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Survey finds UMN international students most concerned about visas, travel and future plans

May 8, 2020

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, University of Minnesota international students are the most concerned about student visa status, travel, summer plans and the fall semester, according to an International...

Sarah Mai

New online workshop helps students cope with COVID-19 stress

May 7, 2020

University of Minnesota Student Counseling Services is holding online educational workshops to help students manage their stress and develop coping methods for struggles related to the coronavirus pandemic. Last...

Haille Schievelbein

Some students plan time off if U announces online instruction for fall semester

May 5, 2020

As the University of Minnesota debates whether to continue online instruction into the fall semester, some students are wondering if they should wait to reenroll until in-person instruction resumes.  The...

Courtesy of Arlene Holdeman.

Going back to school — at 74 — to pick up where Einstein left off

April 29, 2020

Seventy-four-year-old Ken Holdeman is currently attending the University of Minnesota for one primary purpose — to immerse himself in quantum entanglement, a physics concept that has intrigued him for...

Illustration by Eva Berezovsky

Pandemic pushes some international students to abandon post-graduation program

April 23, 2020

University of Minnesota senior Julie Lee, an international student from South Korea, planned to stay in the U.S. for another year as part of the Optional Practical Training program and apply to graduate...


Chinese government sends care packages to students abroad, including UMN

April 22, 2020

As part of a global health initiative by the Chinese government, all Chinese international students, including those at the University of Minnesota, are eligible to receive personal protective equipment...

Illustration by Sarah Mai

‘Zoombombing’ concerns prompt UMN to take precautions

April 20, 2020

With the University of Minnesota system moving to online instruction amid the coronavirus pandemic and many instructors using Zoom for online classes, some problems have surfaced regarding privacy and...

Illustration by Eva Berezovsky

Students welcome increased refund with open arms

April 9, 2020

The University of Minnesota decided to refund students for fees dating back to March 16, giving students larger funds than what was originally proposed.  The Board of Regents adjusted President Joan...

Nucleic acid testing is conducted near the Shanghai Pudong International Airport on Saturday, March 21. Courtesy of Shaochen Jin.

What it is like being a quarantined UMN student in China?

March 30, 2020

University of Minnesota freshman Yunwei Huang spent Friday, her 19th birthday, in a Jiangsu province hotel in China used solely to quarantine those who arrived from out of the country.  Meanwhile,...

International Student Chengde Yan listens to music in the lobby of his apartment on Wednesday, March 18. Yan will travel back to his home in China and will graduate with a degree in economics at the end of the spring semester.

Parents’ care, worry means an early trip home for many international students

March 25, 2020

University of Minnesota senior Chengde Yan plans to fly back to China on April 5, and his parents are breathing a huge sigh of relief. Yan said his parents regularly check in with him about the number...

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

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

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...

The empty theater of Northrop Auditorium on Tuesday, March 17.

2020 commencement postponed — not canceled — after student objection

March 19, 2020

Senior Maria Zambrano was upset to hear that the University of Minnesota's commencement ceremony was canceled. “When you’re actually there, and when you’re surrounded by everyone else [who] is able...

From left, Grace Hogan, Madeline Miller, Benjamin Perez, Elizabeth Zanmiller and Sally Zuzuly, officers of the new “Students Against Pilelines” student group, pose for a group portrait by the Mississippi river on Friday, Feb. 21. Miller says that issues around pipeline construction, including Line 3, affect students on campus as well as the rest of the state.

New student group organizes against Line 3 pipeline

February 24, 2020

A new University of Minnesota student group is collaborating with others to build awareness about and opposition to the proposed Line 3 pipeline and pipelines in general. Students Against Pipelines, formed...

Sophomore Riley Fletcher, left, and Senior Natasha Sohni, right, lie on the ground as part of UMN Climate Strike's die-in at Coffman Union calling for a divestment from fossil fuels at the University of Minnesota.

Students stage ‘die-in’ for climate change advocacy

February 14, 2020

Approximately 30 to 40 University of Minnesota students staged a “die-in” Thursday on the floors of Coffman Union to raise awareness about the effects of climate change. Minnesota Youth Climate...

Hailee Schievelbein

UMN implements precautions for coronavirus

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...

Courtesy of Victor Zeng.

UMN Chinese alumni chapter launches campaign to support Wuhan

February 3, 2020

A group of over 30 University of Minnesota Chinese alumni launched a campaign late last month to support Wuhan, the origin of the coronavirus breakout in central China. Alumni from the University Alumni...

