Here at the ISO we host many activities for socializing and networking. Check out our calendar to see what's happening now & Make sure to check back here or follow on our Facebook page for current activities and ways to get involved.   WE'D LOVE TO SEE YOU!

REGULAR ISO events and activities descriptions

Upcoming events

Contact us for further information or if you wish to participate in any  

International Student Outreach 

Conversational English Partners
Meet with a fellow U of M student and/or alumni as often as you wish to practice your English and make new friends.

Home Gatherings
Meet with other international students and families in a traditional American home setting. Enjoy meals, conversation, sharing of your culture, and learning of another.

Shopping with students
Come shopping with others who can give you a ride to the store and offer suggestions on where to shop in the area.

International Socials
Events throughout the year that offer an opportunity to do something new, fun, and relaxing with other International and American students and families. Some of our previous International Social events include picnics, hayride, Christmas Party, snow sledding, Chinese New Year celebration, Valentine mixer, downhill snow skiing, road trips, soccer matches, beach parties, and camping trips to scenic areas Minnesota.

Church on Campus
Join with other International and American students and families in a traditional Christian church service on campus. Nursery church provided for small children.
Church is held on Wednesday and Saturday nights at 7pm at the Maranatha Campus House.  The address of the Maranatha Campus House is: 315 10th Ave SE,  Minneapolis, MN.  A map to this location can also be found on the MAPS page (link found here) under the heading "Campus Points of Interest".  Transportation to and from church can be provided.

Family Play Dates
Get together with other International and American moms and their children for a fun activity during the day. Play dates are usually free.
Previous play date activities included going to Como Zoo, picnics in various parks, and a day at the beach.
Transportation to and from play dates can be provided.

Discovering Christianity Group Study
Are you an international student interested to know more about Christianity? If so, this creative group study is for you!
Come join us as we discover truths in the Bible which are relevant to our everyday lives and interactions on campus.
Feel free to still come even if you have missed a previous study as we will be doing a brief review of earlier topics.
If you have questions about Christianity please bring them along. Also, if you have friends who are interested feel free to bring them along too!

We have the group studies at consistent weekly times at the Maranatha Campus House.  The address of the Maranatha Campus House is: 315 10th Ave SE,  Minneapolis, MN.  A map to this location can also be found on the MAPS page (link found here) under the heading "Campus Points of Interest".  Transportation to and from church can be provided.

**Spring 2018** Tell your friends about ISO and have them fill out an Assistance Form early ***
New and returning students arrive.  
Help with airport pickups, temporary hosting, cell phones, bank accounts, finding permanent housing, and all the details of getting settled.

Meet and Greet, 2017-SEP-01, Friday, 6:30pm  
Maranatha Campus House (315 10th Ave SE, Minneapolis)
Join us to meet other new and transfer students at the university!
We'll be having food, playing some interactive group games, and have some great prizes for college life this fall.

Annual ISO Garage Sale, 2017-AUG-31 & 2017-SEP-01, 10am - 5pm  
Maranatha Campus House (315 10th Ave SE, Minneapolis)
The sale is a means to help new students get low-priced used furniture to furnish their apartments while also raising money to financially support ISO’s yearly events.  Stop by and you might find something you are looking for.  We could also use your help in two areas: 1) If you are an existing student wanting to donate your old furniture to sell at the sale please let us know 2) If you want to help with the sale please let us know as well…it is always a fun time =)
For more information, please contact Parnell Mahoney at or 612-232-2546.

Explore U (New Student Activities Fair)  
Mariucci Arena
Explore ways to get involved at this event showcasing campus student groups and local businesses, while enjoying giveaways, food samples and prizes!
We welcome existing students to come and represent ISO at our contact table.
If you are coming, please contact Parnell Mahoney at or 612-232-2546 for details.

Minnesota State Fair Scavenger Hunt  2017-SEP-03, Sunday, 10:30am - 8pm
Come and visit the Minnesota State Fair with International Student Outreach!
Bring your international student friends who are interested too!
We are going to be enjoying a fun day while exploring all there is to see at the fair! This is a great opportunity to get to know ISO as well as to meet many new International and American students from the U of MN!
The Minnesota State Fair is known as the "Great Minnesota Get-Together" so let's get together, meet new friends and have some fun!!!
How this event will work:
- We will meet at 10:30am sharp at the Maranatha Campus House (315 10th Avenue SE).
- We will go over the rules to the scavenger hunt at this time and answer any questions you may have.
- We will leave the campus house at 10:50am.
- We will break up into teams of 4-6 people then travel together to the State Fairground.

