The Catholic University of America

Mission Statement

A division of the Center for Global Education, International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) supports the academic mission of the University by promoting international educational exchange within the University, to federal agencies and to the world. ISSS seeks to:

  1. Ensure university compliance with applicable immigration-related regulations while facilitating the legal entry and transition of foreign students and scholars.
  2. Advocate on behalf of the foreign students and scholars both within the university and to federal regulatory agencies to ensure that they are afforded every opportunity to complete their educational objectives.
  3. Provide opportunities for intercultural education and exchange by providing educational and cultural programs that foster greater understanding and appreciation for other cultures and traditions.

Overview of ISSS

While CUAbroad strives to enhance the academic experience of current CUA students and faculty by providing safe educational opportunities beyond CUA's campus, ISSS seeks to provide optimal educational experience for international students, faculty, researchers and other visiting scholars coming to the University. ISSS is the office responsible for institutional compliance with immigration-related regulations governing study and employment.

In close consultation with University Deans and academic departments, the division of Enrollment Services, Human Resources, and the Office of General Counsel, ISSS works with elected and appointed government officials, with public and private groups, and with colleagues at other institutions to promote and encourage laws and policies that recognize and affirm the benefits of international educational exchange, and to inform and advise government officials when proposed legislation or regulations may have negative effects on international students and scholars in the U.S.

With respect to international students, ISSS works closely with enrollment Services to issue the appropriate immigration documents needed to bring students to CUA's campus. Once the students arrive on campus, ISSS helps students adjust to life in the U.S. and advises them of applicable immigration regulations governing their legal stay. ISSS manages the University's on-going federal reporting responsibilities for the international students it has sponsored.

With respect to international faculty, researchers and visiting scholars, ISSS works with the university departments and schools and Human Resources to formulate an appropriate strategy for bringing the foreign national to campus. ISSS serves as a resource for University offices, department and schools on employment-based immigration-related issues. When appropriate, ISSS prepares any necessary immigration-related paperwork needed to bring the individual to campus. As with international students, ISSS helps the international scholars adjust to life in the U.S. and navigate through the initial stages of establishing life in the U.S. ISSS works with University Schools and departments in formulating a strategy for retaining international employees longer term, when appropriate.