Previously Funded Projects

  • Academic Advising/College Support


    The College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences and the College of Design partner in requesting funding for a shared 0.5 FTE graduate assistantship to initiate, manage, expand, and provide programs in support of international students’ success in our…

  • Academic Advising/College Support


    The Carlson International Student Programming Support proposal provides funding for the International Student Engagement intern team as well as the International Student Peer Mentorship Program and the International Student & Alumni Networking event. These efforts…

  • Academic Advising/College Support


    Questions about the English language abilities of the international undergraduate student population abound, as do myths and misperceptions.  Can I expect students to present at the same level as their native speaking peers? How do I grade grammar in writing? What do I…

  • Major/Career Planning and Development


    The consultant works across all Twin Cities undergraduate colleges to promote international student career success. In the first two years, the three foci have been: 1. Staff training to more fully understand international student career needs, and to build staff…

  • Co-Curricular


    Multiple research studies show that higher college student engagement is associated with higher levels of retention and graduation. Intentional, thoughtful engagement between international students and domestic students is the aim of the proposed Common Connections…

  • Co-Curricular


    The International LGBTQIA Outreach Program provides support and resources for international LGBTQIA students regarding their nationality, cultural background, gender and/or sexual identity on campus. The International LGBTQIA Outreach Program provides events and…

  • Co-Curricular


    The International Student Advisory Board is comprised of 10 members representing international first year, transfer, exchange, sponsored, graduate, professional, Minnesota International Student Association, Council of International Students and Minnesota Student…

  • Co-Curricular


    Students Crossing Borders (SCB) living and learning community (LLC) located in Middlebrook residence hall represents a program that exemplifies the campus space that Josef Mestenhauser would describe as a laboratory that people from diverse backgrounds could connect…

  • Transition Support (Student-Focused)


    The University has always made internationalization and commitment to equity and diversity a priority and part of the learning outcomes of the undergraduate education experience. In spite of these goals, surveys have shown that International students’ sense of belonging…

  • Transition Support (Student-Focused)


    In order to enhance existing efforts between OTE and ISSS to increase international student participation in Welcome Week, this event provides an opportunity for international students to meet Welcome Week Leaders (WWLs), as well as, some of the new students in their…

  • Academic Support/Resources


    The Center for Writing's Student Writing Support program included professional Multilingual Learner Specialists and graduate student writing consultants with a background in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). With their experience teaching English…

  • Academic Support/Resources


    This project centers on the development of online resources for multilingual students looking to refine their academic English skills in order to excel in university coursework. Students who are non-native speakers of English may experience specific challenges with…

  • Academic Support/Resources


    Through this project, the Minnesota English Language Program provides one-to-one and small group tutoring to international students whose first language is not English. Students can get support tailored to their needs in any area of English language development,…

  • Academic Advising/College Support


    The College of Science and Engineering's Academic Advising Office has created a new advising role (Senior Academic Advisor with a Focus on the International Student Experience) with the use of the international fee. In addition to a caseload of undergraduate students in…

  • Academic Advising/College Support


    These three events are aimed at reducing the cultural shock for international students and strengthen their English skills in order to improve their experience adjusting to the US classroom environment and help them to succeed in their academic and post-graduation…

  • Academic Advising/College Support


    The International Student Academic Counselor, in the International Student & Scholar Services office, provides academic counseling support for at-risk international students and promotes international student retention. The Academic Counselor leads initiatives to…

  • Academic Advising/College Support


    The Minnesota English Language Program (MELP) has been funded to develop and provide oral proficiency assessments for undergraduate international students who are newly admitted to the University of Minnesota. Advisers who work with the Minnesota English Language…

  • Curriculum Development/Course-Based Support


    This project will provide international students with opportunities for collaborative research-based interactions with faculty that will increase their sense of belonging and improve their overall academic experiences. The project work will focus on creating a three-…

  • Faculty/Staff Development


    The Culture Corps program supported by staff, faculty, and students in their internationalization efforts at the University of Minnesota by recruiting, training, and coaching international students on how to share their international student experiences on campus.…

  • Faculty/Staff Development


    The International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Intercultural Workshop series combines intercultural competency and skills development workshops and "Culture In-Depth" sessions discussing the unique practices, customs, and values of some of the largest…

  • Transition Support (Student-Focused)


    Chinese international students make up 50 percent of new international undergraduate students and the China Pre-Departure Orientation was created to help these students have a successful transition to the University of Minnesota. The goals of this program include…

  • Transition Support (Student-Focused)


    According to the Synthesis of International Undergraduate Student Needs by the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance and International Student and Scholar Services, pre-departure and arrival experiences, sense of belonging, available supporting resources and programs,…

