ISSO advises over 2,000 international students and scholars who hail from over 60 countries. We assist with cultural adjustment as well as immigration and academic compliance. ISSO works closely with campus-wide offices to ensure the best experience for international students and scholars, including Career Services & Corporate Education Center, Human Resources, Graduate and Undergraduate Admissions, Pathway partners, Study Abroad and Student Affairs.
We collaborate with the Offices of Multicultural Affairs, Student Activities, Residence Life, and the Campus Recreational Center on escorted trips to shopping malls, downtown Lowell, Boston, local beaches, amusement parks, movie theaters, and more.
ISSO conducts daily personalized advising sessions and processes critical, time-sensitive documents by experiences immigration advisors. We assist with specialized off-campus work authorization, including Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Pre-, Post- and STEM-Optional Practical Training (OPT) applications. ISSO advises on H-1B, O-1, TN, Permanent Residency and other work-related visa categories.
We support Multicultural Affairs with all international initiatives, including support for the International Student Club and International Education Week. ISSO founded and now assists Multicultural Affairs with the UMass Lowell Pair-up Program, a friendship program that matches new international students with current UMass Lowell American students based on similar interests and hobbies, to foster multinational friendship.
We also offer: airport transportation services for newly arrived students; multiple new student and scholar welcome sessions in fall, spring and summer; and weekly informational Coffee Hours featuring a variety of on and off-campus resources.