We will all meet up at 7:00pm and head back to the campus house where we will have an awards "ceremony" for the winning teams, view fun photo's from the day, eat some snacks, talk, and hang out.

 - Unfortunately, we are unable to do this event for free. The cost for admission is $14. We'll buy our tickets at the door.
- Each student will also need to bring at least $20-30 cash for spending money and for food/drinks at the fair. Please bring it! You'll be glad you did.

What to bring:
- $14 to purchase ticket at door
- Your $20-30 cash 
- Your cell phone (if you have one)
- Your digital camera (to take pictures for the scavenger hunt and also for yourself)
- Wear good shoes as you will be doing a lot of walking
- A water bottle 
- Sunscreen protection

If you have any further questions please contact Matt Brown at

Welcome Week Picnic  2017-SEP-08, Friday, 5:30pm - 9pm
Van Cleve Park (901 15th Ave SE, Minneapolis)
You are invited to join with ISO in meeting new and returning students, making new friends, having picnic style dinner, and playing outdoor games such as; soccer, volleyball, and kickball.
After dark, we will go to the Maranatha Campus House to continue our conversations and games, including; Ping Pong, and various board games.
Please bring your friends who are interested as well!
All food, beverages, and games are free.
To get to Van Cleve Park, go to the McDonald's in Dinkytown and walk 5 blocks north on 15th Ave SE to Van Cleve Park.
If you have further questions please contact Pete at or 612-232-0099

Minneapolis Activities Fair 
Coffman Memorial Union Front Plaza or Great Hall if it rains

Connect with student groups at the Activities Fair. This Activities Fair showcases many student involvement opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. ISO will have a booth at the fair. Stop by and say hi.

Shopping at Albertville Premium Outlet Mall, TBD
(Name Brand Stores at reduced prices). 
Come and shop for your winter clothes and other things. ISO is able to get a special discount with Columbia stores for international students to get winter clothing at discounted prices, the Outlet mall is 40 minuteS drive from the campus. We will carpool from Maranatha Campus House, located at 315 10th Ave SE, Minneapolis. Bring enough money for shopping and lunch (fast food).
As we have limited space available, we are giving priority to new students first.
Reserve your spot ASAP.
You can get more info on the mall here at

Tony Saxon at University of Minnesota   

Maranatha Campus House (315 10th Ave SE, Minneapolis)

Dave and Mary Jo Nutting at University of Minnesota, TBD

Maranatha Campus House (315 10th Ave SE, Minneapolis)
We are glad to invite Dave and Mary Jo Nutting back to have a Creation Talk Series at Maranatha Campus House and at University of Minnesota. Dave and Mary Jo Nutting are the Founders and Directors of Alpha Omega Institute. They were college math and science instructors when they first grappled with the problems of evolution and became convinced of the evidence for Creation. Their personal contact with students convinced them of the importance of the issue, not only in science, but in evangelism and Christian growth. Since founding AOI in 1984, they have spoken extensively, giving presentations for churches, universities, camps and tours both in the USA and internationally.

A Night in India, TBD

Come and join ISO as we celebrate "A Night In India!" Wear your best and most festive attire! We will have fun music, dancing, festive decor, door prizes and delicious, traditional Indian food. ALL FREE! Come when you can and leave when you must!
We hope to see you there!!!

Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner, TBD
Maranatha Campus House (315 10th Ave SE, Minneapolis)

ISO Christmas Party, TBD

Maranatha Campus House (315 10th Ave SE, Minneapolis)

Take a break before finals begin and come celebrate Christmas with ISO! This will be a very casual, laid back event. So don your favorite Christmas sweater and stop on by! We will be serving a delicious homemade spaghetti dinner with fixings and desserts.There will be cookies to decorate, Christmas carols to sing, a hot chocolate "bar" to warm you up, and our 2nd annual snowflake-making contest. 
We hope you can make it! Merry Christmas from ISO!