The International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) supports Brandeis international students and scholars from more than 116 countries around the globe. The ISSO is dedicated to supporting international students and scholars throughout their time spent in the Brandeis community.

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.


Peter Agaba, MA’20 with students in Bwoga, Uganda.

Peter Agaba, MA’20 with students in Bwoga, Uganda.

Student Spotlight

Step by Step, He's Making a Difference

For scholarship recipient Peter Agaba, MA’20, a lifelong passion for learning led him to Brandeis. Now he’s giving back to his home village in Uganda by supporting the next generation of students.

The information provided by the ISSO pertains only to international students at Brandeis University, as it reflects both immigration regulation and university policy.

This information is not meant as a guide for international students at other institutions.