International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is dedicated to serving the University of Minnesota’s international community. ISSS supports the University’s internationalization efforts by helping departments bring new foreign nationals into the community; by providing intercultural training for students, staff, and faculty; and by offering events that build links between the U.S. and international communities on campus.
ISSS advisers/counselors are professionally trained to provide information about non-immigrant visa issues for students and scholars holding F, J, H, and O visas. Our advisers/counselors are also trained to provide counseling to international students and scholars about academic, personal, and family matters, as well as issues of cross-cultural adjustment and professional integration upon returning home. In addition, ISSS offers training and programs that enhance the awareness and understanding of cross-cultural and international issues across campus and consults with University faculty and staff on issues related to international students and scholars in their departments.
ISSS is located on the Twin Cities campus, but many of its responsibilities--especially those concerning international faculty and staff--serve the Crookston, Duluth, Morris, and Rochester campuses. ISSS is part of the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance, in the purview of the University's Academic Administration, University of Minnesota System.
Learn more about ISSS by reading our Annual Report.
We are international educators committed to the U of M’s efforts to be a world-class university and to develop global citizens. We advocate for the importance of the international population in achieving the University’s goals. We serve all international students, researchers, faculty, and staff and collaborate campus wide to enable all to succeed.
An inclusive and engaged international learning community
Be knowledgeable about policies, regulations, and trends in international education. Develop and implement best practices from theory, research, and experience. Be leaders in the field.
Embrace cultural differences and have the intercultural skills, to work effectively with people from around the world. Use a holistic approach that respects multiple identities based on race, class, sexual orientation, gender, beliefs, ability, and ethnicity.
Provide services, advocacy, and support based on individuals’ unique needs and goals.
Build strong partnerships to effectively share knowledge and perspectives, and maximize resources.
Adjust creatively to opportunities and changing needs.