ISSO staff providing assistance to the arriving international students.

The key purpose of the J-1 scholar program is to foster cultural exchange between researchers from across the world. With that, we would expect the assistance of any faculty / staff member hosting an international scholar in getting him or her settled and acclimated in the US. Although the officials at the International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO) always strive to support arriving international scholars, it is expected that host faculty or department will help each new international visitor to look for housing, or to assist them with shopping for furniture, groceries, etc., upon their arrival.

The International Visiting Scholar should be encouraged to meet with the ISSO during their first week on campus. The ISSO provides assistance with the visa issuance process and continues to ensure that the scholar and their dependents maintain valid status while at UMass Lowell.