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 -

Immigration & Advising -

Director -


Meet the Team

Isabela Varela, Ph.D.


Ross Schupbach

Immigration & Advising Coordinator

Julie Hill

Secretary II

Raley SlaymakerRaley Slaymaker

Graduate Assistant
San Diego, CA, USA
Social Work/Trauma Informed Practice
Language: Spanish


Ruiwen Bao Ruiwen Bao

Chuzhou Anhui, China
Electronic Engineering Technology
Language: Mandarin

Ahmet Burak Cil Ahmet Burak Cil

Istanbul, Turkey
Language: Turkish

Cara Lu Cara Lu

Shanghai, China
Global Marketing and Finance
Language: Mandarin

Phales Milimo Phales Milimo

Lusaka, Zambia
Women's and Gender Studies
Language: Tonga

Pui Yann SunPui Yann Sun

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Biology/Global Health and Humanitarian Assistance Certificate
Languages: Mandarin, Cantonese, Malay

Van Tran Van Tran

Hanoi, Vietnam
MIS Business Analytics
Language: Vietnamese

Habib Ullah Habib Ullah

South Waziristan, Pakistan
Computer Science
Languages: Urdu, Hindi, Pashto