student Ambassadors.

Please encourage your international students to contact ISSS during their process of transferring into the University of Minnesota.

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