 Members of the campus student greek life council meet in Bruininks Hall to discuss changes, plans for the future, and to welcome new members over pizza and music on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. 

Inclusivity, celebration on the roster for Multicultural Greek Council

January 30, 2020

Last summer, sophomore Amina Qureshi became inspired by feminism while working on projects spearheaded by women, so she decided to integrate feminism into her everyday life by joining the University’s...

Supporters of Liu Jingyao display signs in the Hennepin County Courthouse before a hearing on Tuesday, Jan. 28.  The hearing is the second in the case against Richard Liu, a Chinese billionaire and CEO of, who has been accused of rape by Jingyao.

Students show support for Richard Liu’s alleged victim at Tuesday hearing

January 29, 2020

About a dozen Chinese supporters from across the nation gathered in Minneapolis Tuesday for the second hearing in the case of alleged rape filed by a University of Minnesota student against Chinese billionaire...

Attendees hoist protest signs at an event opposing India's recent passage of the Citizenship Amendment Act at the Minnesota State Capitol Building on Sunday, Jan. 26. This legislation offers Indian citizenship to refugees of several religious groups, but does not apply to Muslims, despite their making up nearly 15% of the Indian population.

India’s Citizenship Act met with anger, protest in St. Paul

January 27, 2020

Hundreds of Muslim Indian Americans flocked inside the Minnesota State Capitol on Sunday to protest India’s new bill that grants Indian citizenship to religious minorities from three neighboring countries...

A row of tables stacked with non-perishable food items stands ready to be served in Mondale Hall on Monday, Jan. 20. Known as

Combating food insecurity, new food pantry offers law students free, nutritious food

January 22, 2020

The University of Minnesota Law School will welcome a free food pantry for law students later this month in an effort to combat food insecurity among its students.  Mondale Kitchen will offer law...

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)

Iranian community on campus copes with escalating tensions, plane crash

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...

Students Stanley, left, and Dominic, right, pose for a portrait in Coffman Union on Friday, Dec. 6. 

UMN students split on U.S. decision to support democracy in Hong Kong

December 12, 2019

Late last month, President Donald Trump signed two bills that show support for democracy in Hong Kong, and once again many University of Minnesota international students are split in their support. Trump...

Morgan La Casse

Proposed increase in visa application fee could impact UMN students

December 12, 2019

The Department of Homeland Security proposed a range of new fees last month that could increase immigration costs for thousands of University of Minnesota students and faculty members. In early November,...

Greek life uses left over $7,500 for scholarship, not reception

December 2, 2019

In an effort to incentivize students to join Greek life, the University of Minnesota’s Interfraternity Council created a new scholarship using funds originally intended for an end-of-the-year event. The...

Sarah Mai

New research center brings energy to UMN retail merchandising program

November 24, 2019

The University of Minnesota welcomed a new research center earlier this month, giving hands-on experience to retail merchandising students.   Located on the second floor of McNeal Hall, the Center...

Students part of the Athletes Supporting Advocacy and Prevention group meet in the Bierman Athletic Building on Monday, Nov. 18. Participants have all undergone bystander training and formed the ASAP group to promote bystander intervention.

Boynton launches harassment intervention training for Greek life

November 21, 2019

Facing an increasing rate of sexual harassment reported on campus, Boynton Health started bystander intervention training with the University of Minnesota's Greek life community in late October in an effort...

Project manager Jenna Burgett, left, and chief engineer Kyle Houser, right, discuss their process of creating and designing SOCRATES in a lab in Tate Hall on Friday, Nov. 8. SOCRATES, which NASA launched into space on Saturday, Nov. 2, is expected to begin orbiting the earth in January of 2020.

First UMN small satellite now in space

November 11, 2019

University of Minnesota senior Jenna Burgett was on bleachers two miles from the NASA Virginia launching site on Nov. 2, watching a rocket launch into space that carried a small satellite she and other...

Turkeys gather in a holding pen at the Rosemount Research & Outreach Center at UMore Park on Thursday, Oct. 31. A study lead by Tim Johnson, a University associate professor, found that customized probiotics perform the same as low-dose antibiotics in maintaining turkey health. 

Let’s talk turkey: UMN research finds turkey antibiotic alternative

November 7, 2019

With Thanksgiving swiftly approaching, a University of Minnesota research team published a study last month detailing an alternative to antibiotics that can benefit turkey health and overall production...

Morgan La Casse

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

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...

Wearing masks in solidarity with protesters in Hong Kong, a group of demonstrators crosses the Washington Avenue bridge on Friday, Oct. 18. Marchers traversed campus in an effort to raise awareness of the plight of the people of Hong Kong.

