International Students and Scholar Services (ISSS)
Welcome International Students & Scholars!
International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) works with over 1,600 students and scholars from over 90 countries. We are happy to welcome you among our vibrant, international community and hope you will call Boston and the University of Massachusetts your home away from home.
This unit serves as your resource for all immigration matters. The office is the University’s liaison to the U.S. governmental agencies concerned with matters relating to international students and scholars studying and working in the United States. Our advisers can assist you with anything that concerns your immigration and employment status. Through advising sessions, scheduled workshops and information seminars you will learn to easily navigate your way through the immigration system that governs your stay in the U.S. and focus on your academics, making valuable connections in your community, and enjoying your stay in Boston.
To introduce you to the services of ISSS and to make sure you entered the U.S. in proper status, we ask that you bring copies of your immigration documents to the immigration clearance you signed up for at the start of your semester.
MANDATORY IMMIGRATION CLEARANCE SESSIONS FOR FALL 2013
International students are permitted to enter the U.S. 30 days prior to the start date on the Form I-20. Please plan to arrive at least two weeks early. All immigratoin clearance sessions are in Room 2115, 2nd floor Campus Center, and last approx. one hour. Please download clearance information here.
Wednesday, Aug. 14th – 2 to 3
Monday, August 19th – 10 to 11
Tuesday, August 20th – 11 to 12
Wednesday, August 21st – 1 to 2
Thursday, August 22nd – 2 to 3
Friday, August 23rd – 3 to 4
Monday, August 26th – 10 to 11
Tuesday, August 27th - 11 to 12
Our office is located on the 2nd floor of the Campus Center, Block 2100. Please check in at the front desk.
Office hours are from 8:30 AM- 5:00 PM
Walk in hours: Monday- Thursday 2:00-4:00PM
Tuesday - Thursday 10:00AM-12:00PM and 2:00 to 4:00
For advising outside of these times, please make an appointment with the front desk to see and advisor. You can also call for an appointment at 617-287-5586
Please note that Scholar Orientations are held weekly and are by appointment only. Please email a Scholar Advisor to schedule your orientation appointment if you are a newly arriving Scholar.