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International Student and Scholar Support

  • ISS Photo December 2023


International Student and Scholar Support has many roles on campus. But our most important and favorite role is providing support to our F-1 and J-1 visa holding students and their families. We strive to be a welcoming space for international students with a focus on excellent customer service, genuine care, and immigration expertise.


Our Mission

International Student and Scholar Support offer support to nonimmigrant international students and institutional stakeholders on matters of immigration compliance and cross-cultural adjustment to promote academic success. ISSS contributes to global engagement of the greater University of South Carolina community through dynamic internationalization programming.

Our Vision

To inspire University of South Carolina students to forge international connections, to engage in transformative educational experiences through a lens of global curiosity, and ultimately, to engender positive change in the world through their increased intercultural competence.

Our Goals

  1. Respond nimbly to a dynamic regulatory environment to ensure institutional immigration compliance at the federal and state levels.
  2. Advocate for international student retention and success by providing outstanding support services centered around competence and empathy.
  3. Proliferate a culture of “the informed student,” empowering international students with knowledge and skills to properly maintain immigration compliance.
  4. Expand cross-cultural learning and global competencies among students, faculty, staff, and the community.

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