  • Health and Wellness


    This three-year project aims to increase knowledge regarding sexual health and promote healthy sexual practices for international students. Through direct programming and increased awareness of available services, this project will impact approximately 2,750…

  • Academic Advising/College Support


    We are proposing to organize a series of events annually. The events are aimed at reducing the cultural shock for international students and strengthen their English skills in order to improve their experience adjusting to the US classroom environment and help them to…

  • Academic Advising/College Support


    The Minnesota English Language Program (MELP) has been funded to develop and provide oral proficiency assessments for undergraduate international students who are newly admitted to the University of Minnesota. Advisers who work with the Minnesota English Language…

  • Co-Curricular


    The Center for Community-Engaged Learning (CCEL) provides meaningful off-campus community engagement experiences to our students through curricular and co-curricular experiences, facilitates authentic and reciprocal partnerships with local community organizations,…

  • Co-Curricular


    The SUA Grants Program provides supplemental financial support to student groups, university departments, and individuals seeking to host or participate in activities, programs, and special events that enhance the co-curricular experience for students at the University…

  • Co-Curricular


    The Universal New Year Celebration is designed to acknowledge a widely celebrated holiday outside of the traditional holidays celebrated in the US. The event is intended to bring together a wide range of students, domestic and international from all backgrounds to enjoy…

  • Faculty/Staff Development


    This project will fund the coordination of UMTC campus-wide efforts that seek to support faculty and instructors with the academic integration of international students in the classroom. Educational offerings for faculty and instructors on effective classroom approaches…

  • Faculty/Staff Development


    This project is a part-time position for an English as a Second Language (ESL) professional at the Minnesota English Language Program (MELP) to support instructors and staff across the University on issues related to working with multilingual international students and…

  • Faculty/Staff Development


    Since funding in May 2015, we have facilitated a professional development opportunity for faculty around the university that has included the following: two group workshop experiences, an online curriculum that includes campus resources helpful to international students…

  • Academic Support/Resources


    This project provides funding for an additional 25% time ESL professional to work as a tutor in the Student English Language Support (SELS) program during spring and fall semester. SELS provides one-to-one and small group tutoring to international students whose first…

  • Academic Support/Resources


    Building on a well-established and successful academic support model at the University of Minnesota, Targeted Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) sessions are structured supplemental learning sessions that bring international students together with their domestic classmates in…

  • Academic Support/Resources


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  • Academic Advising/College Support


    CLA Transfer Advising will enhance the international transfer student experience from a multi-faceted approach. Our CLA 3001 Transfer Semester Experience course will be modified to intentionally foster international and domestic student interaction to encourage…

  • Curriculum Development/Course-Based Support


    The Department of English will develop the content and methods of a stand-alone section of ENGL 1001W (Introduction to Literature) for non-native-speaking international students. In Fall 2016, we will pilot-test this section. If successful, this section will become a…

  • Curriculum Development/Course-Based Support


    The goal of this project is to develop 10 videos for students to watch prior to attending the Introduction to Food Science laboratories. Watching these videos will enable students to see what they will be doing in lab, and to connect the vocabulary of the written…

  • Curriculum Development/Course-Based Support


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  • Curriculum Development/Course-Based Support


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  • Curriculum Development/Course-Based Support


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  • Curriculum Development/Course-Based Support


    This project provides funding for undergraduate teaching assistants to run discussion groups and work with the instructor to ensure the language support of two English for specific purposes (ESP) classes is tailored to the content courses that the students are taking.…

  • Curriculum Development/Course-Based Support


    The WINS coordinator works with CLA and advising to ensure there are enough non-native speaker sections of WRIT 1301 to satisfy demand and that students are guided to the sections that best fit their needs. This is also done by participating in ISSS new student…

  • Major/Career Planning and Development


    The Center for Academic Planning and Exploration (CAPE) created an Academic and Career Coach position with an international focus. This new role provides support for international students who are strongly undecided, transitioning colleges, and planning for competitive…

  • Co-Curricular


    To engage international and domestic students in activities and events designed to increase their social and community Wellbeing, this program seeks to create opportunities for cross-cultural interactions between U.S. and international students, largely within the…

  • Co-Curricular


    This collaboration between the University of Minnesota's Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE), the Multicultural Student Engagement (MSE) unit of the Office of Student Affairs, and the Minnesota English Language Program (MELP) involves cooperative civic…

  • Co-Curricular


    The I-Connect Program is designed to offer a structured and unique learning opportunity for new international students to meaningfully engage with returning study abroad students who are already well integrated into the university. These students additionally have the…

  • Health and Wellness


    Abstract coming soon...