International Students and Scholars Office

ISSO Opportunities for Students

The International Students and Scholars Office offers many opportunities for students to develop intercultural skills through work and volunteering.  

GPS Team Volunteers

Students who are selected to serve on the GPS Team work closely with the ISSO Director to welcome international students to UNI, help them navigate academic and student life at UNI, and, ultimately, enable them to make a smooth transition to American culture.

Graduate Assistant Position

ISSO offers a full-time graduate assistantship position that is designed to provide support for a student during full-time graduate study. It is an opportunity for the graduate student to serve in a professional role while establishing a professional relationship with faculty and/or administrators.

ISSO Cultural Mentor Program

The Cultural Mentor program provides individual attention to new international students and help them transition to UNI’s academic culture and life. It helps mentors develop leadership skills and add to their interpersonal and intercultural communication skills.

On-Campus Employment

International students can work on campus for 20 hours per week during the academic year.

Off-Campus Employment 

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optical Practical Training (OPT) provide international students with the opportunity to work and gain experience in a field related to their area of studies/major.