When Francesco Tassi arrived at Notre Dame, he was sure he would major in finance. But a lecture on refugees set him on a different path — one that led him to travel through Italy for three months to study refugee integration firsthand. Tassi, who was born in Italy and moved to the United States in third grade, traveled widely in high school and spent time living with host families in several countries. Those experiences sparked a passion for learning about and understanding cultures.
International Student and Scholar Affairs
International students and scholars — more than 1,400 from over 90 countries — are an integral part of Notre Dame’s vibrant campus culture.
International Student and Scholar Affairs (ISSA) offers a variety of support services and programs to help international students and scholars make the most out of their time at the University. ISSA coordinates educational and cultural programs and events throughout the year to help international students, scholars and families feel at home in the United States.
In addition, ISSA provides immigration service, guidance, and support to Notre Dame-sponsored international students, J-1 scholars and their dependents. ISSA staff members also educate and remind international students about immigration rules, responsibilities, deadlines and benefits.
For more than 50 years, International Student and Scholar Affairs (ISSA) at the University of Notre Dame has paired international students with members of the local community, allowing participants to learn more about different cultures, traditions, and languages.