About the ISSO

The International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) is a department of Academic Affairs at Brandeis University.  As such, the ISSO is dedicated to assist international students and scholars in many ways with their arrival and adjustment throughout the duration of their academic program and/or appointment at Brandeis.

What We Do

The ISSO determines visa eligibility and prepares and issues the visa documents needed for non-immigrant students, scholars and their dependents to obtain visas in order to come to Brandeis University to study, teach and/or conduct research.

We assist international students, scholars and their dependents with immigration benefits and procedures (i.e. extensions of stay, transfer of visa status to and from Brandeis, changes of status, employment authorization, etc.) as well as advise about their rights and responsibilities as non-immigrants living, studying and working in the United States.

We advise and provide guidance to international students and scholars regarding academic, financial and personal issues which may impact their legal status in the U.S. and at this university.

The ISSO offers programs which aim to enhance the American educational experience for our international students and scholars.  The office also offers programs aimed at helping the campus community benefit from the presence of people from diverse cultures.