The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) provides services to assist you as you arrive in a different culture and experience a new educational system. ISSS helps international students in F-1 and J-1 status maintain their legal status and assists them in applying for immigration benefits. Advisors provide immigration information via email and the ISSS website and advise students in person during walk-in hours and scheduled appointments. ISSS also provides seminars on topics like international student employment. For additional community and programming contacts, ISSS recommends the AMIS (Atlanta Ministry for International Students), which provides opportunities for international student involvement. More information about community organizations is available in the Community Support section of the ISSS website.
ISSS partners with Emory College of Arts and Sciences to provide a two-day International Student Orientation to address the specific needs of international students at Emory University. Immediately following International Student Orientation, the Emory College of Arts and Sciences Orientation welcomes new students to campus with a series of activities designed to bring students, faculty and staff closer together.
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"I really thought it would take me a lot longer to adapt to the American culture. It took me . . . 10 days! Orientation programs really helped me. I got to interact with students outside of class. I got to interact with professors without them grading me. Also, I made sure to choose classes I was really interested in my freshman year.
"I also went as often as I could to the international lunches that ISSP hosts. They help you meet a lot of people who are in the same situation as you. Emory really knows how to treat its international students, and I am more than glad to be here. Being willing to work in the U.S. after I graduate, I think Emory has been the perfect transition between high school in another country and the working world."