Welcome to the International Student Office
The International Student Office (ISO) is the central point of contact for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and manages the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) for all international students and scholars in F-1 and J-1 status. International students and scholars must meet federal guidelines that govern their stay in the United States. The Office provides critical support services to students, faculty, and staff members who enter the U.S. and/or desire to travel out of the country.
The ISO counsels and advises its students on personal, acculturation, health, funding, employment, visa status, academic and university entry issues each academic year. The ISO supports and advocates for students on campus with academic departments and divisions, as well as with local government agencies and US and foreign embassies and consulates abroad. The ISO develops strategies and plans and back-up plans for students to legally accomplish their educational goals in the U.S. and abroad and assists research scholars through its international programs and diversity initiatives.
The International Student Office also is responsible for the maintenance of our partnerships located in over 20 countries, as well as the development of new partnerships. These reciprocal partnerships allow both UWF students and partner institution students the opportunity to study abroad. The Office also develops special services, such as employment and tax workshops, cultural programs, orientation and immigration advising.
Included in the mission of the University is to “contribute responsibly and creatively to a complex 21st Century global society.” The International Student Office is bolstering this mission by supporting globalization on campus through international programming and by assisting international students who bring so much to the campus, classroom and beyond.
Mission of the International Student Office
The mission of the International Student Office is to support the UWF community by enhancing the globalization of campus through advice and counsel to the international student body, an environment focused on the enrichment of international education, access to cultural programs, and the development of global partnerships.