As an international student myself, I know that there are challenges of studying in the US that are specific to international students. The primary resource that I have reliably been able to use is DU’s International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS).
ISSS is located at International House (AKA I-House), which is at 2200 S Josephine Street. As of right now, they are not providing their services in-person due to COVID-19, but students can make a Zoom meeting appointment here. I personally have reached out to them mainly through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org; they are very responsive through e-mail and will let you know if it is necessary to schedule an appointment there.
So what does ISSS do for international students? The most important thing they would do for you is help you with your visa application, and issue your I-20 form (which is a necessary document to enter the US with an F-1 student visa). ISSS is also where you would go to get your travel signature on your I-20 form when it needs updating.
ISSS also provides international student advising. Advising can cover a wide variety of topics, for example adjusting to US culture or your immigration status; they are also a good place to go to if you have any questions but do not know who to reach out to, since they are able to connect you to the appropriate resource. If you plan on studying abroad during your time here at DU, I-House is also where you will be going to get study abroad advising sessions!
Finally, ISSS organizes activities and events for international students throughout the year! For example, on Thanksgiving of 2019, they hosted a Thanksgiving meal for anyone who wanted to join. They also hosted monthly international luncheons before the pandemic. Due to COVID-19, their events are online now, but ISSS sends out regular newsletters to DU’s international student population to keep them informed. Hopefully, ISSS will return their in-person activities on Fall 2021. Follow @isss_du on Instagram to stay updated on their activities!
I’ve personally found ISSS to be a wonderful resource, and I would advice you all to make use of their services to make life here at DU a little easier!
#DearWorld is a blog series that our international student ambassadors at the University of Denver share their experience, tips, and advice to other students at DU and around the world.
Author: Ronnie Cheng
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