New Arrivals


We love welcoming new students and scholars.  

We have friendly volunteers who offer temporary housing when you first arrive, or an airport pickup. You can request this help at 

Also, visit  for new arrival helps.  This website is managed by a visiting scholar at the UMN and contains lots of practical helpful things.

Other Helps


Getting around in the Twin Cities:  


Bus, Light Rail, Plan My Trip        

UMN campus connector  

Go-To Cards and Passes 

Cell phones:  

 T Mobile IDS CRYSTAL COURT downtown Mpls

80 South 8th Street Ste 205, Minneapolis, MN, 55402


 Email Bob and Joanne Kraftson, Volunteer Coordinators at

Car/Bike Purchasing

Purchasing and driving a car in the USA is a potentially confusing experience for international students.  For viewing permission to Tom Lindstrom's "Car Buying Seminar" and "Understanding Cars" presentations, email us. We can also recommend car dealers and a repair shop with Chinese mechanics.

Also, for students that are in need of bikes, contact Tom.

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