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International Student and Scholar Services Mission Statement

  • Support international students and scholars in successfully accomplishing their academic and career goals.
  • Encourage “Internationalization at Home” through the design and delivery of programs and trainings which build global competence.
  • Support international student and scholars in maintaining their legal status while in the United States.
  • Assist the University of Minnesota in fulfilling its commitment to international education.

About the International Student and Scholar Services

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.

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