Student Organizations

The University of Minnesota has hundreds of student groups, representing a wide variety of interests. This is a great way to get involved on campus during your semester in Minnesota!

  • The University of Minnesota Student Unions and Activities
  • Carlson School offers a variety of business-focused student groups; for more information, see Carlson's Student Organizations
  • GLOBE is a student group that pairs exchange students with Carlson buddies; you will receive information from GLOBE about how to sign up for a buddy.

English Language Classes

Do you need to improve your English skills? A variety of English language courses are offered through the Minnesota English Language Program (MELP). Please note that these courses are not included as part of your exchange program.

Campus Health Services

The Boynton Health Service is an on-campus health clinic available to all students. Visit Boynton Health Service for additional details about location, contacts and services.

Safety Resources

Please see the ISSS safety resources page for additional information about personal safety.

Student Accounts and Email

You will receive several ID numbers when you are admitted to the University of Minnesota. Be sure you are entering the right ID when filling out your forms.

  • Student ID: This is a 7-digit number that identifies you as a student throughout the university. This number will be written on your admissions letter, and you may also receive it by email.
  • Internet ID: This is a combination of numbers and letters you will use when logging on to university systems. The Internet ID is usually the beginning of your last name, plus several numbers. For example, johns038. When you are admitted to the university, you will be given an Internet ID and asked to set up a password. The Internet ID is also called your "x.500" account. Your Internet ID is also your University of Minnesota email address, for example,

Once you have a student ID and Internet ID, you can begin using your University email address. As a student at Minnesota, we will be sending all messages to your UMN account, so you will need to check it regularly or have messages forwarded to another preferred account. Follow these steps on One Stop to initiate your University Internet account. (Note: most exchange students don't have a Social Security number. Enter 999999999 in the Social Security Number field.)

You must write down and remember your account password as we cannot request a new one for you. If you forget your password, you will need to request a new one after you arrive in Minnesota. Bring your password with you to the Welcome Program.

Internet Access

The University of Minnesota campus is completely wireless, and you will also have Internet access in your residence hall room if you live in University housing. However, our access will not be granted until you are registered for classes and you will not be able to access the wireless network or residence hall Internet right away. In the meantime, there are a number of wireless cafes all around campus that you may use. We will also provide you access to the Carlson School computer lab several times during the Welcome Program.


If you have trouble with University of Minnesota technology, contact the University of Minnesota's Office of Information Technology's 1-HELP service.