International Student Services

International Student Services!  

Coming to campus for the first time as an international student can be quite intimidating, but it helps to know that you are not alone! Many campus support services for international students are available on campuses across the United States. The services vary from campus to campus, but all offer the following general services.  

  1. International Student Orientation. Right at the start, you will receive a specialized orientation that provides information about campus resources, academic expectations, tips for cultural adjustment, and immigration requirements. What you learn there will help ensure you remain in good standing as an international student.  

  1. International Student Advising: International student advising goes beyond traditional academic advising. Many universities have dedicated advisors or offices to assist international students with immigration regulations, visa issues, cultural adjustment matters, and academic concerns. 

  1. English Language Support: English as a Second Language (ESL) programs, language labs, and tutoring services are available to help international students improve their English language skills. 

  1. Cultural Adjustment Support: Workshops, peer mentoring programs, and cultural events can facilitate your transition to your new academic and social environment. 

  1. Health Services: Your university will help you access healthcare facilities on or near campus, including counseling services for mental health support. 

  1. Career Services: These departments provide assistance with resume writing, job search strategies, and internship opportunities, and they also provide international students with help sorting out their unique work authorization regulations. 

  1. Legal Support: Universities provide support and legal guidance with matters such as visa renewals, employment authorization, and maintenance of legal status. 

  1. Cultural and Recreational Organizations and Activities: These provide international students with opportunities to engage in cultural exchange, join international student clubs, and participate in sports and other activities that foster a sense of community and belonging. 

The depth of these services vary from campus to campus, but their goal is the same: to help ensure that international students are successful from the beginning of their program through graduation (and sometimes beyond). Schools aim to support their international students academically, socially, and emotionally, helping them thrive in their educational pursuits while adapting to a new cultural and academic environment. Ensuring a comfortable transition translates to success in academic pursuits.   


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