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 -



Meet the Team


Ross Schupbach

Immigration & Advising Coordinator

Marge Budensiek


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

Devin ErbDevin Erb

Marion, Iowa
2nd year grad student
Student Affairs
Languages: English & Spanish

Sedomda KpikpitseSedomda Kpikpitse

Ghana, Africa
Second Year Graduate Student
Women's and Gender Studies
Language: Ewe, Twi

Spencer NavaraSpencer Navara

Grimes, Iowa
2nd year grad student
Student Affairs
Languages: English & French

Muhammad RazaMuhammad Raza

Punjab, Pakistan
Management Information System
Languages: Urdu, English, Punjabi

Ava DeitrichAva Deitrich

Grinnell, Iowa
TESOL/English Teaching
Language: English, ASL