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About Us

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is committed to providing culturally sensitive services of the highest quality. We strive to create an environment that is conducive to a successful educational, personal, and professional experience. We serve our international population and campus units through advising, immigration services, programming, advocacy, and outreach.


ISSS offers one-on-one advising sessions to address specific situations. Appointments are available for students, scholars, staff, and faculty, as well as their dependents.

Regulatory Compliance

ISSS is federally mandated to maintain and update records and ensure all student and scholar information is up-to-date in the Student Exchange and Visitor Information System (SEVIS). Students and scholars can make requests to update their records via iSTART.

Status Processing

ISSS works with campus units to prepare J-1 immigration documents for scholars as well as H-1 applications for faculty and staff.


ISSS offers educational, cultural, and social programs throughout the year that enrich the experiences of international and domestic students, scholars, and families.


ISSS provides print and online publications designed to help navigate life on campus and in Champaign-Urbana.


ISSS collaborates with multiple campus units, U.S. government agencies, educational foundations, program sponsors, and community organizations. These relationships allow us to provide enhanced services.


All international students and scholars receive a regular e-newsletter, which includes timely updates and information about current activities and programs.

Illinois International

ISSS is a unit of Illinois International. To support campus internationalization and global learning, Illinois International's units offer engaging programs, academic initiatives, and administrative services under the leadership of the Associate Chancellor and Vice Provost for Global Affairs & Strategies.