About ISS

The Office of International Student Services (ISS) promotes, provides, and supports international and intercultural educational opportunities for the Howard University community and others by serving as an information and advising resource, providing international student and scholar services and coordinating special projects.

Support Services

ISS provides several support services to Howard’s international community.  These include visa and immigration assistance, personal counseling, and orientation to academic and social life in the U.S.  ISS also facilitates the integration of international students and scholars into the Howard community and promotes awareness of the important contributions of this group to the mission and international character of the University. Finally, ISS serves as a resource center for information often needed by members of the international and University communities, and functions as an advocate for international students, staff and scholars.

General Services

ISS provides numerous services and activities to assist international students, staff and faculty with a variety of needs.  We publish a newsletter twice each semester, organize informational meetings with non-University resource people, and maintain information on international student financial aid sources.

Immigration Counseling

ISS advisors assist students, faculty, and staff with F-1, J-1, and H-1 visa and immigration concerns.  The office provides assistance with visa extensions, transfers, and application procedures for admission to the University.  The Director also provides information and assistance on Labor Certifications and Permanent Residency.

Cultural Adjustment Programming

ISS advisors provide guidance and support to ease the adjustment to life in a new country.  This guidance begins with a specialized orientation program for new international students.   Orientation is offered at the beginning of each semester.  Students are acclimated to U.S. life and culture while learning about the academic environment at H.U.  Individual orientation sessions are provided to international faculty and staff upon their arrival to the University.

Personal Counseling

ISS advisors provide limited personal counseling services to members of the University’s international community.  ISS offers assistance with personal concerns and makes referrals to appropriate University and community resources.

Intercultural Programs

ISS sponsors and participates in many activities to increase awareness of the international and intercultural nature of Howard University.  These activities include International Week, International Fest, and activities of regional student organizations.

External Activities

ISS maintains contacts with educational and civic groups to enhance international education opportunities for the University’s international community.  These opportunities include an International Student Job Fair, cooperation with the Foreign Student Service Council, and membership in the Foundation Center for grant and scholarship information.