Learning Abroad Center

Get Involved in Your Community

Campus Community

Global Leaders

Global Leaders is a paid internship program through the Learning Abroad Center designed exclusively for learning abroad past participants to spread the word about international experiences. By participating in the Global Leaders Internship, you will not only contribute to the growth of international education but also further develop personally and professionally.

Academic Minors

The University of Minnesota has a number of academic minors through which you can work with other like-minded students on community engagement and leadership. 

Small World Coffee Hour

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) organizes the Small World Coffee Hour as a relaxing and social environment to learn about other cultures and traditions from around the world through discussion with other internationally-minded students, faculty, and staff.  

Cross-Cultural Discussion Groups

Cross-cultural discussion groups meet once a week to share feelings, personal thoughts, and stories of cross-cultural experiences.  Led by two facilitators from ISSS, groups are made up of both international and US students.  Applications to join a group are accepted prior to each semester. 

    Student Groups at the University

    Reconnect with the University of Minnesota campus community.  Join one of the many student groups on campus related to your personal, academic, or international interests.

    Wider Community

    Center for Community-Engaged Learning

    Take advantage of the myriad of opportunities the University offers for community engagement within the Twin Cities and elsewhere in the US.  The Center for Community-Engaged Learning has many resources to help you facilitate volunteer experiences that range from one-time commitments to sustained weekly involvement of two to ten hours over a semester or a year. 

    Community Engagement Courses at the University of Minnesota

    Typically each semester thirty or more University of Minnesota courses include a community engagement component. The next time you register, consider taking one of these courses.  A list of community engagement courses can be found on the Center for Community-Engaged Learning website.