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Cross-Cultural Discussion Groups



Cross-Cultural Discussion Groups

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Make new friends, expand your worldview, and discuss new topics with a Cross-Cultural Discussion Group

The Cross-Cultural Discussion Groups are an opportunity to meet other UMN students from a variety of colleges, majors, and nationalities in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. During a group’s weekly discussion, you will share cross-cultural experiences and reflect on a various topics including friendship/relationships, taboos and stereotypes, culture shock, educational systems around the world, and much more. ISSS has facilitated these groups for more than 30 years.


All UMN students (international and domestic) can join one of the six (6) Cross-Cultural Discussion Groups being formed for Spring 2016. Each group will meet weekly starting in mid-February through first week of May:

Minneapolis Campus (Blegen Hall, West Bank)
Wednesday: 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Thursday: 1:00-3:00 p.m. or 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Friday: 2:00-4:00 p.m. or 2:30-4:30 p.m.

New Location: St. Paul Campus
Thursday: 2:00-3:30 p.m.

For the first time, an ISSS Cross-Cultural Discussion Group will be held on the St. Paul Campus. Laura Dupont-Jarrett, Chief of Staff for the Associate Dean of Academic Programs & Faculty Affairs at CFANS, will be one of the group’s co-facilitators.

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What Past Participants Have Said About Cross-cultural Discussion Groups

  • “Very exciting, fun, and joyful!”
  • “I got a chance to know about people and cultures from different countries.”
  • “I learned about leadership and communication skills.”
  • “We supported each other with honesty and genuineness.”
  • “Quite relaxing, comfortable, and warm atmosphere we created in the group. It feels like home!”
  • On a scale from 1-7, most members rated the group experience as either 7 (very satisfied) or 6 (satisfied)!

Applications are now closed for the Cross-Cultural Discussion Groups.

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