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U.S. suspends visa services worldwide, prompts international student worry

A man walks his dog along a quiet Washington Avenue bridge on Saturday, March 21.

Jiang Li

March 21, 2020

With the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. continuing to escalate, University of Minnesota computer science junior Chen Liu, who planned to go back to China this summer, said one problem keeps bothering him — his visa will expire in July, and he may not be able to re-enter the U.S. for his fall semester cl...

UMN implements precautions for coronavirus

Hailee Schievelbein

Jiang Li

February 13, 2020

Wendy Gao, a University of Minnesota Chinese international student, struggled to pay her tuition this semester because of the coronavirus outbreak. Her hometown bank was closed and did not reopen until Feb. 9 — seven days after tuition was due. The coronavirus outbreak has disrupted the lives of many o...

Training on international students accelerates for graduate school staff

A pedestrian walks by the International Student and Scholar Services center on West Bank on Tuesday, Feb. 4.

Niamh Coomey

February 6, 2020

International Student and Scholar Services will offer its first training solely for University of Minnesota graduate school program coordinators and other staff later this month.  The training on Feb. 25 is aimed at University employees who often work with graduate international students. It is int...

Jailed UMN international student released

Jasmin Kemp

January 26, 2020

A former University of Minnesota student who was detained in China for political tweets has since been released, according to a report from the Star Tribune.  Minnesotan congress members, including Sen. Tina Smith, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Rep. Ilhan Omar, all voiced their support on Thursday for 20-ye...

Jailed UMN international student released, per report

Jasmine Snow

January 24, 2020

A former University of Minnesota student who was detained in China for political tweets has since been released, according to a report from the Star Tribune.  Minnesotan congress members, including Sen. Tina Smith, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Rep. Ilhan Omar, all voiced their support on Thursday for 20-yea...

UMN international student detained in China for social media posts

Jasmine Snow

January 23, 2020

A University of Minnesota student was detained and sentenced in China for tweeting “unflattering portrayals of a national leader,” according to reporting from Axios. Axios reports that 20-year-old Daiqing Luo was detained in July 2019 in his hometown of Wuhan, China after returning there for the summer. In Novembe...

Iranian community on campus copes with escalating tensions, plane crash

Speaker Sheila Rahimi addresses the congregation at a memorial for Ukraine flight 752 in John T. Tate Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 15.  The flight was mistakenly shot down by Iranian missiles on Jan. 8, leading to the deaths of all 176 passengers. (Kamaan Richards / Minnesota Daily)

Farrah Mina and Jiang Li

January 20, 2020

The University of Minnesota Iranian community gathered Wednesday at John T. Tate Hall to mourn the 176 passengers who died after a plane was mistakenly shot down by Iranian missiles on Jan. 8.   Dozens of Iranian community members gathered expressing their condolences and mourning with one another. An Iranian community member sang a P...

Student loans can prove less accessible for international students

Sarah Mai

Jasmine Snow

November 7, 2019

With limited, more expensive loan options, some international students struggle to navigate a complex process before they even set foot onto U.S. soil.  Prodigy Financing is a private company that provides loans for graduate and professional international students who may not qualify for federal l...

First-ever international dance festival comes to Twin Cities

Hailee Schievelbein

Ksenia Gorinshteyn

November 4, 2019

The opportunity to dance through the night is finally here, Twin Cities, and it’s not at a club. The Bailame Dance Festival celebrates the histories and cultures surrounding the bachata, salsa, kizomba and zouk dances for four days with more than 30 locally and nationally known dancers. Bailame is the first of ...

Federal case aiming to halt international students from post-graduation work met with discontent at UMN

Morgan La Casse

Jiang Li

October 23, 2019

A federal court case is seeking to disband a work training program for graduated international students, prompting many in the University of Minnesota community to fight back. The Optional Practical Training program is part of a U.S. F-1 visa employment regulation that permits students to do work in a...