The mission of the Office of International Students & Scholars (OISS) is to recruit, serve and cultivate lifelong relationships with international students and scholars. We also aspire to drive a comprehensive internationalization of the campus community by engaging in partnerships, supporting intercultural competence, and fostering a culturally responsive campus.  

Our Core Values: 

Expertise with a personal touch: 

We use our expertise in the field of government policies and regulations and our international networks to provide individualized, personalized, and timely support to every international student & scholar 

Collaborative thinking for the common good: 

We engage in partnerships with departments and offices from across campus and around the world to efficiently use our resources and help support the recruitment, admission of new students and growth and success of all students, staff, and faculty.  

A commitment to the inherent value of our international community: 

We do not simply want international students & scholars to “adapt” to life at St. Thomas, we seek to help them grow, succeed, and achieve their full potential while remaining true to their cultural values.  

Our Services: 

  • Recruitment and admission of new undergraduate international students  
  • Pre-arrival communication and immigration document production for all incoming international students and scholars 
  • Provide additional academic, social, and advising support for International Year One students 
  • Orientation and extended orientation for new undergraduate, graduate, and non-degree international students 
  • Immigration advising and support for all undergraduate, graduate, and non-degree international students 
  • Co-curricular programming for international students to further connect with domestic students and other members of the St. Thomas community  
  • Intercultural training for the St. Thomas community 
  • Organize and run a tax assistance program (VITA) for non-resident aliens 
  • Immigration support for H1B faculty and staff and their transition to permanent residency