International student services and programs are organized and administered by the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) staff, located in the International Center. The Office serves as an administrative, advising, and programming unit for all international students and scholars at the University of Louisville. The staff is trained to assist international students and scholars, solve problems, handle matters with immigration, and answer general questions about life in Louisville or in the United States.
The ISSS's major administrative responsibility consists of processing all United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) documents for the University's over 700 international students and 200 scholars for the purpose of admission, travel, employment, extension of stay, or change of status.
The ISSS serves as an advising and counseling resource to international students and scholars. We encourage students experiencing problems with language, health, finances, personal relationships, adjustment, homesickness, course work, careers, or any other issues to come to the office for help. We also encourage international students to seek out other student services on campus and participate in off-campus and on-campus activities, such as the American and International Relations Club, Numerous Student Groups and Cultural Center activities.
Programs coordinated by the ISSS include formal orientation sessions for new international students every semester. Conducted by the staff of the International Center and several volunteers from the University and community, orientation covers various topics, including immigration matters, healthcare and medical insurance, student activities, security issues, banking, registration, and a campus tour.
The International Center sponsors immigration workshops on Optional Practical Training where F and J visa holders work with local immigration attorneys on becoming a H1B visa holder and Legal Permanent Resident. Other programming activities include the monthly International Meet and Greet Luncheons, the annual International Banquet, International Education Week activities and the American International Relations Club's cultural, educational, and social activities.