International Student and Scholar Services
International Student and Scholar Services serves the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign's international community and campus units through advising, immigration services, programming, advocacy, and outreach.
The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign welcomes more than 11,000 international students and almost 2,000 international scholars each year—consistently one of the largest international populations in higher education nationwide. To ensure these students the best experience possible while at the university, ISSS focuses on delivering a number of crucial core services.
ISSS offers one-on-one advising sessions to address specific situations. Appointments are available for students, scholars, staff, and faculty and their dependents.
ISSS is federally mandated to maintain and update student records and ensure all student and scholar information is up-to-date in the Student Exchange and Visitor Information System (SEVIS) system.
ISSS works with campus units to prepare J-1 and H-1B immigration documents for scholars, faculty, and staff. For eligible employees that departments wish to sponsor for permanent residence or O-1 visas, ISSS contracts with outside attorneys.
ISSS offers educational, cultural, and social programs throughout the year that enrich the experiences of international and domestic students, scholars, and families.
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.
ISSS provides print and online publications designed to help navigate life on campus and in Champaign-Urbana. The ISSS Handbook, as well as guides to the U.S. healthcare system and academic life at the university, can be found on the ISSS website.