International Students and Scholars Office

Global Panther Success

Explore campus, engage in activities, and excel towards success as a new international student during your first semester. Led by current students, known as the GPS Student Coordinators, students will attend social and cultural events and activities, such as International Coffee Hour, GPS Retreat, GPS Field Trip, and Day of Service. At our final event, we celebrate semester achievements, recognize group points, and give away prizes!    


The goal of the GPS program is to help new international students navigate life at UNI and in the United States. All new international students at UNI are required to participate in the program's activities and events throughout their first semester. A full schedule of semester events will be available at Orientation. The program is led by GPS Student Coordinators who will lead you through Orientation and beyond.


Explore your new world. Engage with your peers and the entire UNI community. Excel at your studies and life.


Image of new students during GPS Orientation exploring the services of the Rod Library Image of a student in GPS Explore Engage Excel T-Shirt Image of new students in the Rod Library using the Microsoft Surface Hub


GPS Events


Let's Do Lunch

Check in with us after your very first week of classes for an afternoon retreat. Catch up with your friends, and share your first week experiences, concerns and plans for the rest of the semester while having a fun time with games, activities, and free food.


Volunteer with GPS: Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service

Join the Global Panther Success Student Coordinators and the Student & Leadership Council on MLK Day to help serve the community.


Day Trip to the Iowa Living History Farms

An opportunity to explore more in Iowa. Spend a day experiencing life outside of our time period and follow Iowa's history in the last 300 years in an interactive, 500-acre outdoor museum. Transportation is provided. Other day trips include skiing and snowboarding in Chestnut Mountain Resort, Illinois, and enjoying the attractions and shopping in the Mall of America in Minnesota.


End of Term Celebrations

De-stress after finals as we celebrate the end of another school year. Catch up with your friends before the summer break and say good bye to graduating international students and departing exchange students.