International Student and Scholar Services

Abe Schafermeyer, Senior Director
333 Oregon Hall

International Student and Scholar Services provides a wide array of advising services and programs to nearly 2,500 international students regarding visa and immigration matters, academic support and success, and social and cultural adjustment.

Primary programs include prearrival resources, a comprehensive on-campus orientation attended by more than 750 students each year; academic writing support and tutoring services offered in collaboration with the Tutoring and Academic Engagement Center; ExplOregon, a social and cultural adjustment program that organizes more than 50 local and statewide events and field trips each year; and a peer mentor program that brings together newly arrived international students and returning students.

International Student and Scholar Services is a long-time partner of the Friendship Foundation for International Students, a local community organization that coordinates short-term home stays, cultural conversations, and friendship programs. The unit also administers $1.4 million worth of scholarship programs for international students, among them the award-winning International Cultural Service Program, Global Corners International Graduate Student Recruitment and Retention awards, international work-study assistance, and other resources.

In addition, International Student and Scholar Services offers services to 250 visiting international researchers, faculty and staff members, including advising on a wide range of immigration, employment, and adjustment matters.