ISSA offers a wide variety of services and programs to support international students in F-1 and J-1 status studying at the University of Notre Dame. You can reach advising and programming staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or (574) 631-1138, or meet with an advisor during walk-in hours Monday to Friday, 1-4pm at 105 Main Building.
ISSAlink is your tool for managing your international student record at ND. You will use it to request paperwork / services from ISSA and to monitor the status of those requests.
For information about maintaining your F-1 status and using your work authorization benefits (CPT, OPT, OPT STEM Extension), review our resource page for F-1 Students.
For information about maintaining your J-1 status and using Academic Training, review our resource page for J-1 Students.
International scholars should visit the J-1 Scholars page for immigration resources and information.
ISSA coordinates programs to help international students and their dependents learn more about American culture and participate in campus life. For more information about how to participate, please click below. Updates about monthly events, like World on Tap, Global Cafe and volunteering at Center for the Homeless and the Food Bank of Northern Indiana, come through our weekly ISSA newsletter and are posted in ISSA Events.
- English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes for International Spouses
- Family Friendship Program
- International Ambassador Program
ISSA has a variety of resources to help international students make the most out of their time in the United States. Learn More
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.
For the average incoming freshman, leaving friends and family to go to college for the first time is often an overwhelming experience. But for international students, these nerves and uncertainties are amplified, as they must travel longer distances and face an entirely new culture and language.
That’s where the Notre Dame International Ambassadors step in.