International Students & Scholars


International Students and Scholars (ISS) strengthens the University of Arkansas as an active member of the international community. The office provides pre-arrival assistance and comprehensive orientation programs for newly admitted international students each semester. Cross Cultural Mentors provide one-on-one contact and group activities for new international students during International Orientation and throughout the new student's first semester, assisting them in their adjustment to the academic community and the Fayetteville/Northwest Arkansas area. The office provides services such as immigration advising for non-immigrant students/faculty/researchers, employment authorization and other programs and services which help students and scholars reach their academic and personal goals and make their time at the University of Arkansas more productive and enjoyable.

The office administers five outreach and retention programs that give students an opportunity to learn about U.S. life and culture while enriching the community's knowledge and appreciation of diverse populations and cultures. The iFriend Program (which includes the Friendship Family program and the Campus Cousin program) pairs students with local families or American students who share American culture, daily life, and special activities with students. The Conversation Club program provides students with a small-group setting in which to practice conversational English with native speakers. The International Culture Team is a group whose members speak or share other skills and talents through presentations at community organizations, representing their home countries and cultures. The Global Greeks program pairs international students with Greek Life students to explore the unique aspects of this part of American university culture and life.  Cultural Field Trips are offered to introduce the cultures that shaped the history of Arkansas.

The office leads the celebration of International Education Week each fall in November, which features a variety of cultural programming and seminars. A number of registered student organizations specific to various country, culture, or language groups are linked with the office. Among these is the International Students Organization (ISO), a group for U.S. and international students, which organizes events such as the International Bazaar and an annual banquet.

International Students and Scholars is located in Holcombe Hall, Room 104; phone (479) 575-5003, FAX (479) 575-7084; e-mail