Students show up to rally for Hong Kong, counter-protest

October 20, 2019

A march at the University of Minnesota advocating for liberty and democracy in Hong Kong drew around 100 supporters and protesters in front of Coffman Union on Friday.   The march started around 3:10...

Cathy Berlin, a University of Minnesota alumna, talks to other University alumni at the Urban Growler Brewing Company for the Pride Alumni Network Launch on Friday, Oct. 11.

UMN launches new LGBTQ alumni network

October 13, 2019

Though the temperature plunged to 30 degrees Fahrenheit, about 60 University of Minnesota community members filled Urban Growler Brewing Company in St. Paul on Friday for the launch of a new University...

A pile of MAGA hats after being burned during protests after a rally for President Donald Trump outside Target Center in Minneapolis on Thursday, Oct. 10.


October 13, 2019

A pile of MAGA hats after being burned during protests after a rally for President Donald Trump outside Target Center in Minneapolis on Thursday, Oct. 10.

Minneapolis police officers stand outside a rally for President Donald Trump as protests grow increasingly hectic near Target Center on Thursday, Oct. 10.


October 13, 2019

Minneapolis police officers stand outside a rally for President Donald Trump as protests grow increasingly hectic near Target Center on Thursday, Oct. 10.

Protestors in support of LGBTQ rights outside of a rally for President Donald Trump on Thursday, Oct. 10.


October 13, 2019

Protestors in support of LGBTQ rights outside of a rally for President Donald Trump on Thursday, Oct. 10.

Attendees of the Trump rally in Minneapolis watch a live broadcast of Trump's speech outside Target Center on Thursday, Oct. 10.


October 13, 2019

Attendees of the Trump rally in Minneapolis watch a live broadcast of Trump's speech outside Target Center on Thursday, Oct. 10.

Dr. Barbara Kappler, director and assistant dean for International Student and Scholars Services, poses for a portrait in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs on Tuesday, Oct. 8. 

UMN international student enrollment sees significant increase

October 10, 2019

The University of Minnesota - Twin Cities campus saw a significant rise in undergraduate international freshmen enrollment this fall after combating a substantial drop last year. As of fall 2019, the number...

Students gather to watch fraternity Beta Chi Theta dance at the

UMN Greek life, student groups collaborate for multicultural diversity

September 29, 2019

At the plaza behind Coffman Union, multiple student organizations gathered Friday, Sept. 27 to learn about different cultures, eat a variety of food and meet new people. The Taste of Summer Fusion, a night-market-like...

Natalie Paulson shows members of Days for Girls sanitary pad kits that will be distributed to women in rural countries in Bruininks Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 18. Days for Girls is a non-profit that provides communities in need with supplies for sustainable menstrual care. 

New student group aims to provide girls in other countries with menstrual products

September 26, 2019

More than 30 girls gathered at the University of Minnesota’s Bruininks Hall on Sept. 18, sharing ideas about the best ways to donate menstrual products to girls around the world. The girls are part of...

Natalie Paulson speaks with members of Days for Girls about her volunteer work in Haiti in Bruininks Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. Days for Girls is a non-profit that provides communities in need with supplies for sustainable menstrual care.


September 26, 2019

Natalie Paulson speaks with members of Days for Girls about her volunteer work in Haiti in Bruininks Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. Days for Girls is a non-profit that provides communities in need...

Xuening Gao, a student from China studying Economics, shops for groceries at the Fresh Thyme in Prospect Park on Monday, Sept. 23. Due to currency exchange rates, living expenses and tuition fees have increased for Chinese students. 

Trade war continues to increase UMN Chinese international student expenses

September 25, 2019

As the United States-China trade war continues to escalate, many Chinese international students at the University of Minnesota are feeling its effects through a fluctuating currency exchange rate which...

Morgan La Casse

Over 7,000 miles away, UMN international students feel effects of Hong Kong protests

September 19, 2019

University of Minnesota student Stanley Chow participated in a protest toward the end of the summer in his hometown ⁠— Hong Kong. "Everyone was wearing a black shirt, black pants to show the unity...

Youngouk Oh poses for a portrait at St. Anthony Village Central Park on Sunday, Sept. 1. Oh is an international student from South Korea.

Cold weather, safety, academics: UMN Asian international students share reasons for U enrollment

September 4, 2019

Yixuan Ding, 22, an accounting graduate student at the Carlson School of Management, left Sun Yat-Sen University in China, packed her belongings and boarded her Minneapolis-bound flight on Aug. 11 to start...