International Students and Scholars Office

About Us

Our mission is to welcome and support international students and scholars. We provide quality services and programs to facilitate their transition to the university and U.S. life, cultivate learning and development, and prepare them to succeed in a diverse global environment.

The International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) provides services to international students including orientation, immigration advising, visa securement, personal advising and counseling, special programs and activities, employment, and other issues or questions.


Due to the Public Health and Social Distancing practices that have been instituted at UNI and in the state of Iowa, scheduled and walk-in appointments, and services with ISSO advisors will now be conducted online. Office hours will remain Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.


For general information- or

Immigration & Advising –

Director –


Meet the Team

Isabela Varela, Ph.D.
Ross Schupbach
Immigration & Advising Coordinator
Julie Hill
Secretary II
Kimberly Moothart
Graduate Assistant



GPS Team