Throughout the academic year, OISS plans and organizes a series of programs and activities that are dedicated to international students and scholars at the University of Delaware. Getting involved in these programs can help international visitors in their adjustment to the U.S. culture and academic success at the University. By participating in these programs, you will learn about important information pertaining to your stay in the US as well as find opportunities to make friends and build connections on campus and in the community. Below is a list of signature programs that we hope you will join.
OISS also supports various registered international student organizations throughout the year in their programming efforts to promote international understanding and intercultural awareness on campus. Find an organization that you may be interested in joining here.
The International Student Advisory Committee (ISAC) provides a forum for communication and feedback between representatives of the international student community and the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) at the University of Delaware. The committee works closely with OISS to assess and develop programming initiatives that contribute to a positive student experience, enhance engagement and ensure the success of international students during their time at the University and in the United States. Members of ISAC play a leadership role in representing the international student voice and perspective, which is essential to the OISS mission of promoting and facilitating intercultural understanding and global awareness at the University of Delaware. Learn more about ISAC.
There is nothing like good advice from a friend, and nothing more helpful during a transition than support from your peers. Mentoring is among the most powerful ways to make a difference. The OISS Blue Hen iBuddy program pairs groups of incoming international students with iBuddy mentors who connect them with the knowledge and resources to navigate life in the US. OISS is looking for students, international and domestic, to serve as mentors. Learn more about the iBuddy program and find out about upcoming application deadlines.
International Spouses and Families (ISF) is a social support group for the spouses and families of all international students and scholars at UD. It provides an opportunity to make new friends and meet other international families. The group hosts regular social and informational events where the members share their hobbies and interests, practice their English speaking skills as well share their experience with various on-campus and off-campus resources. Some of the areas covered during these sessions include: accommodation, medical and health insurance, parenting and childcare, volunteer and job opportunities. Learn more about ISF and how to join.
OISS, in collaboration with the Career Services Center, offers career readiness workshops designed to help international students in their job search strategies and networking with prospective employers. Workshop are offered every semester and include topics such as Resume Building, Communication Skills, Immigration & Employment, and Networking Skills for International Students.
A complete list of workshops is available on the OISS Calendar of Events. Please make sure you register for each program that you wish to attend.
International students face unique challenges living and learning in a new culture. Don't face these challenges alone. OISS has partnered up with the Center for Counseling and Student Development to host a discussion series throughout the year. Please come join us for some snacks, discussions, and community-building. Our sessions are an easy way to meet other people, to practice and improve your English, and to learn strategies and resources that will ease your adaptation to U.S. culture.
All international students and scholars are invited to attend. Please check the OISS Calendar of Events for more details and a complete list of programs and discussion series.
The Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS), in collaboration with the Division of Student Life, hosts an annual international student essay contest, open to all international students at the University of Delaware. The purpose of this contest is to give interested applicants an opportunity to tell their stories and share their experiences of being an international student with the larger University community. Everyone has a story. Tell us yours for a chance to win! Read more about the essay topic, the submission process and past winners
A great way to be involved and make new friends is through the many volunteering opportunities available at OISS. Help at the International Student Orientation programs, serve on an intercultural communication panel, become an interpreter, or simply assist with any of the great programs that OISS organizes every semester as a way to share your experiences with new and continuing international students and scholars at UD.
To learn more about volunteer opportunities, or to sign up to become an OISS volunteer, please visit our Volunteer Page.